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emerald-ash-borer

This past summer, a voracious pest made its official appearance in the Philadelphia region. The emerald ash borer, an invasive species of insect that has been spreading across the US for the past decade or so, poses a serious threat to ash trees, leading to major concerns from conservationists, property owners, and parks department officials all over the country. With the official spotting in our area, we wanted to spread the word about what the emerald ash borer is capable of, and what can be done to protect your property and the trees in the surrounding areas.

Spotting the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is about a half-an-inch in length, green in color, and a member of the beetle family. Researchers in the area caught their first specimen back in August using traps baited with pheromones, but the effects of this species can be found if you know what to look for.

The insect destroys ash trees when its larvae hatch inside the wood. From there, the hungry young pests eat away at the essential tissues of the tree until it is no longer able to transport water from the roots to the leaves. The infestation can destroy a healthy tree within a couple years, leaving a dead, decaying tree that is both unsightly and dangerous to surrounding property.

Woodpeckers feed on ash borers, and increased activity from these birds can be a sign of an infestation. Small holes where the insects bore out of the bark are usually about ⅛ inch in diameter and are an easy way to spot an infestation.

Exit holes from the emerald ash borer.

If you have an ash tree on your property that you suspect may be infested, call us immediately and one of our licensed arborists can diagnose the problem. If caught in time, your trees can be saved!

Protecting Against The Emerald Ash Borer in Philadelphia

As with many plant health issues, preventing the infestation from taking place is the best way to protect your ash trees. Our experts utilize the latest techniques to inoculate trees against infestation.

If the pests are already present in your tree, it may not be too late. Early treatments can eliminate the infestation, killing off the insects and protecting the tree from future problems.

The emerald ash borer is a serious threat to the health of ash trees throughout the region and we should all do our part to reduce the impact these invading insects. Keep a close eye on the trees in your neighborhood and contact our professionals to prevent infestations and treat existing issues.

Philadelphia Tree Pruning, Removal, Planting, Mulching, and maintenance.

Starting the Tree Removal Process

As we prepare our lawns and properties for summer, it becomes apparent that it’s time to take care of that project we’ve been putting off. Tree removal is one of those must-do projects that can be pretty intimidating. Some of our clients have no idea where to start with a problem tree, others know they just can’t put it off any longer. While it may seem like an intimidating job, it’s something we do week in and week out, and we’ll make the process painless.

The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our certified arborists. We’ll explain your options and find out what line of action will work best for you. Our staff live in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities and we understand the various obstacles and concerns homeowners in the area face. Whether you wind up going with a light pruning or full-on tree removal, we’ll be able to explain how effective each job will be in satisfying your needs and we’ll move forward with that job quickly and effectively.

Top-Grade Tree Removal

When it comes to removing trees in Philadelphia, there are only a handful of companies you should trust. Our staff is comprised of experts certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, meaning we know the safest and least intrusive methods for removing unwanted trees. We take pride in our ability to safely take down trees and remove them from your property while leaving behind a minimal footprint.

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If you need a tree removed from your home in or around Philadelphia, we’re the team for you. Give us a call and schedule your consultation today. We’ll answer all of your questions and get moving on a project that will truly transform your property for the better.

At Liberty Tree Care and Management, trees are our world!

Our certified arborists have dedicated countless hours to learning about what makes trees tick, and the best ways to care for them to ensure beautiful, long-lasting lives. Many of our arborists grew up in and around Philadelphia – the same communities that we provide tree care and landscaping for today!

Here are a few fun tree facts that might help you out at your next Quizzo night!

  1. Pennsylvania's state tree: The HemlockEvery state has an official Tree. The Official state tree of Pennsylvania is the Hemlock (Source). The conifer tree is in the pine family, and got its name because when you crush its needles, you get a similar smell to the unrelated poison hemlock (Source).
  2. Philadelphia's Fairmount parkForests cover 30% of the planet’s surface. 45% of carbon stored on land are tied up in forest. In Philadelphia, the forest coverage is quite a bit lower, but we’re still lucky enough to have a lot of green spaces including Fairmount Park, which is home to a variety of tree species and plant life!
  3. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. That’s what makes them such important resources for everyone! Source: Arbor Day Foundation.
  4. On average 6 million trees are planted each year in the U.S. That’s a whole lot of new growth! Our arborists are proud to have contributed to a small portion of those plantings. Source
  5. Most trees can absorb as much as 48 lbs of carbon Dioxide per year! They’re basically nature’s air purifiers. Source
  6. Trees have been in existence on the plant for 370 million years. Source
  7. Giant sequoias – Sequoiadendron giganteum are the world’s largest living thing by volume and the world’s largest single trees. Source

Learn what kind of trees can soak up extra water and help ease flooding in drain-challenged areas around Philly

Trees for wet or soggy areas. Wet soil have low amounts of air spaces, which results in low oxygen levels. Some deciduous trees that are good for wet soils or areas with poor drainage in Philadelphia include:

[ tree name – Scientific name]


Deciduous Trees in Philadelphia

  • American sycamore – Platanus occidentalis
  • American elm – Ulmus americana
  • American hornbeam – Carpinus caroliniana
  • Bald cypress – Taxodium distichum
  • Box elder – Acer negundo
  • Cherrybark oak – Quercus falcata
  • Common alder – Alnus glutinosa
  • Common hackberry – Celtis occidentalis
  • Dawn redwood – Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • Deciduous hollies – Ilex decidua, I. verticillata
  • Downy serviceberry – Amelanchier arborea
  • Eastern cottonwood – Populus deltoides
  • Fringetree – Chionanthus virginicus
  • Green ash – Fraxinus pennsylvanica
  • London planetree – Platanus x acerifolia
  • Northern catalpa – Catalpa speciosa
  • Paulownia – Paulownia tomentosa
  • Pecan – Carya illinoensis
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginiana
  • Pin oak – Quercus palustris
  • Red maple – Acer rubrum
  • River birch – Betula nigra
  • Shadblow serviceberry – Amelanchier canadensis
  • Silver maple – Acer saccharinum
  • Swamp chestnut oak – Quercus bicolor
  • Sweetbay magnolia – Magnolia virginiana
  • Sweetgum – Liquidambar styraciflua
  • Thornless honeylocust – Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis
  • Tulip tree – Liriodendron tulipifera
  • Water oak – Quercus nigra
  • Water tupelo – Nyssa aquatica
  • Weeping willow – Salix babylonica
  • White weeping willow – Salix alba
  • Willow oak – Quercus phellos

We remove trees for all kinds of reasons. If you’ve got a tree on your Philadelphia property that you’re thinking about removing, give us a call and schedule a free consultation right away. We’ll walk you through the process and find a solution that works for you. Here are a few of the most common reasons Philadelphia residents remove trees from their properties:

  1. Major Landscaping work that would require the tree being removed
  2. Adding in a swimming pool, koi pond, or some other addition that requires more space? You may wind up having to remove a tree or two before moving forward. Luckily, our team of certified arborists can take care of the tree removal and our expert landscapers and hardscapers can make sure your property is in the best shape for getting started with whatever project will take up the newly freed-up space.

  3. A tree that Has Suffered Storm Damage
  4. Philadelphia is no stranger to damaging storms. Whether it’s a winter blizzard or a summer wind storm, the trees in our communities are subjected to all kinds of weather that can weaken and damage them over time. If you have a tree on your property that has been damaged or is especially vulnerable to being damaged, it’s a good idea to speak with a trained professional as soon as possible to diagnose the situation.

  5. Declining Tree Health
  6. If you suspect a tree on your property is sick or declining in health, you need to speak with an expert. Our staff is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. That means we’re able to diagnose a variety of problems trees face, particularly in the Philadelphia area. Often times, we are capable of treating sick trees and bringing them back to a healthy state. If not, we have the tools and know-how to fill remove the tree.

  7. Roots of Trees Causing Threats to Sidewalks, Driveways, or Foundations
  8. The tree you see above the ground is only part of its incredible story. Underground, a vast network of roots seeks water wherever it can be found. Often times, this search for water leads roots to damage building foundations, sidewalks, driveways, and more. Often the only solution to this is to move or remove the problem tree.

  9. Cracks on the Main Trunks of Trees
  10. A crack in the main trunk of a tree is a sign of structural weakness and can lead to further damage and disease and can lead to a dangerous situation. If you have a tree on your property that’s cracked in its main trunk it’s time to talk to a professional about having it removed before the situation worsens.

  11. Tree leaning in the Wrong Direction
  12. Trees can develop leans over time for a variety of reasons. Whether they’re seeking sunshine, being pushed by heavy winds, or loosing grip on loose ground, the results can be dangerous. If you have a tree that’s leaning towards a structure or towards and area that could pore a danger, you need to consider having it removed. Our arborists will be able to tell you why the tree is leaning and look for potential solutions before removing it altogether.

  13. Construction Work That Will Require the Tree Being Removed
  14. Adding a new addition or a guest house to your property? We’ll remove any trees that may be in the way and leave the space ready for the new project. Our team ov experts can remove any tree and leave a minimal footprint behind.

Tree Removal Philadelphia

If you have a tree that fits one or more of the characteristics above, call Liberty Tree Care today and schedule a free consultation. Our experts live in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities and we’re familiar with the various obstacles and concerns of fellow residents.