Cutting Edge Tree Services & Arbor Master, Inc


Trees add beauty to any property, decorating the landscape with variety and providing us with many benefits like shade and better air quality. There are simple things we can do for our trees in return, like mulching.

While it may be visually appealing for some homeowners to have there trees surrounded by landscaping of river rock or planted grass, the best thing we can do for our trees at the ground level is natural mulching. Trees and turf grass have conflicting symbiosis and compete with each other for resources. Tree roots thrive amidst fungal organisms called mycorrhizae, whereas grasses interact in a complex relationship with bacteria carried by herbivores. By mulching all the way out to the dripline of any tree, we give the soil the organic material in which mycorrhizae may thrive, in turn working to break down nutrients to make them more available to the tree's feeder roots.

Furthermore, mulch keeps turf grass that may deprive the tree of nitrogen from growing around the root basal, where nutrient uptake occurs. Good mulching habits have a naturally fertilizing effect when natural mulch is used. Natural mulch is the woody waste that comes from chipping limbs, logs and brush as opposed to kiln dried landscaping mulch that offers little nutritional benefit. Whereas landscaping materials like cedar chips and river rock can be expensive, Cutting Edge Tree Services has an unlimited supply of natural mulch we offer free to anyone to pick up at our Mason City location! We also offer mulch delivery and a proper mulching education service at a fraction of the cost of commercial landscaping materials.

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A Well-Oiled Machine

You guys are amazing! What a well-oiled machine. All that teamwork and in the rain to boot. That is dedication. Big storm damage mess cleared up in 2 hours. And to think our job was only the first on your list that day. Thanks so much.

Deb, Charles City, IA

The Whole Job Was a Success

The whole job was a success to me, from the removing of the trees, the stumps, filling in with dirt, planting of the new tree, trimming the other tree to the cleanup. You did an amazing job, and in record time. You have a hard working crew.

Dianna, Garner, IA

Taking Immediate Action

Rarely at a loss for words I am struggling to express the depth of my gratitude to Kevin for taking immediate action to safely remove a tree at our house.

Melissa Norris, Clear Lake, IA

Totally Pleased

Totally pleased with your work at our Clear Lake property! Thank you, thank you!

Ann & Mike, Des Moines, IA