4 Ways to Identify Tree Fungi in Pennsylvania

4 Ways to Identify Tree Fungi in Pennsylvania

If you have even a single tree or plant in your backyard, there is a good chance that you have some kind of fungi in there as well. This is just par for the course when it comes to owning trees and plants. It is not something to get too worked up over, but it is something to keep in mind when you are doing an annual inspection of your trees. Note that it can be extremely difficult to differentiate between different types of fungi, but that isn’t always something you’ll need to do anyway. In most cases, you will want to just identify that you have a problem and then contact someone to help you. Even though trees are well designed and they are able to take care of themselves, it is true that we sometimes need to be their protector and really take care of them. Few trees actually die because of fungi problems. Instead, they die because the fungi took over and allowed something worse to kill the tree. The best thing you can do as a tree owner is to understand the signs and symptoms of a fungal problem. Then, you can contact help. Here are a few of the most common signs of tree fungi in Pennsylvania: 4. Soft or Squishy Spots on Tree Do Not Push Too Hard Or You’ll Damage the Tree Check for Spots That Feel Wet or Moist Purchase Moisture Monitors to Help Track Moisture is a huge problem in Pennsylvania, for both inside and outside of your home. If you are in an area where moisture is plentiful, your trees...
Best Time to Prune 5 Common Trees in Pennsylvania

Best Time to Prune 5 Common Trees in Pennsylvania

When you plant trees in your Pennsylvania yard, there are quite a few things you need to take into consideration. You are putting your trees directly into the line of fire for everything that living in PA means: all four seasons with some extreme weather, tons of wildlife, and pruning. With our sometimes wacky weather, pruning can be a bit tough to figure out. So when should you prune trees? The best answer for this will differ for every yard and even every year. However, let’s take a look at five common trees in PA and when to prune them: 5. Western Redbud: Winter and/or After Blooming Do not prune trees in the first few years Start pruning regularly after the fifth year Sterilize your tools when pruning for best results If you have a Western Redbud tree, the first thing you need to know is that you should let it go for the first few years until it establishes itself. Most people recommend five years, but if your tree doesn’t look that bad, you can go longer than that. You really shouldn’t have to prune all that much at any point unless you have aesthetic problems or it is growing in a different direction. When pruning, the USDA suggests only pruning to “remove suckers, crossed branches that may injure others and to maintain a rounded shape on a mature tree.” Of course, you also have to pay attention to when you prune these trees. Do so in the winter months or right after the tree blooms to have the best impact. This will give the wounds time to heal. Even...
5 Common Tree Diseases in Pennsylvania

5 Common Tree Diseases in Pennsylvania

No matter where you go in Pennsylvania, you are likely to encounter trees in some form. Trees are everywhere and being outdoors is part of the fabric of our state. However, with the beauty and grace of trees also comes a huge problem: diseases and pests. When trees get diseases, they can often spread them to other things in your yard, creating an epidemic. Learning how to spot the signs of a disease can help you to save quite a bit of stress from your life.  The signs may not be obvious, so it is up to you to look at your tree regularly so that you can know when something is off. While there are well over five common tree diseases for Pennsylvania, there are five that tend to stand out more than any other diseases: 5. Anthracnose Leaves turn spotty and die Foliage starts to fall in the late summer Growth becomes irregular, fewer showings in the spring Any shade trees, an incredibly common tree choice in PA, is susceptible to getting Anthracnose disease. Most commonly, this disease is spotted in oak, maple, dogwood, ash, and sycamore trees according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The disease shows up as a fungus on the twigs and/or leaves of your tree. If you pay attention, you will be able to find these signs and save your tree. Professionals can remove the fungus if it is caught early enough. However, it can spread to other trees and plants throughout your yard if it isn’t caught early. It spreads not only through the wind, but also by animals. Be extra careful to check...
5 Best Trees to Plant in Pennsylvania

5 Best Trees to Plant in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, we get the best of all of the seasons. It is a fantastic place for people who really want to experience the most beautiful times of the year but not get too much snow, too much heat, or too much pollen. Instead, we get 3-4 months of each one and then we move onto the next. While this is one of the best parts about living here, it can also be somewhat limiting for people who like to garden. This means you also have to be careful about what kinds of trees that you plant. While one tree might do really well in our warm, humid summers, it might not do as well in our colder, harsh winters – or the opposite. Of course, this also means that there are some trees that do extremely well in our climate. If you are looking for the best trees to plant in PA, here are some of the choices you have: 5. Swamp White Oak Extremely attractive tree Requires very little watering Prefers full sunlight If you want a tree that is easy to take care of but still extremely beautiful and striking, the Swamp White Oak is a fantastic option. The light gray bark makes it different from the rest of the trees you see in a yard, especially when it is younger. Once it grows, the lobed leaves have a unique two-tone appearance, with a brilliant emerald green on the top and a silvery underside. In fall, this tree is a gorgeous orange-gold color that will attract a lot of attention. Most Pennsylvania homeowners use this tree...
7 Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in State College

7 Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in State College

The Christmas season is just around the corner – and for many of us, it is already here. One of the things that causes stress to many people is where to purchase a Christmas tree. It can be difficult because here in State College, we have a lot of options. In many places, you have to go to a parking lot and pick out a tree. Here, you can go to an actual tree farm and select one, making it a family bonding activity. Not all tree farms are created equally, however. This year, consider frequenting these family-owned businesses: 1. Kuhn’s Tree Farm Kuhn’s Christmas Tree Farm in Central PA sells some of the best Fraser fir trees available. They’ve been in business since 1981, and they have created some of the best memories for families. Larry was a Professor of Ornamental Horticulture for 30 years, where he conducted research and educational programs for tree growers. This makes him particularly special and knowledgeable about growing trees. Doug Banker has been working with the farm for 20 years, making him an expert on which trees are the best. Their staff is highly educated and they are going to give you the best possible tree this year. Each one is inspected before it is cut down, checking to make sure that even if you are among the early birds, you will be able to keep it up through the new year. 2. Tannenbaum Farms Locally owned and operated, Tannenbaum Farms is a tree farm that generations have been going to for over 40 years. They have one of the largest selections of Christmas...
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