Help! Tree Roots Are Taking Over My Lawn

Help! Tree Roots Are Taking Over My Lawn

If you look out into your lawn, do you see beautiful fields of green – or do you see tree roots interruption every so often? It is a battle that many homeowners have fought over the years, and sadly, very few people have emerged the winner. Sometimes, they will eliminate the roots but the tree later dies, or sometimes they don’t get to eliminate the roots at all and they just live with a yard that doesn’t meet their needs. The reality is that sometimes there isn’t a compromise, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to look for one. You can prevent, in some ways, tree roots from completely taking over your yard. Here are a few tips to consider before (and during) root removal: 4. Your Tree Must Always Stay Healthy Older trees are at the most risk for death after root removal Younger trees are going to need stability, but can grow back Make sure to add support to trees of any age that start to lean after root removal The Georgia Forestry Commission has some harsh words abou removing tree roots or trying to hide them: “Understory planting of ground covers or foundation plants is not a solution. Covering the roots with a foot of soil is also not a solution.” Many people think that throwing soil over the tree is good enough. However, that can severely harm your trees. Whatever you do, it has to be the best option for your trees. If you want to hide the roots, you might have to find a better way to do it than just soil and grass seed....
4 Tips for How to Clean Your Yard of Trees & Debris After a Storm

4 Tips for How to Clean Your Yard of Trees & Debris After a Storm

Storms, regardless if they are rain, snow, or a combination of the two, can really take a number out of your yard. Rain and wind storms, especially like some of those that we had this year, can really harm our yard and trees. Wind can bring down weak branches, cause lawn furniture to hit the trunk of the trees, and snow can weigh down trees until they break. From all of that, debris spreads out all over your yard, powerlines can come down, and you put many different people in danger. After the storm, the cleanup process starts, and that can take a long time. Storm cleanup is backbreaking work that requires the right tools and the time necessary to do a good job. Trees are cumbersome and can be dangerous, but debris is just as dangerous as it adds up. After a storm in Pennsylvania, no matter what kind of storm you have, you have to be careful about cleaning up trees and debris. Here are a few tips: 4. Check Entire Yard First Make sure to watch where you step Take pictures of everything that looks wrong Walk in complete daylight in protective clothing The first thing you really need to do when the storm has passed is just surveying the damage done to your yard. After a severe storm, there is a chance that danger lurks in your yard in places where you might not see it. Downed branches can hide powerlines that won’t impact your power, animals get a little overwhelmed and start coming out, and structural damage abounds. Make note of everything you see,...
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...
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