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Arboricultural Assessment

One of STC’s certified arborists can help you evaluate  your tree’s health and recommend practices to ensure the beauty and structural integrity of your trees for years into the future. Through the process of listening to your objectives and sharing our knowledge of trees, we will recommend the best arboricultural practices for your setting.  By assessing the tree’s root system, bark, trunk, crown and it’s surroundings, we can make a recommendation for the health and beauty of your trees.  Our arborists combine their years of education, experience and knowledge in order to best manage your trees.

Emergency & Storm Response

Storms can have a significant impact on trees. Whether it is extreme wind, abnormal snow loads or saturated soils, periodic pruning can help to make trees safer. In the event of damage during a storm, STC is just a phone call away. We will send a team member as soon as conditions are safe to assess the situation. Our arborist will help you identify options and make the best decision balancing tree health and what the tree may still offer to your property. Every instance is different and storm damage does not always mean removal. Restoration pruning may be an effective treatment. STC can be ready at a moments notice to begin helping you re-establish normalcy to your life. Please do not hesitate to call us anytime of the day.

Emergency Response Phone Number

Call us at 570-784-8454 today!

Insects & Disease Management

Here at Susquehanna Tree Care we take a multipronged approach to dealing with insect and disease management. Often, but not always, these issues can be a sign of a larger health issue, and so getting a proper evaluation from a certified arborist is a great first step. They can help identify any immediate and long term issues and then come up with an appropriate plan to help re-mediate these problems.

Proper pruning can help to improve the overall health of a tree, and so it is both a great preventative action and also a good first step when dealing with many insect and disease issues. In some cases fertilization and/or pesticide/herbicide application may be necessary.

Emerald Ash Borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect from Asia that is responsible for killing millions of Ash trees across the US, and it has been in Pennsylvania since 2007. The EAB is a half-inch long metallic green beetle that feeds under the bark of trees and leaves a distinct D shaped exit hole in the bark. It is a particularly deadly pest and often kills a tree within three to four years of infestation. Common symptoms include upper crown dieback, epicormic branching, bark splits, bark flaking, and tissue damage resulting from woodpecker predation. Preventative care is a very necessary step to help avoid this deadly pest and an aggressive approach needs to be taken in the case of an actual infestation.

Susquehanna Tree Care is taking such action! This spring is the perfect time to have STC come inject your Ash Trees with a powerful pesticide that cuts the Emerald Ash Borer off at the source. Spring is a crucial time to get your injections to prevent any of the larva from hatching and further damaging your trees. Even if your Ash Trees are not yet infected the injection will prevent any infestation from occurring. Book an appointment now to have an STC professional arborist come out and examine your Ash Trees!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

The hemlock woolly adelgid is an invasive insect from East Asia that feeds on the sap of hemlock and spruce. Here at Susquehanna Tree Care we see this pest on almost every hemlock we do work on. The most common way to identify an infestation is by what appears to be bits of cotton on the underside of the branches. It feeds on the sap on the end branches and causes the tree to lose it’s needles and hinders new growth. Death typically occurs within four to ten years of infestation, and even trees and shrubs that survive are often weakened to the point that they die from secondary causes.

Stump Grinding

Stumps can be unsightly and provide challenges to mowing grass and maintaining your property. Removing stumps requires special machinery and careful attention. Our team will work to minimize the mess associated with the process and get your ground level close to level. Upon completion, it is best to let it settle and then you can bring in some topsoil to get the area back to grass.

Tree & Shrub Pruning

At Susquehanna Tree Care we like to emphasize using preventive and restoration pruning above all else when it comes to caring for your trees and shrubs. A removal may be the best option in circumstances such as:
• Dead or dying trees
• Hazardous trees
• Where it is necessary for construction, clearance, and changes in the landscape

Tree removal is one of the most hazardous aspects of our business.  Here at Susquehanna Tree Care we have the experience, education, and skill needed to safely perform tree and shrub removal.

Our highly skilled crews use the most up to date techniques in removal operations and will minimize the impact on the surroundings.   At the end of every job we do a thorough cleanup of all debris from our operations.

At Susquehanna Tree Care we carry full property liability and workers compensation in order to protect your assets and our workers.

Tree Preservation

At STC, we highly value the role trees play in our daily lives.  Trees serve as noise and temperature buffers, help stabilize soils, filter air and water all while adding to the overall aesthetics of your landscape.

Proper maintenance of your trees and shrubs will promote their health, beauty and extend their lifespan. STC’s ISA certified arborists will help you identify pruning objectives to best preserve your trees.  All pruning will meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 standards & the International Society of Arboriculture’s best management practices.  Our arborists may recommend different pruning techniques depending on the objectives.

The most common pruning practices include crown cleaning, thinning, reduction, restoration and raising. Crown cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached and low vigor branches from the crown of the tree.  Thinning is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown and to improve structure.  Raising removes the lower branches of a tree in order to provide clearance.  Reduction reduces the height or spread of a tree and is best accomplished by pruining back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles.  Crown raising or reduction is frequently recommended in order to help maintain buildings roofs, siding and gutters.  You can learn more about different pruning techniques at: the trees are good website.

Trees that have been pruned improperly in the past may not be too far gone for restoration. They may require a couple of pruning sessions over the course of a period of time due to not wanting to remove more than 25% of the tree canopy in any one pruning. The shock associated with over pruning can lead to imbalances in the overall system of the tree and ultimately to its decline or death.

Some Misconceptions

“That tree needs to come down.”
The wrong species may be planted in a less than ideal spot in the urban landscape but that does not necessarily mean it needs to be removed. A crown reduction will decrease the height of a tree and improve its structural integrity making it more suitable for its surroundings.  Our arborists can discuss options to tree removal with you.

“That tree needs to be topped.”
Topping is cutting back a tree to a predetermined crown limit, and is not a recommended pruning practice.  Topping can lead to branch dieback, decay, and unstable sprout production from the cut ends, resulting in a potentially hazardous situation once the sprouts become large and heavy.  You can learn more about the reasons why not to have your trees topped  by clicking here.

Pruning without regards to tree health to decrease the size is a practice that should be avoided. It creates issues in the long term such as decay in structural wood, susceptibility to disease and insects and potentially over stressing to the point of decline.

Tree Support Systems

Tree support systems may be the solution for at risk trees. Preserving the structural integrity of your trees will help maintain and add value to your property.  If you have concerns with the structural integrity of your trees, contact STC to set up a risk assessment with one of our ISA Certified Arborists.  After initial installation, support systems require periodic inspection.

Structural Support

There are options besides removal when trees show signs of poor form and structure. Pruning young trees early can reduce the need for remediation. Identifying a dominant leader and healthy branching form in a young tree can lead to a much healthier mature tree. There are instances where mature trees develop weaknesses that require additional support. One of STC’s ISA certified arborist will help you identify weaknesses in your tree, identify potential hazards and provide you with some techniques to reduce the chance of failure. Cabling and bracing are two techniques that allow the STC team to remediate hazards present in your trees. Many times a crown reduction in conjunction with cabling can greatly reduce the hazard potential for years to come.

Lightning Systems

Some tall growing species, trees at higher elevations and/or near buildings can make them more susceptible to lightning strikes. Damage from a lightning strike can result in the death of the tree in addition to severe property damage.  Our arborists are trained in installing lightning protection systems that would divert current away from the tree and buildings.

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