Winter 2020

The science of preserving nature since 1964

Covid-19 Update

Providing essential services and keeping our customers and employees safe...

Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still a cause for concern in our region and around the country. We are following strict social distancing and other protocols to keep our customers and employees safe. We want to reassure you that our team is well prepared to provide you with safe and reliable tree, shrub and lawn care services when you need it.

As members of the local communities we serve across New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, we’re here to support our residential and business customers through this challenging time. This includes being prepared to address emergency and hazardous tree conditions and in managing invasive, harmful and damaging pests and diseases that require time sensitive treatments.

Steps we have taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19 include:

  • Mandated wearing of masks for all staff and crew.
  • Free masks and appropriate PPE gear are supplied to all employees of Almstead.
  • Sanitizing of vehicles and equipment with bleach solution twice a day.
  • Maintaining social distance with crew members and customers.
  • Arborists working remotely as much as possible and communicating with customers and managers via phone, email or video.
  • Reduction of office staff on premises with some staff working remotely.
  • Regular daily safety checks, including filling safety information sheet for staff and visitors to the office.
  • Video cameras and locks at all entrances to prevent unannounced visitors from entering office premises.
  • Plexi-glass barriers around all workspaces inside the offices for safety of staff.
  • Professional cleaning and sanitizing of offices every week for additional safety.
  • Daily temperature and Covid information checks of staff and visitors using a Health Safety App Questionnaire.
In This Issue:

Almstead Around Town

For the 8th consecutive year, Almstead sponsored the Gardners’ Party at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center in the Bronx. This year, because of Covid-19, it was virtual event. The agenda included a conversation between Marco Polo Stufano, Founding Director of Horticulture and Louis Bauer... (more)

EAB Update

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees in our region and, without intervention, it can wipe out all our ash trees very soon. Signs of EAB include the presence of the small, metallic green insect or tiny D-shaped holes, S-shaped galleries and splitting bark... (more)

Included Bark

With winter fast approaching, it is prudent to think about the trees on your property. It's a good idea to have an arborist perform an inspection of your trees surface roots, trunk and canopy. Included Bark (which can lead to tree failure) is a type of branch defect that develops when two or more stems (co-dominant stems) grow closely together in a V-shape. .. (more)

Right Tree Right Place

If you are considering planting a new tree, whether it is in your backyard, a community garden, a public space, or on a commercial property, it is essential that you are planting the right tree for that particular spot. Every tree planted today is an investment in the future... (more)

Is your lawn ready for next year?

The heat and drought this summer has been very challenging for lawns in our region — making them more susceptible to fungus, root pathogens and brown grass (early dormancy). A cold winter can result in further damage to your lawn. If you have a Lawn Care Program with Almstead and took advantage of our Fall Lawn Services... (more)

Beech Leaf Disease

Our prized beech trees are once again under attack! Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) is a relatively new disease (discovered in 2012) that has now been confirmed in several places in our region — including Westchester, Rockland, and Suffolk counties. NY as well as in Fairfield County, CT... (more)


The above video is of our New Jersey team removing a hazardous tree in Ridgewood, NJ. The original video footage was given to us by the customer, who was very pleased with our work.

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Letter from the CEO


What a year it's been! As I am writing this, it is approaching Thanksgiving. Sadly, the Covid-19 virus has impacted so many people and businesses in our country since the spring. But, finally, I think we can see a glimmer of hope on the horizon with the news of several new successful vaccines in production. We can be thankful for this breakthrough — and we salute our healthcare and front-line workers for their service and sacrifice during this challenging time.. (more)

Almstead Compost

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) has determined that Almstead Compost is in compliance with the USDA National Organic Program. It is OMRI Listed® in the Generic Material Listing: U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) under Compost, plant materials, Class: Crop Fertilizers and Soil Amendments.

OMRI offers a trusted independent review of brand name input products intended for organic farming and processing. OMRI's standards are based on the NOP, the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards and on the Mexican Organic Products Law (LPO) guidelines.

Almstead Compost is made with organic local source materials. It is a great source of nutrients for plant material. Full of beneficial microbiology that’s native to our region, compost creates a more sustainable soil system that requires fewer, if any, additional input. Please visit our Nursery & Mulch Division website for more information.

Trees to Consider:

American Holly

When it comes to lining a fence or screening your property, American Holly is a great choice. A versatile shrub with great winter contrast, this plant is actually native to North America and so it thrives in our area and can be found in the wild or in any type of landscape... (more)

Anti-desiccant Treatment: Keep Your Evergreens Protected in Winter

During winter, your evergreens are the showcase of your landscape. However, winter can also be very stressful for them. The cold, winter wind, and extreme fluctuations in temperatures can cause moisture-loss which can lead to dieback... (more)

Winter Storm Damage Protection

Many tree weaknesses and defects are not obvious.  It is always a good idea to have an arborist perform an annual 360° visual inspection of your trees surface roots, trunk and canopy. If your Almstead arborist hasn’t visited your property yet to do a seasonal inspection this fall... (more)



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