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The Emerald Ash Borer is Active in Minnesota!

“Got Beetles? Watch Out! The Emerald Ash Borer is Active in Minnesota!

What’s an Emerald Ash Borer?

This invasive beetle species lives in and feeds on ash trees only. They nibble on the inner bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to move nutrients from the roots to the leaves. Adult beetles burrow into the bark to lay eggs that emerge each spring, hatching more beetles to do more damage.

The Emerald Ash Borer is about a half-inch long and has a bright, iridescent green color. If you see these beetles on YOUR ash trees, call Nature’s Touch Tree Service RIGHT AWAY!!

There is a huge infestation plaguing the Minneapolis area! Look out for these pests and the woodpeckers that eat their larvae. If your ash trees look sickly or have woodpecker holes, they may still be in danger!


Emergency Tree Removal in Minnetonka

Nature’s Touch Tree Care & Landscaping received a call from a local dentist in Minnetonka. The dentist contacted us, because he has an overgrown tree in his backyard and he was wanting the tree removed before a big summer barbecue that he had planned. We scheduled the tree removal on a day that worked for the dentist.

Our team arrived as scheduled and the customer showed us the tree. We looked the tree over and the tree really needed to be removed long before now as the tree was leaning towards the home and had some minor rotting, which are signs that the tree was unhealthy. We gave him the estimate and the customer gladly agreed. Our team positioned the bucket crane, so we could safely remove the tree. The team started removing branches from the top to the bottom until the team successfully had the tree removed. The customer also wanted the stump removed, so we used our stump grinder to do this. When the team was finished the customer couldn’t tell that there was once a tree in the space. We  handled the large job safely and quickly, which was impressive to the customer.

He thanked the team for doing a great job and said that Nature’s Touch Tree Care & Landscaping was the tree removal specialists in Minnetonka and he would be calling us again in the near future for other projects around his home.

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Tree?

Many homeowners often wonder what decides tree removal prices. There is no cut and dry way to set the price for a tree removal, because the cost is determined by several factors. There are four main factors that determine the cost of a tree removal.

Four Main Factors to Determine Tree Removal Costs

Here are the four main factors to determine the cost of tree removal:

  1. Height of the Tree

The height of the tree plays a major role on the cost of having tree removal performed. Very large trees from 60’ and taller will cost more than having a 30’ tall tree removed. The width of the tree contributes to the price of the removal, as well as the type of tree considered for the job. Oak trees may cost more to be removed, because the Oak tree is one of the strongest and toughest trees in the Midwest. An Oak tree can also grow very tall, and this is just one example of how the type of tree can play a factor in determining the cost of having tree removal done.

  1. Condition of the Tree

The condition of the tree will affect the cost of the tree removal. A tree that is not healthy will often lean, and even a slight lean can be dangerous. It may also be a stability issue, which will also affect the cost. If the tree has multiple trunks, then the trunks could crack and possibly fall during the tree removal. Factors like these all can turn a job that appears simple into something really complex. A tree that has decay also affects the price, because there may be weak spots that will affect the tree removal process.

  1. Location of the Tree

The location of the tree is considered and plays a major factor in the price for the tree removal. A tree that is near power lines or any structures will require special equipment. The branches will need to be lowered down by ropes for safety reasons. The location of the tree can affect the price of the tree removal from 25%-50%.

  1. Is the Tree Dead?

Many homeowners think that if their tree is dead, then the price for tree removal is lower, but if the tree is dead it could make the price increase. This is because dead trees are weak and brittle, which makes the dead tree potentially quite dangerous to remove and work with. Many tree removal services won’t even consider removing a dead tree from a property, because of the risks that come with this tree removal.

Stump Removal

Stump removal can be included in the initial estimate or as an extra charge after the tree has been successfully removed. The price for stump removal depends on the condition of the soil, the roots, and the hardness of the stump. Stump removal involves the use of a stump grinder, which is why this is an additional cost after a tree has been removed.

Once the stump has been removed, then it is recommended to have sod added to the area. Wood chips or mulch is not recommended to go over the area where the stump was, because wood chips will deplete the soil of the nitrogen and will not allow planted grass seeds to grow properly.

Nature’s Touch Tree Care and Landscaping is the tree removal experts in Eden Prairie and the Southwest Metro area. Our crew is experienced and trained to remove all trees safely and effectively. Contact us today for an estimate or more information.

Minnetonka Tree Care for a Retail center

In early autumn, our team was contacted by a small shopping/retail center owner looking for a tree service in Minnetonka. The retail center owner needed to have some work done on overgrown trees around their pavilion. The owner said the pavilion is a gathering place where locals sit to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee, and just enjoy nature. We scheduled an appointment with the owner to look over the property, determine a plan and give her some options for correcting the problems.

Project for a tree company in Minnetonka - Nature's Touch Job ImageOur crew arrived at the pavilion in Minnetonka and started looking over the trees. We proposed removing 2 dead trees, removing a large section of potentially invasive plants, pruning 4 larger trees and grinding the stumps of the removed trees. After reviewing the plan, the owner agreed to the estimate, which she was impressed with. She then asked us if we could start the following morning.

Since we had a crew finishing an emergency project in neighboring Deephaven, MN we told her that we could in fact be there the next day after lunch. Upon arrival our team was ready to go. After the tree removal we pruned the 4 trees and and placed mulch around the flowers and plants that were planted around the pavilion. We also removed the invasive plants that were a threat to the 100+ year old trees on the property. Just after we were finishing the Stump grinding, the owner arrived. She said that we did a fantastic job and things looked excellent.

She was very happy that we were so thorough in diagnosing the best strategies to keep the property beautiful and usable for her customers. She felt that we were a great tree company and that Minnetonka residents could trust us and depend on us for quality tree care, tree trimming, and landscaping. The owner said her customers will now appreciate the pavilion, because the trees are trimmed and healthy and the property looks beautiful again.