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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
Announcing: Free Day of Service Project by Cutting Edge Tree Professionals

Announcing: Free Day of Service Project by Cutting Edge Tree Professionals

At Cutting Edge Tree Professionals, we believe that the community is a big part of our success, which is why we want to give back to the same community that has helped us achieve our success. Our entire company will be involved in this project and we look forward to being able to provide one community member with a full Day of Service. The community member that is chosen can be anyone from a local nonprofit, a veteran, first-responder, or someone who is in need. What is the ‘Day of Service’? Cutting Edge Tree Professionals is extremely excited to be able to offer this free Day of Service to a deserving individual or organization. The service will be performed on the chosen winner’s property by our licensed and insured team. **UPDATE:** We now have a winner. We are a full-service tree care company that offers tree health care services, tree risk assessments, tree fertilization, trimming, removal and more. Some or all of these services will be performed for the chosen individual. The goal of Day of Service is to provide a member of our community with the tree services they need, but may not be able to readily afford. How to Apply To make this possible, we want to hear from YOU. We want you to tell us whether you or someone you know should receive this service. When filling out the information, make sure that you let us know the person or organization’s situation, a little bit about the services needed, and why this person or organization deserves to receive the Day of Service. Day of Service Application... read more
9 Companies for Ponds in State College

9 Companies for Ponds in State College

When you think about a truly beautiful backyard, few elements stand out as much as a pond or fountain. Whether you go for a simplistic pond that has a few fish in it or you go for an intricate pond with waterfalls, tunnels, and plants, you can’t go wrong. Ponds add beauty but if you hire the wrong company, they will add a lot of heartache too. That’s why you need to go with a reputable company. We suggest these: 1. Foltz’s Ponds Ponds are absolutely the best way to add beauty to your yard because they add a lot of dimension and depth to the visual and sound quality of your yard. Not only that, but they allow you to create an entire ecosystem that takes care of itself. Foltz’s Ponds loves to install ponds for families that care about the environment and want to have fish. Their professional team knows how to work with State College ground in order to get the best possible installation that will last a long time. They will give you a free estimate so that you know what to expect and they will walk you through every step of the process. 2. The Garden’s Edge The Garden’s Edge has been a local favorite for almost 30 years and they show no signs of stopping in the State College area. They work exclusively with Aquascape Ecosystems, which are some of the best pond systems around. Their specialty is to make ponds that look like they just happened to be there when your house was built. The award-winning ponds are completely natural and use... read more
7 Best Fencing Companies in State College

7 Best Fencing Companies in State College

A lot of people scoff at the dream of a “white picket fence” in a yard, but for many people, a fence is a way of really changing your yard for the good. Not only does a fence add visual appeal to your yard, it will make your yard safer for just about everyone. A fence helps to keep dogs (and other pets) and small children inside, protecting them from the road and other dangers. If you have a pool, it can also help keep unwanted visitors out. In fact, many insurance companies and municipalities require you to have a fence around your pool, especially if it is in ground. But when it comes to getting a fence, not all companies are created equally. A fence isn’t as simple to install as many people think, and if you get a company that does a poor job, if can fall in just a few weeks or during the next storm. These State College fencing companies will help you get a fence that will last a lifetime. 1. Russler Fence Company If you are going into your fencing project without a lot of knowledge, you will want to work with a company that will treat you with kid gloves. Russler Fence Company is willing to walk you through each and every step of the project, from land clearing to maintenance on your fence without talking down to you. There are very few companies out there that put such a personal touch on their services. Dealing with wood, vinyl, chain link, aluminum, and many other types of fencing, they also have the... read more
7 Places for Unique Outside Decor in State College

7 Places for Unique Outside Decor in State College

Though it really might not feel like it thanks to the weather we are having right now, summer is right around the corner. For many of us, that means that we spend more time outdoors, we decorate our yards so that they look great, and we try to compete with our neighbors. There is no use in denying it – we all do it. So how can you decorate your yard so that it looks great without breaking the bank or becoming too ordinary? The first thing you have to do is stop shopping at the stores that keep 300 of the same item in stock. If you see that, it means 299 other people probably have the same items. Instead of going to those big box stores, head to these local businesses: 1. Tait Farm Foods We’ve mentioned Tait Farm Foods on here before, and that is because we really believe in what they are selling. They have some of the most unique products in the local area, especially when it comes to statuary. Statues add a great focal point to your yard, especially when they are designed properly. You might be thinking that they only sell food, but that just isn’t the case! If you haven’t been there to check out all of the other great items they have, you’ve been missing out. From bird baths to dragonfly statues, Tait Farm Foods really runs the gamut when it comes to design ideas. Everything is made with quality materials so that you don’t have to worry about longevity – they will be with you for years to come.... read more
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