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State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

State College, PA Winter Preparedness Checklist

Although it seemed like it was never going to truly get chilly, all of a sudden the temperatures have fallen, and we are in a situation wherein the cold seems colder than it ever has in the past. Winds, rainfall, sleet, and yes, snow, are all on their way, so you have to make certain that you are prepared for their madness. Have you accomplished all that you are required to do well before the season begins to get as vicious as it can? If you haven’t started getting ready until now, now is the most recommended time to begin. Take some time to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey and sides and go out into your grounds to truly see what could quite possibly come about if you don’t think toward the long term. Not very sure where to start? Here are four ways to prepare for the season: 4. Make Sure Your Equipment is All Set Try to keep everything near your home Always have a well-made shovel Have excess salt at the ready One of the primary mistakes people make when they are attempting to get prepared for the cold months season is that they get every detail all ready and then they don’t have it near when the snow actually hits. Will you need to get a shovel at some point? Undoubtedly. But how will you get it if we receive 24″ of snow and the shovel is in your storage shed? Be sure that tools are ready and near your home at all times. Try placing it in your garage or on your... read more
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.... read more
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,... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
The 2016 Cutting Edge Tree Professionals Day of Service Winner: Dean Scott

The 2016 Cutting Edge Tree Professionals Day of Service Winner: Dean Scott

Cutting Edge Tree Professionals would like to congratulate Dean Scott, winner of this year’s Day of Service Contest! Dean was nominated by his daughter, Barbara Kling, for his tireless service to those in need, both near and far, for nearly his entire life! At almost 80 years old, Dean quietly serves those around him, from helping the neighboring widows with their lawnmower maintenance to gathering the fall leaves for a disabled friend. Dean also visits with and encourages others who are in nursing homes, hospitals and home-bound, and has spent countless hours over the years serving in his church. Dean’s service to others extends well beyond his own community. In January of this year, he spent a week in New Orleans as a volunteer helping to rebuild after the still lingering damage from Hurricane Katrina. Please join us in celebrating the kindness and good will that is Dean Scott! Congratulations,... read more
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... read more
9 Scary Things to Get Checked This Fall in State College

9 Scary Things to Get Checked This Fall in State College

Last month, we talked about some of the fun things that you can do to prepare for fall – things that you might not want to do, so you can hire someone else to do. This month, we’re going to cover all of the things that you should get checked, but you cannot do yourself. These are the things that require a professional eye and, possibly even more importantly, professional skills. In State College, winter comes very quickly. In fact, some parts of our service area have already received frost. This means that you need to pick up the pace on your winterizing plans. Thankfully, we’ve sought out some of the best in the local area. 1. Your Heater by JBN Mechanical When the weather gets cold, it gets really, really cold. Too many people think that because they closed the season with a heater that worked well, that it will automatically work well again. That isn’t always the case. Before it gets too cold, you will want to ensure that your furnace is in its best form for the safety and well-being of your family. JBN Mechanical is a great local company that is fully certified. They perform routine maintenance, repairs, and installations of furnaces in State College homes. They are known to respond quickly to emergency requests and they will help you get the best possible heating system in your home or business. If you are looking to become more energy efficient, they are all-stars at that as well. 2. Your Gutters by JW Gutter Pros During the fall months, especially if you don’t have a gutter... read more
Preparing for Autumn: 7 Companies to Reach Out to in State College

Preparing for Autumn: 7 Companies to Reach Out to in State College

Winter is coming, we are all prepared for that since the Farmer’s Almanac tells us that it will be the worst winter of all time. However, with talk of the hottest summer and the fiercest winter, fall kind of gets left behind. Still, fall is a fantastic season that is filled with so many amazing things: football, pumpkin, apple, leaves, sweaters, scarves, and decent television. Still, with back to school and yard work, we don’t often get to enjoy our autumns the way we want to. However, if you put some trust in some local companies, you might actually have the time and opportunity to build yourself a great season. 1. Gary Thull Pools We recently had a post about getting a pool installed in your yard. While having a pool is truly one of the best luxuries, closing it can be a bit of a pain. Just like Gary Thull Pools installs absolutely gorgeous pools, they also winterize them for you. Winterizing can be a bit of a struggle for many people. You have to know what chemicals to use, what steps to take, how to pull over the cover, and even what to do throughout the winter. If you’ve never closed a pool before or it never seems to work out for you, you might want to consider getting some professional help. Call them soon, because every day you stall allows more leaves to get into the pool. If you do know how to close your pool, you’ll be able to find a wide selection of choices for which chemicals to buy to complete the job as... read more
7 Places for Patio Furniture in State College

7 Places for Patio Furniture in State College

You spend all of this money trying to get your outdoor space to look great, you put a lot of time and effort into keeping it beautiful, and you don’t spend any time there. Why? For most people, it is because their patio furniture isn’t comfortable enough, isn’t sturdy enough, or just because they didn’t buy any yet. Patio furniture isn’t as big of an investment as inside furniture for most, but it can still be pretty costly. Before purchasing, you’ll want to do research about the companies, brands, and warranties of the furniture you buy. Not all patio furniture stores in State College are created equally. We suggest you take a look at these: 1. Creekside Hearth & Patio Warranties are a big deal with it comes to patio furniture, and Creekside Hearth & Patio offers up some  spectacular ones that can have you sitting with confidence. Their lowest warranty is a staggering 15-years. Their inventory is quite large and has many options when it comes to traditional furnishings for your yard. However, they also have some great modern furniture to choose from as well. They are also willing to break up sets of furniture if you are looking for one spectacular piece, but they still sell large sets. One of their best-selling items is a patio table with a fire pit built into it, something that will make your yard extremely unique. If you want to push it further than that, they will build you something to custom order. 2. Beiter’s Home Center For the State College area, Beiter’s Home Center is synonymous with furniture of all kinds. You... read more
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