Stem- Girdling Roots

Stem-Girdling is the term used to describe roots that encircle, confine, and limit the growth of a tree trunk. This problem often originates in a nursery container when roots grow to the container wall and then turn back and continue to grow in a circular pattern. If not corrected at planting, these roots will remain once the tree is in the landscape.  Stem-girdling roots can cause excessive soil in the root-collar. Sometimes this is observed in a landscape when soil or mulch causes mounding of the turf at the base of the tree.

Stem-girdling roots can cause weakness in trees such as, shorter branch growth, small leaves, early autumn color, die back in the trees canopy, and the tree can be prone to damage in wind.

Here is an example of a stem-girdling root in a Maple Tree.

          stem-girdling root in a maple tree

In many cases stem-gidling roots are evident in township trees, or trees that have been planted by contractors in new development, between a sidewalk and street curb. You will typically be able to see the rapping or circling root where the tree trunk meets the ground. At times you will notice lifted slabs of sidewalk concrete adjacent to the tree which can be a trip hazard.

If you observe a tree on your property with stem-girdling roots, you should monitor the tree for some of the problems listed above. Stem-girdling roots will not cause a rapid decline in a tree. In fact the condition is, at times,  observed in mature trees. Removing dead branches from a tree with stem-gidling roots is advantageous and will promote new growth, improving the overall health of the tree. Of course, if you choose to remove the tree, Stump Grinding can be completed to remove the stump and stem-girdling roots.

As always you can call B&M Tree Service LLC for an evaluation, and free estimate for your tree!

Happy Fathers Day

Summer is underway here at the Jersey Shore!

Fathers Day is upon us!

The best way to treat dad this year would be to get some of his yard work completed by B&M Tree Service LLC! We can help with property clean ups, bed clean outs, bush trimming and shaping, as well as the many tree services we provide such as tree removal, trimming, and stump grinding. Get us out to take care of some of this work so dad can sit back and relax or spend more time with his family!

B&M Tree Service LLC

732 995 0535

Northern Red Oak

The Northern Red Oak is the official tree of the State of New Jersey!

Quercus Rubra, or Northern Red Oak is commonly referred to as a Red Oak. The tree is named for the reddish color observed in the wood. The fall foliage can also be red, however yellows and orange can also be observed. Red Oak trees provide shelter for many different types of wildlife, and the seedlings, leaves, and acorns are also an important source of food for many animals.

The Red Oak prefers slightly acidic soil. It is a fast growing tree, and typically can grow to be approximately 90′ tall and 3′ in diameter! The bark of the tree is dark reddish grey brown with broad rounded or scaly ridges. The winter buds are also a dark reddish brown, while the leaves are alternating 7/9 lobes, oblong and any where from 5″-10″ long.

Red Oak trees are a source of hardwood lumber because the grain of the wood is strong and durable. Red Oak is typically used in furniture or flooring. The strong, tight course grain also makes the species an excellent source of firewood!

Unfortunately, many Red Oak’s in our area have become infected with Oak Gall, which is caused by a tiny non-stinging wasp. Gall is not aesthetically pleasing on a tree, and it will cause  many branches to die, and the ultimate death of the tree. (Check out our August 10, 2014 blog to see a picture of oak gall.) It is of course, advantageous to remove branches affected by gall for the overall health of the tree, safety, and the overall beauty of the tree.



B&M Tree Service Celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

April is an important month for B&M Tree Service LLC. This time of year the weather breaks and Spring has arrived. Many people are now outside looking at their landscapes which includes their trees. Business picks up for us, as many smart homeowners elect to start tree trimming or tree removal projects. For these reasons, it is appropriate that Earth Day is celebrated on Saturday April 22nd, and Arbor Day is celebrated on Friday April 28th!

Trees are an important part of our landscapes for many reasons. Trees are beautiful, and can improve our property values, provide shade, and complete a beautiful landscape design. Trees help our environment also. Fallen tree leaves can reduce soil temperature and soil moisture loss. Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, or carbon monoxide from the air, and release oxygen.

If you are in need of tree care, don’t hesitate to call B&M Tree Service LLC! A complete list of the services we provide can be found on this web-site!


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Tree Removal- Ocean County NJ

It is an excellent time of year to start your outdoor projects. Creating beautiful landscapes at home is a favorite past time of many a homeowner. But tree removal is a job that is best left to a professional who can safely remove a tree.

B&M Tree Service LLC is experienced in tree removal, and we pride ourselves on leaving our work site clean and neat at the completion of the job.

No tree is too big or too small, and we offer free estimates for all of your tree removal needs.

If your landscape project requires tree removal, don’t take the job on yourself. Call B&M Tree Service LLC for a fair, free estimate today!

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here! The weather is improving and soon we will be outside daily enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and our beautiful landscapes!

B&M Tree Service is here to help you maintain the beauty of your property! Call us for a free estimate on tree removal, trimming, bush removal, bush shaping, bush trimming, stump grinding, leaf cleanup, bed cleanup or free wood chip delivery!

B&M Tree Service LLC

732- 995- 0535

Tree trimming and pruning- B&M Tree Service LLC

Tree trimming and pruning can be done during any time of the year. Typically it is best to trim a tree when it is dormant, during the winter months to ensure healthy growth in the spring, however you can trim and prune trees at any time. Removing dead and dying branches from trees also improves the overall health of the tree allowing the tree to continue to grow as healthy as possible.


If you are interested in having your trees trimmed and pruned, do not hesitate to call B&M Tree Service LLC for a free estimate!


Property Cleanups- Ocean County

Spring is upon us!

The winter can do some damage to our property leaving it looking a mess. But soon the weather will break and we will be spending more time outside in our yards enjoying the weather and our landscapes!

Tree Trimming

Tree Removal

Leaf Cleanups

Stump Grinding

Bed Cleanups

Wood Chip Delivery

Branch Cleanups

Bush Trimming

Call B&M Tree Service for a property clean up to get your yard in shape for the upcoming outdoor season! Call and Schedule before March 1st to take advantage of our already discounted winter pricing!

B&M Tree Service

732- 995- 0535