How To Tell if Your Tree is Dying

Tree falling into a house A dead tree is more than just an eyesore! If the roots are rotting or branches are falling, it can be a hazard. A dead tree may seem like it would be easy to spot with the naked eye, but this is not always the case.

Signs of a Dead Tree

  • Leaves: Observe the leaves on the tree. This could be the clearest evidence that your tree is dying. Some trees will take time to grow leaves, but if there are no leaves by August, it can be a sign of a serious problem. When there are no leaves during the winter you can look for tree buds. If they are non-existent, the tree could be dead.
  • Branches: If you see multiple branches dying from the tips, especially in clusters, the tree is experiencing stress and declining in health. You can test if a branch is alive by taking a small twig and bending it between two fingers. If it bends easily, then it’s alive. If it is brittle and it breaks, it’s most likely dead.
  • FungusIf you see fungus growing from the roots, this is a good indication that your tree might be dead. The tree trunk might be rotted out and fungus may start growing.
  • Roots: If roots are lifting out of the ground and separating from the ground, the tree is destabilized.
  • Trunk: If there is a large section of bark peeling off the trunk of the tree, this can be a warning sign. If there is rot around or near the trunk, the tree might need to be removed. But, a hollow tree trunk does not always mean that a tree is dying.

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  • A common cause of dead trees is construction damage. Driving over roots or digging a large trench can affect the health of your roots.
  • Landscaping work, such as excess mulch or weed whacking, can cause a tree to die. Check around your tree to ensure that the mulch isn’t blocking the tree’s oxygen supply and be sure to be careful when cutting your lawn.
  • Severe lack of water prevents a tree’s roots from developing, causing the tree to die quickly.

Contact A Professional Tree Company

If you notice any of these signs on a tree that’s on your property, be sure to call a professional. Not all dead trees need to be removed. Dead trees are part of our ecosystem and house many animals. But, it’s important to remove any dead trees that may be a threat to your home or family if it were to fall. Contact Mr. Tree for an estimate today!

Make Sure You Aren’t Providing a Habitat for Spotted Lanternflies

The Spotted Lanternfly was first detected in Berks County, PA during September of 2014. Since then, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties have been added to the list of quarantined areas. If you are within the quarantine list is important to follow the regulations.

The pest is a planthopper native to China, India, and Vietnam. Unfortunately, in 2020, it’s still plaguing Southeastern PA.

What is Being Done to Combat the Infestation

Tree of heavan Penn State University is leading the charge on Spotted Lanternfly Research. Meanwhile, the USDA and PA Department of Agriculture are continuously targeting 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 inwards to the heart of the problem.

Removing 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, which collectively are worth 18 billion dollars.

How to Spot a Tree of Heaven

The Tree of Heaven has recently been seen in the suburbs of Philadelphia. If you have one on your property, it is crucial to 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.

This tree commonly grows alongside 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 professional handle this tree because it is known to grow back quickly if not properly taken care of.

If you see a spotted lanternfly, click here to report it. If you want more information on how to control an infestation or how to safely kill a spotted lanternfly, click here.

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.

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.

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.

How Much Does Tree Removal Cost?

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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.

We like to be transparent with our customers, so we’ve compiled this list of factors that can lower or raise the cost of your tree removal job. Keep in mind, the price of tree removal varies. There’s no way to know the exact cost without having a professional assess your property, but these factors may help you determine the scope of the job you have on your hands.

4 Factors that Affect the Cost of Tree Removal

Environmental Factors

Is 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 impact the total cost of the job.

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 requires more time and safety precautions than a pine tree, for example. Since pine trees are lighter, we are able to remove them with more ease.

Height of Tree

In general, the size of your tree has a large impact on the cost of its removal. Removing a tree that’s 75+ feet tall is 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

It’s a good idea to keep in mind that these factors help with guestimates 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.