A Guide to Christmas Tree Safety

Advice From Your Trusted Landscaping and Tree Service Company

With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to start decorating your home for Christmas. However, when it comes to setting up your tree, there are several safety tips you must keep in mind to ensure this Christmas season is memorable for all the right reasons. Decorating your Christmas tree can be one of the most carefree and enjoyable parts of the holiday. However, be sure to exercise caution during the process to prevent fires and other tree related injuries. Read below to learn more about Christmas tree safety from your professional landscaping service. We want you and your family to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

4 Christmas Tree Safety Tips  

Christmas trees are a perfect addition to any home during the holidays. Each is beautiful and unique, but a decorative tree can pose a serious risk if you do not follow proper precautions during set up. Here are a few safety tips for this holiday season:

  1. Buy Fresh Trees: When shopping for a Christmas tree, select one that is green and fresh. Look for a pine or spruce tree because they have flexible needles that bend, not break. In addition, needles that are hard to pull off are indicative of a fresh tree. Finally, inspect the trunk and ensure that it is sticky with sap. A fresh tree is less likely to become a fire hazard. If you are buying an artificial tree, look for a “fire resistant” label.
  2. Tree Placement: Once you have selected the right tree, cut off roughly 2 inches from the base and place it in a secure, water-holding stand. Make sure you keep water in the stand at all times to prevent your tree from drying out. Avoid placing your tree near fireplaces, radiators, or other sources that emit heat. Do not place your tree where it blocks doorways or exits.
  3. Inspect Your Lights: For Christmas trees, only use indoor lights that do not emit heat, such as LED lights. If you are using multiple strands of lights, plug them into various circuits around your home so you do not overload a single electrical outlet. Check for broken sockets, frayed wires, and loose bulbs. Discard and replace any damaged lights immediately. Lastly, ensure that your Christmas tree lights are unplugged in the evenings before bed.
  4. Ornamental Attachments: Take proper precautions when hanging ornaments from your Christmas trees. Use a ladder or step stool for out of reach places in order to avoid knocking your tree over. Fragile ornaments should not be on the lower part of your tree where children and pets have easy access. Additionally, lighted candles or flammable items should never be placed anywhere on your Christmas tree.

Choose an experienced landscaping and tree service company for all your landscaping and tree 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. 

The Importance of Christmas Tree Safety

There is nothing like incorporating a real tree into your holiday decor to really bring out the Christmas spirit. There is something special about the way it looks and smells that can really set the stage for the festive season. However, beneath all the ornaments and twinkling lights, Christmas trees can quickly become a hazard – not just by falling over, but by causing a house fire. 

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Why Overgrown Tree Branches Should Matter to You

Trim and Remove Tree Limbs with the Help of Our Experts

Mature trees are a beautiful feature of any property. However, big trees also require periodic pruning to keep you and your neighbours safe from their old and fragile branches. If you notice that tree branches are hanging over your home, fence or pool, it’s time to call upon the professionals. While trimming of smaller branches can be done on your own, if it is performed improperly, you risk personal injury or may cause damage to the health of the entire tree. Bigger branches require even greater care and the right safety equipment for the job.

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Is Your Yard Ready for Hurricane Season?

Remove Dead Trees from Your Property before the Storm Comes

Hurricane season for the Atlantic region starts in June, but it peaks August to end of October. If your property is not hurricane-proof yet, now is the perfect time to get started before the storms come.

In Pennsylvania, while we may not see the eye of the storm, our state definitely experiences the high wind speeds, flooding, and harsh downpours. When your yard is full of brush and dead trees, it increases the risk for significant property damage after a storm. To get ready for peak hurricane season, contact the professionals at Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service. We can help with your tree trimming, and even remove dead or dying trees, so that you do not have to worry about them potentially costing you thousands in property damage.

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Types of Christmas Trees Found in the Northeast Region 

Insights from Your Professional Tree Services Company

A focal point of the holiday celebrations in millions of homes across North America, the Christmas tree represents an age-old tradition. Does your family bundle up like an Eskimo and trudge to the farms to pick out the perfect Christmas tree? If it’s one of your not-to-be-missed annual rituals, then you know that there is more to real trees than their appealing fragrance. These evergreens are free of any chemical residue and are completely biodegradable. They can be recycled for a number of purposes that benefit the overall ecosystem, including wildlife and nature. Moreover, if you purchase a fresh-cut tree, you are also helping the tree farmers and promoting your local economy.

To enrich your experience of selecting a Christmas tree, it is always interesting to know all about the various types of trees that grow in your region. As a professional tree services company, we at Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. have a deep understanding of fir, spruce and pine varieties that make for the ideal holiday centerpieces. Our arborists have decades of experience in managing the health and welfare of these trees, especially when the differing weather patterns impact their hardiness and foliage. Here’s a look at some of the Christmas trees grown in the northeast region, in and around Pennsylvania.

Pick Your Perfect Pennsylvania-Grown Christmas Tree

The Pennsylvanian ready-cut Christmas tree industry has been in existence since the mid-nineteenth century. With approximately 1,400 farms spread across 31,000 acres of the state, Pennsylvania is amongst the top producers of Christmas trees across the US.

  • Fraser Fir: An elegant, slender and fragrant tree, the Fraser fir has two-toned leaves. The top is deep green while the bottom is silvery white. Due to its shape, this tree is highly suitable for smaller spaces. 
  • Douglas Fir: With a typical pyramidal shape and dark green needles, this is a dependable and hardy variety among the cut trees. 
  • Scotch Pine: Due to its classic, conical shape and excellent needle retention, this is one of the most popular Christmas trees for the holiday season. Not only is it hardy and low maintenance, but its beautiful, bright green leaves add a charming touch to your space and festivities.
  • Eastern White Pine: A rich fragrance and long, soft green needles make the Eastern White Pine a great choice. This tree produces long, decorative cones and the length of the needles further enhances its attractive texture. 
  • Noble Fir: Featuring blue-green, densely set, needles, this tree is not as prickly as many of the other Christmas trees. With soft, non-prickly needles and well set branches, the Noble Fir could be a charming addition to your holiday traditions.
  • Colorado (Blue) Spruce: With silvery-blue needles, fresh piney smell and a classic pyramidal shape, this tree is an excellent addition to your Christmas celebrations. Interestingly, the prickly texture and strong fragrance make the blue spruce trees resistant to deer and are the preferred choice in areas with a large deer population.

Looking for more information about trees in the local areas? For all your tree care needs, choose a professional tree service company. Call Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services Inc. at (215) 822-3886. You can also contact us online and we will be in touch with you soon. 

Prep Your Trees for Hurricane Season

Advice from Your Professional Landscaping and Tree Service Company 

If you live in the Philadelphia area, you are familiar with the Atlantic hurricane season that lasts from June to November, with August to mid-October being the peak time for high winds and thunderstorms. While we have no control over this powerful and destructive natural occurrence, it is important to take certain precautions to make your homes and families hurricane-ready.

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Benefits of a Beautifully Landscaped Yard

Insights from Your Professional Landscaping & Tree Care Experts

Homes that come with yards have a personality of their own. There’s just something about the green lawns, pretty shrubs and colorful flowers that make your home’s outdoor space charming and relaxing. A well landscaped yard not only establishes your home’s unique identity in the neighborhood, but also increases curb appeal and resale value of your property. In fact, you may be surprised by the number of other advantages that come with a beautifully manicured and maintained yard. 

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Tree Care Services

Why and When Should You Consider Tree Removal

Tips from Your Professional Landscaping and Tree Service Company

When it comes to trees and tree related problems, there are no easy solutions. As a homeowner, you may have encountered situations where you had to decide on the removal of storm damaged trees. However, even if you are a hardcore DIYer, tree removal or pruning is not everyone’s cup of tea; it is best to rely on the professional services of your local tree service company. Once their certified arborists have evaluated the condition of the trees, they can advise you on the best possible options to tackle any current or potential issues. 

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Tree Removal

Manage the Residual Effects of Stump Grinding 

Tips from Your Professional Landscaping and Tree Service Company

As a homeowner, you may have a variety of reasons to get one or more trees removed from your property. Whether the trees are dried and damaged, or posing a safety hazard, you can rely on the skilled and experienced professionals from your local tree service company to carry out safe removal of the tree. Once the specialists have disposed of the tree, usually they will also remove the stump, and clean up the area for you. 

However, if you haven’t called for professional help, it is possible that you are left with an unsightly, woodchips-filled hole at the spot that housed the tree. Here are a few things that you could do to manage the site post a stump grinding.

5 Steps to Transform the Tree Stump Site

There are multiple ways to transform the ugly area that is left behind after stump grinding: 

  1. Clear the Debris: Rake away the twigs, dried branches, and woodchips from the tree stump hole. Use a saw or clippers to get rid of any visible tree roots.
  2. Level the Ground: Add as many bags of soil as it takes to fill up the hole and level it with the rest of the yard. Loosen the soil with a rake, but leave a few extra inches as it will settle down once you start watering the area.
  3. Plan the Landscape for the Spot: Create a green, grassy patch that merges with the rest of your yard or replant a young, healthy tree. You may want to design a new landscape with shrubs and flowering plants. 
  4. Plant the Seeds: Based on your landscaping preference, visit a garden store to pick up the seeds you need. Plant the seeds, rake them in and generously water the ground daily for several weeks thereafter.
  5. Use the Stump: If you have access to the stump shavings, add them to a plastic drum or container to decompose the woodchips. You can keep adding other organic, kitchen waste to the container to expedite the process. After 3 to 4 months, use this compost as a fertilizer for your garden.

Choose a professional landscaping and tree service company for all your tree removal, stump grinding, and landscaping 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. 

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