Tree Talk With Ken Corrin
Q.) Hi Ken, I’ve been noticing that my Eastern White Pines’ leaves have been thinning out over the past couple years. Is this something that I should worry about? ~ Mark, Bear, DE
A.) Hi Mark, we have been seeing a lot of this as well. It could be needle rot that has begun to surface due to the wetter than normal climate that we have been experiencing here in the Delaware area over the past couple years. Your Eastern White could also be experiencing “white pine” decline which could be due to a number of stress factors.
Q.) Hi Ken, our front yard has been lacking coverage ever since our Sweetgum Tree came down two years ago ☹ My wife and I are looking to replant something that will provide cover and grow quickly, what would you recommend? We’re located in New Castle, DE
A.) Great question, there are a lot of fast growing shade trees out there, but we would want to understand the area that you are planting to best recommend the species of plant. We would assess soil conditions, light requirements and overhead restrictions. Below is a great diagram on proper tree planting logistics.
Q.) Hi Ken, my husband and I just bought a house near Media, Pa and want to replace the old fence with either plants or trees. What would you recommend we use for a natural barrier?
A.) Trees, such as the Green Giant Arborvitae are extremely storm and pest resistant. Green Giant Arborvitae are very popular, low maintenance and provide a natural barrier and privacy for your yard. With a free consultation we can come out to your property and calculate the number of trees and spacing that you will need.
Q.) Hi Ken, I live in Trolley Square and was curious as to what types of trees the city uses to line their streets?
A.) The city normally uses various types of flowering fruit trees when space is limited. However larger trees such as Oak’s and Ginkos have been used in the past. Average lifespan of the fruit trees is twenty five years.
Q.) Hi Ken, what are the most common trees found in Delaware?
A.) If you were to go into big forest or preserve in the Delaware area you would see Oak, American Beech, SweetGum, Maple and Poplar.
Q.) Hi Ken, What type of tree is most lumber made out of?
A.) Poplar Tree for painted furniture and Oak and Maples for finished products such as cabinets or floors.
Q.) Hi Ken, is it better to trim your trees in the Spring or the winter? - Daniel, Kennett Square, Pa
A.) It is always best to trim trees when they are dormant during the winter months. See link at the bottom of the page to our Winter Tree Trimming Article
Q.) Hi Ken, as someone who cuts trees for a living, are there certain types of trees that are harder than others to cut down? - Brendan, Hockessin DE
A.) Absolutely, all woods are different. Softer woods such as Pine or Poplar are easier to cut but harder to control when making directional cuts because of the strength of the hinge wood. Harder woods such as Oaks and Maple’s have stronger hinge wood which are easier to control but the wood itself is harder to cut.
Q.) Hi Ken, did you climb trees as a kid? What got you interested in being an arborist?
A.) Haha, I did climb trees as a kid, but what got me interested in being an arborosits was being outside around nature and a general desire to promote healthy trees and forests.
Q.) Hi Ken, what is your favorite type of tree? - Rebecca, Chadds Ford Pa
A.) White Oak, I find the branch structure and the variance in the bark elegant and sturdy. Did you know that White Oak’s can grow up to 120 ft tall and 80 ft wide and live up to over six hundred years old.
Q.) Hi Ken, my husband and I are looking to add some trees to our yard, what types of trees do you recommend, we live in West Chester Pa.
A.) It depends on what season you would like to bring the most interest to your landscape. For example a Frontier Elm is going to provide year around interest from the branch structure in the winter time to the beautiful red fall foliage in the fall. Magnolia or Easter Red Bud's are great for spring because of their early early spring blooms. We offer free consultations for your landscaping needs.
Q.) Hi Ken, my mother lives in Florida and lost all of her bay trees to the ambrosia beetle. What kind of trees in Delaware are susceptible to invasive species?
A.) Leeland Cypress, a commonly used screen tree is susceptible to the bag worm.
Q.) Hi Ken, how long does it typically take to remove a fully grown Oak Tree?
A.) It depends on the size, shape, and location of the Oak. Generally about a day, but a consultation would be the only way to accurately predict.
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