Three Trees To Think Twice About Planting

Everyone loves a good tall tree in their yard. Whether for shade or bearing fruit, a nice tree can add so much to a person’s property. But in many cases, the wrong trees can actually take away from other areas of your yard. Here are three trees that you might want to think twice about planting.

Bradford Pear Tree. Bradford Pear Trees look beautiful. Picturesque in the springtime, even. But they have a few fatal deal-breakers for many. The first being the smell. To put it bluntly, these are those trees you’ve heard of that smell like fish. Even if that weren’t the case, their slight leaves go blowing away in windstorms and they leave distinct, thorny seedlings all over the place.

Silver Maple Tree. The mighty Silver Maple Tree has a lot of majesty to it. But that doesn’t much matter when the thick, unruly roots start to tear apart your yard, break through water lines & sidewalks, and start uprooting in bad weather. With so much unpredictability regarding the roots, a Silver Maple Tree has a great chance of not just being your problem, but one that is sure to upset all of the neighbors as well.

Chinese Flame Trees. Beautiful as they are, the Chinese Flame Tree illustrates a great concern that too many people simply don’t think about: seeds. The Chinese Flame Tree has especially light seeds that will blow all over your yard. While other seeds from different trees might honestly be harder to naturally take root and grow, the Chinese Flame Tree has no problem in this area. Left unchecked, these trees will begin to sprout in undesirable areas of your yard. SERIOUSLY left unchecked and your entire yard will become taken over by them, as if it were some kind of Horror film.

Have one of these trees already in your yard? Want it removed? Then call the experts at G & R Tree Service today!

Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.


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How To Tell If Your Tree Is Dead

Staten Island Dead Tree Removal – How To Determine If A Tree Is Dead or Dying

With Spring just around the corner, you’ll start to see those dead looking trees fill back up with life and bloom again. But what if you don’t? Could your tree be dead? Could it finally be time to have it removed? Here are a few tips that you can use to determine if your tree is dead or dying.

– No Leaves. One of the more immediate giveaways that your tree isn’t healthy is that the leaves are not sprouting when they should or not sprouting at all. This is a sign that your tree is not in good condition and might need to be removed.

– Check the branches. Another great way to tell if your tree is dying is to check the branches. Are they extra brittle and dry? Are dead leaves sticking to them instead of naturally falling? These are all signs that you probably have a dead tree on your hands.

– The scratch test. In every tree, there is a layer of bark just under the surface that should be green. This is a clear signal of a healthy tree, full of life. If that layer just under the bark is brown and brittle, unfortunately, it’s already too late to save your tree.

– Damage to the trunk. There are two key things to look for on the trunk when determining if your tree is dead or not. The first is any deep cuts or markings that could be a sign of trunk damage by an outside force. The other sign is to look for any spots where bark has been removed and has not grown back in, has grown back incorrectly, or areas where large amounts of fungus are growing (showing signs of internal rot).

By using these tips, you will have a good idea of what to look for when determining if it’s time to call G & R Tree Service and have them come by for quick and easy Staten Island tree removal.

Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.

Safe Staten Island Tree Removal From G&R Tree Service

A Man in a Bucket Truck Trimming Trees

How G&R Performs Staten Island Tree Removal Safely and Efficiently

There are many benefits to having trees on your property. Those benefits range from carbon dioxide absorption to increased property value. As beautiful and useful as trees can be, there are certain situations where a Staten Island homeowner will have no other choice but to have a tree cut down. In those circumstances, it’s very important to make sure that Tree Removal is done safely. That’s where G&R Tree Service comes in!

G&R Tree Service is a Staten Island Tree Removal company, who focuses on safety when removing trees. Our expert Tree Service professionals, make sure the dangerous work of cutting down a tree is done with care and focus. Homeowners without the proper experience, equipment, and know-how should never attempt to remove a tree of any size on their own.

Here are some important steps G&R always takes when removing a tree:

Inspection of Trees Before Removal

It’s important to inspect all trees before removing them, cutting them, trimming them, etc. Close inspections will show an expert arborist the actual condition of the tree. Making a rushed decision to remove a tree without examination can lead to removing trees unnecessarily, removing too much of a tree, or leaving weak or damaged parts of a tree unnoticed which creates dangerous conditions during removal.

Using the Correct Equipment For The Job

G&R makes sure to have the proper equipment on hand for each and every job. When using this equipment, our experts use that machinery as intended, insuring the safety of our staff and your property. Chainsaws are nothing to fool around with. Our owner, Glen, is on every job insuring that your Staten Island Tree Removal is done in the most professional manner.

Using Proper Tree Removal Techniques

Removing trees can be difficult. There are specific techniques that should be used to avoid danger and serious damage to property. All of our Staten Island Tree Removal experts are trained in the best practices, and use of equipment to insure each job is done correctly.


Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.

How Did Trees Become Associated With Christmas?

Beautiful Christmas Tree

The history of Christmas Trees dates back thousands of years to the Evergreen Fir Tree. Pagans used the branches of the evergreen fir tree as decorations during the Winter Solstice to remind them of the Springtime still ahead.

The Evergreen Fir’s Christmas roots lay in Northern Europe, where they were traditionally hung near the ceiling by chains. In places like Latvia, for Christmas, they would light the entire tree and dance around it. This is where the idea behind the Yule Log was born.

In Germany, circa 1520, the traditional Christmas Fir tree would be paraded around town with a figurehead dressed like the traditional St. Nicholas bishop.

Of course, these older traditions informed more modern ones that we still carry on today. Instead of hanging a tree from the ceiling, chandelier style, we add lights and ornaments to it. Instead of making a show of the tree by parading it around, we take part in more broad and communal Christmas and Holiday parades. Also, instead of burning the tree, we use dedicated logs and a fireplace for our burning of the Christmas Yule Log.

Of course, G&R doesn’t remove Christmas Trees, but we can remove that old beast that’s hanging over your pool or could potentially damage your home or vehicle.

G&R also offers firewood, snow removal, and land clearing services on Staten Island. We do it all. G&R Tree Service has the experience and skill to help you clear your land, care for your trees, and provide you with firewood for the Yule Log.

So give us a call today and let us give you a free estimate. 718-815-7897

Tree Service For Homeowner’s Associations and Condominiums


Tree Service For Homeowner’s Associations and Condominiums

G&R offers expert tree care, tree removal, and tree maintenance to Homeowner’s Associations and Condominium Managers. We specialize in keeping owners and renters happy by keeping shrubs, trees, and bushes trimmed and looking beautiful. With G&R’s Staten Island Tree Care services, homeowner’s Associations and Condominium Managers have a resource to spot potentially dangerous branches so there’s less potential for damage after storms. Having G&R under contract also gives you 24/7 emergency service should any unforeseen problems arise.

Why G&R?

If you’re a member of a homeowner’s association or if you manage a condominium, contact us to find out how G&R can keep your trees, homeowners, and renters happy. With over 10 years of experience, G&R Tree Service has managed to establish ourselves as one of the most reliable tree services on Staten Island. We make sure to execute work on all of our projects with great attention to detail and our famous lowest price guarantee. Importantly, our owner – Glen Gabel – is present on every project to ensure your home and property are cared for through the entire process.

We can work with trees of any size on property of any size, so no job is too big or small for G&R. We make sure to get the job done right the first time. Our attention to detail and work ethic are the reason we get reviews like this one:

“I have used this company more than once , and am very satisfied with their service. I called many tree services and the prices were either too high or not responsive . Spoke with Glen, he responded right away, came by to give a quote and next day came with the crew and removed the trees. The guys worked fast, trees were removed efficiently and everything was cleaned up. Very professional, highly Recommend.”


Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.

How Trimming Your Trees Before Winter Can Prevent Expensive Damage

Staten Island Tree Winterization

Living on Staten Island, you’ve probably seen the damage that falling tree limbs can cause to homes, vehicles, and other property. G&R Tree service can help you prevent that kind of damage. Winter storms put weight on weak or dead trees that cause branches to break off or entire trees to fall over, pulling up their entire root structure. Savvy homeowners know that it’s wise to address potential problem trees before winter. By having a professional tree care expert identify potentially hazardous situations before the dangerous storms of the winter, you won’t have to worry about your trees causing damage to your property or the property of others.

Our G&R Tree Service professionals will come to your property and asses any trees that might cause damage during winter storms. We pay close attention to check trees that hang over homes and driveways since those are the areas where the most damage can be caused. Once we’ve done our assessment we discuss what we find with the property owner. We can trim branches, remove entire trees if they’re dead or are might be dangerous.

Don’t forget, the time after the tree’s leaves have fallen is the best time to prune trees. Our Staten Island Tree Experts are able to check each limb and determine if they’re capable of handling heavy snow or ice while also removing all branches that are already dead, diseased or damaged. Trimming trees ahead of storms is the best way to prevent damage.

With over 10 years of experience, G&R Tree Service has managed to establish ourselves as one of the most reliable tree services on Staten Island. We make sure to execute work on all of our projects with great attention to detail and our famous lowest price guarantee. Importantly, our owner – Glen Gabel – is present on every project to ensure your home and property are cared for through the entire process.

Contact G&R Tree Service today at 718-815-7897 to schedule your service appointment.

When And Why You Should Be Pruning Your Trees and Shrubs


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About G&R

G&R Tree Service is a Staten Island tree removal, tree trimming, & all-around tree service company. We provide customers in Staten Island, NY with tree removal and care, as well as a a variety of property maintenance services. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve managed to establish ourselves as one of the most reliable tree services in the region, executing our work with great attention to detail and a lowest price guarantee.

Not only that, but the owner – Glen Gabel – is present at every work site to ensure that your job is performed to the highest standard of quality.

Our services include:

  • Tree Removal – we have the capability to remove trees of all shapes and sizes.
  • Tree Care – we specialize in providing care for your trees and shrubs.
  • Other Services – firewood, snow removal, land clearing… we do it all.
  • For our customers’ convenience, we offer free estimates on all of our work; as well as senior and military discounts, every day!


Why You Should Be Pruning Your Trees and Shrubs Before Spring

The Spring season is creeping up on us and it’s coming fast. Winter is on its way out and the time has come for all of your trees and shrubs to be pruned. Pruning your plants is by far the most important thing to do when it comes to their health and longevity. Not only does pruning directly affect the lifespan of your trees and shrubs but it’s also beneficial to its overall look and presentation. Your presentation of plants, shrubs, and trees could make or break the value of your house.

It’s important to remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches straight away. As soon as the weather temperature starts to work its way up, just before the buds on trees open up, you should be pruning your plants. If you don’t prune, you’re leaving dead stems, which draws insects and open the door for diseases to develop. Harsh Winter conditions might not be enough to completely wipe out your plants and trees but a disease will see you starting over from the beginning.

Pruning is different for each and every tree and shrub and it becomes increasingly difficult with each plant that you own. For example, if you’re pruning Perennials, you’ll need to cut them back to around 4 inches so new steams and flowers could develop. If you have Evergreen Shrubs, however, you have to hedge, shape, and thin to reduce size. There are so many different kinds of plants and trees and more than a few different ways they need to be pruned.

If you’re in need of Pruning Services on Staten Island, Tree Cutting on Staten Island, or any Tree Services on Staten Island, please give us a call: 718-815-7897. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we serve all of Staten Island.

Staten Island Spring Tree Maintenance Tips

Springtime is when the trees are budding and blossoms appear. Spring is also a great time to start pruning off any frost damage to your neighborhood trees and other plans, which may have suffered from a harsh winter. Prepare your yard for summer and landscaping by removing deadwood and removing the unwanted parts of your existing landscaping. This will help prevent any damage to new trees and shrubs and help the existing plants grow and flourish better.

What can I do to assure my trees are healthy after the winter?

Start checking your trees for damage that may have occurred throughout the winter. Any sign of damage or advanced drying should be pruned and corrected as soon as it is caught. Another thing to consider before the spring: many insects and diseases become active during the early spring months. You should check your trees and bushes regularly for any sign of activity. Consult a professionally trained arborist to inspect your surrounding trees and foliage to ensure pests do not thrive and become a problem.

Critical Risk Trees and Shrubs
Have your arborist ensure there are no severely damaged trees in your area. Overly damaged trees can become a hazard and should be dealt with adequately.

Tips to care for trees

If spring weather becomes dry, make sure to deeply water trees and shrubs as necessary. Water is the most important part of keeping leaf and shoot development happening. Follow herbicide directions very carefully, some herbicides for dandelions can hurt trees if they are not applied properly to the area in which the dandelions are growing. Remember to fertilize your trees and shrubs annually, your landscaper or arborist can help with this process as well.

About G&R Trees

G&R Trees is a Staten Island tree service operating throughout all of Staten Island available 24 hours and 7 days a week. We provide a variety of tree and exterior home services as well as a few interior services as well. We have the knowledge and experience to handle trees of all shapes and sizes.

Contact us today for questions and to schedule your Staten Island Tree Service 718-815-7897

Staten Island Tree Trimming and Removal For Optimal Solar Panel Effectiveness

Do you have solar panels on your home? Are you thinking about buying or looking to buy solar panels? As you may know already, solar panels work by gathering the sun’s natural rays to create electricity. In order for your panels to do this adequately, there cannot be any surrounding fixtures or trees in the way. G&R Tree Service can help you get the full benefit out of your solar panels by trimming the surrounding trees around your home. As a company with over many years of experience around Staten Island, we know just what to do to keep your trees healthy and home looking beautiful as well as maximizing the potential of your home and solar panels.

According to Solar Power Authority, solar power is one of the cleanest, most sustainable, and most renewable resources in the world. As a home with solar panels, we know that you care about the trees and environment around you. However, what you may not have realized is that your trees could get in the way of harnessing valuable energy. Don’t let your home’s trees get in the way of soaking up that sun. Allow us to help keep your trees trimmed just right. G&R Tree Service will do everything we can to trim your trees to perfection and avoid removal. However, if removal is necessary we can handle this as well. G&R Tree Service has experience with homes and trees of all shapes and sizes.

Solar power is an exciting, eco-friendly, and ever-expanding industry. G&R Tree Service can help you with the small challenges that your solar panel brings. We strive to help you to get the most out of your great investment.


About G&R Tree Service

G&R Tree Service is a Staten Island Tree Service available for tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, and all-around tree care. We provide exterior home and tree services 24 hours and 7 days a week.

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Staten Island Trees as Diverse as Staten Islanders

What kind of Trees Live on Staten Island?

Around a quarter of Staten Island trees are Callery Pear Trees, according to an article on CityLab by John Metcalfe in April of 2015. This article references a blog written several days prior by Jill Hubley, who successfully used 2005 Tree Census data to set up beautiful maps to illustrate the diversity and volume of trees in the five boroughs of New York City.

Jill states: “Tree selection varies per site based on site condition, overhead clearance, and tree bed width. The Parks Department uses their criteria to define the habitat for each planting area, which in turn determines the range of species that can be planted.” With this knowledge in mind, we can see how careful the selection is of each tree in its particular spot. Beyond a beautiful sight, it is amazing to find out what effort goes into keeping our city so beautiful and flourishing.

Trees are an integral part of any environment. As the seasons change, we need to care for our trees like we would our children. Much like hibernation in animals, trees become dormant in the fall to winter to conserve energy. Arborists and experts agree that it is a good idea to prune trees during this dormant season. Dormant pruning impacts the landscape far less during the winter months. When trees are dormant, tree removal personnel have a better view of potential diseases and can better determine what needs to be removed.

If you’re in need of Pruning Services on Staten Island, Tree Cutting on Staten Island, or any Tree Services on Staten Island, please click here, give us a call: 718-815-7897. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we serve all of Staten Island.