What’s Killing Pennsylvania’s Ash Trees

emerald ash bore There is a lot to be concerned about when it comes to our natural world. With shifting climates, we are seeing more natural species and vegetation being lost. There is another natural disaster happening, though, to our trees. In Pennsylvania, we are so fortunate to be home to big, beautiful trees of many different species that tower over the land. What if one day those trees were gone?

Where Have All the Ash Trees Gone

There is something called the Emerald Ash Bore, a small, metallic green beetle, that has killed off most of the Ash Trees in Pennsylvania. The Emerald Ash Bore, while their name doesn’t reflect their viciousness, were first discovered in North America in 2002. Since then, it has killed 60 million Ash Trees nationwide. In Pennsylvania, we have a healthy population of Ash Trees – numbering over 300 million – but this number is drastically decreasing by the day. Since 2014, the Ash Tree population has been reduced by 14%.

How to Save Your Ash Trees

Not only should we be concerned about our forests in PA and around the country, but homeowners need to take extra steps to protect their ash trees.

Identify the Affected Trees

growing ash tree If you have ash trees on your property, you can tell if they have been affected by the Emerald Ash Bore by the discoloration of the tree bark. This bark will flake off in considerable amounts to show reveal a much lighter color underneath. If you look closely, you can see the bore holes themselves!


Generally, you will want to remove the dead trees before they fall and create damage to your property. Once the ash tree is infected, it should be removed to eliminate the threat of the tree falling and causing damage to your property or hurting someone.

There are chemical treatments available for affected ash trees, but once a tree has evidence of this beetle, the treatment doesn’t work very often. Only healthy, unaffected ash trees should be considered for treatment like insecticides – as beetles can decimate tree populations within 5 years once they start. Most treatments need to be applied every year and can become very costly.

Don’t Wait to Remove

Ash trees can grow to be very large (some as tall as 80 feet). It is crucial to be alert when it comes to the health of your trees. Once affected by the Emerald Ash Bore, the integrity of the tree is compromised and it can take very little to tip these trees over or break them in half. If you have trees on your property that are sick or dead, please contact the team at Mr. Tree right away so we can safely remove them. If you catch it quickly, it may help prevent other trees on your property and in the area from becoming affected.

Our COVID-19 Response

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We hope that everyone is taking proper precautions to stay safe and healthy during this hectic time. At Mr. Tree, we are practicing social distancing and washing our hands often.  

We want our community to know that our tree services continue to be available during the pandemic. Per the Pennsylvania Industry Operation Guide, as a Private Households business, we are not on the list of businesses that have been ordered to shut down. Keep in mind that if you have a tree-related emergency, we are available 24/7.

Of course, our customers’ safety is our top priority, so we will be maintaining a 6-foot distance and keeping our hands clean. Like always, we don’t need to enter our customers’ homes to do our work.

Every job starts with a call or email, so our contact with homeowners is already greatly minimized. We realize that this is an evolving situation, and we will continue to keep our customers updated.

Contact Us for Your Tree-Related Needs

To hire us for a tree removal or emergency tree service, give us a call at (484) 999-0040 or fill out our online form.

Tree Removal Job

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tree removal with a crane At Mr. Tree, fast, reliable, and safe tree removal is our specialty. Recently, we took down a large tree for a local homeowner. The tree was so big that we had to use a crane and take it down slowly, piece by piece.

It’s all in a day’s work for the team at Mr. Tree!

Ready to Get Started?

To hire us for a tree removal job, contact us online or by calling (484) 999-0040.

Watch Us Take Down a Tree in Stop-Motion

Broomall Tree Removal Banner 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.

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.

Mr. Tree is Hiring a Full Time Tree Crew Member

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.

Job Requirements

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.

Aston Tree Removal on a Scorching Hot Day

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Mr. Tree is a full-service tree company serving Delaware and Chester Counties. Services include removal, lot clearing, trimming, and 24/7 emergency clean-up.

Removing a Tree in Aston, PA

It was so hot this day, so we couldn’t take many pictures for fear our phones would melt in our pockets! We did manage to snap these before storing the phone in the trunk to keep it cool:

Contact Mr. Tree for a Free Estimate

If you have a tree in your yard that you need taken down, the crew at Mr. Tree will be there, no matter how hot it is! To get started with our services, give us a call at  (484) 999-0040 or contact us online.

FAQs About the Law Regarding Trees


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Homeowners often have questions about the trees in their yards and what their responsibilities are for taking care of them. What happens if your tree falls on your neighbor’s yard? What do you do when your neighbor’s tree extends into your yard, or you want to take down a tree that is between more than one property?

Keep reading for answers to these questions and more.

Who owns the tree? 

Tree ownership is determined by where the trunk is. If the trunk is entirely on one property, that homeowner also owns the tree.

What if the tree trunk is on the border of two or more properties? 

In this case, the tree is known as a boundary tree. Ownership is shared between all the properties that the tree trunk touches. If you want to remove a boundary tree, you cannot legally do so without consent from all the owners.

What if a branch from my neighbor’s tree extends over my property? 

If your neighbor’s tree branch hangs over your property, you may trim the branch, but only up to the property line. If your neighbor owns a fruit tree and the branch extends into your yard, you cannot legally pick fruit off the branch. If you cause damage to the tree, you could be liable for up to three times the tree’s value. Most trees are valued at $500-$2,500, but some ornamental or landmark trees cost between $20,000-$60,000.

What if my neighbor’s tree leaves keep blowing into my yard?

If your neighbor’s leaves blow into your yard, you don’t have grounds for a nuisance claim. Leaves are a natural product, so even if they clog your gutters or pipes, you have no legal claim against the tree’s owner.

What if my neighbor’s trees cause damage to my property? 

If a tree looks like it might fall on your property, contact the property owner and voice your concern. If the property owner does not comply, most cities have ordinances to prohibit property owners from having dangerous conditions on their property. Contact your municipality, and they will likely remove the tree or order your neighbor to do so.

What maintenance is necessary to ensure my trees are safe? 

You are responsible for the trees in your yard, which means two things: making reasonable inspections and taking care to ensure that the tree is safe. If your tree or a neighbor’s causes damage to someone else’s property, the court will rule whether it was an Act of God, or a result of negligence. All of this will depend on how well the owner of the tree took care of it.

It’s important to check out your tree regularly for visual signs that something is wrong. For more advice, check out our 7 warning signs that your tree is about to fall. It’s also important to regulalrly have your tree pruned and deadwooded to keep it healthy and safe.

Deadwooding is Essential for Tree Safety

Deadwooding is the process of removing dead or loose branches, which are most likely to be knocked loose during hurricane or blizzard season. April and May are good times to prepare with this service. To get started, call Mr. Tree at (484) 999-0040 or fill out our form online for a free quote.

Using a Grapple Truck to Take Down a Tree

Banner Image for Media Tree Removal of Red Maple TreeMr. Tree provides tree removal, tree trimming, emergency tree services, and stump removal to Delaware and Chester Counties. We have been in business since 2011, providing fast, reliable, and safe services.

A Tree Removal Job in Media, PA

In the video and photos, you can watch us take care of a particularly tricky job. This homeowner in Media wanted us to remove a red oak tree, because the tree’s roots were damaging the driveway. Since they didn’t have enough space for the tree to fall safely, we used a grapple truck to lift it and take it away.

Ready to Get Started With Our Services?

At Mr. Tree, we begin all services with a free quote. If you need a tree service, like removal, trimming, or stump removal, contact us! You can fill out our online form or call (484) 999-0040.

The View From High Up in the Trees

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Mr. Tree is a reliable, experienced, and safe tree removal service. We also provide tree trimming and pruning, 24/7 emergency services, lot clearing, and more. Our services are available in Chester and Delaware Counties.

The View From High in the Trees

One of our favorite parts of our work here at Mr. Tree is when we’re able to climb high into the trees and see the view. We got the chance to do this during a recent project. Check out the gallery below for details:

Ready to Get Started?

When you’re ready to get set up with our services, give us a call at (484) 999-0040 or contact us online.

Taking Down a Tree at Riddle Ale House

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Mr. Tree is a full service tree company serving Delaware and Chester Counties. We provide tree removal, tree trimming, lot clearing, and emergency services. Our fast, reliable, safe services begin with a free quote.

Taking Down a Tree at a Restaurant in Media

In addition to residential areas, we sometimes take jobs at commercial sites. Recently, we did a tree removal at the Riddle Ale House, a restaurant and bar in the Media area.

Check out the photos in the gallery below for a closer look at the job:

Contact Us to Get Your Free Quote

When you’re ready to get started with our services, just fill out our online form or call (484) 999-0040.