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Stein Discusses Common Problems In Pennsylvania Tree Care

By Stein Tree
Posted on June 7, 2019

Mother nature creates such beautiful flora and fauna, but also creates problems that can destroy them. If you are a homeowner in Pennsylvania, tree care can be a frustrating experience at times. You may run into one of the more common issues that can do damage to your beloved trees. Your biggest weapon to combat these issues is knowledge and preparedness.

Stein tree care specialists have the years of experience, knowledge, and training to help you deal with anything from common issues like minor tree disease to some of the rarer issues you might come across. You can trust us to get the job done, and we even offer free consultations.

4 Common Pennsylvania Tree Care Issues to Look Out For

Some common but worrisome Pennsylvania tree care problems to look out for include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
  • Spotted Lanternfly
  •  Anthracnose
  • Ash Leaf Rust

Emerald Ash Borer

EAB is an issue that continues to spread and we are certified to treat for the pest. You may be dealing with EAB if:

  • The crown of your ash tree is declining or thinning.
  • You notice D-shaped holes in the trunk or bark of the tree
  • You find s-shaped galleries or trails under the bark

The main indications are very noticeable and are a very common problem throughout the country, not just in Delaware and Pennsylvania tree care. If you notice any of these signs be sure to give us a call.

Spotted Lanternfly

These colorful little insects can cause a lot of problems to certain types of trees. If you are concerned about spotted lanternfly you should look out for the following signs:

  • Black or grey wounds around leaves, stems, roots, and trunk
  • Yellowish mold growing near the trunk which may have a bad smell
  • Areas that look like there is sap being secreted

The spotted lanternfly likes trees such as willows, poplar, maple, as well as a variety of different fruit bearing trees. Because of the secretions that are left behind, depending on the stage of growth, a spotted lanternfly infestation can attract even more pests that can do damage to your trees. Our certified arborist can determine whether you have this issue, and we are certified to treat trees in all spotted lanternfly quarantine areas.


Shade trees are vulnerable to anthracnose, a disease caused by a fungus. The disease attacks frequently in the spring, after the fungus sits in the dead twigs during the winter. In spring when conditions are wet, spores spread and cause lesions on the leaves.

Ash Leaf Rust

Ash leaf rust is an early spring fungus that has been rampant this year because of the cool wet spring. Affected white and green ash trees will develop yellow-orange spots on their leaves. Trees can lose their leaves prematurely and deformities can occur. This fungal infection can be treated using fungicidal sprays.

Stein Tree is Passionate About Tree Care

Whether you are in Delaware or Pennsylvania, tree and plant health care is an important part of your property maintenance. Whatever tree care issues you face, we are here to help. Our team of experts is looking forward to taking care of your tree care needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.




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Stein Tree Earns Permit to Work in Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Areas
Stein has a permit to work in spotted lanternfly quarantine areas in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Tree Service Companies have to be trained in proper moving and disposal of materials to avoid spread of the spotted lanternfly and Stein has completed the training courses. Learn more.

Emerald Ash Borer Inspection
In the spring, destructive emerald ash borer (EAB) adult beetles begin to emerge. These invasive pests can destroy your ash trees. Our specialists are certified to treat for EAB in Pennsylvania and Delaware. For a free consultation, contact us today.