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Prepare Trees for Summer Thunderstorms and Adverse Weather

May brings plenty of summer thunderstorms and adverse weather to Delaware and Pennsylvania. Those thunderstorms, in turn, bring plenty of risks to properties that have trees, especially fully-grown ones or nearby structures or vehicles. As a result, homeowners need to practice proper tree trimming and pruning in their landscapes to reduce the risks of damage to their homes and other areas of their properties. Below are tips on how to prepare trees for summer thunderstorms.

3 Tips To Prepare Trees for Summer Thunderstorms

1. Consider Tree Risks & Get Your Trees Inspected

The first thing you should do to prepare your trees for summer thunderstorms is evaluate potential risks. Your trees provide many benefit, but can also become a liability if they receive inadequate care and maintenance. Some of these risks may be difficult for the average homeowner to spot and may require a trained professional to recognize.

As you prepare trees for summer thunderstorms, work with an arborist to help identify potential risks during high winds and storms. To ensure you can enjoy a safe environment on your property, your arborist may recommend various treatments after completing a tree risk assessment. These may include:

  • Tree trimming and pruning
  • Cabling and bracing
  • Tree removal

Check the health of your trees regularly, inspecting them for signs of decay, pest infestations, and other problematic issues. If your trees are located near a structure, like your home or garage, remove any overhanging limbs that may cause damage during a summer thunderstorm or adverse weather. A professional tree care service company can help you evaluate the health of your trees and resolve issues such as overhanging branches.

2. Get Your Trees Pruned or Trimmed

Having trees pruned to remove dead or weak branches is especially important for two reasons. First, keeping a tree pruned regularly can significantly cut down on wind resistance or drag on trees and prevent damage in intense storms. However, over-thinning is a risk, so work with a tree specialist or arborist to ensure proper results from tree trimming and pruning of landscapes.

Second, the strong winds during a thunderstorm can cause weak or dead branches to break and fall, damaging nearby property or injuring people. So, pruning and trimming can be an effective aid to prepare trees for summer thunderstorms.


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3. Get Preventive Tree Care

Summer storms and adverse weather can bring lightning in addition to strong winds and heavy rain. Lightning poses many risks and dangers to trees, and the proper preventive measures can minimize the risk of lightning strikes to preserve your tree’s health. Preventive care such as tree lightning protection plans can help keep your trees safe, healthy, and protected. A lightning strike to your Delaware trees can cause immediate death for trees or severe damage that leaves them vulnerable to insect invaders.

For example, If a tree is located less than 10 feet from a structure and is struck by lightning, the strike can jump, or side-flash, to conductive materials on your house, like downspouts and gutter systems. So by taking preventive measures to protect your tree from lightning, you can reduce the risk of damaging your home at the same time.

What to Do After a Summer Storm

If you prepare trees for summer thunderstorms, you should take a look to see the effects of your preparation afterward. After storms, take a survey of your property to ensure your trees have safely weathered them. If you see any damage, minor or severe, work with an arborist in Wilmington, DE, for clean-up measures.

Call Stein Tree Service for Skilled Tree Trimming and Pruning in Wilmington, DE, and Nearby Areas

Stein Tree Service can help with all tree trimming and pruning on your Wilmington, DE property. Prepare trees for summer thunderstorms and adverse weather with professional trimming and pruning. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn about our TreeFall program, which could save you thousands of dollars in the event of storm damage.

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What is Involved with Tree Removal and Tree Stump Removal?

One of the big requests we get from homeowners this time of year is tree removal and tree stump removal. As residents prepare for winter, they want to ensure that their trees pose no threat to their properties or to people. If trees look dead, are leaning precariously, or are too close to power lines or structures, homeowners should consider the decision to remove the trees. Usually, residents will also choose to remove the stumps simultaneously.

The Tree Removal Process

Part of the challenge of tree removal for a professional tree care service company is safely removing the tree and impacting the surrounding area as little as possible. For example, if the tree is large, a specialist may climb the tree and remove bigger limbs before felling the tree. Occasionally, professionals will use ropes to lower branches or swing them away from objects to avoid damage.

Then the professionals will safely cut down the large tree trunk. If a professional deems a tree too large to cut all at once, they will cut the trunk in sections and carefully lower each one. Both of these tasks have a significant potential for personal injury or property damage, so hiring a professional is highly recommended. Once the tree is cut and down, all that is left is an unsightly large stump.

Why Should I Remove a Tree Stump?

If you want to remove a tree from your property, you should consider tree removal and tree stump removal. Several good reasons exist for removing tree stumps, the most understandable one being to improve the appearance of your landscape.

Stumps Present Tripping Hazards

Tree stumps in the ground present tripping hazards for pedestrians, especially in areas where people travel often, or children tend to play. In addition, grass and weeds grow around and obscure the stump, increasing the chances of someone tripping over it. Finally, the stump’s presence can cause problems when mowing, as visibility is affected by high grass. Lawnmowers can get damaged by driving over a stump or the exposed root system.

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Decay and Insects

Dead trees tend to decay, which can cause fungal growth. As a result, the combination of fungus and wood can attract unwelcome pests like termites or carpenter ants. These types of insects can be destructive if they get into your home or other structures on your property. In addition, a decayed tree stump is unsightly.

Unappealing Regrowth

Sometimes a stump can begin sprouting. Growths from the stump are unsightly and can also lead to new tree sprouts establishing in the area. These new tree sprouts are inconvenient to remove, so leaving a stump can lead to more hassle for you in the future.

How is Tree Stump Removal Performed?

Some tree removal companies will dig the stump out, but others, like Stein, use stump grinding. The stump removal process involves a grinding tool to grind the stump and tree roots into small, mulch-sized wood chips. These pieces can help fill in the hole in the ground level when the stump is removed. In nearly every case, we can remove the entire stump. However, if any root pieces remain, they are typically 6-10 inches deep below the surface. Therefore, the remaining stump pieces will usually decay with no further issues.

Hire Stein Tree Service for Tree Removal and Tree Stump Removal or Grinding

Stein Tree Service has over 30 years of experience. Our arborists are committed to excellent tree care and to causing as little impact to other plants and trees as possible. Our stump grinding machine, for example, has turf-friendly tracks and can fit through a 3 foot-wide gate. The size of the machinery and these special tracks allow us to avoid traumatizing or compacting the area around the tree stump.

We are experienced, fully insured, and licensed. So you can feel confident that you are receiving tree removal and tree stump removal services from highly qualified professionals while being protected in the case of an accident on your property. Whether you need tree removal, tree stump removal, trimming, or another tree care service, contact us today for a free consultation or to learn more.

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Certified Arborist in Wilmington – What is Tree Topping and Why is Tree Topping a Poor Practice?

Ask any arborist or tree care specialist in Wilmington or anywhere else, and they will tell you that tree topping is a bad practice.

Tree topping, a pruning method that cuts off the top branches, is sometimes practiced by tree maintenance services or homeowners. Still, experienced arborists know tree topping is one of the worst possible ways of pruning a tree. Those who perform tree topping may think the practice is a quick and easy method of dealing with trees that have grown too large, but the procedure causes much damage.

What is Tree Topping?

As stated earlier, tree topping is a particular pruning practice that cuts the top off the trunk and upper main branches. People will set an arbitrary maximum measurement for the tree’s height during tree topping to make the tree shorter. Then the trunk and all branches above that height are chopped off in a roughly straight horizontal plane. Often, little to no regard is given to the function of the branches people are cutting or how these cuts will affect the tree’s growth afterward.

Why Is Tree Topping Is a Bad Practice?

Tree topping is a bad practice because it has numerous downsides that negatively affect the long-term health of the tree, along with the property and people around it.

Tree Topping is Bad for Tree Health

One of the main reasons tree topping is a poor tree care method is the many negative impacts on the tree’s health. For example, topping removes part of the tree’s canopy, significantly reducing its ability to collect sunlight and create nutrients. Or, the sunlight the tree does collect will be more likely to damage the bark via sunscald. Tree topping also causes significant stress, creating wounds that make trees far more susceptible to disease and insect infestation.

Tree Topping Makes Trees Unsightly

In addition to the reduced health, a topped tree will begin sprouting new foliage from all the stumps that remain. Rather than a single neat canopy, these multiple shoots, known as “water sprouts,” will form an unattractive new shape.

While many homeowners like their trees because of the increased property values they bring, an unsightly topped tree may decrease property values. In addition, the potential damage tree topping brings can also reduce your property value, along with other issues.

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Tree Topping Can Be Dangerous

Another reason that tree topping is a bad practice is the danger factor. Between the direct damage from the pruning cuts and the high chance of disease, the tree will now be far more likely to have new branches prone to breaking and falling off. As a result, the tree becomes more hazardous than before, potentially opening the owner up to storm damage and other danger due to brittle branches.

What are the Alternatives to Tree Topping?

Although the best scenario is that homeowners plant trees with a maximum growth height of less than the space available (due to power lines or other obstacles), plans can go awry, and mistakes can be made. If a tree must be kept smaller than its intended height, careful pruning when young will allow for healthy growth with proper shape. If a tree must be cut to make way for power lines or other trees, a skilled, certified arborist can assess and handle the job properly in a way that will allow continued healthy growth.

Can Topped Trees Recover?

If you have a tree that has been topped, consult an arborist. With proper nurturing and pruning over several years, a tree can recover and be reshaped to an extent.

Trust Your Tree Pruning to a Certified Arborist in Wilmington

In short, tree topping is a bad practice, an unhealthy form of tree maintenance. For sustainable and healthy options in tree pruning, contact Stein Tree Service today. Our team of arborists will do what is best for you and your trees.

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How Old Should A Tree Be Before Pruning and Other Tree Trimming and Pruning Questions

Tree trimming and pruning are essential for tree health on a residential or commercial property. While trees in a forest may die due to overgrowth or infections without anyone noticing, in our neighborhoods, the health of trees has a significant and noticeable impact. A diseased branch could fall and harm our property or persons. A canopy that is too crowded can cause fungi to develop, harming the health and aesthetics of an area. Overgrown trees can also lower visibility from the street. Below, Stein discusses how old should a tree be before pruning and other frequently asked tree care questions.

Three Frequently Asked Tree Care Questions

With tree trimming and pruning in Wilmington, DE being so necessary, we get many questions about the basics, such as how old should a tree be before pruning. The following are a few of the more frequently asked questions, their answers, and information about how our team can help improve the health and aesthetics of your yard.

How Old Should a Tree be Before Pruning?

Early and proper pruning is one of the most important aspects of tree care. Pruning young trees by removing broken or damaged branches helps prevent future issues. That said, over-pruning is just as bad as under-pruning. Young trees will require minimal pruning in their first two years, and a professional tree care service can ensure the tree matures appropriately. However, if you have newly planted or transplanted a tree, limit pruning to only removing dead or broken branches. Full pruning, shaping, and trimming should wait until the second or third year when the tree has fully recovered from the stress of being moved.

As mentioned, corrective pruning early on in a tree’s life cycle can prevent health issues as the tree grows and becomes a mature tree. In addition, a mature tree that was pruned appropriately early in its lifespan will more likely have a strong branch structure, and the large limbs will not be obscuring streets, walkways or pose a danger to passersby.

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What Are Water Sprouts and What Causes Them?

Water sprouts are shoots that arise from a tree’s trunk, branches, or latent buds. Some people confuse them with “suckers,” which are shoots that grow from roots or base.

These water sprouts grow fast and often appear due to cuts that remove a branch bud tip. Tree topping, removing branches above a certain height, is an unhealthy practice that often leads to the formation of water sprouts. These sprouts are less than ideal aesthetically, and they can sap energy away from the rest of the tree.

When Should I Prune?

In addition to knowing how old should a tree be before pruning, homeowners often wonder what the right time to prune is. The best time to prune will depend upon the type of trees you have and the desired outcome of tree trimming and pruning in your Wilmington, DE neighborhood. In general, pruning during winter dormancy is ideal as the risk of infection is reduced and encourages new early spring growth. The lack of leaves during winter also helps tree care specialists identify which branches need pruning and allows for better pruning cuts. However, other times are appropriate if the pruning is performed correctly. A professional, qualified tree care service will advise you on safe times for trimming your trees and shrubs.

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Have more questions about how old should a tree be before pruning? Our experienced certified arborists and tree care specialists are dedicated to exceptional tree care, and we offer free consultations in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Contact us at Stein Tree Service to learn more about the best tree trimming and pruning practices in Wilmington, DE, and surrounding areas.

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6 Signs of Tree Problems to Look Out For

One of the most effective methods of keeping your trees healthy and vibrant is detecting any signs of tree problems early. Your trees can suffer from various issues, including external damage (insects and weather), internal diseases, or issues that began during planting. Detecting these issues early on will allow you to take action and resolve any problems earlier, but you need to know what to look for. Below are 6 signs of tree problems to look out for and keep in mind.

1. Leaf Color and Other Signs of Damage

Leaves can show many signs of tree problems, and one of the most noticeable signs is their color. Check to see if your trees’ leaves have a deep, vivid color. A pale or off-color can signify pest damage, disease, too much or too little water, or a lack of nutrients or sunlight.

Other signs of insect damage include a spider-web appearance or holes on the leaves. If your tree has smaller than typical leaves, you may have issues with the soil or roots. The tree may also have vascular damage in the trunk or branches and other issues like pests or drought. If your trees appear to be developing leaves noticeably later or dropping them earlier than expected they may be under stress and need to be examined by a professional.

2. Stress Cracks

A crack in a tree can be a significant indicator that the tree is unstable and is at risk of falling over. Cracks, which can be horizontal or vertical, are typically signs of structural failures or stresses within the tree. The tree is more likely to fall during strong winds, leading to property and personal damage. Severe winds or storms, heavy canopy growth, or weak branch unions splitting are all potential causes of stress cracks. If your trees have cracks, you need to get an arborist to inspect them to prevent any possible damage nearby.

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3. Girdling or Circling Roots

One of the more common signs of tree problems is girdling roots. Girdling roots occur when the root system of a tree is constricted and cannot grow outwards away from the tree, cutting off a tree’s vascular system and preventing the flow of water and nutrients. A common sign of girdled roots is a tree that has been planted like a telephone pole instead of having the base flair outwards. You may also see roots sticking out of the ground, late leaf development, small yellow leaves or needles, early leaf drop, and dieback.

4. Branch Dieback

Dieback is the death of branches, twigs, or roots beginning at the tips and eventually working inward to the rest of the tree. Branch or twig dieback is due to poor growing conditions, physical damage and injury to the tree, or pests and diseases. Dieback can be difficult initially to detect with an untrained eye and typically start in the upper canopy: a general growth reduction, early fall yellowing, and defoliation are all signs of tree problems with dieback. As the dieback progresses, you can spot more extensive branch mortality, cankers on the branches, and an increased insect borer presence.

5. Pests & Diseases

One of the significant issues that trees face is pests and diseases. Some pests, such as the emerald ash borer or spotted lanternfly, can cause massive, even fatal, damage to your trees, which makes them vulnerable to other pests or diseases. Keep in mind that your trees are more susceptible to pests and diseases if they are unhealthy or have been damaged. So the best defense against harmful pests and diseases is to maintain healthy trees.

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6. Fungi

Tree fungus can appear in many forms, from mushrooms to polypores (large fruiting bodies with pores or tubes on the underside), and while some are safe, others can be harmful to trees. For example, a mushroom in the trunk or on the branches can signify internal decay, while fungus near the roots can indicate root problems. Because of the wide variety of fungi (along with pests and diseases), the best course of action is to contact an arborist who can inspect your trees.

Contact Stein Tree Service to Inspect Your Property for Signs of Tree Problems

Do you want your trees to be healthy and beautiful? Call Stein Tree Service to inspect your property for signs of tree problems. Our team of certified arborists and plant health care specialists provides plant and tree care services to keep your landscape vibrant and healthy. For a free consultation, contact us today.

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Tree Trimming and Pruning or Tree Removal Can Be Hazardous

Many homeowners have experience with shrub or tree trimming and pruning. Some even have experience with a chainsaw. However, tree care can be dangerous, even for professionals, which is why we recommend hiring well-trained, licensed, and insured professionals to perform hazardous tree care tasks.

According to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), which relies on media reports for this information, 118 tree care-related incidents occurred in 2020. Forty-eight of these were fatal. Most of these injuries were caused by falls, being struck, or contact with electrical wires or current. These are tragic accidents, and if they occur even among trained professionals, they can occur among untrained residents.

Stein Tree Service ensures that our tree care professionals are trained in the proper safety procedures so that no accidents occur. We enforce those safety practices, which is why you will always see our professionals wearing hard hats for protection. We take safety seriously, both our staff’s and yours. If an accident should occur, we are fully licensed and insured for the protection of our staff and clients. An unlicensed tree care worker who is injured on your property could be a financial liability for you if they are uninsured.

What Kinds of Tree Care Should Be Performed By a Professional Tree Care Specialist?

Anything that involves potentially falling limbs or any kind of climbing is best left to professionals. Below is a list of three hazardous activities that Stein provides for residential and commercial clients.

Shrub and Tree Trimming and Pruning

Professionals are recommended for these tasks for two main reasons.

1. Safety and Convenience

A tree care professional has (and is experienced in using) all the proper equipment for tree trimming and pruning, both mechanized and otherwise. Ladders and even lift trucks are sometimes needed for tree trimming, depending on the size. Trained professionals will know how to handle trees that are near electrical lines or overhanging your home to avoid personal or property damage. Tree care professionals will also be practiced in climbing trees in a way that will prevent damage to them.

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2. Knowledge

Arborists and other tree care professionals know how to trim a tree or shrub for its health. If you want a particular shape or the tree needs to fit into a limited area, we can accommodate, but we will do so in a way that will enable the tree to continue to thrive. We also know how to avoid over-pruning, and if heavy tree pruning is necessary, we can make recommendations for a long-term plan to achieve the desired final result.

When a trained, certified arborist performs tree trimming and pruning, he/she may be able to identify problem areas in the tree, such as diseased, insect-infested, or weakened areas (such as tree branches) that may be treatable or may require tree removal to maintain safety and minimize safety hazards.

Tree Inspection

Homeowners should inspect their trees regularly for changes, but with the emerald ash borer and spotted lantern-fly threats in our area, having a professional inspect your trees is a good idea. An insect infestation can cause irreparable damage to the trees in your landscape before you realize that anything is happening.

Inspections can also catch weakened or broken branches that are at risk of falling onto your home or onto a family member, neighbor, or passing pedestrian. Being proactive with regular inspections, tree trimming, and removing dead branches can provide a measure of safety from liability in some cases.

Tree Removal

Tree removal is one of the most dangerous tree care activities, especially if the tree is large. Trained tree care professionals will know how to fell the tree without damaging your property. Also, if heavy equipment is required, they will help ensure that surrounding trees and plant life remain unharmed by soil compaction.

Stein Tree Service’s Trained Professionals Will Safely Care for Your Trees

We all love our trees and want the best care for them. For family and property safety, homeowners should call Stein for regular and hazardous tree care activities. We offer residential and commercial shrub and tree trimming and pruning services, tree removal, inspections, insect treatment (including emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly) in Delaware, and Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, contact Stein today!

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Five Common Questions about the Emerald Ash Borer in Wilmington

An invasive insect species that made its way to the United States years ago is causing significant damage to the nation’s forests. Already discovered in 35 states, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a substantial threat to residents and businesses in Delaware.

FAQs about the Emerald Ash Borer in Wilmington

Certified Arborists in Wilmington, and across the country, are deeply concerned about the rapid spread of the emerald ash borer, so we at Stein Tree Service have put together a small FAQ to let people know about this new insect threat.

What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

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The EAB is a small species of beetle native to Asia but accidentally brought to America sometime in the late 1990s. The insect is about the length of a dime, around 8.5 millimeters or 1/3 of an inch, and notable for its extremely brilliant metallic green shell and wings.

EABs lay their eggs (around 60 to 90 eggs a lifetime) beneath the bark of ash trees, which hatch into larvae that quickly begin consuming the flesh of the tree underneath. As the larvae feed on the ash tree and grow into adults, the beetles make their way to the exterior of the tree before mating and laying more eggs. The end result is an unhealthy, or even dead, ash tree, and more beetles that can spread quickly throughout a forest or urban environment.

Why Should I Care About The EAB?

In one sense, Delaware is lucky: we have relatively few ash trees, only around 2% of the population. However, while ash trees make up a small portion of Delaware’s native forests, urban areas can have ash trees as the prominent large street tree. So if you own any ashes – or white fringe trees – you absolutely should care because EABs can be deadly to any American ash species.

How Does The EAB Spread?

Like many infesting insects, emerald ash borer in Wilmington spreads via firewood, timber, or transplanted saplings. One of the sea venues likely brought them to America in the first place. The insects also have wings and are capable of migrating under their own power. While EAB can spread to other trees by flying, its rapid spread along the east coast is mainly due to being transported by those external means mentioned earlier.

How Do I Spot Signs Of EAB Infestation?

An emerald ash borer infestation can take a long time to show visible signs. Here are the main symptoms of an EAB infestation to look for:

  • Unexplained die-off on the upper canopy
  • Small tufted shoots on the trunk, called epicormic branching
  • Distinctive D-shaped holes left by emerging larvae
  • Vertical bark splits
  • Excessive woodpecker damage, from woodpeckers eating larvae

How Can My Trees Be Saved If They Have EAB?

Left untreated, EAB will eventually be fatal to ash or white fringe trees. If more than 30-40% of the tree’s canopy is already gone, chances are the tree is too damaged to survive. Otherwise, it can be possible to save the tree. Sustained pesticide usage is the normal course of action, and advance use of treatment may prevent an infestation.

Call Wilmington’s Stein Tree Service for Professional Tree Care and Emerald Ash Borer Concerns

Stein Tree Service has been providing skilled care of trees in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for over 35 years. If you believe you have seen emerald ash borer in Wilmington, or signs of damage, contact one of our tree care specialists immediately to discuss your options.

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Can You “Train” a Tree? Stein Tree Service Discusses Tree Training

Many people believe that trees should be able to thrive just fine without human interference, such as trimming shrubs and trees in Newark, DE landscapes. After all, trees and other plants have been doing so for centuries. However, when people add trees to their home and business properties, some expect them to flourish in less-than-hospitable environments. On average, for every 100 trees planted along town streets, only 50 will survive to 13-20 years. One method that can help ensure tree health if done is tree training. When you train or practice trimming shrubs and trees to guide their growth and well-being, you enhance their appearance and improve their health and lifespan.

What is Tree Training?

Tree training is a process that helps trees or shrubs grow into specific shapes. Through careful, selective pruning cuts, one can have more influence over how a tree grows to the benefit of themselves and the tree. Training a tree can help make a tree more aesthetically pleasing and attractive, but also prevent future health issues such as helping branches grow farther apart to prevent blocking each other out.

What Is The Difference Between Pruning And Training?

You may think training a tree is the same as pruning, but training a tree is slightly different in the approach compared to pruning. While pruning can be used to enhance the beauty of a tree, pruning is most often used to maintain tree health and appearance. For example, pruning would be making pruning cuts to sides of a tree because the branches are too close to a building.

Tree training, on the other hand, is about altering the shape of a tree rather than adjusting or maintaining the shape when problems arise. Tying branches down or propping them up from the ground are examples of techniques used to train trees.

Common Tree Training Methods

The following is a quick look at some different types of training methods and recommendations:

Pollard

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Pollard is when upper tree branches are removed to create a fuller topping of foliage and smaller branches. This encourages more vigorous growth at the top, and helps maintain trees at a specific and desired height.

Espalier

This trimming technique trains trees and shrubs to grow up trellises, walls, and other flat surfaces. You may have seen apple and pear trees against walls or fences on farms. While often used for decorative purposes, espalier is also helpful for increasing production on fruit trees as the process exposes plants to more sunlight (and makes fruit picking a lot easier).

Pleach

Pleaching is a technique that weaves branches together to create a seemingly cohesive wall. Pleaching is a time-intensive process that makes hedges stronger and thicker, a good option for protection, privacy, and animal control.

Topiary

You have likely seen this tree training technique in people’s houses or gardens. Topiary is a popular pruning technique that involves training plants and trees by clipping foliage and twigs to create defined shapes. If you have ever seen a hedged transformed into animals or a a maze, you have seen an instance of topiary.

Bonsai

Bonsai is the Japanese art of growing and pruning a tree or shrub in a pot to have the specimen stay small but mimic the tree’s mature form. A beautiful example is the Copper Beech tree that makes for a colorful addition to anyone’s private bonsai collection. However, this delicate tree can also be planted outside and allowed to grow to its mature size as long as the tree is carefully and gradually pruned by a professional with a long-term plan in mind.

Trimming Shrubs and Trees in Newark, DE? Call Stein Tree Service

Stein Tree Service focuses foremost on tree health, but we often do train trees to keep their proper shapes and stay within desired boundaries (i.e., keeping a mature tree from growing its branches into electrical lines). Proper planting is important, which includes choosing the right specimen to ensure the tree or shrub has room to mature to its natural full size.

We are eager to help ensure your trees reach their full potential. For more information about tree training and other best tips and practices for trimming your shrubs and trees, contact us today.

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Spotted Lanternfly Facts That You Need To Know

One of the fastest spreading insects in Pennsylvania has been the spotted lanternfly. This insect was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. Since then, many households in multiple counties have reported seeing this insect on their properties and the resulting damage. To keep residents informed about this destructive pest, we have many spotted lanternfly facts that you need to know to keep your trees safe, healthy, and beautiful.

Spotted Lanternfly Facts: Appearance & Behavior

As a homeowner, you will need to keep an eye out for these insects on or around your property. To do so, you need to know what spotted lanternfly looks like and what their behavior is. Here are spotted lanternfly facts to help you identify their presence on your property.

What Are Spotted Lanternflies & What Do They Look Like?

As said earlier, spotted lanternflies feed on the sap from various plants, though again, their preferred choice of plant is the tree of heaven. That sap provides much-needed nutrients to trees, and by feeding on that sap, the spotted lanternfly makes trees weaker and more vulnerable to other harmful insects or diseases. In addition to feeding on the sap, spotted lanternflies also excrete a sugary substance called honeydew, which can attract other insects and promote a fungus called sooty mold.

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What Is The Impact of Spotted Lanternfly?

The overall impact of spotted lanternflies has been enormous. In Pennsylvania alone, their damage to trees could cost the state roughly $325 million annually. As of March 2021, 34 Pennsylvania counties are in quarantine for the spotted lanternfly, primarily the eastern, southeastern, and south-central PA counties. One reason why spotted lanternflies have been so devastating to many peoples’ trees is the way the pest spreads and migrates from tree to tree.

How Does Spotted Lanternfly Spread?

The spotted lanternfly has spread across the United States for many reasons. These insects can lay eggs on nearly any surface, from trees to wooden decks and patios to even cars or pipes. This ability to lay eggs on different surfaces means that some people can inadvertently transport the eggs across counties or even states. Below are some of the objects spotted lanternfly has been known to lay eggs on:

  • Firewood
  • Construction or landscaping materials
  • Outdoor equipment or furniture
  • Crates or boxes

Because the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species, none of the natural predators that would keep its population in control in its native environment are present in the U.S. This factor means the insect can spread more quickly.

What Can You Do To Help?

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As a homeowner, you can do a few things to help slow down the spread of spotted lanternfly to keep your trees safe and beautiful:

  1. Be diligent and watch for any signs of spotted lanternflies, whether they are adults, nymphs, or egg masses.
  2. Take measures to prevent transporting any of the items listed previously that spotted lanternfly lay their eggs on, and always check for egg masses before traveling.
  3. Reach out to a professional, certified arborist who can examine your property for any signs of this invasive species and who can advise you on the best course of action to keep your trees healthy and safe.

Contact Stein Tree for Spotted Lanternfly Treatment & Tree Care

If you are interested in more spotted lanternfly facts or want to keep your property safe, call Stein Tree Service. Stein provides various plant and tree care services for commercial and residential properties, including plant health care (PHC), tree removal, pest control, and more. Our team of arborists and plant health care specialists is certified to treat in areas of spotted lanternfly infestation in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Emerald Ash Borer Infestation in the United States

The emerald ash borer (EAB), a metallic green insect accidentally brought to the United States (likely from wood packing materials) in 2002, has been found in 35 states as of 2021. The insect was found in Pennsylvania in 2007 and Delaware in 2016. Since its discovery as an invasive species, the emerald ash borer infestation has grown to several states in the U.S. and caused massive damage to tens of millions of ash trees in North America.

The emerald ash borer attacks ash trees, and has destroyed the ash population in many of the states where infestation has occurred. Agencies have been working to fight the EAB infestation through measures such as EAB quarantines, but the insects continue to be discovered in new areas. Some treatments are available, and Stein Tree Service is licensed to apply the necessary insecticides in Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Our infographic highlights how much of an impact the emerald ash borer has had on peoples’ trees, how far it has spread, and what you can do about it.

Preventing Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

One of the methods of preventing or halting the spread of emerald ash borer infestation is early detection. Homeowners should be vigilant and keep an eye out for potential signs of emerald ash borer presence or infested trees. Some of these signs and symptoms of an emerald ash borer infestation include the following:

  • Thinning tree canopy
  • D-shaped exit holes in bark
  • S-shaped grooves in the tree under the bark
  • Unusually high woodpecker presence

If you notice any of these signs, have a professional inspect your trees to determine whether you need treatment to save your trees, or if tree removal may be necessary to protect your remaining trees.

Call Stein Tree for Inspection and Treatment for the Emerald Ash Borer

Stein Tree Service has been providing exceptional tree care for over 35 years and our certified arborists are trained to identify the emerald ash borer and other threats to your trees. For more information or a free consultation, call 610-723-8056.

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