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Tree Trimming and Pruning or Tree Removal Can Be Hazardous

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

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

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

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

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

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Professionals are recommended for these tasks for two main reasons.

1. Safety and Convenience

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

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2. Knowledge

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

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

Tree Inspection

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

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

Tree Removal

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

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

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

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

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

What is Tree Training?

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

What Is The Difference Between Pruning And Training?

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

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

Common Tree Training Methods

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

Pollard

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

Espalier

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

Pleach

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

Topiary

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

Bonsai

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

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

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

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

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Emerald Ash Borer Inspection

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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 is a service arborists provide that ensures the infrastructures businesses and residents rely on is accessible and safe from potential tree damage. Stein discusses 3 reasons that right of way clearing is a vital service.

Prevent Infrastructure Damage & Maintain Safety

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

Another issue is that overgrown areas attract snakes, rodents, and larger animals such as 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 trees and brush can significantly reduce the risk of injury or damage to people and property.

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Improved Accessibility

Right of way clearing also helps keep infrastructure clear from obstacles that may interfere or obstruct travel. For example, hikers along a walking trail would have to carefully navigate a particular 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.

Practical & Aesthetic Visibility

Land clearing improves the aesthetics and visibility of a property. Customers find properties with a lot of vegetation appealing, but brush and trees that grow either 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 and makes the space more appealing and welcoming to potential customers.

Clearing out select plants and trees also 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.

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, beautiful, and maintain your business’s safety. For more information on right of way clearing or our other services, contact us today.

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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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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.

Contact Stein for Shrub Trimming Services

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 Tree Service Discusses Tree Pruning Practices

If you have overgrown or misshapen trees on your property, the solution is tree pruning. Tree pruning helps make your trees safer, healthier, and more beautiful. But proper pruning requires careful examination of the tree and knowledge of the different tree pruning practices. Below are three different tree pruning techniques and what makes each of them useful.

3 Types of Tree Pruning Practices

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Each method of pruning has a specific purpose and focuses on different areas of the tree. Some approaches focus on improving the aesthetics of a tree, while others focus on safety. All pruning types involve altering the “crown” of the tree, which is all aboveground parts of a tree (leaves, branches, or stems.)

1. Crown Thinning

Crown thinning is the process of removing smaller branches to create a more even, symmetrical shape or appearance. Other tree pruning practices focus on altering the crown’s size, whereas thinning focuses on improving the crown’s shape. For example, if a tree has a lot of little branches that give the crown an uneven appearance, an arborist will thin the tree to make the crown more uniform. Removal of dead or diseased branches and increasing sunlight penetration and air movement are other benefits of crown thinning.

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2. Crown Reduction

Crown reduction alters the size of the tree, usually by removing branches from the top or sides. Often, crown reduction is performed on large trees that are at risk of touching nearby buildings or power lines. Crown reduction is also useful for reducing stress on individual branches or the entire tree. While all types of tree pruning practices should be left to professionals, crown reduction is a particularly advanced type of pruning, needing careful cuts to preserve the tree’s health. Reduction is a useful pruning technique that makes trees more stable and safe for people while maintaining their structural integrity.

3. Crown Raising

Crown raising involves removing the lowest branches of a tree, rather than the highest branches as in crown reducing, to “raise” the crown. The primary purpose is to create more clearance for anything traveling underneath, such as pedestrians or cars. Crown raising is often done to improve safety, such as removing low, or dead branches overhanging a busy sidewalk. Removing low-hanging branches also helps grass underneath capture more light. Like other tree pruning practices, proper crown raising requires careful skill and experience.

Contact Stein Tree for Tree Pruning Services

If your trees need pruning, call Stein Tree Service. Our certified arborists are highly experienced and have a long history of crew and property safety. We have state-of-the-art equipment and are ready for immediate and emergency response. We have served thousands of customers throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland since 1983. To learn more about tree pruning practices or our tree pruning services, contact us today.

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Tree Pruning is Essential to Good Tree Maintenance and Safety

Tree pruning is an important maintenance task for homeowners, for safety as well as aesthetics. Spring 2020 has brought some strong storms in Pennsylvania and Delaware, causing many trees to fall, and some have fallen on homes, cars or other structures. We have received many requests for removal of trees that have fallen during these storms.

How Regular Pruning Can Help Prevent Accidents

Many of these storm-related incidents may have been preventable with regular inspection and pruning. An arborist can determine if risk factors are present and take action to protect your trees, property and physical safety.

Damaged Branches

Branches may become damaged or die without notice by a casual observer, especially if they are high in the tree. These branches are more fragile and subject to falling in strong winds or heavy snows in winter. An arborist performing tree pruning can safely remove those branches and avoid the risk of damage from their falls.

Tree Sickness

Sometimes a tree injury can allow fungus or other disease to find their way into the tree. If left untreated for too long, they undermine the integrity of the tree and make affected branches or the entire tree vulnerable to falling.

Insect Infestation

Insects can infest the tree and get a stronghold before owners are even aware. These insects may damage and weaken the tree to the point that falling is a bigger possibility. For example, the emerald ash borer, a small metallic green beetle, attacks ash trees, leaving larvae that burrow under the bark, eating the substance in the tree that transports nutrients.

The first sign a homeowner notices may be tree canopy dieback. If untreated, small trees can die within 2 years, and large ones within 3-4 years. These weakened trees are more vulnerable to falling in strong storms and should be evaluated by a professional arborist. The insect can easily spread to other local ash trees, so residents should report the issue if an infestation occurs.

Tree Branch Density

Thick tree branches resist air flow, and regular trimming and pruning can help keep the air moving more freely. A certified arborist will perform tree pruning in such a way that the aesthetics are maintained and the tree remains healthy and strong. Making groups of trees less resistant to air flow also makes them less likely to be knocked over in strong wind situations.

Tree Damage Liability

While no one wants tree damage of any kind to occur, financial liability is a big factor for residents to consider when they have trees on their properties. When trees fall into a neighbor’s yard, onto their fences or structures, or worse, onto a person, the homeowner could be held financially responsible if they are found negligent. Having regular tree inspections, tree pruning, and other tree care, and keeping records of the services, can offer some protection in a situation where a tree has caused damage in a fall.

Call Stein Tree Service for Pennsylvania and Delaware Tree Care

Stein has been providing exceptional tree care service for residents of Pennsylvania and Delaware for over 35 years. We are passionate about trees and committed to maintaining their health and vitality. We are considered an essential business because tree care helps ensure safety in communities. Contact us today for tree pruning, tree removal, and treatment for insect infestation.

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Stein Tree Discusses How to Safely Trim Tall Trees

Tall trees on your residential or business property add much value: shade, aesthetics, property value, and even reduced heating and cooling costs. But the size of these trees makes maintaining them more difficult and dangerous. Experienced arborists have the training and knowledge to keep you and your property safe. Here are the risks associated with tall tree trimming and pruning, and how to safely trim tall trees.

Why and How an Arborist Should Trim Tall Trees

We want to emphasize that the best method to trim tall trees is to contact a certified arborist. The safest methods and techniques of cutting tall trees involve specialized training and equipment that most people lack. Climbing up the tree and trimming branches should be left to certified and licensed professionals for the best results.

Climbing a Tall Tree

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The first risk that comes with trimming tall trees is reaching the top. Pruning the branches of tall trees involves a much greater falling risk, and the chance of serious injury becomes more significant. The climbing method also needs to be safe, and any climbing equipment needs to be secure and stable. Experienced arborists know how to safely tether themselves to prevent a fall.

Equipment such as pruning shears or chainsaws are brought up to cut the branches. Careful cuts that ensure the safety of the trimmer, the people below, the property, and the health of a tree, need to be performed. The method arborists use to cut branches allows the tree to heal correctly and makes the actual cutting safer for the arborist. Numerous tree branches, larger branches, and other interfering objects such as power lines, create awkward and uncomfortable working angles.

Professional arborists will have access to specialized equipment and the proper training and certification to safely trim a tall tree. Stein Tree Service professionals use a spider lift or a lift truck to safely reach high branches.

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A spider lift allows the arborist to work safely and access the tree from different angles. For close pruning, professionals use cordless top handle chainsaws, also called arborist chainsaws. These tools are lighter and easier to control than a standard chainsaw.

For trimming and shaping, tree care professionals often use powered long-handled or telescoping hedge trimmers. These tools, along with blowers, vehicles, lifts, and chippers, allow arborists to effectively and safely trim tall trees.

Call Stein for Quality and Reliable Tree Trimming Services

Stein Tree Service has been in business since 1983 and has a long history of crew, property, and tree safety. Our staff and state-of-the-art equipment are ready for immediate response. We have provided tree care services to thousands of customers throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. If you need to trim tall trees or have other tree care needs, contact us today for a free consultation.

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Fall and Winter are The Best Times For Tree Trimming

The warm, sunny days of spring and summer are behind us, and cooler days are here. Seeing the beautiful leaves from summer change color and fall off the trees is great because the fall and winter are the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning. You may have heard this before, and wondered why, so we will discuss why late fall and winter are the best times of the year for trimming and pruning.

What Makes Fall and Winter the Best Times For Tree Trimming and Pruning

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As everyone knows, trees lose their leaves in the winter, revealing all of the branches previously hidden under the leaves. Seeing all of the beautiful, colorful leaves fall off might make some people sad, but bare branches do make the task of diagnosing issues and trimming trees much easier. The bare canopies of the trees make the tree structure much easier to seen and we can more easily remove the dead branches.

The frozen, snow-covered ground also helps arborists by allowing us to reach areas near the tree and/or shrub that are normally inaccessible, especially with regards to equipment. As much as we love leaves in the spring and early summer, having them out of the way makes our trimming and pruning easier.

Promoting Tree and Shrub Health

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Trees and shrubs are dormant during winter, which halts growth until the next spring. This inactivity means that wounds from trimming and pruning during late fall and winter will heal more quickly since the tree is expending no energy on new growth.

Another reason that fall and winter are the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning is that disease and damage from insects are less likely. Trimming and pruning during the late spring and summer can expose the trees and shrubs to diseases. When decay occurs, insects are attracted to the tree and cause more damage. Knowing the species of trees, shrubs, insects, and diseases in your area can be very helpful, and a certified arborist can advise you of the best practices for your area and your specific trees. Trimming and pruning in late winter when insects are the least active will keep your trees and shrubs healthy.

Special Tree Trimming and Pruning Concerns

Though late fall and winter through early spring is generally the best time to trim trees, some exceptions do apply.

Flowering Trees

As we have mentioned before, flowering trees should be pruned after they have flowered. This practice allows for the most blooms in the following year. More blooms lead to better aesthetic appeal and also aid in pollination.

Damaged Trees

If a tree is damaged and at risk of falling or losing branches, a delay in action may lead to injury or property damage. Knowing what to look for is important. Here is a short list of issues to look out for that could a need for tree trimming and pruning ANY time of year.

  • Weak, damaged, broken, or diseased branches and shrubs.
  • Branches and shrubs hanging over or making contact with power lines, roofs, sheds, or other structures.
  • Trees that lean at dangerous angles.

Contact Stein Tree for Quality Tree Trimming and Shrub Pruning Services

The fall and winter make for the best times for tree trimming and shrub pruning, but whenever you need professional tree care, you can count on a certified, experienced arborist from Stein Tree Service. Since 1983, Stein Tree Services has been providing the residents of Delaware and Pennsylvania with tree services including regular tree trimming, tree removal, and emergency services. For a free consultation, contact us today.

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Stein Addresses the Question: When Should I Prune a Flowering Tree?

As professional tree care specialists, we get this question often. Annual tree trimming and pruning does offer benefits to trees and shrubs. These benefits include the encouragement of new growth, shape retention, and safe removal of dead branches. Pennsylvania and Delaware residents often want to trim trees and shrubs early in the season so that their landscapes look their best for the season. For many trees and shrubs, early pruning, especially during dormant times, is the best practice. However, the timing to prune a flowering tree is different. Flowering trees really need to wait to be trimmed until after they complete the flowering process.

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