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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. If these trees are not properly prepared for powerful storms, they can significantly threaten your property and safety. As a result, homeowners need to practice proper tree trimming and pruning in their landscapes to reduce the risks of damage to their homes, nearby structures or vehicles. Below are tips on how to prepare trees for summer thunderstorms.

1. Consider Tree Risks & Get Your Trees Inspected

You should first evaluate potential risks to prepare your trees for summer thunderstorms. Your trees provide many benefits 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 heavy winds and storms. To ensure you 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

    Regular tree inspections are crucial for maintaining safe and healthy trees. You can identify potential risks early and take appropriate action by inspecting them for signs of decay, pest infestations, and other problematic issues. For instance, if your trees are near a structure like your home or garage, you can remove any overhanging limbs that may cause damage during a summer thunderstorm or adverse weather. A professional tree care service company, like Stein Tree Service, can help you evaluate the health of your trees and resolve issues such as overhanging branches, especially if those hazardous branches are in particularly difficult areas, like near power lines.

    2. Get Your Trees Pruned or Trimmed

    Pruning trees to remove dead or weak branches is especially important for two reasons.

    1. Regular pruning helps significantly reduce wind resistance or drag on trees and prevent damage in intense storms. However, over-thinning is a risk, so work with a tree specialist to ensure proper results from tree trimming and pruning of landscapes.
    2. 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.

    Pruning and trimming is also good preventive maintenance for other issues that affect trees, like pests and diseases.

    3. Get Preventive Tree Care

    Summer storms and adverse weather can bring lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain. Lightning, in particular, poses significant risks to trees. However, with the right preventive measures, you can minimize the risk of lightning strikes and preserve your tree’s health. Tree lightning protection strategies, for instance, can help keep your trees safe, healthy, and protected. By investing in such preventive care, you’re ensuring the long-term safety and health of your trees.

    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

    Like preparing trees for summer storms, post-storm care is essential to prompt and proper tree care in Wilmington, DE. While the Southeast’s hurricanes and tropical storms dominate the national news waves, in the north, we have our notorious nor’easters and other strong thunderstorms to worry about from September to April. The following is a quick look at what professional arborists inspect and recommend following a large storm:

    Begin With a Visual Inspection

    Following a storm, the first thing to do is to complete a visual inspection, first at a distance, and if no large dangers are seen, do a walkthrough of your yard. Call tree care professionals such as Stein Tree Service immediately for big jobs or dangerous situations. Danger signs include:

    • Hanging or otherwise broken tree branches overhead
    • Splits in tree trunks or branches
    • Tree leaning
    • Signs of upheaval in soil at a tree’s base
    • Limbs falling over utility lines
    • Newly visible root systems
    • Fully uprooted or toppled tree

    Start Small and Go Bigger

    In areas without the above issues, a sound system for clean-up is to start small and work up

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    to bigger items. Small twigs, leaves, and debris can easily be picked up and put in the appropriate trash bins. Smaller and mid-sized branches may be dried out for later use during the fall as fire kindling.

    Saving a Split Tree

    Even if your favorite tree was split during a strong storm, the tree may be salvageable. Consult with an arborist as soon as possible following the damage.

    Replacing a Leader

    If a tree’s leader has been completely lost to storm damage (or disease), with good tree care in Wilmington, DE, you might be able to have training for a replacement leader. Training a replacement leader — in other words, replacing the main trunk of a tree due to situations like canopy loss or complete splitting — is a form of storm damage arborists treat. This process typically involves selecting a new branch as the main trunk and guiding its growth to ensure it develops into a strong, central leader. Encouraging a replacement requires continual monitoring, with pruning done on at least a quarterly basis. Your beloved tree may thrive once again if proper tree care is practiced.

    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.

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    Top 10 Things to do This Spring for your Trees, Shrubs & Plants

    Spring is here, and while many people focus on spring cleaning their homes, the trees, shrubs, and other plants that make up your landscape also need some TLC. The end of winter is the best time of the year to think about how you want your yard to look in the coming spring and summer. With that thought in mind, Stein recommends some winter cleanup activities and spring preparation to aid the landscape’s overall tree and plant health care. We have compiled a list of the top 10 things you must do this spring to keep your landscape beautiful and valuable.

    1. Trimming and Pruning Trees and Shrubs

    Dead or broken branches on your trees and shrubs are future breeding grounds for disease and pests, and one way to prevent this problem is pruning and trimming. Pruning and trimming involve selective, precise cuts on certain branches that enhance plants’ health while maintaining their appearance.

    Dead, broken, or weak branches pose safety hazards for people and any surrounding property. For example, we have worked with some local customers who saw that strong winds have caused trees to fall in their yards or into their neighbors’ yards. To mitigate these risks, trimming dead branches or thinning them when necessary can help reduce friction when wind storms occur and also allow better airflow.

    Pruning can create beautiful visuals, stimulating lush foliage and plentiful blooms. However, when done incorrectly, pruning can severely damage the tree, reducing its ability to acquire proper nutrients. Professionals will be able to evaluate each tree and provide experienced pruning to improve tree health and safety.

    2. Monitor for Pests

    In spring, a variety of pests come into action and pose a threat to your landscape. One such common pest is the emerald ash borer, which causes significant damage to ash trees. These pests feed on a tree’s bark, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport vital nutrients and water, eventually leading to death. Other common pests in Pennsylvania and Delaware include spotted lanternfly, which leaves oozing, weeping wounds in the trees as the eggs are laid and hatched within the trunk.

    To help prevent any damage from these pests, keep a close eye on your landscape for early signs of pest infestation. These pests leave signs on trees or shrubs, such as tiny holes in the bark, sawdust at the base of the tree, dead branches, and thinning canopy that can alert you to their presence. If you notice any of these signs, contact an arborist who can inspect your trees and diagnose any issues. The arborist can suggest various treatment options, including insecticides or pruning of the affected branches, depending on the severity of the infestation.

    3. Beware of Brown Leaves

    Spring is the season of growth and renewal. For trees, this means the emergence of fresh green leaves. If you have trees on your property, keep an eye on the color of their leaves during this time. If you observe any brown or curled leaves, they may indicate a problem with the tree’s health. An arborist can inspect your tree, identify the underlying issue, and determine the best action to remedy the situation.

    4. Fix Winter Damage

    After the winter season, inspecting your trees for any damage caused by winter storms, ice, and cold temperatures is essential. Look for signs of damage, such as broken branches, bark splitting, and sun scald.

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      Top 10 Things You Need to Do This Spring for Your Trees and Shrubs

      • Broken branches can be pruned to prevent further damage.
      • Bark splitting can be repaired with a tree wrap.
      • Sun scalds, caused by the sun warming up the bark during the day and then cooling down at night, can be prevented by wrapping the trunk with light-colored tree wrap.

      By taking these steps, you can help ensure the health and longevity of your trees.

      5. Ensure Proper Soil Composition

      As with most vegetation types, trees require a special blend of soil nutrients, PH levels, and moisture retention for optimum health. A certified arborist can test your soil and make recommendations based on their findings. You may want to fertilize if you see signs such as dead branches and tips (once the tree blooms), abnormal leaf color, or fewer leaves than usual.

      In addition to fertilizing, changing watering routines or addressing pH levels are two other tasks that can go a long way to ensure your soil composition is conducive to healthy tree growth.

      6. Properly Mulch

      Mulch helps trees retain moisture and also reduces the growth of weeds. Take the time to carefully remove any old mulch and debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. Adding a 3-inch layer around the tree’s base will help promote proper growth. Avoid piling mulch too high or too close to the tree trunk. Too much mulch can reduce airflow, and mulch touching the tree can contribute to fungal growth.

      7. Water When Dry

      After a dry spring, keep your trees and plants healthy by regularly watering your landscape. While a tree needs enough water, too much can also be harmful. Have your arborist check for signs of possible rotting in tree roots if your tree health seems less than optimal.

      Root rot is a condition that can occur when a tree’s roots are damaged or decayed due to overwatering, poor drainage, or other factors. If left untreated, root rot can cause the tree to die and even pose a risk to nearby plants and structures.

      8. Don’t Prune Prunes

      Winter is the ideal time for pruning fruit trees. Pruning fruit trees in winter (when fruit trees are dormant) helps to promote healthier growth, encourage better fruit production, and prevent disease and pest infestations. On the other hand, some trees benefit from spring pruning, which can help shape the tree and remove any dead or damaged branches after the winter season.

      9. Get an Inspection

      You want your landscape to bloom and look beautiful throughout spring and summer, right? Spring is a great time to call us for a landscape inspection to ensure your trees are healthy and present no potential risks. Some things your arborist might see that a non-professional could miss are insect infestation, such as emerald ash borer, signs of diseases, or weak branches that will likely fall.

      10. Schedule Your Preventive Maintenance

      Be sure to schedule maintenance for trees that are susceptible to insects and disease or that seem to be struggling. The following pests can be caught early and prevented with proper maintenance:

      • Emerald Ash Borer
      • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
      • Sycamore Anthracnose
      • Bacterial Leaf Scorch
      • Japanese Beetles

      Spotted lanternfly is also a common pest, and we are certified to work in all areas of spotted lanternfly infestation.


      Why Choose Stein Tree Service?

      Our staff of tree care specialists is dedicated and has hundreds of years of combined experience.

      Our equipment is state-of-the-art, and radio dispatched for immediate response. The company fleet is comprised of several aerial lift trucks, a spider lift, chippers, chipper trucks, stump grinding machines, and machinery for right-of-way work.

      We have provided tree care and tree stump removal service to thousands of customers throughout the Delaware Valley and parts of Pennsylvania and maintain the highest customer satisfaction. Most of our business comes to us via referrals from past customers. Be sure to contact us with any questions or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Tree Care Specialists.

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      Spring Check up for Tree Care Should Include Emerald Ash Borer Inspection

      Your trees have weathered the winter. With winter weather almost behind us and new buds popping up on trees, those trees may need special care to be their healthiest and most beautiful, particularly from emerald ash borer. The adult emerald ash borer (EAB) has been a significant and destructive pest in Pennsylvania for years. First discovered in the United States in 2002, the emerald ash borer has caused considerable damage to ash trees across the United States, affecting both the environment and the economy.

      Because spring is the time that these adult beetles emerge and begin devouring the canopy of ash trees, we advise residents to be proactive and prepare to protect ash trees from this pest with a spring inspection of their trees.

      Tree Care Spring Checklist

      Just like you do spring cleaning in your home, some tree maintenance should be done regularly for your trees to thrive. To help you keep your trees safe, here is a checklist of what to do to maintain the health and appearance of your trees from the impact of emerald ash borer.

      Inspect Your Trees Thoroughly

      The adult emerald ash borer emerges in spring, but you should be on the lookout for them all year, as larvae activity damage can be seen when the trees are bare in winter. Start from your driveway and look at the landscape as a whole. You may see trees that are growing irregularly, thin areas in the canopy, fungal growths, or other issues that might get missed by a daily casual glance.

      Look For Signs of Emerald Ash Borer Activity

      Generally, the first major sign that EAB has infested a tree is a thinning of leaves at the top of the tree. Unfortunately, if you see this symptom, your tree will likely have been under attack for some time already. Other signs to look for include the following:

      • Yellowing of leaves
      • Epicormic shoots
      • D-shaped exit holes
      • S-shaped galleries under the bark
      • Unusual woodpecker activity

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      Remove Debris & Tree Wrappings

      Regular fall and winter seasons will cause leaves to cover the areas around the base of your trees. After the winter season we have just encountered, you may find larger branches that need to be removed. Rake or pick up leaves, twigs, or other debris around your trees.

      Also, remove any protective wraps you have used during the winter and ensure that no roots or other items are wrapped around the trees. Leaving the tree constricted in any way can cause girdling, which cuts off the flow of nutrients and water and can weaken the tree trunk.

      Add Fresh Mulch

      In addition to giving a fresh look to your landscape, mulch can be a healthy addition. Adding a 3-inch layer of mulch around trees helps retain moisture and discourages weed growth. Be careful to avoid mulching too close to the tree. If mulch piles against the tree, fungi are more likely to develop, so make sure the mulch is all around the tree but just shy of touching the tree.

      Trim and Prune

      Though winter is the best time for pruning, trees may remain dormant in spring, allowing for late trimming and pruning. Remember that in Pennsylvania and Delaware, windy conditions and storms are common in the spring and summer, so thinning out branches will reduce the potential for weak branches to fall off and cause damage to surrounding property. Pruning trees and shrubs can help with overall air flow and also encourage healthy growth.

      However, pruning requires the right knowledge and experience, as improper or incorrect cuts can lead to adverse outcomes, like over-pruning or improperly pruning, damaging the appearance or overall health of the trees. As a result, hiring a professional to do this type of pruning is recommended.

      General Inspection Tips

      In addition to our specific recommendations, here is some general advice when looking at your landscape in the spring.

      • Inspect all elements of your landscape to prepare for the summer.
      • Ensure irrigation systems are working properly and set to avoid spraying on trees susceptible to fungus.
      • Check for any damage that may have occurred. If tree limbs are weak, those branches may be susceptible to breakage, which could cause property damage. Damage to bark could also leave trees open to infection or insect infestation.
      • Look for the presence of fungus or other tree disease. Mushrooms growing on tree surfaces could indicate tree death, weakening the tree trunk and necessitating removal.

      Call Stein Tree for Spring Tree Care and Emerald Ash Borer Inspection

      Maintaining your landscape should be essential to your home spring cleaning routine. Stein Tree Service has provided excellent tree care, including tree removal, trimming and pruning, emerald ash borer inspection, and other services, to the residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland for over 40 years. We are also licensed to treat the emerald ash borer pest in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn about our services!

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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 without anyone noticing due to overgrowth or infections, 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 fully recovers 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 mature. In addition, a mature tree pruned appropriately early in its lifespan will more likely have a strong branch structure, and the large limbs will not obscure streets or walkways or pose a danger to passersby.

      What Are the Risks of Pruning a Mature Tree?

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      While pruning can benefit mature trees, risks are involved, especially if done incorrectly. Here are some of the critical risks to be aware of:

      Over-pruning can be harmful to trees and can lead to the following issues:

      • Reduced energy: Trees require their leaves for energy production through photosynthesis.
      • Weakened branches: Improper pruning cuts lead to weak branches prone to breakage.
      • Increased risk of tipping: Removing lower branches makes the tree top-heavy, which increases the risk of tipping.
      • Sunscald: Direct sunlight on the previously shaded trunk can cause sunscald.
      • Increased risk of disease: Large pruning wounds create entry points for pathogens and insects.

      Improper pruning techniques can have the following adverse effects on trees:

      • Flush cuts are cuts too close to the trunk that remove the branch collar, the natural barrier that helps the tree heal wounds and prevent decay.
      • Tree topping is the practice of cutting off large branches at the top, disrupting the tree’s natural structure, weakening it significantly, and encouraging weak, fast-growing suckers that are prone to breaking.
      • Dull or unsterilized tools can lead to uneven cuts, tearing bark, and spreading diseases.

      Other risks of pruning a mature tree via DIY methods or without the proper tools, knowledge, and experience can lead to the following issues:

      • Injury to the person pruning: Working with sharp tools and climbing trees requires proper safety gear and techniques.
      • Property damage: Falling branches or equipment can damage structures or injure people nearby.

      Remember, mature trees are valuable assets, and pruning should be done carefully. Consulting a professional arborist can help you make informed decisions about your tree’s health.

      What Are Water Sprouts and What Causes Them?

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

      Another difference between water sprouts and suckers is the growth pattern. Water sprouts grow rapidly and vertically but do not bear flowers or fruit and can reduce airflow and light. Suckers grow slantingly or horizontally and might bear different flowers or fruit depending on the rootstock.

      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 frequently leads to the formation of water sprouts. These sprouts are less than ideal aesthetically and 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 the practice 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.

      Are There Any Tree Species That Require Early Pruning?

      Some tree species require pruning at an earlier age than others. This early pruning ensures proper growth patterns, removes potentially hazardous limbs, encourages a strong structure, and improves the tree’s overall health. Here are a few examples:

      1. Fruit Trees (e.g., apple, peach, cherry): Pruning is crucial for young fruit trees to support fruit production. This typically starts 1-2 years after planting.
      2. Ornamental Trees (e.g., Japanese Maple, Crepe Myrtle): These trees may require early pruning to shape the tree aesthetically. Pruning can begin within the first few years after planting.
      3. Fast-Growing Shade Trees (e.g., Silver Maple, Willow): These can quickly develop weak wood and poor branch structures, necessitating early pruning to remove competing leaders and weak limbs.
      4. Conifers (e.g., Pine, Spruce): While many conifers require minimal pruning, some may need early pruning to remove dead or diseased branches or to shape the tree for landscape purposes.

      The pruning process can differ widely based on the tree species, condition, location, and purpose. Seeking professional advice from an arborist or can provide tailored guidance for particular trees and climates.

      Stein Tree Service Offers Skilled Tree Trimming and Pruning in Wilmington, DE

      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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      Stein Answers Frequently Asked Tree Removal Questions

      Trees are beautiful, provide shade, clean the air, and provide homes for all types of wildlife. In addition, trees can have a high sentimental value to us, having been a fixture in our great-grandparents’ homes or planted to commemorate a special event. In these types of cases, no one wants to consider tree removal. However, sometimes hiring a tree removal company is necessary to prevent damage to your property and for residents’ safety. To help homeowners by providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions about your trees, Stein answers some of our frequently asked tree removal questions.

      Do I Have to Get Rid of My Tree?

      Sometimes, you pass a yard and see wide-trunked and towering beauties in a yard that rise a hundred feet over a home or other structure. Though these trees are impressive, are they safe? A certified arborist or other tree care specialist can determine whether a tree is at risk for falling even if no blatant signs exist. The specialist will evaluate the visible signs, like dead branches, fungal growth, dieback, or insect infestation. They will perform other tests, like a resistograph test, to determine if the tree is still viable or if cavities create vulnerability.

      A resistograph test is a non-destructive method used to assess the internal condition of trees and timber. The process involves drilling a small hole, measuring resistance, interpreting the graph, and analyzing the results to identify decay, cavities, cracks, and healthy wood areas.

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      When is the Best Time for Tree Removal?

      One of the frequent tree removal questions we get is when is the ideal time for removing trees. While tree removal can be done all year, late winter and early spring are ideal times for tree removal. One reason is that most trees will have bare branches, which makes it easier for a tree service company to inspect and remove them. That improved visibility is critical if a tree is near other structures, like a house or power lines.

      What Will Happen to The Stump?

      Homeowners who have to get a tree removed from their yards are often concerned about the stump. Specifically, people are worried about the conditions of their landscape when a tree is removed. Of course, a homeowner can leave the stump in the yard, but many reasons exist for removing them.

      Leaving a tree stump in your yard can pose several risks, including creating a tripping hazard, damaging equipment, and allowing root growth. Tree stumps can also attract pests, look unsightly, restrict planting space, and reduce property value. Therefore, removing the stump after tree removal is recommended, especially in a high-traffic area.

      Professional tree care companies use different methods to remove the stump. For example, Stein Tree Service uses a stump grinder to grind the tree stump into small chips. After stump grinding, our team can use these chips to fill the hole, or we can haul them away. Either way, we can entirely remove the tree in almost all cases.

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      Why Do You Need Stump Removal?

      Can I Have a Tree Removed if The Space is Small?

      Homeowners with small yards or homes close to other homes worry that felling a tree could endanger the property or people nearby. For an inexperienced person, this is a genuine concern. However, a professional should do the job whenever a tree is removed, especially a large one. And in a tight space, having the knowledge and skill to make the precise cuts necessary is even more vital. Stein Tree Service has the equipment and skill to remove trees from any area. In fact, we recently removed one from behind some rowhouses in Wilmington, where the only access was through a small tunnel. We are also insured, so homeowners and specialists have protection if an accident should occur.

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      What Are Some Specific Signs That a Tree Is at Risk for Falling?

      Determining whether a tree is at risk for falling or poses a potential hazard requires careful observation and assessment. Several signs indicate a tree’s structural integrity is compromised, making it more susceptible to failure.

      One such sign is the absence or scarcity of leaves on the tree. An ordinarily leafy tree that suddenly shows little to no foliage could indicate underlying issues with its health or stability. Discolored leaves, especially if they appear wilted or brown, can also mean stress or disease within the tree.

      The condition of the bark can provide valuable insights into a tree’s overall health. If you notice large patches of bark falling off or the bark appearing dry, the tree may suffer from environmental stress, fungal diseases, or insect diseases. As a result, you should reach out to a tree specialist for a comprehensive evaluation of your tree’s health.

      Can I Just Cut Off the Top?

      If trees are planted in a space that is insufficient for their mature size, they may have to be removed to avoid contact with homes or power lines. Homeowners often ask if we can just cut down trees to fit the space. This practice is called tree topping and is very detrimental to the tree.

      What Are the Dangers of Tree Topping?

      One of the dangers of tree topping is weakening of the tree. When you remove the top portion of a tree, you remove the primary source of nutrients and energy. This can leave the tree vulnerable to disease, insect infestation, and other environmental stresses. In addition, the many open wounds created by tree topping provide entry points for pests and pathogens to enter the tree. A certified arborist or tree care professional can advise homeowners of the best action if a tree has outgrown its space.

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      Stein Tree Service Provides Skilled Tree Removal in Delaware and Pennsylvania

      Stein’s and skilled tree care specialists are committed to excellent tree care and answering your tree removal questions. In addition, our company has liability insurance to protect you and your property. If you have questions about your trees and their proper care, we can help. We will evaluate the trees in your landscape and recommend the best solution, which could include tree removal. On the other hand, your tree may only need careful trimming and pruning or other special care. Contact Stein for a free consultation.

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      Is Winter Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE Possible?

      The short answer is yes. Winter is a great time to contact a professional tree care company like Stein Tree Service for tree removal in Wilmington, DE. Removal before or during winter is essential to consider for diseased or dead trees, as the last thing homeowners want is a bad winter storm, knocking a problem tree or branches down onto their homes, vehicles, or other property.

      Why Winter is the Best Time for Removing Trees in Wilmington

      Winterizing trees is about the health of the trees and preventing costly damage. This is because, during this time of year, trees enter into a dormant state. Dormancy in trees is when the tree is alive but not actively growing. During this time, the inner workings of a tree slow down and pause until conditions change to allow for productive growth. As a result, dormant trees are less susceptible to stress and disease.

      Removing a diseased or dead tree during winter can also prevent the tree from falling during a winter storm, which can cause costly damage to homes, vehicles, and other property. Of course, such property protection is only one reason tree removal during winter is advisable. Consider other reasons why winter is a great time to call Stein Tree Service for tree removal in Wilmington, DE.

      Quiet Season

      The winter season is a slow season both for professional arborists and for your own family. During winter’s cold days, your family, neighbors, and other pedestrians will likely limit their time outdoors. Less foot and equipment traffic in yards will mean fewer obstacles, allowing small and large tree removal be done more quickly and with less interruption of daily activities.

      Additionally, most trees, shrubs, and other flowering plants require reduced maintenance when entering dormancy. Therefore, professional tree services like ours have reduced responsibilities and can offer more competitive prices for tree removal.

      Easier Access and Reduced Property Impact

      Many new property owners assume that the frozen ground can make tree removal hard and near impossible, but quite the opposite is true. Frozen soil and grass create the perfect conditions for tree removal in Wilmington, DE. Such conditions make bringing heavier equipment onto a property easier, like cranes that may be necessary for older and larger tree removals, i.e., oak species.

      The winter season is also an ideal time to remove trees without causing harm to other plants in the area. When we remove a tree, we can, in most cases, also remove the roots from the soil. During the winter season, the frozen ground makes removing the tree and root system easier without causing damage to other plants.

      After the tree is removed, the soil and the area around where the tree was located will recover. The roots of the nearby plants will have more room to grow, and the soil will be able to retain more moisture. As a result, when spring arrives, the grass and other plants in the area will enjoy new growth and thrive without being negatively impacted by the tree removal process.

      Contact Stein Tree Service to Learn More about Winter Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE

      Do you have a tree that you are worried about? Contact our skilled arborists and tree care specialists at Stein Tree Service for a free inspection. Our skilled team will professionally assess the situation and help you determine whether winter tree removal in Wilmington, DE, is necessary.

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      Tree Removal in Confined Spaces

      Homeowners residing in homes with small yards or homes near other residential properties often worry about trees falling on surrounding individuals and assets. Such concerns are especially valid for those who lack experience in the field. To avoid these issues with tree removal in confined spaces, employ the services of a professional when removing a tree. In confined spaces, precise cuts are vital and require specific skills and knowledge.

      If you have a tree in a confined space and want to ensure you and your property are safe, contact a professional tree service company with the right equipment and know-how to efficiently handle tree removal in narrow or difficult-to-reach areas. Professionals do the job with a keen sense of safety, ensuring their crew’s and surroundings’ safety.

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      What Constitutes a Confined Space?

      A confined space in tree removal refers to any site that is difficult for crews and equipment to access. Walking the tightrope of confined spaces becomes even more critical when dealing with foot traffic or the risk of damaging surrounding property.

      Common examples of these confined spaces include narrow gaps between buildings, easements between structures and the street, areas near power lines, terraced yards, and spaces that equipment like our spider lift or a stump grinder may be unable to pass into.

      When Tree Removal in Confined Spaces is Necessary

      Some situations make tree removal in confined spaces necessary to consider. Some examples include the following:

      • Branches start rubbing against structures, creating potential property damage
      • The tree receives substantial damage
      • The tree is leaning precariously, threatening nearby structures
      • Broad trees with dense foliage are causing debris problems
      • Tree branches are in danger of contact with power lines

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      How to Remove a Tree in a Confined Space

      Tree removal in a confined space varies according to the situation. One of the approaches we use for tree removal in confined spaces involves using a spider lift. The spider lift is compact enough to be positioned in many small areas. Tree care and removal specialists are safely lifted to remove branches, then remove a section of the trunk at a time. If even the spider lift is unable to be moved into the space, our specialists are trained to climb using harnesses and cables. Either way, the tree is cut down in sections, starting from the top and working downwards. First, branches are removed, then the trunk is cut into smaller sections, usually with ropes or a speedline to guide its descent and ensure the pieces fall in a safe direction. Every member of the team is aware at all times of their location in relation to the work being performed in order to avoid accidents.

      Tree removal is a complex and often dangerous operation that requires specialized tools and training. Attempting to remove a tree without the proper equipment and knowledge can lead to severe injury or even fatalities. Therefore, make sure that you have a fully licensed and insured professional tree removal company to ensure the job is done safely and efficiently. In addition to their training and experience, a professional will have the specialized equipment required to remove trees from confined spaces. These may include tools such as cranes, grapple saws, chippers, and log trucks, each serving a specific purpose in tree removal.

      Recent Tree Removal Job in Inner City Wilmington, DE

      We recently did a challenging tree removal job in Inner City Wilmington where the only access available to us was through a 30-40 foot long tunnel. Local residents may already be familiar with the layout of yards in the rowhouses in Inner City Wilmington. If the house is not on the end of the block, the homeowner is required by the city to have a second way out in case of fire. Sometimes there is a 2-3 foot wide walkway in between the yards that run the whole length of the block. If that is not the case for whatever reason, like if the house is on a hill with a big retaining wall, the second form of egress is the tunnel out to the front.

      Homeowners in this situation may have the front door that is often 6 steps above the sidewalk level, and then the back door goes into a 20×20 ft fenced in yard with no way out in case of a fire. The way they would have to get out is through the tunnel: down under the house and then back out front again. That’s the only way into and out of the back yard except through the house,

      and homeowners would prefer we take the tree out through the tunnel than through the house. In this situation, our team went through the long tunnel, and since the spider lift was unable to fit, they climbed the tree and just had to cut small enough pieces to fit through that little tunnel.

      Crane Limitations

      As in the case of the rowhouses, some trees that need to be removed are in very confined spaces where a crane or lift are unable to go or even reach from outside the area. In cities, one of the challenges with the crane is the spiderweb of wires overhead. The crane might be able to put its boom straight up between the wires, but to actually swing around and maneuver a tree is another story. For example, if we could get a crane into a space like this, the crane may have to reach over the house 100 feet to tie into the tree, then we do the cuts and pick the pieces up. The crane still needs 50-80 feet of arm swing in a radius to bring it back down to the street.

      When we say spiderweb of wires, we mean the situation would really make you think of spiderwebs. Consider how a rowhome set up could be. A block may have 4 telephone poles: one on each corner and 2 in the middle of the block, one a third of the way, a second 2/3 away and the other at the other end of the block. The wires that feed the houses come off each pole then fan out to 4-5 houses each. So we really have a spiderweb of wires above our heads.

      Contact Stein Tree Service for Tree Removal

      These types of jobs have a higher level of difficulty and take longer to complete. They require help from a tree service company that has professionals who can climb trees and cut the tree into small enough pieces for them to carry out of the yard to the chipper. Some companies are unable to do this type of job because they have no climbers, but at Stein, we are equipped with the tools and the staff to perform tree removal in confined spaces. We are also insured, so homeowners and specialists have protection if an accident should occur. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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      Will Insurance Pay for Hazardous Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE?

      We all love our trees. From branching maples and red oaks to colorful dogwoods, trees provide myriad benefits and improve the look and feel of a property. However, even the hardiest tree can fall victim to disease and old age, and what once was a beautiful addition to your property may now be a hazardous object. If you have a dead, dying, or dangerously placed tree, you may be wondering about hazardous tree removal in Wilmington, DE, and whether your homeowner’s insurance will pay for the service.

      Insurance Guidelines for Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE

      As Delaware and Pennsylvania residents and property owners prepare for winter storms, where vulnerable trees could fall, the worry about those trees may be in the forefront of their minds. In general, most homeowners insurance companies are unwilling to pay to have a dead or dying tree removed from a property unless the tree has already fallen and caused damage. Even then, they may only pay for part of the costs.

      Why You Should Avoid Waiting

      Homeowners should avoid waiting for nature to take its course with hazardous trees. Waiting for dangerous trees to fall on their own may save you some removal costs, but waiting is a dangerous game as a falling tree can seriously injure people and pets or cause massive, expensive damage to property that can take a long time to repair. Injuries due to a lack of tree maintenance are worrisome, as you are likely to become legally liable if a tree injures a neighbor or damages their property.

      For example, if a homeowner has a tree with an overhanging branch that has been dead for years, but the homeowner has neglected to remove it despite complaints from neighbors, and that branch falls onto the neighbor’s property or injures them, the homeowner can be held liable.

      These liabilities and legal disputes can cost people thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the damage, while the damage itself could have been prevented with proper tree care.

      Insurance Guidelines for Tree Removal in Wilmington

      Therefore, the best advice for Wilmington and surrounding Delaware residents is to have any suspicious-looking trees properly inspected by a certified arborist as soon as possible. Tree trimming and the removal of dangerous trees are considered by insurance policies to be a part of routine homeowner maintenance. In some cases, our team may be able to trim back or prune away parts of a diseased or overgrown tree to reduce the risk of harm to people or property. In cases where emergency tree removal in Wilmington, DE, is necessary, Stein Tree Service is available 24/7 and responds quickly.

      What Constitutes a Hazardous Tree?

      A hazardous tree for property owners is one that is likely to fall or shed branches, causing damage to property or people. This can be due to a number of factors, including:

      • Dead or diseased trees: Dead and diseased trees are likelier to fall or shed branches than healthy trees.
      • Trees with structural defects: Trees with structural defects, such as cracks in the trunk or limbs or rot in the roots, are also more likely to fail.
      • Trees that have been damaged by storms or other events: Trees that have been damaged by storms, fires, or other events may be more likely to fall or drop branches.
      • Trees that are leaning or growing too close to buildings, power lines, or other structures: Trees that are leaning or growing too close to buildings, power lines, or other structures pose a hazard and can cause damage.

      Here are some specific signs that a tree may be hazardous:

      • Dead or diseased branches
      • Cracks in the trunk or limbs
      • Rot in the roots
      • Leaning trunk
      • Tree growing too close to buildings, power lines, or other structures
      • The tree has been damaged by storms or other events

      While these signs are generally what hazardous trees display, each tree and environment is unique. What constitutes a hazard will vary depending on the specific tree and its surroundings. For example, a tree that is healthy and structurally sound may still pose a hazard if that tree is growing too close to a house.

      Understanding the Risks of a Hazardous Tree

      Understanding the risks associated with hazardous trees is crucial for proper tree care and safety on both public and private property. These risks can arise from factors such as unstable tree limbs, fire damage, storm damage, or even tree death due to disease or old age.

      Falling tree limbs can pose a range of potential dangers. First, there is the risk of injury or even death to individuals nearby. A falling tree limb can cause severe trauma and even fatalities if branches land on a person. Additionally, falling tree limbs can cause damage to vehicles, structures, and other personal property, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

      Regarding public safety, falling tree limbs can create hazardous conditions. Tree limbs can obstruct roads and sidewalks, potentially causing accidents for pedestrians and road users. In addition, falling tree limbs can also damage power lines, leading to power outages and posing a significant risk of electrical fires.

      For property owners adjacent to trees, there is a constant risk of falling tree limbs. Strong winds and storms can weaken tree branches, making them more prone to falling. This can threaten the safety of persons and their personal property, including structures, vehicles, and outdoor amenities.

      Why You Should Avoid Waiting

      Homeowners should avoid waiting for nature to take its course with hazardous trees. Waiting for dangerous trees to fall on their own may save you some removal costs, but waiting is a dangerous game as a falling tree can seriously injure people and pets or cause massive, expensive damage to property that can take a long time to repair. Injuries due to a lack of tree maintenance are worrisome, as you are likely to become legally liable if a tree injures a neighbor or damages their property.

      For example, if a homeowner has a tree with an overhanging branch that has been dead for years, but the homeowner has neglected to remove it despite complaints from neighbors, and that branch falls onto the neighbor’s property or injures them, the homeowner can be held liable.

      These liabilities and legal disputes can cost people thousands of dollars, even tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the damage, while the damage itself could have been prevented with proper tree care.

      Contact Stein Tree Service for Emergency Tree Removal in Wilmington, DE

      Diseased and dying trees can have catastrophic impacts should they fall on your property. If you are unsure about the health and well-being of any tree on your property, contact us for an inspection by a certified arborist. Our team is skilled in various tree care services, from the mitigation of hazardous trees via bracing or pruning to the complete removal of dead or dying plant life via tree removal and stump grinding. Our hazardous tree removal services could save you thousands in the event of a need for emergency tree removal.

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      4 Tips to Prepare Trees for Winter

      The weather will soon get colder, so the time to prepare trees for winter is near. Your trees can risk being damaged during winter, especially during winds or snow and ice. Take care of your trees before winter, and help them withstand the cold weather better. And a few specific methods, such as watering, pruning, and wrapping, can keep your trees healthy and ready to bloom next spring. Stein offers a few tips to help prepare your trees for winter.

      Why You Should Prepare Trees for Winter

      With winter comes risks to your trees’ health and safety. The cold temperatures can cause stress and damage to tree roots and tissues. Strong winds and storms can break off branches and damage the surroundings. At the same time, snow and ice can add unexpected weight, potentially causing branches to snap. Even the sun and radiant heat can cause issues.

      All these factors contribute to a challenging season for trees, making winter preparedness vital to minimize harm and preserve tree health. Below are 6 tips to help your trees during the winter season.

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      1. Tree Inspections

      Winter is coming, and there is no better time to inspect your trees. Just like an annual health check-up is advisable for you, regular inspections are essential for the welfare of your trees. Inspections enable early detection and treatment of any existing or potential issues and assist in preparing the trees to withstand the harsh winter.

      An experienced arborist can comprehensively evaluate tree health, assessing risk factors such as damaged limbs, signs of disease, pest infestation, or structural instability. Keeping your trees in check and taking proactive measures can enhance their winter readiness.

      2. Water

      Watering is one of the essential ways homeowners can prepare trees for winter. Water helps provide nutrients to trees and acts as an insulator, protecting the tree’s cells from cold weather damage. If the soil beneath a tree has adequate water, the soil stays warmer during the winter. Newly planted or young trees are even more susceptible to winter damage, so providing enough water before the ground freezes is especially important. Ensuring that your trees have had enough water before the cold weather kicks in will go a long way to keeping them healthy during winter.

      3. Trimming & Pruning

      Once fall is in full effect and after your trees have gone dormant, pruning and trimming will prepare them for the cold winter. Trimming and pruning trees before the winter minimize potential damage during winter winds or heavy snow. When trees lose their leaves in the late fall and early winter, identifying and removing unsafe branches is significantly easier.

      Any wounds from trimming and pruning will heal more quickly since the tree is expending no energy on new growth, so the tree will be less likely to become infected by disease or insects. So to better prepare trees for winter and keep them healthy and your property safer, contact your arborist for pruning and trimming services.

      4. Reflective Tree Wraps

      Although cold damage is most common during winter, tree bark can also get damaged from the bright sun, which a reflective tree wrap can alleviate. When the winter sun shines directly onto and warms a tree trunk, the heat triggers a growth response, which results in new growth tissues that are susceptible to damage (called “sun scald”) once the temperature drops. Tree wraps work by reflecting sunlight, thereby preventing the tree trunk from absorbing excessive heat. The resultant controlled temperature inhibits that unexpected growth response in trees.

      While reflective tree wraps can benefit certain species, tree-wrapping practices vary based on species, location, and tree health. Check with your arborist to see if this method is recommended for your trees.

      5. Mulch

      Many people think of mulch in the spring, but at any time of year, mulch can help prevent moisture loss from the soil and regulate soil temperatures. Add a thick layer beneath the tree’s drip line in late fall or early winter.

      6. Stump or Tree Removal

      Sometimes, despite all efforts, a tree or stump must be removed. Removal might be necessary if a tree is dead, in severe decline, disease-infested beyond recovery, or posing a risk to the surroundings. Winter storms could exacerbate weak conditions, turning the tree into a hazardous liability.

      While tree removal is always a last resort, when necessary, hiring professional tree removal services ensure the process is conducted safely and effectively. With their abundance of knowledge, experienced tree specialists can provide an effective removal plan that minimizes harm to surrounding flora and structures.

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      Contact Stein Tree Service to Prepare Your Trees for Winter

      If you want to prepare trees for winter so your landscape remains healthy and beautiful, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein offers a wide range of plant and tree care services to keep your landscape in top shape before winter and all year round. We are the oldest independently owned tree care service company in Delaware, and our team of highly experienced tree care professionals will provide exceptional services. For more information on our services, contact us today.

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      Why Is Right of Way Clearing Important?

      Many businesses depend on nearby infrastructure, such as power lines or pipelines, to keep their company and staff productive because maintaining the integrity of this infrastructure is crucial; these businesses need right of way clearing. Right of way clearing maintenance is a service that arborists provide that ensures the infrastructures businesses and residents rely on are accessible and safe from potential tree damage. Stein discusses 3 reasons why right of way clearing is a vital service.

      Prevent Infrastructure Damage & Maintain Safety

      One of the most important reasons for right of way clearing is to keep the surrounding people and infrastructure safe. Some examples of scenarios where a tree is interfering with property and making the area unsafe include:

      • Branches that are too close to power lines
      • Weak trees near the sides of roads
      • Uncontrolled roots near an underground pipeline

      In all these instances, a weakened tree can cause significant damage to people or property due to branches falling onto and cutting power lines or trees toppling over.

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      Types of Damage Right of Way Clearing Prevents

      Some of the types of damage that trees too close to power lines can cause include the following:

      Power outages. When a tree branch hits a power line, a short circuit can result and lead to a power outage. This can be a significant inconvenience for businesses and residents. A blackout can also be dangerous if people rely on electricity for life-support equipment.

      Fires. A fire can start if a tree branch touches a power line and arcs. This is a serious hazard, as power lines carry high-voltage electricity that can cause fires to spread quickly.

      Electric shock. Trees growing near power lines pose an electrical hazard to anyone in contact with the tree at ground level. Given the right conditions, even if the trees and power lines are not touching, electricity can arc from the power line to nearby trees. This situation is hazardous and can be fatal to anyone near the tree, such as the workers responsible for the maintenance of the power lines.

      Property damage. If a tree falls on a power line, the debris can result in costly damage to property, such as homes, businesses, and vehicles.

      In addition to these direct hazards, trees that interfere with power lines can also create indirect risks. For example, if a power outage occurs due to a tree, traffic signals or streetlights may stop working, leading to traffic accidents.

      Keeping Animals Away from Infrastructure

      Another issue is that overgrown vegetation areas attract snakes, rodents, and larger animals like deer. Near a roadway, these animals can be hazards to drivers. For businesses that receive a lot of foot traffic, animals can carry unwanted diseases or insects that can put clients, family members, or pets at risk. Taking preventive measures by clearing these areas of unwanted or unsafe vegetation can significantly reduce the risk of injury or damage to people and property.

      Improved Accessibility

      Right-of-way clearing helps protect infrastructure from obstacles that may interfere with or obstruct travel. For example, hikers along a walking trail must carefully navigate an area where tree branches are low and close to eye level. Another example would be trees blocking work crews and vehicles from getting to their pipelines or utilities. By clearing these critical areas of overgrown trees and branches, people can easily, safely, and quickly move to their destination, which is especially vital in commercial or industrial areas.

      Aesthetic Visibility

      Land clearing improves the aesthetics and visibility of a property. Customers find properties with a lot of vegetation appealing. Still, brush and trees that grow in the wrong areas or appear poorly maintained can detract from the impression. Selectively clearing out weeds, brush, and trees creates more usable space for workers, making the space more appealing and welcoming to potential customers.

      Practical Visibility

      Clearing out select plants and trees makes patrolling, inspecting, and monitoring those areas or infrastructure components easier. Think of how difficult inspecting power lines would be with many branches and leaves obscuring the lines. Keeping these areas clear is necessary for workers to do their jobs properly, and by taking a proactive approach, you are keeping your business productive and reducing the likelihood of potential issues.

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      Contact Stein Tree for Right of Way Clearing

      If you want to keep your commercial property healthy and safe for visitors and employees, contact Stein Tree Service. Our ISA-certified arborists have hundreds of years of combined experience and knowledge of up-to-date safety standards and regulations. Stein has provided businesses and municipalities with right of way and maintenance services in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. We work to ensure your trees are healthy and beautiful and maintain your business’s safety. Contact us today for more information on right of way clearing or our other services.

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