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The Most Damaging Tree Trimming Technique
Hat Rack Pruning, also known as Tree Topping, is the absolute most damaging tree trimming technique.  It will kill the tree. Hat rack pruning is a method of cutting off a tree's lateral branches at random lengths, which then destroys the tree's appearance and leaves branch stubs that will eventually start to decay.  This tree topping technique is a surefire way to kill a tree long before it has had the chance to live its natural life cycle. Yet there are still people/companies in the St. Louis area topping trees. The Dangers of Tree Topping T...

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STLFC Partners with Clipper Tree & Landscape
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC announced a corporate partnership with Clipper Tree & Landscape for the remainder of the 2020 USL Championship season. Clipper Tree & Landscape is full-service tree removal and landscape company with over 22 years of experience based in Shrewsbury, Missouri. They perform residential and commercial jobs and offer free estimates for services in the greater St. Louis area. “We’re excited to announce our partnership with Clipper Tree & Landscape,” said Yancey Jones, STLFC Director of Corporate Partnership...

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What are Some Benefits to Pruning Your Trees in the Winter?
Is Pruning Done in Winter? It's a common misconception that trees should never be pruned in the winter and also that tree care companies don't operate in the winter as well. These are simply not true--in fact, your trees can benefit in several different manners from cold weather pruning services. Some Benefits to Pruning Your Trees in the Winter In reality, the winter, or the dormancy period when they are not actively growing, is one of the best times to prune your trees for several reasons. Easy to Evaluate the Structure In the winter months, your de...

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What is the Tree Care Academy and Why is it Important?
Arborist Training is Important In many jobs, you receive on the job training from another employee who has the specific knowledge to teach you the correct procedures. Tree care can be hard to learn because different species of trees, shrubs and plants need different levels of care in the manner they are planting, irrigation and fertilization--not to mention diseases and insects as well. This makes training a very important step in becoming a tree care specialist. What is the Tree Care Academy and Why is it Important? The Tree Care Industry Association (TICA) is an ...

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What is the Growing Futures Internship?
Tree Care Industry Opens Doors to Youth The tree care industry has opened doors to the youth to help them discover how important tree care is for the environment. In learning about all of the processes from planting to pruning, the young people may decide to make the tree care industry their profession when they are adults. What is the Growing Futures Internship? The Growing Futures internship matches the youth in larger cities with professionals to help tend to the trees lining the streets and in park areas. The kids learn all about tree health, irrigation, fertil...

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Structural Pruning – Preventative Tree Care
Sometimes while you’re out and about, you may notice some trees have abnormally spaced and sized limbs. Some of them may appear too low to the ground, while some may appear to be missing from the lower half of the tree making the tree look awkwardly empty. Structural pruning is an aspect of tree care that can extend the life of your tree, and bring out its true beauty if done correctly. This aspect of tree care is ignored by many homeowners, or done improperly, more regularly than you might expect. This article is going to go over particular details of structural prun...

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Identifying and Preventing Tree Defects
A lot can go wrong with trees. Between weather, animals, and humans there’s a lot of factors to be worried about! Being able to diagnose problems with your trees can help you prevent these same issues in the future. Now, not all defects can be avoided. Sometimes it has to do with the species of said tree, age, drought, pests, or disease. It’s impossible to protect your trees from everything. There are plenty of measures that can be taken to mitigate damage and even fatality though. Effective pruning, ideal site location, proper planting, and periodic inspection ...

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Common Winter Time Tree Damages & Preventative Measures You Can Take
During the winter months, conditions for trees can be harsh. When trees start to decline it’s not normally due to one thing, but rather a combination of things. These different elements put the tree under stress. A tree under stress is more susceptible to disease, pests, and keeps it from effectively transporting nutrients. The cold temperatures, snow/ice accumulation, salt being spread on roads, and sun scalding can be detrimental or even fatal to your trees. These damages may be seen immediately, but in a lot of cases the damage won’t be easily noticed until a...

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Fall Lawn Care - October and November Tips
Cool Season Grasses (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Fine Fescue): Mow at regular heights until growth stops. Apply lime if soil test indicates need. Fertilize moderately after cool days slow leaf growth (1 to 1 ½ pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft.) Nutrients at this time will encourage root growth and thickening of turf. Soluble nitrogen fertilizers are used more efficiently by turf in late fall; aerate now if needed. Late September is the best time for broadleaf herbicides, especially for perennial broadleaf weeds. Keep leav...

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Fall Tree & Shrub Care

Posted on September 27, 2017 in: General News

Fall Tree & Shrub Care
Fall is the perfect time of year to prepare your trees for the upcoming winter months as well as preparing them for the upcoming spring season. We recommend the following for your trees and shrubs: Clean up trees and shrubs in anticipation of winter and to allow for optimal spring growth by keeping beds and turf areas free from leaves, debris, etc. It is also important to prune plants free of dead, diseased, or branches that might be considered a safety risk. Now is also a great time to consider structural pruning as the metabolic processes within trees begins to slow...

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Fall Planting Season is Here

Posted on September 27, 2017 in: General News

Fall Planting Season is Here
The best time to plant trees and shrubs is, in our opinion, mid-September through late-October. There are several reasons as to why this time period is preferred to spring including (1) moderate to cool temperatures, which reduces heat stress risk, and also encourages root growth as air temperatures drop below soil temperatures, (2) fall moisture helps to establish root systems, and (3) transpiration is typically low, which increases the potential for root generation. The result is a strong, established root system that will be ready for spring when plants begin to grow....

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St. Louis Landscaping Tips - Season Long Blooms by “Deadheading”
This article will discuss how to extend the blooming season of knock-out rose (rosa sp.) bushes through “deadheading”. Before we get started…a few comments on safety and hygiene. First off, roses have thorns, which most everyone knows. It is recommended that you wear gloves while deadheading your rose bushes. Also, be mindful about long sleeves and pants to protect arms and legs. When grabbing spent blooms or dead stems for removal be sure to “hold” the stem and not “squeeze” the stem as too much pressure can cause thorns ...

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Oak Wilt in Pin Oaks

Posted on March 08, 2017 in: General News, Education

Oak Wilt in Pin Oaks
Pin Oaks are one of the most prolific trees in the Saint Louis area. They grow very rapidly and provide deep shade, quickly. Recently, many oak trees across town have been infected with Oak Wilt and suddenly die within six weeks of showing signs of outward infection. Pin Oaks and other oak trees should NOT be pruned in the Spring (March through June). Clipper begins scheduling Oak prunings in July after the danger of spreading disease. Trees at risk for infection include: In the vicinity of other Oaks that have recently died suddenly impro...

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Emerald Ash Borer is Here!

Posted on March 08, 2017 in: General News

Emerald Ash Borer is Here!
The Ash trees planted along our streets, in our parks, neighborhoods to replace the ill-fated American Elm are now themselves at risk. The borer will likely destroy ninety five percent of Ash trees in the next five years; only treated trees will survive. If you have an Ash tree that you would like to keep, Clipper Tree Service is able to inject your tree and inoculate it against insect attack.

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EAB Detected in More Missouri Counties
Emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations have been detected for the first time in 12 Missouri counties this spring. In southeastern Missouri, EAB was detected in Carter, Dent, Iron, Phelps, Ripley, Shannon, Stoddard, St. Francois, St. Genevieve, and Texas counties. A total of 27 counties are now known to have EAB infestations across Missouri. You can prepare for EAB’s arrival by knowing the signs of an EAB infestation. Report EAB suspects if they’re in a new county where EAB has not yet been found. And start planning how you can manage EAB infestations when ...

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