21 Feb 2019

Tree Talk

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.

Green Giant Arborvitae

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.

American Sweet Gum Tree

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.

White Oak

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.

Leeland Cypress Tree

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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01 Jan 2019

Why Winter is a Good Time For Tree Trimming

Expert Tree Care by Corrin Tree & Landscape

Tree Trimming Benefits During Winter Months

The fridgid temps have set in which means the lawnmowers have gone silent, the pools have all been covered and the birds have flown south. Much of our time is now spent indoors, celebrating the holidays with family & friends, watching bowl games and cheering on our beloved Philadelphia Eagles. One of the last things on our minds this time of year is yard work, especially tree trimming, that’s something that can be done when spring rolls around, right?  Not so fast….there are benefits to trimming your trees during the winter months, and here’s why…  

Branches Are More Visible During Winter

Without foliage in the way, the shape and structure of a tree is more visibly seen. Branches that are dead or diseased are easier to spot and remove. Likewise, branches growing contrary to the overall growth pattern of a tree can be quickly identified and pruned.

Dormant Trees & Better Protections From Disease During Winter Months

Throughout the spring & summer months trees are working hard to grow and produce, but in the winter trees become dormant, which means all activity stops. Dormancy is the perfect time for tree trimming as there are no other competing activities going on within the tree. Disease causing bacteria, fungi and insects are also dormant which decreases the likely hood of infection during the winter months.

More Vibrant Spring Growth

Tree trimming stimulates increased growth. Getting rid of dead, dying, diseased, or misshapen branches ensures that energy will not be wasted on these branches.  Instead, the energy will go to healthy branches.  Trimming just before spring gets trees ready for the season of most prolific growth.  Trees are able to produce more abundantly and grow more vigorously after a winter trimming.

Corrin Tree & Landscape Can Help

Tree trimming in winter is beneficial for your trees, but it is not necessarily convenient for you. If you want to get the benefits of a winter tree trim without having to brave the elements, Corrin Tree & Landscape is here for you. For a free consultation call 302-753-8733 or email us at corrintree@gmail.com


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01 May 2014

Corrin Tree & Landscape Company partners with the American Lung Association

Corrin Tree & Landscape Company is proud to join the American Lung Association to improve the air quality in our neighborhoods. One of the best ways to clean the air we breath is to plant trees. Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates. The preceding airborne particulates lead to elevated asthma, cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Proper tree care and adequate tree populations are long term solutions to cleaner, healthier air.