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By Ron Marchant 15 Nov, 2017
A homeowner in Hudson recently asked if there was anything that he should be doing to prep his trees for the winter months ahead. When visiting his property, we found many concerning branches, ominous limbs that were stretching far from the tree trunk. After trimming back these branches that were hanging over the house and driveway, this homeowner was already feeling better about the fast approaching winter.

Taking Additional Steps Can Prevent Tree Damage During the Winter

Pruning back branches, particularly those hanging over the home and driveway, as well as power lines, is only the first step to prepping your trees for the cold, snowy weather. Taking the time now, before the snow falls, to mulch, hydrate and fertilize your trees will give them a better chance of making it through the winter. These nutrients will help the tree to stay strong through the cold months in the future.

When the snow and ice do fall, many times this will weigh down the tree, causing even large limbs to break or split. If a tree is bending or drooping under the weight of the snow or ice, it can be tempting to give the tree a quick shake to remove the snow. But don’t! Branches with ice or heavy snow are very brittle and you can cause damage by doing so.

The best way to protect your trees for the winter, it to take the time now to get them in tip-top form, which will carry them through the cold months and have them looking great when spring comes around.

By Ron Marchant 20 Oct, 2017

Every year as the weather gets colder and the first snowfall sets in, tree limbs begin falling . This can be particularly dangerous for the larger branches, posing a risk to people and property. Strong wind, rain and snow can certainly be contributors to falling limbs, but other times this can be seemingly unexpected. However, there are signs to look for that indicate that a limb should be addressed before it falls.

Dead trees or limbs should be watched closely, as these are most likely to fall during a storm. But these dead limbs may not always be immediately obvious. If the limb has remained bloomless and bare through the spring and summer months, this is a sign that the branch is dead and should be addressed sooner rather than later. Other danger signs include mushrooms growing on a tree or a particular branch. This is a good indicator that the limb is rotten on the inside, making it susceptible to dropping.

Dropped limbs are sometimes caused by structural damage to the tree. This can result from a strong wind that caused fractures or splits in the tree. Trees that have two equal sides, commonly seen as a Y-shape, are inclined to have a weakness where the two branches meet. Over time, the connecting point may not be able to support the weight of both sides, dropping limbs as a result.

While it can be difficult to predict when and where a tree limb will fall, in most cases the falling limb sticks out farther than the rest of the limbs on the tree. But this does not necessarily mean that all limbs that stick out are prone to falling. Instead, a skilled expert can help you to identify and address any limbs that are at risk for falling.

By Kenneth Stewart 17 Mar, 2016

 So you've hired Souhegan Valley Tree Service to remove your trees . Now you would like to do something about the remaining stumps. Stump Grinding really puts the final touches on your tree job. With the grinding complete you will not have to watch stumps decay for the following years.

 When our customers are interested in stump grinding, we offer three different options to choose from. 

  • Grind all the stumps and leave all the shavings in a pile where they are. 
  • Grind all the stumps and cleanup the stump shavings. 
  • Finally, we offer the service of spreading loam after the cleanup is done. 
These choices come at three different price points. With all three options the stumps will be ground four to eight inches below ground level.

 If you're looking for the most affordable option when it comes to stump removal, Souhegan Valley Tree Service can grind your stumps and leave the cleanup for the homeowner to take care of. This is a great plan for our customers who are trying save the most money. The stump shavings take time for us to pick up and to haul away. Stump grinding chips make an excellent clean fill if you are looking to expand your yard or they can be pushed back into the hole created from grinding. With most of the companies in Southern NH, this is what you will get.

 In our second option, we offer stump shaving removal. This will give your property a much cleaner look. Souhegan Valley Tree Service will level out the stump holes with some of the grindings. We will load the remaining shavings onto a truck and haul them away for you. This is our most popular service. We utilize our mini articulating loader with lawn protecting turf tires to carry large quantities of stump chips. Using the loader is the most time effective method for completing the work and no other local companies are using this method. If it is not possible for equipment to do the work, we can take care of the cleanup the old fashioned way, by hand, with rakes and shovels. This method leaves the homeowner with nothing to do but decide how to landscape where the tree was. The only downside is the modest charge for this service.

Option three includes all aspects of options one and two plus, delivery and application of screened loam. If you are interested in growing grass in the area where your stumps are located this may be the best choice for you. When you choose this option the only step remaining to making that tree disappear forever is choosing the grass seed that will suit your needs most. The price you pay for this service includes all labor, tools, and materials except for the seed.

The stump job we most recently completed in Brookline, NH, was done using option two. Most of the trees we removed were not near the lawn. They were on the edge of woods. This is a great option if your trees are in this area of your property. We hauled all the excess shavings away, leveled the stump holes, and gave the site a final touch-up with a backpack blower. At the completion of the job, the customer commented on three different things. 1. How hard all members of our team worked to get the job done in a timely matter. 2. How safely we completed all of our tasks. 3. How much better the property looked with the ten trees removed and the stumps ground out and cleaned up neatly. These are exactly the type of comments we strive for on every job site.

Choosing the level of service is 100% up to the customer. Souhegan Valley Tree Service will give all customers a reasonable quote for any or all of the options during your tree removal estimate. It really boils down to if you want to spend your time off from work dealing with stump grindings, or if you'd like the professionals from SVT to take care of it for you. If you happen to have gone with another company to handle your tree work we can still be happy to help you with the grinding as well. 

By Ron Marchant 19 Feb, 2016
Tree removal accounts for a significant majority of the tree work we do on a weekly basis, and tree removal in Nashua NH presents its own specific set of challenges. Nashua is New Hampshire’s second most populated city, behind Manchester, and has a significant number of trees in its residential neighborhoods. These facts combined with Souhegan Valley Tree Service’s policy of do as little damage as possible to the customers yard, and get every last piece of sawdust as we clean up, make Nashua an interesting place to work.

We have several options at our disposal when doing tree removal; bucket truck, crane removal, tree climbing, and tree felling. Using our bucket truck to take the tree down is the most often used strategy. We will lay a plywood road across your lawn to protect it from the heavy equipment. After the truck is set up we take off every branch individually and drop it in a pile that will get chipped up, larger portions are lowered down with ropes and pulleys to minimize lawn damage. All of this is done while maintaining a safe distance from electrical wires, pedestrians that may be walking nearby, and traffic that may need to be monitored or detoured. These are things that may not have to be considered outside of Nashua city limits.

Crane removal is an option that we utilize on a regular basis in Nashua for extremely tall trees, trees that are really close to the house and or wires and when access is limited by fences or steep terrain. Using the crane improves worker safety, speeds up production, and also minimizes lawn damage because the crane usually sits in the driveway and can reach all the trees that need to come down. The tree material is set down in a “landing area”, usually the driveway or possibly the grass, all the while being protected by sheets of plywood and keeping the mess in one area.

We also employ several expert tree climbers for those trees that are impossible to access by truck, or where crane rental is cost prohibitive. Our climber has nearly twenty years of tree experience and loves a challenge!

Tree felling is on option as well, but quite often in Nashua there is simply not enough room to drop trees whole. Also it creates more lawn damage and a larger area to clean up. This is usually the least desirable option for us as well as our clients.

Lastly, we find the difference between our company and others is defined in the last 30 minutes of the job. We spend a lot of time and energy making your property as clean as possible, raking up every stick and leaf that we create, and often material we didn’t create as well. When working in other more rural towns it is possible to make the clean-up “disappear” into the customer's woods. Not so in Nashua, everything is raked, blown with a leaf blower, then raked again. People spend a lot of time, money and energy in maintaining their yards and landscaping, at Souhegan Valley Tree Service we believe that removing trees from your yard doesn’t have to be detrimental to the surrounding landscape.
By Ron Marchant 01 Feb, 2016

Being in the business of tree removal is interesting and challenging in many ways. At its core it is essentially the same thing every day; set up the trucks, cut the tree down, clean up the mess and move on to the next job. Fortunately for those of us in the tree business every tree is different and no two days are the same, each tree poses its own challenges, and obstacles that need to be overcome in order to accomplish the job safely, efficiently and make the customer happy.

One dichotomy tree guys face all the time, especially in affluent upscale neighborhoods, is the issue of lawn damage. How much will your trucks and the tree coming down damage my lawn? Is a question heard almost daily in our business. At Souhegan Valley Tree Service our answer is: as little as possible. We go to great lengths to preserve the landscape you the home owner has spent countless hours and dollars maintaining. Here are a few of the ways we protect your lawn and landscape:

  1. We carry 20-30 sheets of full size 4x8 plywood to the jobsite. We use the plywood to “build a road” for our trucks to drive on, this minimizes the chances of creating ruts. After we are done and the plywood is picked up, we rake the lawn and quite often you can’t even tell have driven across it.
  2. Instead of dropping trees whole from the ground onto the lawn, which creates a large mess, we utilize our bucket truck to take the tree down. A tree that is 75 feet tall and 40 feet wide will make a mess on the lawn that is 75 feet long and 40 feet wide. By taking the branches off and dropping them to the ground from the bucket truck the mess is confined to a much smaller area.  
  3. We also have a small loader that has turf friendly tires. This machine can drive back and forth across the lawn, while carrying heavy loads of tree material, and not do any damage.  
  4. Lastly we will often rent a crane for the day to do the tree work. The crane can sit in one spot, most often the driveway, and reach most any tree that might be endangering the house, or that the customer needs taken down. Our worker attaches a strap to the top of the tree, then comes down to a designated spot, and cuts the tree at that spot. The crane then lifts that [portion of the tree and sets it down in the “landing area”. This is often in the driveway as well. All of the mess is in one spot, the landing area, and the rest of the crew can deal with it as the crane swings around to get the next piece.  

If you are planning on doing tree work in your yard, please ask the tree crews who you are getting estimates from the following:  

What steps does your company take to protect my lawn and property?

Do you use plywood to drive over the lawn?

What will my lawn look like after you leave?

Also make sure all contractors know where the septic tank, leech field and sprinkler system is located as these can also be damaged if driven over without protection. If they don’t answer these questions to your satisfaction, calls us, and we will.

By Ron Marchant 15 Nov, 2017
A homeowner in Hudson recently asked if there was anything that he should be doing to prep his trees for the winter months ahead. When visiting his property, we found many concerning branches, ominous limbs that were stretching far from the tree trunk. After trimming back these branches that were hanging over the house and driveway, this homeowner was already feeling better about the fast approaching winter.

Taking Additional Steps Can Prevent Tree Damage During the Winter

Pruning back branches, particularly those hanging over the home and driveway, as well as power lines, is only the first step to prepping your trees for the cold, snowy weather. Taking the time now, before the snow falls, to mulch, hydrate and fertilize your trees will give them a better chance of making it through the winter. These nutrients will help the tree to stay strong through the cold months in the future.

When the snow and ice do fall, many times this will weigh down the tree, causing even large limbs to break or split. If a tree is bending or drooping under the weight of the snow or ice, it can be tempting to give the tree a quick shake to remove the snow. But don’t! Branches with ice or heavy snow are very brittle and you can cause damage by doing so.

The best way to protect your trees for the winter, it to take the time now to get them in tip-top form, which will carry them through the cold months and have them looking great when spring comes around.

By Ron Marchant 20 Oct, 2017

Every year as the weather gets colder and the first snowfall sets in, tree limbs begin falling . This can be particularly dangerous for the larger branches, posing a risk to people and property. Strong wind, rain and snow can certainly be contributors to falling limbs, but other times this can be seemingly unexpected. However, there are signs to look for that indicate that a limb should be addressed before it falls.

Dead trees or limbs should be watched closely, as these are most likely to fall during a storm. But these dead limbs may not always be immediately obvious. If the limb has remained bloomless and bare through the spring and summer months, this is a sign that the branch is dead and should be addressed sooner rather than later. Other danger signs include mushrooms growing on a tree or a particular branch. This is a good indicator that the limb is rotten on the inside, making it susceptible to dropping.

Dropped limbs are sometimes caused by structural damage to the tree. This can result from a strong wind that caused fractures or splits in the tree. Trees that have two equal sides, commonly seen as a Y-shape, are inclined to have a weakness where the two branches meet. Over time, the connecting point may not be able to support the weight of both sides, dropping limbs as a result.

While it can be difficult to predict when and where a tree limb will fall, in most cases the falling limb sticks out farther than the rest of the limbs on the tree. But this does not necessarily mean that all limbs that stick out are prone to falling. Instead, a skilled expert can help you to identify and address any limbs that are at risk for falling.

By Kenneth Stewart 17 Mar, 2016

 So you've hired Souhegan Valley Tree Service to remove your trees . Now you would like to do something about the remaining stumps. Stump Grinding really puts the final touches on your tree job. With the grinding complete you will not have to watch stumps decay for the following years.

 When our customers are interested in stump grinding, we offer three different options to choose from. 

  • Grind all the stumps and leave all the shavings in a pile where they are. 
  • Grind all the stumps and cleanup the stump shavings. 
  • Finally, we offer the service of spreading loam after the cleanup is done. 
These choices come at three different price points. With all three options the stumps will be ground four to eight inches below ground level.

 If you're looking for the most affordable option when it comes to stump removal, Souhegan Valley Tree Service can grind your stumps and leave the cleanup for the homeowner to take care of. This is a great plan for our customers who are trying save the most money. The stump shavings take time for us to pick up and to haul away. Stump grinding chips make an excellent clean fill if you are looking to expand your yard or they can be pushed back into the hole created from grinding. With most of the companies in Southern NH, this is what you will get.

 In our second option, we offer stump shaving removal. This will give your property a much cleaner look. Souhegan Valley Tree Service will level out the stump holes with some of the grindings. We will load the remaining shavings onto a truck and haul them away for you. This is our most popular service. We utilize our mini articulating loader with lawn protecting turf tires to carry large quantities of stump chips. Using the loader is the most time effective method for completing the work and no other local companies are using this method. If it is not possible for equipment to do the work, we can take care of the cleanup the old fashioned way, by hand, with rakes and shovels. This method leaves the homeowner with nothing to do but decide how to landscape where the tree was. The only downside is the modest charge for this service.

Option three includes all aspects of options one and two plus, delivery and application of screened loam. If you are interested in growing grass in the area where your stumps are located this may be the best choice for you. When you choose this option the only step remaining to making that tree disappear forever is choosing the grass seed that will suit your needs most. The price you pay for this service includes all labor, tools, and materials except for the seed.

The stump job we most recently completed in Brookline, NH, was done using option two. Most of the trees we removed were not near the lawn. They were on the edge of woods. This is a great option if your trees are in this area of your property. We hauled all the excess shavings away, leveled the stump holes, and gave the site a final touch-up with a backpack blower. At the completion of the job, the customer commented on three different things. 1. How hard all members of our team worked to get the job done in a timely matter. 2. How safely we completed all of our tasks. 3. How much better the property looked with the ten trees removed and the stumps ground out and cleaned up neatly. These are exactly the type of comments we strive for on every job site.

Choosing the level of service is 100% up to the customer. Souhegan Valley Tree Service will give all customers a reasonable quote for any or all of the options during your tree removal estimate. It really boils down to if you want to spend your time off from work dealing with stump grindings, or if you'd like the professionals from SVT to take care of it for you. If you happen to have gone with another company to handle your tree work we can still be happy to help you with the grinding as well. 

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