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Make Sure You Aren’t Providing a Habitat for Spotted Lantern Flies

The Spotted Lanternfly was first detected in Berks County, PA during September 2014. Since then, Bucks, Chester, New Castle, and Montgomery Counties have been added to the list of quarantined areas.

The pest is a planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam. Unfortunately, in 2019, it’s still plaguing Southeastern PA and Northern DE.

What is Being Done to Combat the Infestation

The Spotted LanternflyPenn State University is leading the charge on Spotted Lanternfly Research. Meanwhile, the USDA and PA Department of Agriculture are targetting the locations where the insect has been spotted.

The PA Department of Agriculture starts by targeting the perimeters of areas where the insects have been seen, before working in toward the heart of the problem.

Tree of HeavenRemoving the insect requires a combination of physical removal and pesticides.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Yard

Mr. Tree is urging residents of the Greater Philadelphia region to be on the lookout for the Tree of Heaven (Ailianthus altissima). This tree is sometimes called the Paradise Tree, but it is not aptly named. It is a rapidly growing tree that is a breeding ground and food source for the Spotted Lanternfly.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is currently calling for the eradication of the Tree of Heaven and Spotted Lanternfly. The pest poses a significant threat to the grape, apple, stone fruit, and timber industries in Pennsylvania.

How to Spot a Tree of Heaven

Tree of Heaven Close-UpThe Tree of Heaven has recently been seen in the suburbs of Philadelphia. If you have one on your property, it is crucial that you get it removed as quickly as possible. Be on the lookout for trees that have:

  • Large, palm-like leaves, up to three feet long.
  • Leaves that have a rancid smell when crushed. Many say the smell is similar to burnt or spoiled peanut butter.
  • Smooth, gray bark.
  • Yellow-green flowers on the end of shoots that bloom during the summer.
  • Papery, tan to red seed pods that turn brown and fall off during autumn.

The tree commonly grows along highways or in disturbed areas, but it could also take up residence in your yard.

Check out this video from Penn State for an overview of why the Tree of Heaven Matters:

Call Mr. Tree if You Have a Tree of Heaven in Your Yard

Mr. Tree can remove your Tree of Heaven and help ensure that you won’t have an infestation of Spotted Lanternflies on your property. If you see this tree on your yard, contact us online or call 484-999-0040. It’s important to have a tree professional handle this tree because it is known to regenerate quickly if not properly taken care of.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, click here to report it.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

Removing a tree

In today’s age, we are used to finding out the cost of a product or service in an instant. All it takes is a quick Google search, and we have our answer.

Unfortunately, that simply isn’t applicable to certain situations, including tree removal. There are many factors that could affect the cost of a tree removal job, so it just isn’t possible to calculate a one-size-fits-all figure.

The average price of tree removal varies greatly. While there’s no way to know the exact cost without having a professional assess your property, there are factors that increase or decrease the price.

4 Factors that Affect the Cost of Tree Removal

Environmental Factors

Spruce TreeIs your tree positioned near your house or another valuable target? Is it easily accessible by trucks and other equipment needed for its removal? What’s the terrain like? All these components have a big impact on the total cost of the job. Environmental factors are a big reason why tree professionals need to see the tree in person before providing an estimate.

Type of Tree

Wood varies in density and hardness. The hardest tree native to Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware is the oak. Due to its weight, removing an oak tree will require much more time and safety precautions than pine trees, which are softer and lighter.

Height of Tree

In general, the size of your tree has a big impact on the cost of its removal. Removing a tree that’s 75+ feet tall is going to be far more labor-intensive than a 25-foot tree.

Health of Tree

Trees that are dead and starting to rot are usually lighter and less solidly rooted. This makes them slightly easier to remove than healthy trees, which require more intensive labor. Trees that have already fallen also tend to be easier jobs, provided they haven’t landed on anything. A fallen tree that has landed on a structure–like a car, house, or shed–poses an added challenge.

Contact Mr. Tree for a Free, Accurate Estimate

Remember, these factors can help you make a guestimate about the price of removing a tree, but there is no way to know the cost for certain without a professional’s assessment. If a tree is dead, compromised, or threatening to fall on your property, it could cost you significantly more in the long run.

To get your estimate from Mr. Tree, fill out their online form or call (484) 999-0040.

Removing Three Trees in Drexel Hill

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Bacterial leaf scorch is a disease that effects many trees native to the area. The disease is caused by a bacteria called xylella fastidiosa, which is spread by tree sap and insects. Weather conditions, including storms with heavy winds, can increase the chance of your trees being affected. Unfortunately, trees infected with bacterial leaf scorch need to be removed in the vast majority of cases.

Removing Three Trees in Drexel Hill

We recently took down three trees for a customer in Drexel Hill. One of these trees, a white oak, had died due to bacterial leaf scorch. We also removed a structurally compromised tulip poplar and an ash tree on the adjacent rear property.

Contact Mr. Tree for Tree Removal Services

Mr. Tree is a tree company based in Aston, PA. To get started with our services, contact us online, or call (484) 999-0040.

Taking Down 15 Trees in Media

There are many reasons why trees may need to come down. Trees are quite heavy, and sometimes they can be in danger of falling. They can also block sunlight, which can make it difficult to grow grass, plant a garden, or enjoy your yard.

Safely Removing 15 Trees

Removing 15 trees is a tall order, but the communication and technical skill of our team allowed us to execute the job efficiently.

We also ended up with plenty of logs and leftover wood scraps–click here to learn some of the ways we repurpose the trees we remove.

Contact Us for Your Tree Removal Needs

Aston-based Mr. Tree provides tree removal to the Delaware Valley. To get started with our services, fill out our contact form or call 484-999-0040.

Removing 3 Red Oak Trees in Media

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Bacterial leaf scorch is a plant disease caused by xylella fastidiosa, a bacteria transmitted by insects through tree sap. Bacterial leaf scorch attacks different types of foliage, including several species of trees native to Southeastern PA. Common causes include environmental factors like heavy winds or storms.

Unfortunately, once trees fall victim to this bacteria, it’s difficult to salvage them. In most cases, they need to be removed.

Removing 3 Red Oaks Due to Bacterial Leaf Scorch

This client in Media, PA had trees that became affected with bacterial leaf scorch. We were able to safely remove the trees using a crane.

Check out the photos and video footage below!

Contact Mr. Tree for Your Free Estimate

Mr. Tree begins every service with a free estimate. When you’re ready to get yours, contact us online or by calling (484) 999-0040.

5 Advantages to Winter Pruning

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Pruning your tree is an important part of keeping your yard healthy, and winter is a great time to do it! This is when your tree is dormant, which offers many benefits.

It’s a good idea to wait till late winter after the harshest weather has passed.

5 Advantages to Pruning Your Tree in Winter

  • More Efficient: When the ground is frozen, there is less likelihood that equipment will damage your yard. This results in faster work, lower costs, and better outcomes.
  • Reduces the Risk of Spreading Disease: Similarly to when you have a cut on your skin that gets infected, pruning a tree results in a weak spot in the tree where disease can penetrate. During the winter, the bacteria, fungi, and insects that can infect your tree in spring and summer aren’t around, so of course, they can’t harm your tree.
  • Easier to See Tree Structure: Without leaves in the way, it’s easy to spot branches that may be in danger of falling.
  • Better Appearance When Spring Hits: When the warmer weather comes around, a tree that was pruned in winter will have a healthy appearance. Proper pruning results in a burst of new growth.
  • Less Stress on Trees: When you prune a tree too late in the summer or during autumn, it tends to trigger new growth that is quickly killed by cold weather. In winter, you don’t have to worry about that. Since the tree is dormant, pruning won’t trigger new growth. It also gives trees plenty of time to fully heal before spring, so they are better protected against insects, bacteria, and funguses.

Removing a Tree Using a Crane in Media, PA

Media PA Tree Removal by Mr. Tree

It’s important to monitor the trees on your property to make sure they aren’t causing damage. A dead tree doesn’t just look unattractive, it can be dangerous. After a tree dies, there is a high probability that it will fall and crush whatever it lands on.

Using a Crane to Remove a Tree in Media

This homeowner in Media, PA had some trouble with a large maple tree that had died. The tree was in their backyard and threatening to fall on their house, which could cause serious damage or injury. Check out the photos below for a close look at our work:

Click here to learn more about our large tree removal services.

Looking for Tree Removal?

If you’re looking for tree removal or other tree services, you can get a free quote from Mr. Tree today. Fill out our online form or call 484-999-0040 to get started.

Tree Service in Bryn Mawr, PA

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Mr. Tree is a fast, reliable, and safe Bryn Mawr tree company. We provide a host of services like tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, stump grinding, lot clearing, and emergency services. We respond to emergencies on a 24/7 basis — when you need us, we will be there.

Emergency Tree Removal in Bryn Mawr

A few days ago, we responded to a tree emergency in Bryn Mawr. We were able to attach the fallen tree to one that was still standing. We hoisted the tree up and removed the branches. Browse the gallery below for more details about this job.

We also serve nearby Newtown Square and Chester.

If you have a tree that is causing danger on your property, contact Mr. Tree right away by calling (484) 999-0040. You can also fill out our online form for a free estimate. 

Watch Us Take Down a Tree in Stop-Motion

Broomall Tree Removal BannerMr. Tree’s fast, reliable, and safe services include tree removal, tree trimming and pruning, lot-clearing, and 24/7 emergency services. Our team serves Delaware, Chester, and New Castle Counties.

Removing a Tree in Broomall

Watch, frame-by-frame, as we remove this tree for our customer in Broomall. While removing a large tree may seem like an intimidating task, our team is able to break it up into smaller chunks. As you will be able to see from the video below, we safely haul each piece of tree away using a crane.

Click here to learn more about our large tree removal services.

Looking for Tree Services?

When you’re ready to get started, get your free quote by filling out our online form or by calling (484) 999-0040.

Different Ways to Take Down a Tree

When most people picture tree removal, they think of cutting a tree at its base and allowing it to fall, like in the video below:

When using this method for tree removal, it’s crucial that you choose a tree company who communicates well and knows how to control where the tree lands after it falls. Skilled workers will be able to ensure that the tree falls in a safe place so it doesn’t cause property damage or injury.

Other Methods For Tree Removal

Tree professionals call the process of taking down a tree, “felling a tree.” Besides cutting a tree at its base and allowing it to drop, there are several methods we use to fell trees. These include:

Securing the Tree Using a Rope

Depending on which way a tree is leaning, we may need to use a rope, called a guy rope, in order to lower it safely. This method can also be used to keep the tree from landing on a valuable target.

Take a look at this video, from a job in Thornton:

Removing the Tree Piece by Piece

If a tree is particularly large, we begin by stripping it of its branches before taking away the trunk in parts. Using this technique, we have been able to tackle removal jobs on trees as tall as 140 feet! Take a look:

Safety Comes First

Sometimes, we use a combination of these techniques. No matter how tough the tree removal, Mr. Tree will be able to handle it. Every time we take on a project, we keep in mind that safety is the most important factor and our number one priority.