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Storm Damage In Eastern Massachusetts


Though her punch was not as mighty as it could have been, Hurricane Irene brought some high winds, heavy rain, and big surf to our region. Many trees and limbs are scattered across our yards, storm-damaged-treestreets, and parks.

Cleaning up after a storm like Irene is never a fun experience. The powerful storm dropped limbs and trees, and scattered leaves throughout our yards, making it look like the late fall. Hopefully, your homes, garages, sheds, and cars remained safe throughout the storm and were not hit with falling trees and branches.

We would just like to remind our followers, that we are here to help with storm damage clean up. Our crews have been working tirelessly, helping to clean up fallen branches and trees, and restoring landscapes back to their pre-storm form. Our efficient equipment and experienced crews can clean up your yard in not time.

If you'd like to have Carpenter Costin come out to clean up any storm damage you may have, request a consultation with an Arborist, or call 877-308-8733. Our Certified Arborist can come out and inspect any damage and have a crew out for a timely clean up.



Preparing Your Landscape for Hurricane Irene


Gale force winds and driving rain are heading our way. Be sure that your landscape and trees will survive.

Hurricane Irene's path is becoming more predictable, and it appears as though she will be hitting southern New England and taking a route through the middle of the Bay State. Even if her status is downgraded to a tropical storm prior to her arrival, we will still be experiencing winds upwards of 70 mph, and some seriously heavy down pours and lightning storms. All of which can be devastating to our trees and landscapes.

It is a good idea to start by securing all outdoor furniture. Tropical storm winds are more than enough to pick up a lawn or patio chair and move it several hundred feet. We also recommend moving any potted plants you may have around your patios or yards to a safe place, potentially inside a garage or three season room.

wind blown treeUnfortunately, if you are just thinking about removing hazardous trees now it is likely too late. If you are worried about an unsafe tree, we recommend having an Arborist come out to inspect the tree immediately. Even if the work can't be done until after this weekend, it is very possible that another storm may come up our coast this summer and fall. A strong storm can put extreme stress on an already damaged tree. Don't think because it made through one hurricane, that it will make it through the next.

We hope everyone stays safe through the storm. If you would like to have a Certified Arborist come out to inspect any of your trees please call 877-308-8733 or click the button below. 



Seasoned Firewood Now For Sale


Premium, seasoned firewood for sale by the cord!

Throughout the course of a year, we accumulate a great deal of wood from our various tree service jobs. We then split this wood and allow it to age so it is perfect seasoned firewoodfor our fireplaces come fall and winter. Now, we are giving our blog followers the opportunity to fill their wood piles with this great firewood.

In my eyes, there isn't much better than a nice warm fire, whether indoors or outdoors, on chilly nights during the fall. Put on a football game, or grab a book, and cozy up to a fire this winter. You won't be disappointed with the quality of this firewood. This offer is for a limited time only, while supplies last of course.

If you're interested in requesting a cord of firewood, please click on the button and fill out the short form. We will get back to you to discuss delivery.



Fall Tree and Lawn Care Services


Improve your landscape this fall with timely lawn and tree treatments.

Fall is a great time to improve your lawn, trees, and landscape. Warm sunny days and cool moist nights create prime conditions for root development, seed germination, and plant growth.

Our lawn care experts highly recommend certain cultural practices each fall to help create a healthy lawn through the fall and winter, which makes spring lawn care a breeze. These cultural practices include:

  • Core Aeration

  • Over Seeding

  • Top Dressing

  • Lime Application

These lawn care services increase the nutrient, water, and air flow in your soil; improve seed germination for a thick, healthy lawn; and create the desired ph level in your soil.

In addition to key lawn care practices, the fall is also a great time to plant trees and shrubs. In the spring, trees and shrubs focus most of their energy on producing visible growth, like leaves and flowers. In the fall, however, plants place all their effort on developing strong root systems. This helps ensure that trees and shrubs have a solid root system to survive the winter, and also allows them to start producing flowers and foliage immediately in the spring. Our Landscape Architects and Certified Arborists highly recommend planting trees in the fall, as opposed to spring or summer.

Fall lawn and tree care is ignored by too many people, simply because they feel the season is winding down, and their lawns and trees will soon be browning as winter nears. We can assure you that this is not the case, as investing in fall landscape services truly pays dividends year round.

Click here to request a free consultation with one of our Lawn Care experts.


Looking to add new trees, shrubs, or plants to your landscape? Fall is the right time to do so. Click the button below for a free consultation with one of our Landscape Designers.


Pure-Live Seed: Know What You're Getting With Your Grass Seed


Don't be satisfied with grass seed blends that leave your lawn thin.

As we approach late summer and early fall, it is time to start thinking about cultural practices that will help improve your lawn. Common fall lawn care practices include core aeration, lime application, and over seeding. When over seeding, or any type of seeding for that matter, you must consider an aspect of turfgrass seed that only the experts know: pure-live seed.

Pure-live seed is used to determine the percentage of seed in a given amount of seed that is actually live and will germinate. Unfortunately, when seed is packaged and purchased at retail stores, you get various dead seed and other material that will not germinate. Therefore, a 10 pound bag of seed actually has less than 10 pounds of live seed, which often results in an unsatisfying result.

Our lawn care experts use a formula to help find the pure-live seed of the customized blends we use in order to ensure your lawns grow in thick and lush. An example of the pure-live seed calculation is as follows:

(Germination% x Purity%)/100 = Pure-Live Seed %

Thankfully, these calculations are second nature for our lawn care experts, and you can be assured that their expertise is put to use developing appropriate seed rates and blends based on your property.

Next time you use a store-bought bag of seed, be sure to consider the pure-live seed calculation, because it is likely that you will need more seed than actually anticipated in order to get the thickness you desire. To learn more about pure-live seed, or any of our customized lawn care services, request a free consultation with one of our lawn pros or call 877-308-8733.

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Useful Tips For Summer Ornamental Tree and Shrub Care


Take the time now to ensure you have beautiful ornamental trees and flowering shrubs next spring.

Unlike shade tree pruning, ornamental trees and shrubs are best pruned in the summer before the buds for next year's flowers develop. If you wait too long to prune your ornamental trees and shrubs you will actually end up removing buds that have already begun to develop.

Our Arborists recommend pruning ornamental trees and shrubs in July and August, and by September it is usually too late to prune. Though an expert Arborist can still prune an ornamental or shrub in the fall and winter, summer pruning is much more conducive to the future health and development of the plant.

Dogwood Tree BlossumsPruning in the summer is the best way to improve the appeal of an ornamental tree or shrub, but the pruner must be careful when servicing said tree or shrub not to spread any insect & disease infestations, as pest problems often develop during the summer months filled with heat, humidity, and rain. Misguided pruning can actually spread insect & disease issues through open wounds, and also through the pruning equipment. A Certified Arborist will know if pruning is safe or not, but if you decide to self-prune, take a careful look at the state of the tree. If pest problems are evident, consult with an Arborist before you prune.

Summer ornamental tree and shrub pruning is the way to go; however, if you are not diligent, pruning can actually harm your trees and shrubs. If you would like to be speak with a Certified Arborist regarding your pruning, click here, or call 877-308-8733.

Commercial Snow Plowing and Management Services in MA


Our fleet of trucks and experienced crews offer quality snow removal, snow plowing, and ice management services across the North Shore of MA and Greater Boston Area.

Believe it or not, but here at Carpenter Costin, we've already begun to think about SNOW! Despite the warm temps, hot sun, and seasonal humidity, it is time to start thinking about the snow this winter, especially for commercial properties, business parks, restaurant locations, manufacturing and shipping centers, and much more. Although we don't have the crystal ball to look into the future, the enormous snow fall in late 2010 and early 2011 is enough to keep us on our toes.

Here is a video of one of our snow and ice management teams at work. To learn more about our snow and ice services, call 877-308-8733 or request to meet with the Head of our Snow Division.


Natural Stone or Paver Patios for a Great Hardscape


Utilize a combination of natural stone, pavers, and plants to create a beautiful patio in your yard.

Our Landscape Designers are great at putting together the perfect balance of hardscape and softscape features to optimize your new patio. Combining fieldstone, flagstone, bluestone, and a variety of pavers, our landscape design and construction teams know what it takes to make incredible patios. Once the hardscape is complete, we plant a variety of plants and shrubs to create a truly desirable escape in your very own yard.

While some companies specialize in hardscapes, and others specialize in softscapes, we are proud to commit that we specialize in both, because it takes aspects of both hardscapes and softscapes to make the best landscape possible.

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If you're looking for the perfect area to entertain guests at your house, but lack an outdoor space that is great for spring, summer, and fall gatherings, we recommend exploring your stone, brick, and paver patio options. To learn more about a new patio and landscape design, request to speak with a Landscape Designer, or call 877-308-8733.

Cytospora Canker Activity on Spruce Trees in New England


Have your spruce trees seen better days? It may be because they are now infested with the fungus diesease cytospora canker. The first sign of cytospora canker infection occurs in the lower branches of spruce trees, where it will turn the needles brown and ultimately kill the branches. Once infected, the disease can quickly spread upward throughout the tree.

cytospora canker spruce Although it primarily impacts Norway Spruce trees in our area, cytospora canker disease can also be found on fir, hemlocks, and white pines, although these cases aren't very abundant. Spruce trees that are atleast 15 years old and have been exposed to previous damage are most susceptible to this disease.

Cytospora canker disease can take many years to develop, and it is even capable off surviving the winter on trees and in the fallen needles. It is then spread quickly by rainfall - as the rain splashes, the fungus is spread up the tree and onto other trees. This is why the infection usually begins on the low branches and works its way up the tree.

Cytospora canker is a tough disease to manage. Since the fungus can overwinter in fallen needles, and then spread rapidly with spring rainfall, the disease poses a big problem to home owners and property managers. In order to control the disease on already infected trees, extensive pruning measures are needed, especially since the fungus will spread into open wounds and potentially kill the entire tree. Also, the fungus is easily spread through pruning equipment, making special care of equipment a priority.

If you notice browning of needles and dead branches in your spruce, pine, hemlock, or fir trees it could potentially be cytospora canker. We recommend having a Certified Arborist out to inspect the infected tree as soon as possible. For more information contact an Arborist, or call 877-308-8733.

Summer Pest Update: Fall Webworm


The Fall Webworm larvae or caterpillar are becoming more noticable across our fall webworm cred saveenaregion, most visible in their unsighlty silk webs in which they feast heavily on the encompassed foliage. Fall Webworms have the ability to quickly defoliate a tree, all the while moving and growing their silk webs or nests throughout your trees.

Fall Webworms can be found on many hardwood trees within our region, with the most popular hosts being Crabapples, Cherries, Birches, and Lilacs. Their activity, however, is not limited to these trees alone. 

Although their nests can quickly engulf an entire tree, the damage done by the Fall Webworm is usually only aesthetical, and very rarely is there any structural damage done.

Treatments are available to rid your trees of these unsighlty nests, and prevent the Fall Webworm from eating the leaves on infested trees. If you notice the silk nests in your trees, don't hesistate to set-up a meeting with an Arborist or call 877-308-8733.

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