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West Chester Certified Arborist: The Right Way to Plant Trees

Planting a tree on your property is one of the best things you can do to improve your home’s resale value and curb appeal while enhancing the environment. However, the process involves more than dropping the new plant into a hole to ensure a healthy, thriving tree that lasts for generations. The best time to plant a tree is early spring, so Stein Tree Service’s certified arborist in West Chester, PA explains the right way to plant your new tree.

Tips for Planting New Trees

The right way to plant trees sounds simple on paper, but both you and arborists have to consider plenty of factors to ensure the proper conditions before and during planting. Before you start digging in your yard and planting the tree saplings, here are a few tips to help your planting go smoothly to ensure optimal tree growth.

Before You Dig

The key to the long-term health of your new tree is proper planting and care. Before you even dig a hole, you need to make sure the area is suitable for the tree you are considering. Make sure to consider the height and diameter of the mature tree’s canopy and root system. The taller your tree will be when fully mature, the farther away you should plant from your house.

Next, you need to ensure that the type of soil and pH levels on your property are compatible with the type of tree. You may need to correct the soil accordingly by adding nutrients. A certified arborist can test your soil and advise you if you need to make adjustments.

Whether you are planting the tree personally or hiring a trained professional, you should clearly mark any underground utilities, to avoid hitting the lines with your shovel and to keep the roots from interfering. Call 811 a few days before your planned dig to have someone come out and mark the locations in your area.

When You Plant

Improperly planting your trees can cause several problems. One common issue is a root-bound tree. To prevent this problem:

  • Inspect the root ball before buying and avoid those with tight root spirals.
  • Gently remove unhealthy roots or girdling roots (plant roots growing around the trunk or near the soil surface, which can choke the tree by inhibiting nutrients from reaching the rest of the tree).
  • Aim for a tree with a root ball of 10” to 12″ diameter per every one inch of trunk diameter.

Ensure that the hole is deep enough, and allow a few inches of loosened dirt under the root ball. The soil level should come to the top of the first level of main lateral roots. Pack the soil around the base of the tree and water well (watering can help eliminate air pockets, which inhibit root growth and water movement.) Place a generous layer of mulch around the tree, with a 1-inch depth at the base of the trunk, gaining depth outwardly up to 4 inches.

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Stein Tree’s Certified Arborists Will Help West Chester Trees Thrive, from Planting to Maturity

Depending on the type and number of trees you want as well as the type of soil in your area, planting trees can seem complicated. To guarantee the best start for your newly planted trees and protect them for years to come, you may want to hire a certified arborist in West Chester for tree care services. Stein Tree Service’s team of extremely knowledgeable and experienced arborists have helped residents and business owners care for their trees and shrubs for over 37 years. For more information on the right way to plant trees or to request a free consultation, contact us today!

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Emerald Ash Borer Inspection

In the spring, destructive 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.

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What Does Dormancy Have to do With Good Tree Care in Wilmington, DE?

Plant dormancy is a state of “sleep” or inactivity for plants and trees in the winter. This aspect of trees’ life cycle helps them survive the harsh winter weather, such as the freezing temperatures and frigid wind. Those who specialize in tree care in Wilmington, DE, are well versed in the subject of dormancy because often, trees must be pruned or inspected during winter dormancy for best results.

You might be surprised to learn that some activity does occur during the colder months. Processes such as plant growth are typically slowed down, so plants require less nutrients and water to survive. Root growth and some other internal processes still take place.

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Preparing for Dormancy

Dormancy occurs when trees begin receiving less light and experience temperature drops. These changes in environmental conditions allow trees to “know” that winter is coming and begin to prepare. Trees take their remaining nutrients and begin to seal themselves off from their leaves before dropping them in the fall. Leaves in certain plant species (such as deciduous trees) fall due to plant hormones producing chemicals that signal the leaves to break off. These hormonal chemicals also prevent cell division and cause trees to stop growing.

This process allows the tree to conserve energy and lowers its need for water and nutrients. Mulching in the fall helps insulate a tree and reduce moisture loss during winter dormancy.

During Dormancy

For most trees, this time of rest is the best time for pruning. Trees are less likely to be “shocked” by the activity and wounded limbs. Pruning also helps prevent potential dangers that weak or damaged branches pose, especially during strong winter winds. 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. In addition, since the ground is frozen, less trauma due to compaction occurs.

Inspection during winter and spring dormancy is a great idea because tree professionals can more easily see the tree structure and unobscured bark. Areas of decay or injury will be more easily recognized.

Evergreen trees experience dormancy as well but in a different way. Their needles become coated with a heavy waxy substance that prevents them from losing moisture. In addition, they have a chemical inside that helps them resist freezing.

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Post Dormancy

As the winter nears its end, trees are exposed to warmer temperatures, even in short interludes, and they begin to have increased activity. Sometimes you will see budding and may worry about early blooming. However, trees are equipped to handle warming during these brief periods of time before the actual advent of summer. As days become longer and the air and ground begin to warm, trees are able to recognize that their growth period has arrived again.

Trust Stein Tree for Your Tree Care in Wilmington, DE

Stein Tree Service performs inspections, tree pruning or removal, pest treatment, and other tree care in Wilmington, DE area and Pennsylvania. Our certified arborists and tree care specialists take great care to make sure your trees thrive after their dormancy. For information about our services or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today.

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Emerald Ash Borer Inspection

In the spring, destructive 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.

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Tree Care in Newark, DE: Winter Tree Problems

Tree care in Newark, DE is an all-year activity. During winters in the Northeast, many species of trees and shrubs go dormant and stop producing new branch and leaf growth. In some ways, this dormancy is similar to certain mammals, such as grizzly bears that hibernate throughout the coldest months and wait for the spring to jump back into activity. However, trees are unlike these animals in that they are unable to move to a safe and snug hideaway and are often exposed to the most intense of weather conditions, which can lead to winter tree problems.

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Winter Tree Care Reminders for West Chester, PA Residents

Winter is here in all its chilly glory and we have already had some snowy weather. While you may be tempted to stay indoors this season, remember that your trees are subject to winter’s harshness and cold temperatures, and protecting them is part of good winter tree care in West Chester, PA. Such protection is especially needed in a winter such as the one we are experiencing, which promises to bring more snow and ice our way. The inclement winter weather can cause stress on trees, particularly young, newly planted, or recently transplanted trees. The following are some reminders of important winter tree care tips we recommend for our West Chester, PA neighbors.

Important Winter Tree Care Tips

If you want to protect your trees and shrubs during winter, you should know a few helpful winter tree care tips. These tips will help your trees remain healthy, better withstand the winter weather, and look beautiful once the warmer weather of spring arrives.

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1. Mulch Around Trees

Adding a fresh layer of organic mulch around the tree’s base underneath the drip line is advisable, but avoid piling mulch directly against the trunk. The mulch will insulate the tree’s soil and tree roots to protect against temperature extremes and cold weather. Mulch also slows water loss from the soil to help avoid moisture loss.

2. Protect Young Tree Trunks

The winter dormancy of grasses and flowering plants forces rabbits, voles, and other rodents to seek other food sources. One common winter food for these types of animals is soft tree bark. They can often be found during winter gnawing on the bark of young trees and exposing the inner wood to the elements. Protect your young or newly planted trees from these gnashing teeth by wrapping trunks with plastic tree guards. For those West Chester, PA residents who have bigger pests, like deer, you can use tall chicken wire as a tree wrap.

3. Clear Limbs of Heavy Snowfall

After a heavy snowfall, go out and clear off any accumulated snow from tree branches to help prevent the weight of snow from cracking and breaking limbs. If you have young branches with heavy icicles, you can use a garden hose connected to a hot water faucet to spray and slowly melt off the weight. If you use this method, take care to avoid burning the tree.

4. Have Trees Pruned or Trimmed

Pruning and trimming is an essential part of winter tree care that maintains tree health. Weak tree branches and canopies that are overfull can cause damage to property or people if strong storms cause them to fall. If you missed the chance to have pruning done in the fall, winter is still a great time. In some cases, winter is even better because your tree care specialist can better see the tree structure and any trunk problems that could indicate issues for your tree.

Contact Stein Tree Service to Learn More about Winter Tree Care in West Chester,PA

Have questions about winter tree care and want to protect your trees? Contact Stein Tree Service’s professional arborists today for advice. We are happy to answer your questions, and we offer a free consultation with our certified arborists. Stein Tree Service is the oldest independently owned tree care company in Delaware, and we are passionate about tree care!

Winter is here in all its chilly glory and we have already had some snowy weather. While you may be tempted to stay indoors this season, remember that your trees are subject to winter’s harshness and cold temperatures, and protecting them is part of good winter tree care in West Chester, PA. Such protection is especially needed in a winter such as the one we are experiencing, which promises to bring more snow and ice our way. The inclement winter weather can cause stress on trees, particularly young, newly planted, or recently transplanted trees. The following are some reminders of important winter tree care tips we recommend for our West Chester, PA neighbors.

Important Winter Tree Care Tips

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Shrubs that Create Interest in Winter – Enjoy the View and Get Your List Ready for Spring Planting and Tree Care in West Chester, PA

Winter has a delicate beauty. The deep browns of bare trees, muted greens and grays of frozen ground, and cool whites of snowfall combine to create a subdued color palette. This quieter landscape offers great inspiration for those gardeners and homeowners who want to show off a touch of flair through winter-flowering shrubs. Winter shrubs with bright blooms and sweet scents, colorful berries, and textured, glossy green foliage are perfect for sparking winter interest and creating a nice contrast to the cooler winter landscape. For those interested in tree care in West Chester, PA., take a quick look at some favorite shrubs that create interest in winter.

  • Winterberry. Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata) is a deciduous holly that loses its dark green leaves in late fall and leaves behind long, spectacular sprays of fire-engine-red berries. Sometimes called ‘sparkleberry,’ this fantastic holly specimen’s bright red berries are real attention-getters in winter.
  • Witch hazel. Witch hazel is another deciduous shrub with keen winter attributes. During even the harshest fall and winter weather in West Chester, PA, this shrub will dazzle passersby with its clusters of rich red and yellow flowers. But the blaze-like beauty of its petals is just half of the appeal as witch hazel shrubs also emit a lovely fragrance, a very desirable surprise during the frozen days of winter.
  • Red Osier Dogwood. This North American shrub, sometimes called Red Twig Dogwood, is incredibly hardy, known to grow and thrive as far north as Alaska. This dogwood features red stems and brilliant, fiery branches of gold, orange, and red in winter, an incredible array of colors that make it a great complement to evergreen landscapes. Plus, this shrub has the added benefit of attracting a host of pollinating butterflies, including the eastern-tailed blue butterfly. The richest of the dogwood’s twig colors occurs on young branches, and so part of the tree care in West Chester, PA for this species should include regular pruning between late winter and early spring.
  • Leatherleaf Mahonia. Mahonia is a hardy and adaptable evergreen shrub native to China but has since come to many American gardens. During the winter months, bright yellowish-green buds erupt from the tips of the shrub’s stems, and each new growth blooms into a dozen or more spires of bright yellow flowers. In warmer winters, gardeners can expect to enjoy a nice early fragrance to break up the monotony of winter. Note though that the leather mahonia is a self-sowing plant that is non-native to the Americas, so proper tree care in West Chester, PA is important to prevent the unwanted spreading of the species.

Contact Stein Tree Service to Learn More about Winter Tree Care in West Chester, PA

You can always add some shrubs that create interest in winter to your lawn for added beauty. Start planning your spring planting and tree and lawn care now. Contact us for information about tree care in West Chester, PA, winter tree trimming and pruning, or a free consultation about your tree or plant health care.

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Recycling Christmas Trees in Delaware

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Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has encouraged all residents to recycle their Christmas trees rather than throwing them away. Yard waste (branches, trees (including Christmas trees), grass) was banned for disposal from all Delaware landfills as of 2007, in an attempt to get more residents to recycle their yard waste. Residents recycling Christmas trees is one of the results.

Why You Should Recycle Christmas Trees

One reason for recycling Christmas trees is due to the above-mentioned yard waste ban in landfills, but recycling your yard waste comes with other benefits, as well. Yard waste takes up valuable and limited space in landfills, which can cause these landfills to be overcrowded and stress their effectiveness. Also, yard waste in landfills produces methane gas during decomposition, contributing to air pollution. These issues can be avoided by recycling yard waste instead, and you can benefit from recycling your Christmas tree.

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The Benefits of Recycling Your Christmas Trees & Yard Waste

You and your landscape can continue to get the value of your old Christmas tree or yard waste after the holidays. For example, an old Christmas tree can be ground and used on your property to help the soil retain water. Another option is to compost your yard waste, turning the plant material into a non-chemical fertilizer to improve your tree and plants health. Recycling Christmas trees provides the benefit of preserving Delaware’s environment while also enhancing your own property’s health and value.

Other Uses for Recycled Yard Waste

In addition to improving your plant and tree health care, here are a few other uses for your recycled Christmas trees and yard waste.

  • Create firewood for your outdoor firepit or fireplace. Be sure not to transport your firewood to prevent the spread of emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly, and other invasive species.
  • Use tree pieces in your landscape design, for example, as a plant bed border.
  • Removed trees can be shelters for birds and squirrels or fish feeders in your lake or pond.

How to Recycle Christmas Trees & Yard Waste

While recycling Christmas trees comes with many benefits and uses, some residents can find recycling big, heavy trees to be a hassle. If you are having trees removed, the professional tree care company can take away your yard waste after performing tree care services, or use the ground remains of your tree to re-fill the hole left by the tree. By hiring a tree care company to remove or grind your trees, you save time and hassle.

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We hope you find this information about recycling Christmas trees to be timely and helpful. If you need tree removal services or other tree care, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein’s team of certified arborists and tree care specialists are highly experienced and knowledgeable and can take care of your tree removal needs. We have been providing various plant and tree care services to Delaware homeowners and businesses for decades. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and ready for immediate response. For more information on our tree care and removal services, contact us today.

Tree Care in Wilmington, DE: Protect Trees When Adding Holiday Lighting

Right after Thanksgiving is a common time in the holiday season for homeowners to begin holiday decorations, and many of them love to string lights around their trees. Did you know that holiday lighting displays can be used for more practical uses than simply festive outdoor lighting and decor? Properly wrapping certain types of outdoor lights around your tree trunks and large branches is one method of winter tree care in Wilmington, DE to keep vulnerable trees warm and protected from frost damage. The following is a quick guide to tree holiday lighting: what works best and how to protect your trees from damage while integrating those lights into your winter tree landscape.

How to Add Holiday Lighting to Trees

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1.Get the right lights. The best type of holiday lighting to use around your trees if you are attempting to warm them is the kind with non-LED light bulbs, as LED light sets emit too little heat. Older lights are typically good for this task. Be sure to choose a plug-in option with a timer and ample extensions.

If you are only considering ease of use, the best type of holiday lights to use around your trees is rope lighting, consisting of LED mini lights that are ensnared in the plastic rope. This style of exterior lighting is easy to bend and wrap around your trees and the waterproofing provides durability and safety. Net lights are also great for shrubs and evergreen trees. LED lights present less of a fire hazard and can be found with more natural colors, like warm white, than were available a few years ago.

2.Begin high and wrap down. Start with one end of the strand of lights set high in a crook between the tree trunk and a large branch. Use a large zip tie to secure this end to the branch and then, once secured, begin wrapping the lights slowly down the tree to its base, securing periodic loops in place with zip lines on other large branches or similar spots. Take care to avoid wrapping wiring, zip ties, and lights too tightly around your live trees as this can damage the bark and sensitive tissue underneath.

Whether you are trying to protect your trees or just decorate for the holidays, you will want to be careful to protect your trees from damage. A few tree holiday lighting tips to keep in mind are:

  • Avoid compacting the soil around trees.
  • As already mentioned, avoid wrapping too tightly and constricting trunks or branches. If you damage the tree, especially in the winter, you will make it more susceptible to disease.
  • Use tree lights that are rated for outdoor use and in good, high-quality condition, especially the wiring.
  • Avoid using too many strands of lights together or using extension cords unrated for outside use.
  • Avoid stapling or putting holes in the tree. These can damage the trunk or limbs and open the tree up to infection. Instead use tree clips.

Contact Stein Tree Service for More Tips on Winter Tree Care in Wilmington, DE

Tree holiday lighting is a festive way to enjoy your trees in the winter. For more information on how to protect your trees and other plants when the cold and snow arrive this winter, contact us today. We are dedicated to excellent tree care in Wilmington, DE and surrounding areas and offer a variety of tree care services including trimming, pruning, removal, and emergency tree removal.

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What Is Commercial Tree Risk Assessment and What Are the Benefits?

If you own a business and have trees on your commercial property, a commercial tree risk assessment is a good way to protect your investment. Trees provide beauty and value to businesses, but poor maintenance and health can lead to hazards and risks for both the company and anyone nearby. By having a certified arborist provide a risk assessment to determine your trees’ condition, you can make your property safer and more appealing to you, employees, and potential customers.

What Is Commercial Tree Risk Assessment?

Commercial tree risk assessment is when an arborist evaluates the condition and health of the trees on commercial properties. The review process is thorough because of the many hazards trees can pose to nearby people and property. Assessing a tree can involve three main stages:

  1. The arborist will ask questions and interview the tree owner for pieces of vital information, such as when the owner planted the tree, how long has the tree resembled the current state, and if any construction has occurred near the tree.
  2. Next, the arborist will examine the current state of the tree, checking for any signs of disease, damage, or interference with nearby property (such as power lines).
  3. Finally, the arborist will compile all of the information into a report for the tree owner. The report will detail the findings, evaluations on the tree’s current state, and recommended solutions for any issues.

The Benefits of a Commercial Tree Risk Assessment

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Business owners benefit greatly from tree risk assessments. Risk assessments and follow-up with any recommended services can reduce your chance of having any problems, and from being financially liable for potential costs from property and personal damage. You can also increase your business’s value and your customers’ perception through tree maintenance.

1. Reduced Liability for Personal Injury

You are responsible for maintaining your business’s property so that employees, customers, and passersby are safe. For example, suppose your trees are in poor condition, and the branches are at risk of falling. In that case, you have a greater chance of liability if those branches injure someone below (especially if your property gets a lot of foot traffic.) What is the best way of knowing if your tree branches are at risk of falling? By scheduling a commercial tree risk assessment. With a proper tree risk assessment, you can significantly reduce the potential risk of someone getting hurt and your chances of being financially liable in the unfortunate event that someone is injured.

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2. Prevent Property & Personal Damage

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The damage that hazardous trees can cause to the surrounding property and passerby is costly. Broken gutters, smashed roof or windows, wrecked cars, and snapped power lines are just a few of the many risks and damages that can cost you. Bodily injury is another unfortunate outcome that poorly maintained trees can cause. The most effective solution is to have regular tree risk assessments from certified arborists so that all of these potential damages and costs can be prevented.

3. Aesthetics, Value, & Appeal To Customers

Another outcome of tree risk assessments is that your trees can maintain their natural beauty and aesthetics. A thriving, healthy tree noticeably improves your property appeal, while unhealthy or damaged ones can decrease your property value. One of the most critical tasks when trying to attract new customers is making a great first impression, and a well-maintained landscape does just that. The first thing your customers may see is your landscape and entranceway, and people are more willing to spend their time and money on businesses with trees nearby.

Contact Stein Tree for Commercial Tree Risk Assessment

If you want to keep your commercial property safe and valuable, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein has provided residential and commercial tree care services to business owners in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland for decades. Our certified arborists have hundreds of years of combined experience and knowledge to care for commercial properties. We work to ensure your trees are healthy, safe, and beautiful. For more information on our services or to get a commercial tree risk assessment, contact us today.

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Predicted Snowy Freezing Winter Means Tree Inspection Time

October 15, 2020 – Wilmington, Delaware – Winter is just around the corner, which means that homeowners should get tree inspection services to ensure their trees are prepared. The Farmer’s Almanac released their forecast for the 2020-2021 winter season, saying that the U.S.’s eastern region will be cold and snowy. Because the estimates predict heavy snowfall and storms, trees are at risk of being damaged, which can lead to property being damaged.

The Farmer’s Almanac Forecast

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Compared to 2019’s relatively snow-free winter, this year’s winter is expected to be the opposite. The Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a blizzard hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states around early February. The blizzard could bring roughly 1-2 feet of snow to the east coast, from Maryland up to Massachusetts. A storm in late March is expected to bring significant snowfall to the east coast, originating from the Midwest and sweeping to New England. Overall, states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland are expected to be “Seasonably cold, wet, and white,” which could damage trees.

How Winter Can Damage Trees

While trees become dormant during the winter, cold temperatures and snowstorms can damage and stress trees, increasing safety risks. Heavy snowfall can weigh down branches (especially already weak or damaged ones), causing them to break and fall. Strong winds can also break off branches. Falling branches pose a serious risk to property, such as houses, cars, power lines, and anybody standing below or near them. The best solution to ensure the safety of everything and everyone around is to call for tree inspection before the weather becomes severe or dangerous.

Preparing Trees for Winter

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The first step to making sure trees are prepared to withstand the winter weather is to get them inspected by a certified arborist. A certified arborist has the training and experience to inspect trees for any signs that point to issues like vulnerability of branches or the possibility of the entire tree toppling over due to strong winds or heavy snowfall. Once trees have been inspected, a certified arborist will be able to develop the right plan to maintain the tree’s health and the safety of those nearby. Preparations for winter include trimming and pruning branches, wrapping a tree to prevent sunscald, and watering before the ground freezes.

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Stein Tree Service is the oldest independently owned tree care company in Delaware and has provided plant and tree care and tree inspection services for residents in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland for over 35 years. The professional team of certified arborists has hundreds of years of combined experience to ensure that trees and plants are healthy, safe, and beautiful. For more information on Stein Tree or their services, contact the company at 302-478-3511 or visit https://www.SteinTree.com today.

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Signs of Emerald Ash Borer

Fall has arrived, and we want to let homeowners know that fall and winter are great times to get trees inspected for pests or diseases. One major pest to look out for is the emerald ash borer (EAB): an invasive species that feeds on ash trees and has done immense damage to trees across the entire United States. Fall, winter, and early spring are the best times for detecting any signs of emerald ash borer, because fewer leaves are present to hide the pest. This season is also an ideal time for removing infected trees.

Signs of Emerald Ash Borer Infection

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One of the main reasons that fall and winter are ideal for detecting the emerald ash borer’s presence is that trees lose their leaves. The emerald ash borers burrow into the bark and lay their larvae inside the tree, making them difficult to spot on trees with a lot of leaves. EAB is difficult to spot because the beetles have a metallic green colored body, an effective camouflage during the spring and summer when trees have a lot of green leaves on them. The leaves can also hide other signs of emerald ash borer presence.

Other Signs of Emerald Ash Borer Infestation:

  • Distinct D-shaped holes in the bark
  • Bark splitting
  • Canopy thinning

Increased or unusually high woodpecker activity can be another sign, as woodpeckers feed on emerald ash borer.

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Removing Infected Trees in Fall & Winter

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Removing trees infested with EAB can be carefully done anytime, but the ideal times to remove trees is during the fall and winter. From October to May, EAB is mostly inactive, with the larvae burrowed under the bark of a tree. The dormancy is a result of the beetles protecting themselves from the cold weather. Because the pest is mostly dormant during the winter, the chances of them spreading is reduced. Therefore, the ideal time to remove infested trees is between October and May when the risk of other ash trees becoming infested is the lowest.

Contact Stein Tree for Emerald Ash Borer Removal Services

If you are concerned about your trees’ health and the risk of emerald ash borer infection, contact Stein Tree Service. Stein Tree is a professional licensed tree care business in Wilmington, Delaware. We provide pest removal and plant and tree care services for many communities around Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Our certified arborists are experienced in the safest, most effective measures to prevent and remove pests from your landscape and maintain your trees’ health. For more information on signs of emerald ash borer and how to keep your trees safe, contact Stein today.

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