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Everything You Need To Know About Needle Cast Diseases

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A number of needle cast diseases are affecting fir and spruce trees. Both Rhabdocline and Swiss needle cast can affect Douglas fir. On spruces, including Colorado blue and Engelmann, the needle casting disease is called Rhizosphaera. Rhizosphaera also affects white spruce and Norway spruce, but it is less common and generally only happens when they […]


New Invasive Insects: What you can do to protect your Hemlocks

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Two introduced insects are significantly impacting our state tree’s growth and survival, hemlock wooly adelgid and elongate hemlock scale. Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA, Adelges tsugae) is an aphid-like insect, native to Asia. HWA feed on tree sap by inserting their mouthparts at the base of the needles and removing plant fluids. Their feeding causes the […]


Oak Wilt: The sign that it’s time to see a plant doctor

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Oak trees and humans have a lot in common when it comes to their health. We both drink clean water, eat nutrient rich foods, and take vitamins. Why? This is our attempt to be proactive on our well-being. It gives us the most favorable chances of not catching illnesses spreading in this big world, especially […]


One thing that can limit the growth of urban and community trees

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Soils are composed of individual particles (sand, silt, and clay) and aggregates or clumps of particles. Between these soil particles and aggregates are spaces or pores. These “pore spaces” hold air and water. Large-sized soil pore spaces are usually filled with air, and provide good aeration to soils. Smaller soil pore spaces are usually filled […]


The Beginner’s Guide to Tree Responsibility

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A beginner’s guide to understanding tree responsibility! Did you know can save yourself time, money and relationships in the long run by understanding now which trees on and along your property are your responsibility or not? Not every tree near and crossing your property lines are yours to deal with. As a matter of fact, […]


Summer Considerations for Spongy Moth

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This has been another year of significantly high Lymantria dispar, or spongy moth (formerly “gypsy moth”) populations across much of Pennsylvania. What should you be doing this time of year? The spongy moth life cycle is about complete, we are past the point of peak defoliation and trees are trying to push out new leaves. […]


Why Teams Matter Most

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Repurposing an old post for our readers for a month on teamwork. Our motto at Cutting Edge Tree Professionals is to redefine the boundaries of excellence through tree services and plant health care solutions. Part of how we do that is to serve people throughout the central Pennsylvania region. We will go out of our […]


Welcome To The Team!

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Dave is currently a sales and consulting representative with Cutting Edge Tree Professionals located in Pleasant Gap, Centre County Pennsylvania. His primary responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with customers and assisting them with their tree care projects. His focus is on the customer’s goals while caring for their trees and property. Dave earned a […]


Topping is for Ice Cream Not Trees

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Tree topping is not considered a viable practice for tree care according to current industry standards. This controversial topic in past years sparked debate, but now quality arborists know there are many alternatives to tree topping. At Cutting Edge Tree Professionals, we inform property owners on all things related to proper tree care and maintenance, […]


This Will Change How You Look At Memorial Trees Forever

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This month, as a country we get to celebrate Memorial Day. Since May is an important month, we wanted to bring your attention to the awesome trend of planting a Memorial tree in honor of loved ones. Memorial trees are also known as Remembrance trees. They are a beautiful way to recycle the body of […]