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Here's a picture of the ugliest tree we could find. What not to let happen to your trees!

With the occasional late-March sunny day still teasing us, NJ turns its thoughts to springtime and the manicuring of our lawns and gardens. One item that should ideally be on your spring landscaping to-do list is tree pruning. Many people opt to skip this task, squeaking by with the minimum of raking and tidying. However, those who do prune their trees each spring will reap the benefits greatly and have wonderful results to show for their effort. A few good reasons to make April your month to prune those trees:

Pruning is excellent for the overall health of the tree. The tree-trimming process involves snipping away dead and decaying branches, which encourages new, healthy growth and prevents the spread of plant disease.

Pruning improves the appearance of your trees. Did you know that yearly pruning encourages upward growth of your tree’s branches? This makes the tree aesthetically more pleasing, and it also strengthens the tree’s branch and trunk growth. A good, healthy tree’s branches will meet at a “Y” formation and reach skyward toward the sun.

Pruning is good for your tree’s root system. A tree that goes for too long without a haircut ends up having its branches shadow out the base of the tree. Too much shade beneath a tree prevents grass and other plants from growing there. This causes soil erosion, which gradually exposes the tree’s roots and invites disease.

Pruning your trees makes for a safer home and yard. We’ve all seen the damage to trees caused by severe weather. Overgrown trees planted too close to the house can wreak costly and dangerous havoc. Downed branches in the street can create a traffic and pedestrian hazard. Low-hanging tree branches can compromise the safety of children playing beneath them, or pose a risk to the innocent passerby. Avoid this kind of trouble by keeping your tree’s branches pruned to a more manageable size and healthy condition.

Now that you know all the great reasons to have your trees pruned, why not consult with a team of professionals and cross it off your to-do list? 4 Seasons Lawn Care offers expert tree pruning service in Hunterdon county, NJ.

Call Mike Hyde at 908 783 5733 or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com for more info today. Your trees will thank you!

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Thoughts turning to garden planting, flower beds, and that first glorious trip to Home Depot for seeds and garden supplies?

Get a jump on spring with a yard cleanup from 4 Seasons Lawn Care. Give us a call at 908 783 5733 and ask for Mike!

We’ll come right over, lickety-split, and rake up all those decaying leaf piles, haul away dead branches, and do all the things that make spring garden prep a chore rather than the fun, stress-relieving activity it’s supposed to be.

Just a few outdoor cleanup jobs we handle:

  • Cutting back dead ornamental grasses
  • Hedge trimming
  • Leaf cleanup and haul-away
  • Edging around property and garden beds
  • Shrub, tree and flower planting
  • Mulching garden and flower beds, around trees and shrubbery

Start the spring growing season off on the right foot. 4 Seasons Lawn Care makes it easy! We offer lawn and yard care services in and around Hunterdon County, NJ. We also can be seen in Warren County on occasion, so give a call to find out if you fall within our territory!

908 783 5733 or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com.

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Ahh, the bloom on the forsythia. It’s one of the telltale signs of spring, and the beginning of my busy season as a lawn and yard care provider.

Hunterdon County, NJ residents, get a jump on your spring yard cleanup and summer lawn cutting schedule. Call 4 Seasons Lawn Care and ask for Mike Hyde. 908 783 5733.

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Tree Pruning Methods


1. Crown thinning. This increases light and air through the branches of hardwood trees. Do not remove more than 1/4 of the living crown in one year.

2. Crown raising. This describes the removal of lower branches that may hang down and obstruct walkways, patio furniture, or otherwise pose a safety risk.

Prune conifers (evergreen trees) during their dormant time of year to minimize sap production.

Prune hardwood trees during the dormant time of year to ensure that the wounds will close once the weather warms up and new growth begins to form. Trees that are pruned during the growing season attract insects with the scent of the sap (think of them as “bleeding”.)

Prune trees that flower in early spring just after their flowers bloom. Prune other flowering trees during their dormant season.

Always consult with a horticulturist to find out what season/method of pruning is best for certain species of trees. Every tree is different and what is right for one may harm another.

4 Seasons Lawn Care Offers Tree Trimming Service

Serving Flemington, Whitehouse, Whitehouse Station, Readington, Lebanon, and Raritan; Hunterdon County, NJ.

Contact mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com or call Mike at 908 783 5733 for a free estimate today!

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Spring is on its way to NJ (just a few more weeks!) and that means it’s time to start thinking about trimming your trees. Tree trimming is necessary for a variety of reasons.

1. Trimmed treets just look better. Just like your lawn needs a weekly haircut and the hair on your head needs regular mowing, so should your trees stay trim and tidy.

2. Trimmed trees are safer. All trees should be pruned in the spring, but especially those which are growing close to your home. We’ve all heard of heavy tree branches causing thousands in damage during high winds and storms.

3. Trimmed trees are healthy trees. Diseased or infested wood can compromise the health of your trees, so you want to trim these away to allow for new growth. Trimming also causes branches to grow back thicker and stronger, which means they will hold up more readily in harsh weather conditions.

4 Seasons Lawn Care Offers Tree Trimming Service

Serving Flemington, Whitehouse, Whitehouse Station, Readington, Lebanon, and Raritan; Hunterdon County, NJ.

Contact mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com or call Mike at 908 783 5733 for a free estimate today!

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from 4 Seasons Lawn Care

Young trees should be pruned in such a way that encourages strong structural development. Good, strong tree branches intersect at wide angles. The angle where two branches meet should be about 45 degrees or maybe even a little more than that. This is a good angle and it should be left alone to structurally support the tree’s growth.

A weak union of two branches looks like a narrow V-shape. Cracks frequently form in such corners. This type of weak branch intersection should be trimmed away. You want to trim at the place where these two branches meet.

Use a sharp cutting tool to trim away small branches to ensure a clean break with no tears.

Trim away dead and diseased branches first. If you must trim living tissue, find the “collar” that grows at the base of the branch and cut just above this line. You do not want to damage the branch collar. Make your cut parallel to the ridge of bark lines that run vertically down the tree. It’s like trimming away the left arm of a letter Y. Leave a stub of the arm and slice along the grain. Do not cut to the quick.

4 Seasons Lawn Care Offers Tree Trimming Service

Serving Flemington, Whitehouse, Whitehouse Station, Readington, Lebanon, and Raritan; Hunterdon County, NJ.

Contact mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com or call Mike at 908 783 5733 for a free estimate today!

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