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
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It is still wintertime in St. Louis, but spring is right around the corner, and we are looking forward to some warmer weather, sunshine, colorful flowers, and tree foliage. But before spring arrives, there are some things that you should consider about your trees and shrubs, and what may have happened to them over these last few months.
Your trees and shrubs are still dormant, so before we transition into spring, now would be the best time to get outside and perform a ‘Winter’ tree and shrub inspection throughout your property because the trees are ...
Having trees near your home help in many ways, but can also lead to dangerous situations. Learn what to watch for to help determine your tree's health and avoid needing an emergency tree removal.
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What to do when a bad storm comes through uprooting trees, tears limbs off the trees, and leaving other limbs hanging high above the ground? Instead of risking injury to yourself and further damage to the surrounding structures, call a professional tree service company who is properly licensed and certified to safely remove the debris.
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Other terms used in this field are tree trimmer, tree surgeon, tree climber, tree clipper, tree pruner, etc. A certified arborist is all of those things and more, but a tree trimmer is not an arborist. Being a true arborist requires the appropriate education.
An arborist studies arboriculture. What is arboriculture? It's a field of study in cultivating and managing individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. The practice of arboriculture is executing these practices to maintain the proper care of trees by se...
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CLIPPER TREE & LANDSCAPE TREE WINTERIZING CHECKLIST
Are you ready for Missouri wintry weather? If you have limbs over hanging your home, sidewalk or driveway you may want to consider having them pruned, removed or have a supplemental support cable installed before the stresses of winter weather causes them to fail. If there are dead, dying, diseased and/or unsafe limbs it may be best to remove them.
Do you usually prep your house for the cold winter months, like tarping your a/c unit, or patio furniture? It seems that most everyone does some sort of preparation fo...
Planting a tree, the right way takes a little more than digging a hole, sticking the tree in the ground, and laying the hose next to it. However, following a few simple tips is all you really need to do to give your new tree a good start in its new home.
Plant in the Spring
Many seasoned green thumbs will tell you planting in the fall is your best bet. Conventional wisdom says planting in the fall gives it plenty of time to establish itself and acclimate to the heat of summer.
Contrary to popular belief, spring plantings give the tree plenty of time to ready itself...
What to Do When Leaves Fall in Your Garden
Many homeowners dread the thought of falling leaves. Raking and bagging them can make for hours of tedious work.
Leaves give us more than just beautiful views in the fall. They can give gardeners who think outside the box ways to grow robust and beautiful flowers and plants.
Leaves and Your Lawn
Leaves in the garden aren’t typically a cause for concern, but leaves on the lawn can be trouble if you don't handle them the right way.
Having a lawn covered by layers of leaves may look pretty in the fall. And...
If you take pride in your landscaping, chances are you’ve put a lot of time and energy into caring for your trees. Keeping your trees and fields in good health and preparing them for the next season doesn’t have to be difficult. With a bit of diligence, you can set your trees up to be beautiful and healthy all year long.
Late summer or early fall is the perfect time to take a look at your trees and keep an eye out for potential problems. There are a couple of obvious warning signs you should look for when checking for tree trouble.
Leaves Changing Colors T...
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...
Winter can be a wonderful time of year. Christmas lights, presents, family gatherings and good food. But, winter weather can be a challenge for tree owners.
Some of the same things that make winter a wonderful time of year can make it treacherous for trees and problematic for tree owners.
Snow and ice make for winter fun with snow angels and beautiful scenery. However, as snow and ice buildup on tree branches, the extra weight can prove to be disastrous for your trees and your property alike.
When limbs and branches give way to the weight of the extra snow and ice,...
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.
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In the winter months, your de...
Posted on October 28, 2019 in: Careers
A Career in Tree Care is Lucrative
There is a distinct lack of tree care professionals in all areas of the country. More positions are open than those that can be filled by certified arborists and tree care specialists. Becoming educated and certified in the genre of arboriculture can help to place you in many different positions that require a tree care specialist.
Why Should a Person Get into the Tree Care Career?
The best professions to be educated for are the professions that have a lack of workers in them. This gives you the best opportunity to find work in th...
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 ...
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...
Posted on October 02, 2019 in: Careers
Clipper Tree Service in St. Louis is hiring Arborist Apprentice, Climber I and Climber II full-time positions.
Come work for the best!
Take a Look at Your Trees
As the weather warms chances are you'll find yourself spending more time outside enjoying mother nature. Whether landscaping is part of your job or you’re a weekend warrior, now is a good time to take a look at the plants on your property and make sure everything is in good shape.
If you keep a watchful eye on your landscaping, you've probably seen lichen in the past. Although most of us would rather not see fungus on our trees, lichens are harmless.
Lichens Evil Twin
Hypoxylon canker is a fungal disease native to many sta...
You might have fertilized your lawn before and this may help your lawn grow, but is it really what it needs? Is there a deficiency in your soil that fertilizer is only bandaging? Could you be over fertilizing it? It’s important to understand exactly what your lawn area needs to help you buy the products you need to resolve your issue! This same concept can be applied to your trees.
Soil tests allow you to see what your soil might be missing in order to enhance your plants’ health, and a chance for survival. Soil tests have the potential to save you a lot of m...
Storm Damage to Your Trees can be Dangerous
If you live in the St. Louis area, you know just how quickly a storm can pop up while it moves in and out quickly. They bring heavy downfalls of rain, huge winds, and lightning, not to mention a ton of snow in the winter. It's important to assess your trees after a big storm of any type.
It doesn't take long for a storm to damage trees near your home, which are the same trees that protect your home from the heat and strong winds. An assessment includes a very detailed process to decide which trees are still viable an...
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...
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 ...
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...
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.
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...
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....
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 ...
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
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.
A recent study found that women with more greenery around their homes had a lower mortality rate than those living near less greenery. Researchers found "the associations within urban areas as well as rural areas. Any increased vegetation — more street trees, for example — seems to decrease mortality rates."
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Nor only do trees improve air quality, lower energy costs, and increase property values, a recent study found that in urban areas, " the greener the surroundings, the fewer the number of crimes that occurred."
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"Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice...Learn why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and discover recommended alternatives." ~International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
"A Plant Health Care (PHC) program offers a proactive and holistic approach to maintaining tree and shrub health." Follow the link to read the Tree Care Industry Association's blog post.
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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