Date: 4/24/2017 8:55 AM UTC

We’re both a member and a big fan of The Arbor Day Foundation and would like
to share an article from their library.

Tree Damage & Tree Repair

Storm Recovery – First Aid for Trees

In the aftermath of a major storm, the first impulse is often to clear away as much as possible.
But rash decisions can often result in removing trees that could have been saved.
Following best practices helps determine whether your trees can survive. Here are six rules to

    Don't try to do it all yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if high climbing or overhead chainsaw work is needed, hire a professional arborist.

Take safety precautions. Look up and down. Be on the alert for downed power lines,
hanging branches and broken limbs. Stay away from any downed utility lines, low-
voltage telephone and cable lines. Fence wires can also become electrically charged.

Remove any broken branches still attached to the tree. Removing the jagged remains
of smaller-sized broken limbs is a common repair that, if done properly, reduces the risk
of tree decay. Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger

Repair torn bark. Carefully use a chisel or sharp knife to smooth the edges of wounds
where bark has been torn away. Limit cambium (greenish inner bark) exposure, as these
fragile layers contain food and water lifelines between roots and leaves.

Resist the urge to overprune. Don't worry if your tree appears unbalanced or naked.
Trees heal quickly, grow new foliage and return to their natural beauty.

Don't top your trees.  Professional arborists advise that "topping" or cutting main
branches back to stubs, makes your tree more dangerous during future storms and reduces
the foliage required for nourishment and re-growth. (See Illustration).

So, don’t be this fellow…

Do yourself and your trees a favor and hire a professional Arborist.
To become a member of The Arbor Day Foundation to

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Date: 5/4/2015 1:27 PM UTC

Do this :

and you’ll have this! 

Deep Root Tree Fertilization is a key factor for healthy, long lived trees.

It’s a quick and inexpensive process – we use a mechanized drill auger and liquid fertilizer to both aerate the soil and put the fertilizer where the tree’s feeder roots grow – 4 to 8 inches below the soil.

Trees in urban & suburban environments often experience stressful conditions because of construction, soil compaction, limited growing area and competition from other trees, shrubs and lawns.

Trees are often growing in heavily paved areas or are part of a manicured lawn. Fertilizing the grass does not mean the trees are getting what they need. The tree’s feeder roots are well below the grass.

Because we use a liquid fertilizer made specifically for trees the nutrients are immediately accessed by the tree… along with aerating the soil. Like us, tree roots need both oxygen and water.

Trees are such an important part of our environment and home landscapes…. Giving both financial and health benefits. By deep root fertilizing your trees and shrubs you’ll give them the benefit of increased growth, better foliage color, disease resistance, and vitality.

Fertilized trees are better able to withstand environmental stresses, drought and disease and insect problems.

We offer complete tree service with all the necessary equipment and expertise, from maintenance to removals.

As a Certified Arborist I’d like to help you care for your trees.

Questions? Give us a call at 603-886-1550 or 603 -669-0707

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Date: 11/17/2014 5:19 PM UTC

This month we’re going to share a message with you from the Arbor Day Foundation.

We’re a member, and we’d love to see you as a member too.

Why? Because together we can make a difference.

Have you ever heard of Irvington, NY?

“It’s a small town of perhaps 6,600 residents, north of New York City........ As you enter the village, you see a sign that has been installed with a great deal of pride...


Irvington is one of more than 3,400 cities and towns across all 50 states that has been awarded the Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the care it takes in planting and nurturing trees.

As successful as it is, however, much more needs to be done because the nation has experienced a serious decline in tree cover in urban areas. According to Time Magazine, Washington D.C. has lost half its tree cover. San Diego has lost 25%. Tree cover in Chicago and Philadelphia is only 16% of what it once was. One representative of the U.S. Forest Service has stated that “Urban deforestation compares with what’s going on in the world’s rain forests.”

Visit to find out if you live in a Tree City USA and, if not, how you can help your community qualify.

As a top notch tree service (owned and staffed by certified Arborists) we understand that it’s necessary to sometimes remove trees. Replacing them with more site appropriate trees will also give you the benefit of higher property value, decreased energy costs, cleaner air and a more beautiful environment.

Another important aspect of our service is tree pruning and fertilization, because trees in urban areas do best with tree care and maintenance.

Let’s make a World of Difference.

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Date: 10/1/2014 7:00 AM UTC

Fall is a favorite time of year with it's spectacular colors. Ever wonder how it happens? 
The answer is all in the leaves! 

Here’s how it works:
Plants' roots take up water from the ground while carbon dioxide (a gas) is taken from the air. The plant uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose (a kind of sugar) to use for energy and growth. This process is called Photosynthesis.

As part of this process, chlorophyll, a chemical that makes plants  green, is created. As the days get shorter and the light wanes, the process slows. Chlorophyll is no longer being manufactured and so the green color fades. 
The autumn colors have actually been there all along, but in summer are covered by chlorophyll. As the green fades, those distinctive autumn colors begin to show. They become brighter in the fall because of glucose trapped in the leaves.A late summer that’s dry with sunny fall days & cool nights produces the brightest foliage here in the Northeast.

The red and purple colors come from anthrocyanin pigments in the leaves.

The orange colors come from carotene, and the yellows come from xanthrophyll.

Brown colors come from tannin, a waste product. 

Scientists don’t yet know the exact purpose of these pigments, though they are all involved in the photosynthesis process.

If you want to bring Autumn color into your landscape, fall is a great time to plant trees. Check the list below for some deciduous tree species we recommend.
(Note: There's a range of planting zones in New Hampshire, so be sure to check what zone you’re in when planting new vegetation. Click here to learn more.)

Six spectacular deciduous tree species!

  1. Sugar Maple -  Spectacular fall colors with leaves turning yellow to orange and finally to red. Hardy in zones 3 – 8.
  2. Red Maple – In the fall this red leafed tree turns deep red or yellow. Hardy in zones 3-9.
  3. Bald Cypress – Unusual, in that this is a deciduous conifer which turns a beautiful orange-red color. Hardy in zones 4-10.
  4. Black Tupelo - The leaves of this tree will combine many colors at once – yellow, orange, purple, scarlet and bright red. Hardy in zones 4 – 9.
  5. Sassafrass -  You’ll see brilliant colors of deep orange, scarlet, purple and yellow on this tree.  Hardy in zones 4 – 9.
  6. Aspen – Typically a western tree, the spectacular yellow leaves make this tree a fall beauty.  Hardy in zones 1 – 7.

Enjoy the Autumn Trees!

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Date: 9/2/2014 4:33 PM UTC

                                             Save Money ~ Save Your Trees

For the month of September 2014, we are offering a money saving
Coupon to all our new and existing customers. Why?

Because we want to help you and the planet stay GREEN.

We are a full service tree company, and that means that along with

offering tree removals, pruning, cabling & stump grinding we also help
you save your trees.

All living things need to eat, and better nutrition equals better

health and a longer life. Trees eat composted nutrients from
organic waste…. which, in a forest, is decaying leaves and other
organic matter. But in urban settings where fall leaf removal is an
aesthetic necessity the trees go hungry! Feeding the lawn does not
feed the treesClick here to read all about basic tree nutrition and needs.

Call today and schedule your tree’s Deep Root Fertilization.

Print out the coupon and start seeing more Green!

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Date: 7/1/2014 5:29 PM UTC

Did you know that the American Chestnut (Castanea dentate) was once the most abundant and largest canopy tree of the eastern forest?

At the turn of the 20th century, there were nearly four billon of these trees – one tree out of four was an American Chestnut in the old-growth Appalachian forests. The trees habitat ranged from Maine to Georgia. And these trees would often attain heights up to 130 ft. and 10 or more feet in diameter! They were regarded as the “Redwood of the east.” Many birds and animals depended on the trees’s nut crops for food – as did we. Its wood was considered the best native lumber – tough, water and rot resistant, and easy to grow.

American Chestnut leaves & nuts (From Wikipedia)

Where are they now? What happened? 

The story begins just before 1904, near New York City. Plantings of some exotic chestnut trees (which may have been the Japanese Chestnut) proved to be a fatal mistake.

A parasite – “chestnut blight” (a fungus of Asian origin) was introduced and so began the devastation of 99.99 percent of the American Chestnut population! This blight caused one of the greatest ecological disasters in the history of the world’s forests.

The blight is spread by spores from tree to tree. The infection causes limbs to develop swollen, discolored bark. This is quickly followed by bark-shattering cankers which girdle and kill the trees within a few years. Extinction would have happened decades ago except for the fact that the blight does not generally destroy the root system. And so, new shoots appear, but ultimately suffer the same fate.

Can anything be done? 

We are happy to report that the answer is "yes – it’s looking very promising," thanks to the extraordinary efforts of The American Chestnut Foundation and the development of blight-
resistant American Chestnut trees through “backcross breeding.” (Hybrids of American & Chinese chestnut trees are crossed back onto American specimens, which are inoculated with blight and screened for resistance; the process is repeated for several generations until a nearly pure strain results.) Experiments are showing that this breeding plan will result in blight-resistant American Chestnuts.

Let’s continue the story of one of the most amazing and beautiful trees of the eastern forests!

Here’s a site worth seeing..... Full of fascinating information, photos, and more .... All about the American Chestnut.

This American Chestnut sapling symbolizes the species' promising future. (From Wikipedia)

Consider becoming a Member. If you’re interested in more information contact TACF 160 Zillicoa St. Suite D, Asheville NC 28801

In the words of a former president of TACF:

“This one tree...can help make it plain to those who still do not understand, that...concerns which sometimes appear to be at odds with one another are deeply interconnected.When the forests die, it isn’t just the wildlife that suffers, nor just the tender-hearted. We humans have a cold, hard cash interest in seeing that our ecosystems stay healthy. When the tree was hurt, so were we; and badly. As a tool to teach that lesson, the American Chestnut is unexcelled.”

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Date: 6/2/2014 5:27 PM UTC

What are these purple hanging boxes?

Purple equals Pest Alert! …. It’s all about
EAB a.k.a. Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

This beetle is Invasive and it’s highly destructive to Ash Trees.

It will wreak havoc on the general Ash tree population within 11 years - and KILL your trees within 3 – 5 years of infestation!

To date, this invasive non-native pest has killed 50- 100 million Ash Trees and threatens 7.5 Billion through-out North America. All members of the Ash Tree family.

(Green, Black, White and Blue Ash) are at risk.

Ash trees make up a good percentage of the Urban Forest due to their ability to withstand stress and being able to grow despite poor planting /care practices. When these trees are killed by EAB , there are increased injuries (from falling limbs and trees) and higher rates of pollution due to 10-25 percent tree canopy loss. Tree removals (whether the tree is dead or infected) are costly to both Homeowners and cities/towns.

EAB has been located in N.H. as of March 2013.
The Purple Trap is to find out if the insect is in your neighborhood. There are now effective, low-
cost treatments available…. Though be aware that there are some remedies being marketed that are simply a waste of money.

At present, there are 3 treatments that are proving effective against EAB, and if used may save your trees. For more information, read this, contact UNH Cooperative Extension Forestry Information Center, and visit to learn signs and symptoms of EAB infestation and to report infested trees.

Trees a vital part of our ecosystem. Play your part in helping to care for them. Here in New Hampshire we have diverse Forests; Historical trees; and home landscaping which are all so important to our well being.

Bradley Tree & Landscape can help you with your Trees….. give us a call today.

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Date: 4/30/2014 10:14 PM UTC

" What should I look for when hiring a Tree Service?"
Whether you own residential or commercial property, hiring a tree service at some point is almost inevitable. After all, "tree-scapes" add a lot of value to a property. And because trees are always growing - and are very long-lived organisms - regular care, and sometimes tree removal, is necessary.

First impressions last.  Reputable services will actively advertise using several channels, online and off. If they've invested a substantial amount of time and resources in creating a credible first impression, that's a likely indicator that the service will be professional and honest. (Be sure to check that the service's ads include basic information, including their address and contact numbers!)

Get it in writing.  Your tree service should provide a written quote after discussing the work you'd like them to do. A competent arborist will be able to assess the work, put it in writing, and leave it with you at the end of the consultation. This is assurance for both of you that you're on the same page.

-Credentials are key. The tree service should be able to produce these if you ask. Relevant certificates include: Arborist CertificationCertificate of Insurance, and a Crane Operator License.  These credentials all indicate a high level of competency and accountability on the part of the business.

-Years of experience. Tree work requires technical skill, heavy-duty equipment operation and good judgement. Miscalculations can have dire consequences (as one can imagine!). In the tree business, years of experience counts.

-Employees. Some tree service duties  - such as shrub or fruit tree pruning - can be done by a single person. But a tree removal or even a large limb pruning requires a full crew. So be on the lookout - a 'one-man show' could result in problems for both of you!

-Equipment. Before agreeing to anything, find out whether the tree service owns and operates the equipment necessary to accomplish the tasks at hand. Ask if they own a crane, a lift, a bucket truck, a log truck, a chipper, and a stumpgrinder. Additionally, look for the tree service's name on the equipment. If you see it, you're in good hands!
-Saftey Equipment. When the workers are on the job everyone should be using standard safety equipment such as Hard Hats, Cutting Chaps, Work Boots, Eye and Ear Protection.
Above all, trust your instincts. If you're being pressured into making a decision, you may not be dealing with the ideal service for you. However, if your personal criteria are met and you feel comfortable, then you've found the right service for you!

Call us to schedule an Estimate…you’ll be glad you did. 603-886-1550 or 669-0707

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Date: 3/31/2014 11:20 PM UTC

Q. Why should I fertilize? 

A. Because fertilization bolsters tree health, enabling trees to fight off disease, pests and environmental stresses. Trees growing in a forest are naturally fertilized with decaying plant matter. Not so in our urban landscapes.

Q. When should I fertilize?

A. Apply fertilizer in the spring, after the last frost. Bradley Tree and Landscape now offers deep root tree and shrub fertilization.  

Q. Fertilizers seem a bit confusing….. can you explain it?

A. Fertilizers mainly provide a combination of three essential nutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K). While shopping for fertilizers, you’ll see that different fertilizers contain varying amounts of N, P and K based on a ratio of 100 pounds. A balanced fertilizer might be marked 10-10-10, indicating an equal amount (ten pounds) of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in that fertilizer. (The remaining 70 pounds is filler.) Complete fertilizers contain some of each nutrient, and fertilizers labeled incomplete indicate that one or two of the three nutrients are not present in that particular variety. Most trees prefer a fertilizer ratio of 2-1-1, which translates to a fertilizer analysis of 20-10-10. (20% nitrogen, 5% available phosphates, 5% water soluble potash.)

Q. Are trees fertilized differently from lawns?

A. Yes they are.When trees are in urban or suburban environments they often experience high stress conditions because of soil compaction, construction, physical damage & competition from other trees, shrubs and turf.Lawns are fertilized more than any other aspect of our landscapes. And they’re often fertilized too much…. with the excess running off into water supplies. Tree feeder roots are below the grass roots and are deprived of the topically applied fertilizers. That’s why we recommend ‘Deep Root Tree Fertilization’.

Q. How is it done?

A. Small holes are made in the soil around the tree, with liquid fertilizer injected, which is accessed by the tree’s fine absorbing roots. Application holes, depth, spacing, fertilizer rate and tree type are all calculated for maximum efficacy.The advantage of deep root fertilization is that nutrients become immediately available to the tree. 

Contact us to schedule fertilizing and maintenance of your Trees and Shrubs.

Bradley Tree & Landscape 886-1550 or 669-0707

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Date: 3/3/2014 6:06 PM UTC

And to help usher Spring in, here’s an enticing offer.

10 Free Trees

This comes from one of our favorite groups,

Whether you live in an urban or country neighborhood, there are trees that are just right for you.

Maybe you need easily managed ‘ornamentals’.

Or perhaps you want a Wild Bird Grove of trees.

Or you love the Autumn Classics.

Perhaps you’re looking to plant a wind row of Firs or Spruces.

There are so many choices and you’ll find what’s right for you. By visiting the site and typing in your zipcode you’ll find the trees best suited to your planting zone. And the price couldn’t be better!

Give us a call for all your tree needs…. Whether it’s for removals, pruning, cabling, fertilizing or stump grinding.

Happy Spring!

The Bradley Tree Crew

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Call for an Estimate: Manchester (603) 669-0707, Nashua (603) 886-1550