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What Should you do if Your Tree is Infected?

Trees are everywhere and cover the sprawling Pennsylvania landscape. While beautiful, these trees are not immune to diseases. In fact, there are several common diseases that infect otherwise healthy trees in this region. Catching the symptoms of a diseased tree is critical, as the infection can easily spread to other trees around your property. In order to preserve the life and beauty of your gentle giants, work with a professional who can help you identify the signs your trees may be diseased and provide restorative treatments or safe removal.

5 Common Tree Diseases Found in Pennsylvania  

While trees are known for being strong and sturdy, they are still susceptible to pests and diseases. When a single tree becomes infected, it can spread the disease to other trees and plants in your yard. Learn about 5 common tree diseases found in Pennsylvania, so you can identify the symptoms and protect the health of your surrounding landscape:

  1. Anthracnose: A group of fungus species are responsible for this tree disease. In the early stages, the tree is strong enough to fight the disease but as the leaves turn spotty and eventually begin to die, an infected tree will succumb to anthracnose. Oak, maple, dogwood, and sycamore trees are most commonly affected by this disease. The fungus can be spread by wind or animals but if you spot the early warning signs, you can save your tree and surrounding yard.
  2. Armillaria Root Rot: Initially, outward signs of root rot may be difficult to identify in affected trees. Oak and dogwood trees are more susceptible to this fungus that begins at the root and works its way up the tree. Over time, the fungus will weaken the tree and expose it to insects and other diseases. Signs of this disease include more mushroom growth around the stump of the tree, odd growths on the trunk, and the discoloration of leaves.
  3. Seiridium Cranker: While it may strike at any time throughout the year, this disease is most likely to infect trees during times of drought. The fungus affects the tree’s vascular system before moving on to infect other trees, especially if they are grouped close together. To avoid this particular infection, ensure that your trees are fertilized and generously watered.
  4. Needle Cast: This tree disease is not only common in the Northeast but all over the country. Unfortunately, it is to blame for the steady decline of Blue Spruce trees over the last few years. Typically, the symptoms of the infection do not appear until it is already too late to save the tree. If you notice your tree becoming thinner and its needles turning purple or brown, it may be a sign that it has been infected with this disease.
  5. Dutch Elm Disease: Perhaps the most familiar tree disease on the list, this fungus affects the circulatory system of the tree by blocking the movement of water. In the early stages of the infection, leaves on individual tree branches will turn yellow and become brittle. Eventually, the entire tree will wilt and die without access to water.

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Remove Dead Trees: Keep Your Family Safe 

In Pennsylvania, you can find several species of trees that add diversity and beauty to our landscape. However, similar to people and animals, trees are living organisms that are vulnerable to acquiring disease. There are a number of different fungi specific to the Northeast that are responsible for causing tree decay. Fortunately, fungal disease progresses at a slow rate. This window may afford you the time that is necessary to properly identify the infection and exercise the appropriate action against it.

Not all tree diseases are the same and symptoms may be difficult to identify at first. However, once you have determined what is infecting your tree, there is a good chance it can be saved if the disease is stopped in time. If your tree is showing severe signs of decay, work with a professional who can treat the tree or remove it from your property safely.

4 Signs Your Tree is Dying  

If you are fortunate enough to have trees on your property, you already know how beneficial they can be. Trees are not only beautiful but they are an excellent source of shade, help keep the air clean, increase property value, and more. Unfortunately, due to age, wear from the elements, or disease, trees may require removal before they become a safety risk. Before you determine how to proceed, here are a few signs you can look for that may indicate your tree is dying and must be removed:

  1. Trunk Damage: The surface of your tree trunk can tell you a lot about its overall health. If you notice any seams, vertical cracks, or old wounds on the bark, it may signal internal decay. Over time, a tree may lose its bark. If regrowth does not occur, this may indicate that your tree is in poor condition. Furthermore, severe damage that covers the majority of your tree may result in its need for immediate removal. Alternately, if the damage only covers less than 25% of the tree, you may choose to wait and see if the wound gradually heals on its own.
  2. Root Damage: Determining the health of your tree roots may be difficult to identify since the roots are buried underneath the ground. However, if you notice that your tree is leaning towards one side or see small branches growing from the base, it may be the result of a root infection. New construction, a shallow root system, or exposure to natural elements can all take its toll on tree roots.
  3. Dead Branches: If you notice that your tree branches are not growing leaves during a time of year when they should, this may be a strong indicator that your tree is dying. Also, exercise extra caution if all dead branches are on one side of the tree. These could be a symptom of root or trunk issues and should be removed by an arborist immediately.
  4. Fungus Growth: Fungus that is growing around the base of your tree may not always signal a problem. However, fungus growing on the tree suggests internal rot. Unfortunately, this means that your tree may already be dead or is dying beyond the fungus.

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The emerald ash borer species is not only found in Pennsylvania’s forested lands. Ash trees on your property are also vulnerable to these beetles since this wood is their main food source. Luckily, there are several precautions you can take to help protect your trees and prevent the spread of these pests:

  • Use Insecticide: Head to your local garden center and purchase the right insecticide. For best results, use on small-sized ash trees and ideally before an infection has occurred. Always read the label first and avoid using in porous soils, or when rain is forecasted within 24 hours. Furthermore, insecticides should not be applied to the soil near ponds, lakes, or streams.
  • Quarantine Infected Areas: Help prevent the spread of infection by keeping infected wood out of non-infested areas. Work with an arborist to safely and professionally remove the damaged trees off your property. Research indicates that adult emerald ash borers can fly up to 6 miles but it does not typically stray from its immediate area.
  • Contact a Landscape and Tree Professional: Larger ash trees with more than a 47-inch trunk circumference should be treated by a professional right away. Specialists have access to insecticides with higher concentrations and specialized application tools.

Choose an efficient and experienced landscaping and tree service company for all your outdoor needs. Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc at (215) 822-3886 today or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon.

How a Beetle Infestation is Changing Pennsylvania’s Landscape

Pennsylvania's Ash Trees

Ash trees are disappearing from Pennsylvania’s landscape and it turns out a beetle infestation is to blame. While some may argue that they lack the aesthetic value of a maple or hemlock tree, ash trees are highly valued for their timber. The wood is strong and of moderate weight, an ideal material for tools and sports equipment. The loss of these trees not only impacts the economy but it brings up a major ecological concern for the surrounding area, specifically along streams and in residential areas.

Healthy trees can grow up to 80 feet and live for more than 100 years, however, the emerald ash borer threatens to wipe out their existence. Today, as many as 100 million ash trees have been destroyed by these tiny metallic green insects and that number is expected to grow in the coming years. Fortunately, researchers have discovered a genetic-based resistance that could help save the trees in the future. For now, treatment is administered as an injection every 2 years to preserve the landscape and save Pennsylvania’s native ash trees.

Choose an efficient and experienced landscaping and tree service company for all your outdoor needs. Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc at (215) 822-3886 today or contact us using our online form and we will be in touch with you soon.

Why an Automatic Sprinkler System is Better for Your Lawn and Garden

Put down the garden hose. A professionally designed and installed irrigation system is a game-changer when it comes to keeping your landscape lush and vibrant all season long. If you want to avoid the hassle of maintaining a proper watering schedule, an automatic underground sprinkler system will do all the work for you. It is truly one of the best investments you can make for your home or commercial property, providing the most convenient, efficient, and cost-effective way to sustain a healthy lawn.  A sprinkler system is the insurance policy for your landscape.

Pennsylvania summers tend to be long, hot, and humid. Fortunately, one of the biggest advantages of having an irrigation system installed is that property owners can easily keep their lawns and gardens hydrated without having to be in the heat or check the weather. Instead, with very little effort, you can take pride in a beautiful yard free from the hassles of watering it on your own.

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Separate your property into regions or zones. Typical zones might be an entrance path, island garden bed, or backyard patio. Focus on just one zone and aim to illuminate it with all the goals in mind. Don’t start the second zone till you finish the first. You’ll find that your lighting design goals will be accomplished  with each zone you design and install.

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The biggest mistake the average homeowner makes when buying a home or owning a home is that they don’t look up! Every once in a while when you are out working in your yard, whether it’s cutting your grass or pulling weeds, look up at your trees. A lot of people don’t realize that trees and landscaping add value to your property and help cool down your home in the summer. Knowing what to look for when looking at your trees is important. You could avoid falling trees and branches that could damage your house or even a person.

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Three reasons why pruning a tree in the winter is the best time to do so:

  1. The biological reason is the fact that in the winter trees go dormant. This means the growth cycle, development and physical activity are temporarily stopped. This helps the tree over the winter to conserve energy for the spring. The tree slows down the uptake of sugar to the leaves to produce photosynthesis. Pruning a tree in growing season tends to make the tree bleed sap from the fresh cut. When you prune in the winter the tree heals faster because all the energy can go towards the healing process and not to the process of photosynthesis and other activities going on in the tree during growing season.
  2. There are physical reasons why to prune in the winter as well. When you prune a tree in the growing months, it’s like having an open wound. You are making an entrance for insects, bacterial and fungal problems. In the winter there isn’t as much insect, bacteria or fungus problems that time of the year. Freshly cut trees also emit an odor that attract bugs and insects that can cause diseases like “oak wilt” which often times can kill the tree. There is also a better chance of not spreading diseases like stem canker or fire blight by pruning in the winter.

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The crown of a tree has much vulnerability to weakness. Their strength is put to the test during storms with whipping winds, and the weight of ice and snow or those combined. It is important to take preventative measures by pruning your tree correctly before the winter hits considering that more catastrophic breakage can occur during the season.

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Tree Fungus & Disease

There are many diseases that trees are susceptible to. Disease-causing fungus, however, is the most incurable. Given the appropriate circumstances and environmental conditions fungi can enter the tree and cause disease. Bearing in mind that because of the devastation that fungus and disease can cause, it is important to keep your tree in ideal health. Proper prunings, deadwood removal, regular fertilizing and watering are the best ways to defend against such calamity. The most common types of disease they cause may be broken down into following four categories:

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