Make Sure You Don’t Have this Pest-Breeding Tree on Your Property

Tree of HeavenMr. 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, an invasive pest that is native to China.

The Spotted LanternflyThe Spotted Lanternfly was detected in the USA in September 2014. They were first spotted in Berks County, PA, but since then, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties have been added to the list of quarantined areas.

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 LeavesThe 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.

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.

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.

The Best Kind of Hardwood for Woodstoves


Now that cooler weather is here, we are beginning to dust off our woodstoves for winter. Lighting a fire is a great way to save money on your heating bill while creating a cozy atmosphere. However, not all firewood is created equal.

Make Sure You’re Using Seasoned Firewood

When you start researching firewood, it won’t take long to discover that seasoned, or thoroughly dried wood, is best. Drying is an important step because excess moisture makes it burn unevenly and causes excess creosote, or soot build-up. Seasoned wood burns more evenly and cleanly, plus it’s easier to light.

You should be able to look at a wooden log and determine easily whether it’s seasoned. Most seasoned wood is grey on the outside and significantly lighter, usually white, on the inside.

Make Sure Your Wood is Local

Finding a local seller is important, as wood from an unknown source could introduce non-native pests or plants to the environment.

There are a variety of hardwoods that work well for woodstoves and fireplaces. Some clean-burning, fragrant options are:

  • Apple
  • Beech
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Red Oak
  • Sycamore
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Oak
  • Yellow Birch
  • Yew

Contact Mr. Tree for Firewood Delivery

Mr. Tree now has firewood for sale to our customers. Our wood is kept clean and dry while in storage and is seasoned for 10 months. The wood comes from a mixed variety of hardwood trees, and we deliver for free within a 7-mile radius of our location! Visit our firewood page to learn more.

Fall is a Great Time to Transplant a Tree or Shrub

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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.

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.

How to Perform a Summer Tree Inspection in Your Yard

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During the summer, you are at a unique advantage to check the health of your trees. Since the leaves are in full bloom, it’s usually pretty obvious which branches are unhealthy.

Don’t miss your chance! Now that summer is winding down, take the opportunity to inspect your trees before the leaves start to change.

3 Questions to Ask During Your Summer Tree Inspection

Does Your Tree Need to be Pruned? Most tree pruning should occur during dormant times, but every now and then, a situation will arise when a summer pruning is necessary. If your tree has a diseased or damage branch, it should be removed for safety reasons and for the health of your tree. For your safety, this is a task best left to professionals.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season? Make sure your trees don’t have any loose branches. Weak branches may need to be cabled or braced at this time–hurricane season is about to arrive. If there’s a tree you’re unsure about, now is the time to consult a professional.

Do You Have Any Tree Pests? Have any unwanted critters taken up residence in your trees? Many pests are active during the summer, such as: spotted lantern flies, gypsy moths, emerald ash borers, Japanese Beetles, and spider mites. Throughout the warmer months, periodically check your trees for signs. If you catch an infestation early, you have a better chance of controlling it and saving your tree.

Also, watch out for mushrooms growing at the base of your tree, that’s a sign of decay. If you have any trees growing at an angle, it’s a good idea to inspect the area for signs of erosion.

If you need assistance with your tree care, contact the team at Mr. Tree!

Aston Tree Removal on a Scorching Hot Day

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Mr. Tree is a full-service tree company serving Delaware, Chester, and New Castle 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.

Taking Down a 300-Year-Old Poplar Tree in Media

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Mr. Tree is a tree company providing tree trimming, tree removal, and other tree services. We work in Chester, Delaware, and New Castle Counties.

Watch Us Remove a Gigantic Tree

We recently removed a Poplar tree in Media, PA. Estimated to be more than 300 years old, this tree was absolutely enormous!

Unfortunately, it needed to come down for safety reasons. The tree was growing up against the house, and according to an arborist report, the trunk was structurally compromised.

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

Get Started With Our Services Today!

If you have a tree that needs to come down, contact Mr. Tree online or by calling (484) 999-0040. We also handle tree trimming and pruning, stump grinding, lot clearing, and emergency services.

What is Black Knot Fungus?

black knot fungus banner imageBlack knot disease is a warty, black mass that appears on trees. It can be anywhere from an inch to a foot long. If the mass is older, it can take on a pinkish undertone caused by mold.

It is most common in cherry and plum trees, but other fruit trees can also be infected.

How Black Knot Fungus Spreads

On rainy spring days, black knot fungus releases spores that travel on wind currents. If the spore lands on your cherry or plum tree, the spores can germinate, infecting the tree.

The hollow areas created by the black knot create a good habitat for insects and other pests, so you will want to avoid black fungus at all costs.

How to Get Rid of Black Knot Fungus

A common way to treat black knot fungus is by spraying with fungicide, however, there is some debate over whether this is effective.

The best way to treat black knot fungus is by pruning away the affected parts of the tree. Since the fungus tends to burrow deep in the tree, this can be tricky, so treating black knot fungus is a task best left to the professionals.

Contact us if you need help!

How to Prevent a Gypsy Moth Infestation

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Banner ImageGypsy moths are a forest pest that feeds on native trees. Since the 70’s, these caterpillars have been one of the main concerns facing trees in PA. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) issued a warning about Gypsy Moths.

Though they most often feed on oak trees, they can also be found on:

  • Spruces
  • Alders
  • Witch hazel
  • Pines
  • Aspens
  • Willows
  • Tamarack, also known as Larch
  • Basswood
  • Hemlock
  • Birches
  • Hawthorn
  • Apples

These caterpillars cause harm by total stripping a tree of its leaves, or defoiling a tree. Deciduous trees tend to be hardier, it usually takes more than one year of defoliation for them to die. However, a coniferous, or evergreen tree, will not likely survive long without needles.

How to Manage Gypsy Moth Infestations

gypsy moth laying eggsThroughout the summer and fall, keep your eyes open for egg masses. These are light tan masses that you may find on trees and other outdoor surfaces. females lay these eggs in late June and early July, and they hatch in late April and early May.

Removing egg masses in your backyard is simple. It’s just a matter of manually removing the masses. It’s also a good idea to get rid of places where the eggs could be hiding like piles of wood or dead branches.

Scrape the masses into a sealed container or bag for disposal.

Another method is to wrap your tree in burlap. Larvae move down the tree during the day to hide at the base, so any existing larvae on the tree will get stuck in the burlap, and you can scrape them into a bucket of soapy water, which will kill them.