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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Mr. 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 and Chester 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.
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.
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.
If you have a small tree or shrub in your yard that would work better in a different spot, fall is a good time to transplant it.
First things first, only young trees or shrubs are eligible for transplant. If you try to move an older shrub or tree, it won’t likely be able to survive the move. However, younger plants tend to transplant well, and doing so between late October and early March is a good rule to follow. This is because it gives the trees time to establish their roots.
Guidelines for Transplanting
1. You’ll want to do research on the type of tree you have so you can choose the right place to plant it. Trees prefer different levels of sun and shade, and soil conditions. You’ll also want to know how tall the tree is likely to get, to ensure that it won’t affect the power lines and underground utilities.
2. Young trees work best. They grow quickly and have root balls that are smaller and easier to manage than that of older trees. However, no matter what kind of tree you transplant, you can expect it to go through a period of shock, so take extra care after the transplant.
3. Aftercare for your transplanted tree should include fertilizing, pruning the roots, and digging a deep enough hole. If you do all those things, most trees will transplant nicely.
4. Depending on the species of your tree, you may have an easier time transplanting it. That’s another reason why it’s important to learn about its species. Elms, bald cypresses, and red maples tend to fare well due to their fibrous root systems.
5. Make sure you don’t transplant a tree unless you’re sure the new location is suitable. Also, don’t try to transplant a tree that appears stressed or deteriorated.
Steps for Transplanting Your Tree
1. Make sure your tree is well hydrated. The root system will lose a lot of water during the process.
2. When you dig up the tree, make sure you wrap the root system in burlap or newspaper to reduce breakage during the move.
3. Water the tree as quickly as possible.
4. Follow up with extra care for the tree.
Check out this video for more information on properly transplanting technique.
We are currently looking for a new employee, so if you or someone you know will be a good fit, contact us! We are looking for a key player who can eventually manage jobs on their own. The candidate must have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and experience working in the tree care industry.
Our ideal candidate:
The ability to climb trees would be a plus.
Has a class A or B CDL
Must be able to operate tree equipment, including chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders, skid steers, and mini skidsteers.
Must be able to pay attention and follow instructions.
Must be willing to take on responsibility to help grow the business.
Must be able to work in a safe and efficient manner.
Must have the ability or willingness to learn how to run a bucket truck.
Depending on ability and performance, the wage will be between $20 and $35 per hour.
Contact us to Apply
If you think you’d be a good fit for this position, contact Mike Rupnicki.