Tree Care in Chester County Pennsylvania
Tree & Land Management Specialists
Preservation Tree is dedicated to providing progressive and sustainable solutions to tree and land management issues. Our team of certified arborists are highly skilled in the art and science of tree care. From the care of a single specimen to the management of forest lots we have programs to fit any need. We service South Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware.
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Planning for the Highest Property Value in the Greater Philadelphia Area
It’s beyond doubt that trees produce benefits for the environment, however, much of the aid that they provide, is taken for granted. For instance, the fact that trees filtrate the air by absorbing harmful gases, such as CO2, is undeniable as most people know that. What many people do not know is that trees purify water by filtering the rain water. Also, by providing shade, trees decrease heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars per year. Along with shade, trees reduce the effects of wind, sun, and rain while providing protection. Glare and reflection is lessened as trees also act as a sound barrier from traffic and neighbors.
As the greater Philadelphia area grows with more residents, trees that populate the area have become increasingly more sparse. Not only do trees provide many healthy benefits, but also trees can add value to one’s property. It is important that homeowners plan to obtain the highest value for their property as they plant and/or remove trees.
Homeowners should plan for obtaining the highest value for their trees. By finding a certified arborist, planning for the high property value can be made simple. The professionals in the industry have set up guidelines for the valuation of trees and shrubs which are known by the IRS, insurance companies, and the courts. The four main factors in valuation of trees consists of size, species, condition, and location. As size and age increase, the value of the tree also increases, so it is important to keep up on maintenance to ensure the tree remains healthy. Hardy, durable, and high adaptable trees also increase value. Hiring an arborist to identify the species of the tree can save homeowners from mistakenly removing more desirable trees. Professionals will also be able to inspect the trunk, branches, roots and buds to assess the value of the tree given the condition. Besides the tree itself, the location of the tree can add or subtract value to a property. For instance, a tree alone can be worth more than a tree in a group. Just as a tree next to a house tends to be worth more than a tree in the woods. These factors can be quantified for insurance reasons, court testimonies, or even tax deductions.
Why Hire An Arborist?
July 9, 2013
Hiring an arborist should be a serious consideration for most homeowners. A certified arborist has the expertise to properly plant, care for, and to maintain individual trees and small forests. Correct and continual tree care is a growing concern and a wise investment. Hiring an arborist can not only help improve the attractiveness to a property’s landscape, but also homes with well-manicured trees, especially in Chester County, have added value due to proper tree care. Trees that lack the necessary attention can be dangerous and may cause unwanted damage. Because of the hazards of poor maintenance, these trees should be rehabilitated or removed by a certified arborist that has had safety training and needed equipment to take care of the particular issue. For an arborist to become certified, three years of field experience or a formal degree and high level of understanding in tree care must be achieved. This achievement is the result of passing a comprehensive exam written by leading experts in tree care industry. The test is administered to ensure that each arborist keeps knowledgeable of new techniques and continue to keep the Code of Ethics in reference. Certification status can be checked on the International Society of Arboricultures website at http://www.isa-arbor.com/.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment in Montgomery and Bucks County
July 2, 2013
In 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis beetle was first discovered in Detroit. The insect was likely introduced accidentally to North America by means of importing goods on wood pallets from Asia. The non-native EAB is especially dangerous because of the lack of predators in North America. However, pesticide treatments have been found to be effective. It is important to treat for EAB because the beetle covers ground quickly while taking out hundreds of Ash trees that intersect its path. Thirty-one states have experienced the consequences of the beetles. Although the beetle can fly up to 10 miles a day, it is usually transported through the distribution of firewood. Currently the beetle has been discovered in Montgomery and Bucks County.
The young EAB eats the inner bark of the Ash tree, which hinders the tree’s ability to transport nutrients and water. The insect has the ability to kill an Ash tree within just three years of the initial infestation. In addition to its recognizable metallic green body, the Emerald Ash Borer can be identified from the symptoms of the infected trees possess. Common symptoms include canopy dieback, epicormic shoots, bark splitting, and S-shaped galleries (pictured) and D-shaped exits. Infected trees may also experience increased woodpecker activity.
Fortunately for homeowners and municipalities, Preservation Tree can effectively and easily treat either infected trees or as a preventative measure. Using sound IPM techniques a targeted insecticide can be injected into the vascular tissue of the tree giving a protection period of 2-3 years. This has demonstrated a 99% effectiveness for EAB control.
Beech Phytophthora in the Greater Philadelphia Area
June 25, 2013
Beech Phytophthora is a pathogen that is genetically similar to water molds, thus it tends to develop quickly in areas of high moisture content. In fact, the recent weather in Chester County has enabled the pathogen to thrive. Phytophthora is found in several types of trees, but often in this area European Beech trees are found infected.
The beech tree will start to show signs of the outer bark dying and will expose evidence of decay of the inner bark. Also, the tree will develop bleeding cankers that ooze a brown or black liquid on the lower section of the stem. This can lead to root loss and canopy decline resulting in the death of the tree.
Preservation Tree is fully equipped to handle Phytophthora. Call today to schedule a consultation if you suspect this problem.
*Please note that Beech Phytophthora only affects European Beech, not American.