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Tree Care 101: Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Your trees are likely the most eye-catching, valuable part of your landscape. As such, trees need to receive the proper amount of care to keep them healthy. Tree care can involve many different tasks and goals. So to help your keep your trees healthy, Stein is offering a few tree care 101 tips for residents.

Mulching

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Mulching is an integral part of tree care, and proper mulching goes a long way to keep your trees strong. Organic mulch is ideal because the added nutrients aid in tree health. Apply the mulch in the form of a doughnut around the tree, rather than a volcano covering the trunk. A good rule is the “3-3-3” rule: a 3-inch deep ring, in a 3-foot radius around the trunk, leaving a 3-inch space around the trunk.

Tree Trimming and Pruning

Regular trimming and pruning is important. Generally, the best time to trim and prune trees is during dormancy in the fall and winter to encourage the next flowering. However, some trees should be pruned right after their flowering period ends, such as flowering dogwood or eastern redbud. In addition, light trimming and pruning may be done safely during most seasons, and if a tree has dangerously hanging branches, pruning must be done when needed for safety. Tree trimming and pruning are vital if a tree is at risk of falling or has damaged, dead, or weak branches, so always keep a close eye on the tree condition. Being vigilant about your tree’s health will help prevent damage to both the tree and anything surrounding it.

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Watering

As with any other plant, watering is an essential part of tree care 101. If you are planting new trees, focus on watering the root ball area. You can water more of the tree once the roots spread out. If you have more mature trees in your yard, you may be able to water less often. But be proactive and water when your area has gotten less rainfall than usual, or the tree shows signs of distress. Water thoroughly once a week (or more in summer) instead of small amounts frequently, about 5 minutes of hose watering at medium water pressure. With proper watering, your trees can remain vigorous even during the hot summers.

Regular Inspections

One final piece of advice, and an often overlooked aspect of tree care 101 is routine inspections. Tree care is a long-term process, so regular inspections are an essential part. Hiring a professional, certified arborist to inspect your tree means that any issues such as new signs of disease or damage are spotted and resolved earlier.

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Give your trees the care and nurturing they need to thrive with Stein Tree Service. Stein’s staff of certified arborists and tree care professionals have hundreds of years of combined experience. We have provided quality plant and tree care services to Delaware and Pennsylvania communities for over 35 years. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and can be radio dispatched for immediate response. For more information on our tree care 101 tips, or our services, contact us today.

Your trees are likely the most eye-catching, valuable part of your landscape. As such, trees need to receive the proper amount of care to keep them healthy. Tree care can involve many different tasks and goals. So to help your keep your trees healthy, Stein is offering a few tree care 101 tips for residents.

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4 Tips to Prepare Trees for Winter

The weather will soon be getting colder, which means the time to prepare trees for winter is near. Your trees can be at risk of being damaged during the winter months, 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 3 tips to help prepare your trees for winter.

Why You Should Prepare Trees for Winter

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With winter comes risks to your trees’ health and safety. The cold temperatures can weaken the root systems, strong winds and storms can break off branches and damage the surroundings, and even the sun and radiant heat can cause issues. Below are 4 tips to help your trees during the winter season.

1. 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 the cold weather damage. If the soil beneath a tree has an adequate amount of water, the soil stays warmer during the winter. Newly planted trees 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.

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2. Trimming & Pruning

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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 minimizes potential damage during winter winds or heavy snows. 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 from 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.

3. 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 once the temperature drops. “Sun scald” can be an issue during clear, sunny winter days, but may be prevented with a reflective tree wrap around the trunk to reflect the sun’s heat. Check with your arborist to see if this method is recommended for your trees.

4. Mulch

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

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 ISA certified arborists and tree care professionals will provide exceptional services. For more information on our services, contact us today.

Is It Unsafe To Have Large Trees Near My House?

When looking for a new home with mature trees in the yard, many homeowners ask themselves, “Is it unsafe to have large trees near my house?” This question is understandable, as people want the benefits of large trees without worrying if their house will be safe. The answer varies from house to house and depends on many factors, such as the distance between the house and trees, tree health and condition, and external forces like storms. Here is a breakdown of whether large trees near your home are safe or unsafe.

3 Factors to Consider if You Have Large Trees Near Your House

Since many homes in Delaware and Pennsylvania do have large trees nearby, clients ask the question all the time. If I have large trees near my house, do I need to have them removed?” Below are 3 factors we consider when making the determination.

1. Tree Height and Distance From Structures

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Determining how safe having large trees near your house is requires knowing critical information about the tree. First, how much distance is between the house and the tree? If a large tree is closer than 15 feet to your home, the tree may be too close. Some larger species of trees need additional space, but at least 15 feet away applies to most species of trees. Branches that are touching or scraping the house is also a sign the tree is too close.

2. Tree Health

Tree health is also an important factor that affects how safe your property is. Healthy trees with secure, developed root systems are safer than dead or damaged trees. If a tree is dead, being knocked over during strong winds or storms is more likely, which can damage a home or even cause personal injury. In a scenario where a large dead tree is close to a house, the best course of action should be to remove the tree. Having regular inspections if you have large trees near your home is smart, because you may be unable to tell just looking at the tree if a problem exists. Issues like pests or disease might be difficult to spot on the surface if they are new, but an arborist knows how to tell if trouble is ahead.

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3. Storm Damage

Our communities have faced particularly strong storms this past summer, and we have responded to a lot of emergency tree care requests this summer due to the storm damage. Storms damage trees by breaking small and large branches, splitting the trunk, removing the bark, and more. So even if a tree is healthy and still upright after storms, damage can weaken the tree. After a storm, you may wish to call an arborist, to inspect since the storm damage may have made the tree more dangerous. An even better idea is to be proactive and get inspections done as well as regular trimming and pruning of tall trees. Thinning of branches can allow better air flow so strong storms may be less likely to pull down branches or trees.

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If you have ever asked yourself, “Are the large trees near my house safe?” and want to ensure that you and your home will be safe, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein’s ISA certified arborists and plant care professionals provide plant and tree care services, emergency tree removal services, and more. Our team has served many residential and business communities in Delaware and Philadelphia for over 35 years. We have state-of-the-art equipment that is ready for emergency dispatch if needed. For a free consultation or more information on our services, contact us today.

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What Does A Tree Care Company Do?

Homeowners want to ensure that their trees are healthy and beautiful and often call a tree care company for help. These companies help care for the tree to maintain its health and aesthetic value to the homeowner. But some may wonder what exactly does “tree care” mean, and what a company specializing in tree care does. Tree care is the collection of various arboricultural methods that aims to improve or maintain the physical appearance and health of trees. A tree care business is a company that offers those tree care methods as services. Below are some examples of the many services tree care businesses provide.

Plant & Tree Care Services by a Tree Care Company

The services a tree care company offers encompass different methods to keep trees healthy. Routine trimming and pruning dead or weak branches to increase a tree’s aesthetic appeal and overall health is one example. Another service is cabling and bracing, where arborists insert special rods and cables to increase support for vulnerable branches. Tree removal may be necessary for various reasons, such as tree death or to remove the risk of a tree falling on structures, power lines or people. Other services, such as fertilization and soil management, are additional ways of enhancing the health of trees and the entire landscape.

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Other services are more specialized, focusing on resolving specific issues related to a tree or property. Lightning protection is one of these specialized services, which involves installing a lightning protection system to reduce the risk of a lightning strike. Emergency tree removal may be necessary after storms, when a tree may be blocking a road or may have fallen onto someone’s house or car. Pest management may be necessary when a tree has become infested with an invasive pest, such as emerald ash borer or spotted lanternfly.

Services for Homeowners, Businesses or Municipal Customers

Another significant component of tree care company services is to provide unique services based on each customer’s needs.

  • Residential tree services can include routine trimming and fertilization, but can also include services such as construction management for those looking to add onto, or even build, their homes.
  • Commercial tree services can revolve around ensuring a business’ landscape makes an excellent first impression and is safe for customers, so landscape management and planning are often necessary.
  • Municipal tree services are focused on schools, parks, municipal buildings, and more. Some of these services include lot and right of way clearing, or ordinance review and development.

Each tree and property is different, and part of proper tree care is understanding each customer’s needs and goals and developing a comprehensive plan of plant and tree care services to meet those goals.

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If you are looking for a tree care company to keep your trees healthy and looking beautiful, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein is a fully licensed, professional tree care company, and has served thousands of customers in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Our staff of highly experienced, certified arborists and tree care specialists will work with you to develop a plan to keep your landscape in top shape. We also have state-of-the-art tools and are equipped to handle emergency dispatch. For more information about our services, contact us today.

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3 Benefits of Proactive Tree Maintenance

The best way to keep your trees healthy and beautiful is with proactive tree maintenance. Proactively maintaining and caring for your trees keeps them healthier for longer. More vigorous trees are also more beautiful trees and make your property more valuable. And performing routine maintenance helps reduce the number of potential issues and risks to your trees in the future.

Why Should You Practice Proactive Tree Maintenance

Below are three benefits of proactive tree care and maintenance.

1. Improved Tree Health

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Proactive tree maintenance is an excellent way to maintain your tree’s long-term health. For example, waiting to prune a diseased branch increases the chance of the disease spreading throughout the tree. Whereas carefully monitoring the tree and pruning at the earliest signs of illness halts the spreading and preserves the rest of the tree’s health. The same goes for damaged branches and pest infestations such as emerald ash borer. By taking a proactive approach to tree care and maintenance, you can give your tree the best conditions to thrive and remain healthy.

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2. Enhanced Aesthetics & Property Value

In addition to your tree’s health, proactive care also improves and maintains your trees’ appearance. In the example of a diseased branch, waiting too long to prune the diseased branch could lead to an unsightly looking tree, or even one that is beyond saving and has to be removed. When your trees, plants, and landscape are healthy, your curb appeal and property value is higher. Preventive, proactive tree care ultimately makes your trees and landscape more valuable and appealing.

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3. Reduces Health & Safety Risks

Proactive tree maintenance has the benefit of reducing potential health and safety. Routine check-ups and maintenance allow arborists to spot signs of damage or disease earlier, making more drastic practices like possibly removing the tree unnecessary. Routinely inspecting and pruning damaged branches reduces the risk of further damage, such as the tree falling over or the branches falling off during storms or strong winds. In addition, you will save money in the long-run by minimizing these risks, since the damage from these sorts of events is often costly and uncovered by homeowner insurance policies. Keep your property and residents safe with a proactive approach to tree care and maintenance.

Contact Stein for Tree Care Services

If you are looking for proactive tree maintenance services, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein’s ISA certified arborists and plant care professionals have been providing exceptional plant and tree care services, such as pruning, removal, and pest infestation treatment for over 35 years. We have served many residential and business communities in Delaware and Philadelphia. For a free consultation or more information on our services, contact us today.

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Stein Provides Shrub Trimming Tips for Residents

One of the first thoughts that likely comes to mind when you think of “good landscaping” is properly, regularly trimmed plants. Shrubs are beautiful when trimmed and well-maintained, but can quickly look overgrown. Overgrown shrubs affect the aesthetics of the rest of a lawn, and can even damage the siding of homes in some instances. But with a few shrub trimming tips, your shrubs can look both beautiful and healthy. Below are some of our suggestions for trimming shrubs.

When to Trim Shrubs

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Most shrubs benefit from annual trimming and pruning, but some shrubs require specific timing. For instance, spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia should be pruned after flowering to promote pollination and maintain the blooms. Other shrubs are best pruned during dormancy in late winter. Trimming in winter or early spring helps stimulates growth and ensures the next growth is more lush and vibrant. Removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches is a good practice for any time of the year. Overall, the best time to prune or trim shrubs depends on which species of shrub you have.

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How Often To Trim Shrubs

Another one of our shrub trimming tips is knowing how often to trim. The trimming frequency depends on the species, but some rules of thumb still apply. Generally, formal evergreen shrubs should be trimmed around 2 to 3 times a year during the growing season, while some fast-growing conifers such as leylandii may need to be trimmed about 4 or 5 times a year. Trimming too little will obviously lead to overgrowth but do so too often, and the shrub’s growth can be stunted. Arborists take the current season into account. Once again, trimming frequency depends on the species, but for most shrubs, 2 to 3 trimmings a year is ideal.

The Importance of Having a Professional Arborist Trim

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One final tip is that having your shrubs trimmed by a professional arborist is most effective. First, a professional arborist has the knowledge and experience to identify dead, diseased, or damaged branches, and make the proper cuts accordingly. Their cuts are also more likely to maintain the shrub’s health and best promote new growth or pollination. And their training, plus their access to specialized trimming and pruning tools, means that hiring a professional arborist is safer. So if you are looking to keep your shrubs healthier and better looking, hire a professional arborist.

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The many factors to consider when trimming shrubs are the reason many homeowners in Pennsylvania and Delaware call Stein Tree Service. Stein is a professional, licensed tree and plant health care business that has served many communities in Pennsylvania and Delaware for years. We provide a full range of plant and tree care services such as shrub trimming and pruning, plant health care, and treatment for insect infestation. Our arborists are certified and highly experienced with a long history of crew and property safety. For more information on shrub trimming tips or our services, contact us today.

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Stein Provides Emerald Ash Borer Spread Update

For years, the emerald ash borer has caused severe damage to ash trees within the United States. As an invasive species, emerald ash borer has spread rapidly since the beetle was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002. Both federal and state governments have issued quarantines to curb the spread and reduce the pest’s impact. Over the years, some quarantine regulations have been adjusted to account for changes in the beetle’s presence. Below is an emerald ash borer spread update to help keep your trees safe.

Emerald Ash Borer Spread Update: New Counties

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New counties across the United States have recently detected instances of emerald ash borer. Most of the new counties that have detected EAB are in the Midwest region (Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin) and New England (Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) but several new counties in NC have reported EAB as well. The emerald ash borer has been detected as far west as Texas and Colorado but has only been found in a few counties there. Every county in Pennsylvania has reported EAB presence, but so far in Delaware EAB presence has remained low.

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Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Deregulation

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, proposed to deregulate the EAB quarantine in 2018. The proposal would divert resources from local regulatory activities (issuing permits, making site visits, and more) towards managing EAB spread, such as releasing more biological control agents that are natural predators of the EAB to prevent further spread. The open comment period for these new proposals closed on November 19, 2018, but no decision has been reached to date.

The quarantine regulates moving ash trees, logs, or hardwood firewood in and out of states where EAB instances are confirmed. Firewood is a primary way that the pest has been able to spread between different states quickly. Some may unknowingly transport EAB infested firewood or logs across state borders.

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If you want to keep aware of the emerald ash borer spread update and preserve your trees’ health, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein Tree is a professional, licensed, tree care business. We have served many communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland with tree care services and treatment for pests such as emerald ash borer. Our arborists are certified and know the best and safest insecticides and preventive measures to maintain your trees’ health. For more information on how to keep your trees safe from emerald ash borer, contact Stein today.

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Tree and Plant Health Care: Non-Native Plant Impacts on Local Ecosystems

Much has changed since Native Americans roamed this part of the United States and it was settled by early colonists. Today, cars zip down ordered, tree-lined streets where once wooded groves stood and sprawling cities have overtaken what were once rural villages and untamed spaces. Many suburban lawns feature plants and grasses not native to the region (in fact, most every type of ‘traditional green lawn’ is comprised of grasses not indigenous to North America). However, while some outsider plants have a beautiful and sometimes even functional use in our yards, native plants are more beneficial. Beyond that, non-native species can harm our local ecosystem. Stein’s tree and plant health care specialists offer some reasons that homeowners might want to choose native plants when designing their landscapes.

Why Using Native Plants in Your Landscape is Important

We all have plants or shrubs that we love the look of, and they may fit in well with our individual landscapes. However, keep in mind the overall health of your yard and that of your community when choosing to redesign your landscape. Stein offers 4 advantages that native plants have over non-native in relation to tree and plant health care.

Wildlife

Using native plants as well as proper tree and plant health care is extremely beneficial to local wildlife. Monarch, swallowtail, tortoiseshell, and other unique butterflies that serve as key pollinators for our region are all dependent upon very specific native plant species. When you choose to plant the native species they require, you give them vital habitat and food sources and encourage their return to your yard. The presence of native species of insects will invariably draw in native birds and encourage a more holistic ecosystem. On the other hand, without those native plants, and their related insects, birds and other animals will be absent without their chosen food source.

The ecosystem’s natural cycles are disrupted when too many non-native species are introduced. Native oak or red oak can have 300 types of insects that are beneficial to the ecosystem, while non-native Japanese maple may attract no native insects.

Hardiness

While Delaware rarely suffers from extensive droughts, water conservation is still important to our community. Native plants, because they have adapted to the local environmental conditions, are quite hardy and will be more likely to survive the local climate, even in more extreme conditions, than non-indigenous plants. Homeowners will spend less time and money keeping these plants healthy.

Invasive Species

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, some non-native plants adapt too well to Delaware’s soil conditions and easily spread out and choke out beautiful native species. For example, barberry is an invasive species that is currently taking over many of the region’s forest areas to the detriment of native plants and animals. One may be tempted to think that a single tree or shrub in a contained environment, like a backyard, is no threat. However, burning bushes, which many prize for the bright beautiful red fall foliage, have choked out native plants. The seeds are carried out of a yard by birds, and they proliferate, filling in the forest understory and keeping away plants that deer might eat.

Natural Beauty

Finally, while plenty of non-native species certainly add a unique and beautiful touch to landscapes, there will always be something special about using the region’s plants to create a natural landscape at home. Especially as Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other neighboring states, have a broad spectrum of vibrant flowering trees, shrubs and other plants that provide lawns with brilliant seasonal changes, from bright green buds in spring to colorful reds and purples in autumn.

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If you are concerned about keeping your landscape healthy, using native plants is one factor that can help. Proper tree and plant health care is also important. Stein Tree Service’s certified arborists and other tree care professionals are dedicated to the health and vitality of our community’s landscape. For a free consultation, contact us today.

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Why Does It Matter If Your Arborist Is ISA Certified?

When you are looking for an arborist to take care of your trees, be sure that your arborist is ISA certified. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is the leading certification body of arborists in the world. Getting certified is an important step in becoming a reliable, professional arborist and also communicates to everyone that an arborist is properly experienced and knowledgeable. Hiring a certified arborist helps ensure the best care for your trees with the most up to date best practices.

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What It Takes To Become an ISA Certified Arborist®

Becoming an ISA certified arborist® takes a certain amount of training and education. The ISA says that arborists must have met all requirements to be eligible for the exam, which includes

  • “3 or more years of full-time, eligible work experience in arboriculture, or
  • A degree in arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.”

Arborists also have to take continuing education courses and follow a code of ethics to ensure their credibility and reliability as arborists. Becoming an ISA certified arborist takes time, knowledge and skill, and hiring one for your tree care offers many benefits.

Proper Safety & Tree Care

If your arborist is ISA certified, you are working with a professional with the required knowledge and training for the necessary tree care. Tree trimming and pruning, for example, require careful, methodical cuts to ensure the tree’s health and overall function. Tree removal is another process that requires careful cuts and a studied process to maintain safety. These tasks often require complex equipment that a certified arborist has the training to safely utilize. Tree care is complicated and dangerous work, so the best solution is to hire a certified arborist to work with your trees.

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Certified Arborists Can Treat for Tree Diseases & Pests

Another part of tree care certified arborists are better suited to handle is treating diseases or pests. Trees can become infested with various pests, including emerald ash borer and spotted lanternfly, or infected with disease following infestation or tree injury. Treating for these diseases and pests requires knowing what to look for in a tree, awareness of how the pests and/or diseases can affect the rest of the landscape, and understanding of the available solutions. A certified arborist will know how to properly treat trees for pests and diseases while maintaining the health of the surrounding landscape and plant life.

Certified Arborists Can Handle Storm & Emergency Tree Damage

If a large, mature tree is damaged or knocked over in a storm, certified arborists will be able to handle and resolve the situation. Tree removal can be dangerous, especially in the aftermath of storms where trees can interfere with other structures such as power lines or homes. Damaged or toppled trees that obstruct roads, businesses or homes also cost the owners income, making timely evaluation vital. A certified arborist has the experience, education, and skills needed to handle storm damage and provide emergency tree services while protecting others’ safety.

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Contact Stein Tree Service for Your Tree Care Needs

If you have any tree care needs or questions, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein has been in business for over 35 years, serving many communities in Delaware and Philadelphia. We have state-of-the-art equipment that is ready for emergency dispatch. When you work with Stein, your arborist is ISA certified and highly experienced to ensure exceptional service. For more information on our services, contact us today.

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Stein Discusses Ways to Recycle Removed Trees

As more homeowners are becoming concerned about the environment, many are looking to recycle removed trees. Homeowners invest a significant amount of money into their trees, but sometimes they must be removed. Below are some ways to recycle removed trees and continue benefitting from your trees.

What You Need To Know To Recycle Removed Trees

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When you want to recycle removed trees, you will need to know a few things first. You can recycle a tree as long as the tree is cut before rotting sets in, or the tree becomes infested with insects. An important note is that preparation of the wood for recycling may not be offered by tree care service, so you may have to opt to have the tree left on the property for your disposal. You can ask if the arborist can help cut a particular way if you already have plans for using the remains of the tree. However, such a request may cost more for the difficulty, or the arborist may reject cutting the tree as requested for safety reasons. Once you have decided to recycle your tree, think of some ideas of what you can do.

Recycle Trees into Mulch & Firewood

One of the most straightforward uses of recycling trees is by turning the tree into mulch or firewood. Mulch provides protection and moisture to trees and plants and reduces weeds. If you use firewood in your home, for a firepit, or elsewhere such as on local camping trips, you can easily add a surplus of wood by having your removed tree cut to create smaller logs. Remember, don’t move firewood from one area to another or you could spread emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly or other invasive species to unaffected areas.

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Use Recycled Trees in Landscape Design

If you are looking for more creative ways to recycle removed trees, incorporate them into your landscape design. For example, you can create fences or corner posts in your landscape with the remaining wood. Walkways made up of either logs or crosscut slices of the trunk are another excellent use for recycled trees. Live trees help prevent erosion and keep the soil in place, adding functionality to visual appeal. Removed trees can still provide ways to enhance the aesthetics of your landscape.

Give Recycled Trees to Wildlife or Disposal Centers

Two parties that can make good use of your removed trees are wildlife and your local tree disposal center. A removed tree can be converted into a shelter for birds, squirrels, or other animals. If you live near a lake or pond, you can contact local officials to have your tree be used as both a fish feeder and a way to protect fish from predators. Or, you can check with a local disposal or composting center. Plenty of other people, or animals, could make use of your recycled trees.

Contact Stein for Your Tree Care & Removal Services

If you have any trees that need tree care or removal, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein has a team of highly experienced, knowledgeable, and certified arborists to take care of your trees. Our state-of-the-art equipment is ready for immediate response. We have been in business for decades, providing numerous tree care services in Delaware and Philadelphia. For more information on how to recycle removed trees or our tree removal services, contact us today.

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