McCreesh Tree Service
Here at McCreesh Tree Service, we are constantly updating our trucks and equipment to help us perform more effectively and efficiently. Some times these upgrades are simply a necessity due to equipment getting older and being worn out, which was the case when it came time to get a new stump grinder. Please help us welcome our new team member. The 2014 Rayco RG100X Stump Grinder
Trees are a vital component of our lives. Without trees, life is unsustainable. Among the vast enumeration of important benefits, some of the most crucial are converting Co2 into oxygen, erosion control through the uptake of storm water runoff, providing a habitat for fauna, increasing property value, and greatly decreasing pollutants in the air. To ensure our ability to take full advantage of these fundamental aspects of trees we must protect them from the harsh conditions of the winter weather. Among the most common issues for trees surrounding winter weather include damage caused by snow and ice, ice melt chemicals, and animals. There is a multitude of techniques to create a protected, healthier and safer tree in the landscape.
Among these techniques include the following:
- Canopy thinning to reduce the "sail effect"
- Systematic canopy reduction
- Continuous and proper pruning methods
- Supplemental support ie. cabling and bracing
- Physical protection from rodents and deer
- Sunscald from reflection of sunlight in snow
- Mulch beds around the trunk of trees
Canopy thinning to reduce the "sail effect"
When heavy winds blow through the landscape, large trees tend to catch the wind and act as a sail. This effect can be damaging to trees in the form of broken limbs and uprooting. To reduce this effect, proper thinning techniques can be used to let the wind pass through the canopy of the tree.
Systematic canopy reduction
Systematic canopy reduction can be useful in protecting trees from limb damage and tree uprooting by reducing the potential weight in the trees canopy. This is different than “topping” or “hat racking”, a practice that is proven to be detrimental to a tree’s health. A tree’s canopy can be reduced properly by cutting back to healthy lateral limbs to hinder the overgrowth of new limbs and control the overall size of the tree.
Continuous and proper pruning methods
To ensure a tree stays within the limits of its growing area and to reduce insects infestation, removal of deadwood and proper pruning is imperative. Deadwood attracts insects and improper pruning will create hazardous limbs and significant dieback.
Supplemental support ie. cabling and bracing
When a tree’s limbs grow in a codominant manner, become hazardous or become damaged, in addition to proper pruning, a bracing and/or cabling system can drastically reduce the risk of limb failure or critical damage. These types of systems can also decrease the risk of property damage as well.
Physical protection from rodents and deer
When the winter months reduce the amount of available food for rodents and deer, the root systems and inner/outer bark of a tree can be a sustainable replacement for sustenance. To help reduce this damage a fence or cage can be installed around the trunk of trees to help stop these animal from removing the bark or destroying the root systems of trees.
Sunscald from reflection of sunlight in snow
During the winter months, in areas of potential snowfall, reflection of sunlight from the snow can damage the living cells within the trunk of trees. This is accomplished by the warm sun bouncing off the snow and warming the cells within the tree’s cambium layer within the trunk. Once the cells are warmed they “wake up” and are essentially tricked into thinking its spring. Once nightfall arrives and the temperature drops, extensive damage occurs to these cells creating large sections of dead cambium. This damage can be lethal to trees within the landscape and can be avoided by wrapping the trunk with white or lightly colored fabric.
Mulch beds around the trunk of trees
Mulch has many benefits to the health of trees. Among these benefits include supplying water to the root system, reducing physical damage from landscape management, reducing food competition from grasses, and stabilizing root zone temperatures. The mulch needs to be properly installed to gain these benefits.
In conclusion, to ensure your landscape trees survive through the harsh elements of the winter months, a properly constructed arborculture regiment should be scheduled and appropriately configured. Call our office anytime to schedule a free property analysis with an ISA Certified Arborist and our skilled team members can conduct your tree care needs with precision in a professional manner
If you are considering having tree work done and one of our competitors tells you that topping your tree will help your tree by making it smaller and safer. Please, send them on their way and contact
McCreesh Tree Service, Inc. We have been serving the Bucks County area for more than twenty years and our certified arborist would never tell you to top your trees. This practice actually harms the tree, opening it up to disease and decay, which over time weakens the tree structually and significantly lessens the life of the tree. To get a more in depth look at why this practice is so harmful to the trees, please visit this site
. However, trees do need to be pruned and dead wooded from time to time. Proper pruning helps shape your tree and dead wooding makes your tree much more safe during inclement weather. Take the time to look at the trees on your property and use this checklist to make sure your trees are healthy and safe.
- Are there large dead branches in the tree?
- Are there detached branches hanging in the tree?
- Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches?
- Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
- Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached?
- Have any branches fallen from the tree?
- Have adjacent trees fallen over or died?
- Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
- Do many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk?
- Have the roots been broken off, injured, or damaged by lowering the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks, or digging trenches?
- Has the site recently been changed by construction, raising the soil level, or installing lawns?
- Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual color or size?
- Have trees in adjacent wooded areas been removed?
- Has the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned?
Of course, if you are unsure about a tree, you can always contact us and we will gladly come out, assess your property and give you a free estimate if anything needs to be taken care of.
After last nights storm it reminds us that mother nature plays no favorites. Damage from falling limbs can do damage to your home or car. The good news? If you act early you can cut down your chances that mother nature will select YOU! Simply inspect your trees for possible dead limbs that may be weak and have a possibility of falling. If you see something that raises concern, call McCreesh Tree Service, Inc. to come out and deadwood your tree. Better yet, have us come out and do a free property assessment and determine what needs to be done so that you are safe and your trees are cared for so that they will bring many more years to beautifying your property and providing shade on those warm summer days.
When the headlines tell us the big storm is coming, people
run to protect their home and property but what about the things that get the
most damage – the trees? Trees can blow over from damage to the trunk or damage
to the root system. Each type of damage
has its causes and usually a tree that is in a decline can be treated so that
this type of damage is prevented. In
most cases the damage is small and the long term health of the tree is not
affected but sometimes you have broken branches or the trunk splitting from
severe wind. When this happens you have
to first decide if you are going to keep the tree. It’s better to cut your
losses if the tree is not pleasant to look at anymore or if there is little
chance it will survive.
It is usually best to hire a professional to treat the tree
and not to do it yourself. Sometimes special equipment is necessary and you
will need someone to give a prognosis as to what shape the tree is in and if it
Branches should be inspected because there could be some
that are hanging by a thread and ready to fall at any time. There may also be
branches that are detached but are caught in the tree. These all need to be
Removing the branches is necessary for the tree as well as
for the people in the immediate area. If
the branches are not cut properly, it will have a damaging effect on the tree.
The whole branch could be lost or it could cause extreme sprouting which is
weakly attached to the tree.
A Board Certified Master Arborist will advise you how to
treat you storm damaged trees and will professionally take care of pruning them
so that they will come back healthy the following season.
LOOKING FOR A GREAT TREE TO ADD TO YOUR LANDSCAPE?
Try a redbud. A redbud is much like a dogwood without all the issues. Valued for its outstanding display of pink or white flowers in spring, redbud is an easy-to-grow small tree with delightful heart shaped leaves that turn golden yellow in the fall. It is native to this area and will thrive in partial shade or full sun.
The redbud is one of my favorites and I've planted many though-out Bucks County and Montgomery County over the years.
The cost for this tree ranges from two to three hundred to purchase.
And remember If McCreesh Tree Service removes a tree on your property, we cover 1/2 of this amount. See the "GO GREEN" information under services on our website to find out more or call Today!
Gene McCreesh -President
McCreesh Tree Service, Inc.
"We do much more than just removing trees"
There are many other services McCreesh Tree Service provides for the care of trees throughout Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Here are some of them.
Cabling and Bracing
Cabling and braces are used to provide structural support to
a tree. The cables and bracing are generally a high quality of steel able to
withstand the growth of a tree and natures elements. It’s rare that this is
needed, but it will save large branches from falling and causing damage during
high wind storms.
Trees and plants have very specific needs when it comes to
watering. If a tree receives to little water it can become susceptible to
disease and death. If the tree receives too much water then root rot becomes a
concern. Arborists can develop systems to ensure a Tree is receiving the
correct amount of water.
For mature trees pruning is required to remove dead or dying
branches. This thinning out of branches strengthens the tree. For younger trees
pruning is necessary to remove lower unneeded branches so they do not become a
hassle latter on. This is not needed in the wild because the trees are all
competing for top sunlight and therefor lose lower branches early on in life.
Insect and Disease
Certain types of insects can eat through leaves and even
branches damaging your tree. Arborists are able to identify which types of
insects are doing so. In addition disease through things like fungus can damage
trees as well. Through advanced means arborists are able to identify tree
disease and treat it properly.
Arborists are master horticulturist who specialize in trees.
They can identify just about any tree. If you are planning on having a new tree
planted they can tell you the best ones to plant based on the regional climate
and what you’re looking for out of the tree.
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McCreesh Tree Service, Inc. A fully insured, full service tree care company and commercial snow removal service. McCreesh Tree Service, Inc. has been proudly serving Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia counties for more than 20 years. Being a small, family owned business has enabled us to keep our pricing extremely competitive and helped us provide a personal service you just don't get with larger outfits.
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- Sincerely, Gene McCreesh President, McCreesh Tree Service, Inc.
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We can supply thousands of references for our residential customers upon request. Some of our local commercial clients include, Hatboro Horsham School district, Toll Brothers, Greystar Management and Brightline Construction. these Clients use McCreesh Tree Service because we make them a priority and we are there when the need us.
Thank you for considering McCreesh Tree Service, Inc. and please call for a FREE estimate and/or property inspection.
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Hypoxylon atropunctatum. This species of canker is common in this area due to the fact that Live Oak, Red Oak, Blackjack Oak, and Post Oak are very common types of Oak trees making up a significant portion of the urban tree population. Hypoxylon Canker will appear more often on stressed Red Oaks and Post Oaks due to the simple fact that they are particularly intolerant to changes that occur in their environment. Thus they become stressed quite easily as a result of even minor changes around them.
Hypoxylon atropunctatum is a weak parasite at best and causes no problem to healthy trees. The tree apparently defends against any significant infection with its normal defense mechanisms. Hypoxylon often appears rapidly on the exterior of weak or dead limbs. In this circumstance the organism lives harmlessly in the very outer bark tissue and aids the tree in quickly shedding or discarding limbs for whatever reason. If Hypoxylon Canker appears on limbs or branches, it is not considered lethal and is often eliminated by simply removing the dead or dying limbs. When the disease appears on the main trunk or stem of a tree, the tree is often dying or is nearly dead. It is extremely rare to observe Hypoxylon Canker on the trunk and the tree recover or survive. The main trunk of a tree actively carries moisture and nutrients up the tree. The outer layer of the trunk, under the bark, is merely a few cell layers thick and constitutes a tree’s current growth ring. The appearance of Hypoxylon Canker on this portion of a tree indicates that its main transport system has been severely damaged or is dead, and the tree’s basic ability to sustain itself is lost and the tree dies. The disease does not spread from tree to tree, as many people fear. The fungus already lives in the outer bark of most healthy Oak trees. It should be noted that any portion of a tree where Hypoxylon Canker appears, the wood will dry out quickly becoming brittle and dangerous.
- Maintain and improve the overall health and vigor of your trees with regular and ongoing deep root fertilization. More aggressive programs may be required to help rehabilitate stressed or damaged trees.
- Regularly prune your trees to eliminate any weak, dying, or dead limbs.
- Avoid injury to the trunk and limbs of any tree. By reducing injuries, the trees are healthier and the chances of infection are reduced.
- Avoid reductions or additions of soil in a tree’s root zone, especially up against the main trunk of the tree. This will keep the bark tissue from breaking down, reducing entry wounds from developing.
- Take extreme caution when disturbing the environment of any existing shade tree. A tree becomes much more likely to develop significant problems the older and larger the tree. A mature tree is much less resilient to even minor changes in its environment than a younger tree. This includes any activities such as landscape additions or modifications and irrigation system updates or installations.
- Consult with your Certified Arborist when changes around your trees are going to occur (irrigation installation, landscaping, paving, or construction).
A toddler is lucky to be alive after falling from an apartment building in Northeast Philadelphia.
It happened Monday around 2:40 p.m. on the 2300 block of Tremont Street. Police say a 15-month old boy was leaning against a window when he fell through the screen.
The child fell three stories before landing in a flower bed with a fresh layer of mulch, according to police. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released, according to his father.
"It's a miracle," said the boy's neighbor Daphne Coleman. "God works in mysterious ways and I'm just glad everything's okay."
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|10 Tips on How to Choose the Right Tree Service and Avoid Scams
Unfortunately for you, and unfortunately for those of us trying to run legitimate tree service companies, our industry is full of con artists, fly-by-night crooks, and companies that produce less than desirable results. According to a recent news release from the Better Business Bureau, “the tree service industry was the sixth most complained about industry at your BBB last year” (you can read the full press release here.) So what can you do to protect yourself when hiring a tree service? How do you choose the right company? What are the necessary steps to avoiding tree service scams?We would like to offer you a few of our insights based on our years of experience. These should help point you in the right direction:
1. Insurance: Make sure each tree service you are considering has appropriate liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. All certificates of insurance should be sent from the tree service’s insurance agency directly to you. Otherwise, it could be a fraudulent certificate. If a company has an accident, and does not have the proper insurance, then you are liable. You will have to pay for repairs to your property and any injuries that may have occurred as a result of the accident.
2. Better Business Bureau: Ensure that the company in question is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. Only a handful of tree services receive BBB accreditation and those that do are generally reputable. Also, find out what kind of rating the company has. The tree service should be in good standing with BBB.
3. Reputation: Do some research to find out what kind of reputation the tree service has with its local community. The right tree service should have positive online reviews in a variety of places. Check to see whether the company in question is a member of any reputable trade association, such as the Tree Care Industry Association or International Society of Arboriculture. How long has the company been in business? Do they have any complaints on local forums, discussion groups, etc? Ask the company for references, if you need the extra assurance. Especially for expensive projects, doing a bit of research is always worth the time.
4. Too Cheap?: If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. During these tough economic times we are all looking for bargains. But if a tree service is giving you a very low price, it may be because they a) have no experience, b) do not have the proper insurances and certifications, or c) they only intend to complete part of the project.
5. Too Expensive?: Similarly, if a price seems too high, say no thanks. Do not let a smooth-talking salesman convince you that $9000 is a reasonable price for removing an easily accessible oak tree in your front yard.
6. Multiple Estimates: You may be asking yourself, “how will I know if a price is too high or too low?” We recommend that you get estimates from at least three different companies. From the three estimates you should get some sense of what price is normal. If possible, we recommend that you meet with each representative in person. This will give you a chance to judge the company’s expertise and professionalism. It will also enable you to ask questions, learn about more about what is involved, and so on.
7. Compare Apples to Apples: When you consider different estimates you should compare what is actually being offered. If one tree service is offering extra services or some extra benefit then you should take this into account. For example, perhaps one tree service plans on felling the tree whereas another tree service will remove it in small sections? Felling a tree is easier and requires less time, but it will cause more damage to your property. Piecing a tree down in small sections will cause minimal damage to your yard, but it requires more time and effort and thus it will generally be the more expensive option. This is also a good point at which to compare the service, professionalism, knowledge, presentation, etc of each different company. Remember that price is not everything – you should listen to your instincts about which company is most trustworthy.
8. Avoid Door-to-Door Contractors: Do not ever do business with door-to-door contractors, particularly for large projects such as tree removal. The BBB and a number of district attorneys offices across the country regularly warn against this. Door to door contractors are often con artists that travel from town to town, preying on homeowners, particularly seniors. If you simply make it a policy not to do business with them, you will not have to worry about being caught in a scam. Besides, deciding to complete tree work on the spur of the moment is not a good idea – there are too many variables that must be carefully considered first.
9. Use Caution After a Disaster: Natural disasters (or whatever sort of disaster it may be) usually bring the con artists out in droves. Unfortunately, this may be the one instance where hiring a door-to-door contractor is necessary. If, for example, you have a tree lying on your house and there is no electricity, you may have to hire a tree service that passes by. But even in this situation, make sure you are being charged a reasonable price. There are many examples of companies charging exorbitant rates for simple tree removal projects after a hurricane, ice storm, etc. You should also ensure that the company has the necessary insurances and certifications.
10. Pay When Satisfied: Once you have picked a tree service you feel comfortable with, the most important rule to follow is never NEVER pay for a tree removal or tree trimming project of any kind until you are 100% satisfied with the work. There are countless instances of homeowners paying for a tree service project up front, only to never hear from the company again. The tree service industry is not like the building industry – we never under any circumstance need to be paid in advance for our work. One popular trick among disreputable tree services is to begin a project, collect money (for any number of reasons – “I have to pay my staff”, “we need money for fuel”, “we need payment to finish the job”, etc), and then never return. This is especially true with stump removal. In this scenario the company has completely removed the tree and then asks for payment, promising to return later to remove the stump. Upon receiving payment, the company never returns. Remember: do not pay a dime until your job is completely finished and you are happy with the service.So long as you make contact with several companies, do your homework, make sure your company of choice is properly insured, and exert common sense, you are sure to choose the right tree service. Add to that never paying for a job until it is properly completed, and it is almost certain that you will avoid any sort of tree service scam altogether.
Why Topping Hurts Trees
Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet, despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice. This brochure explains why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and offers better alternatives.
What is Topping?
Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include “heading,” “tipping,” “hat-racking,” and “rounding over.”
The most common reason given for topping is to reduce the size of a tree. Home owners often feel that their trees have become too large for their property. People fear that tall trees may pose a hazard. Topping, however, is not a viable method of height reduction and certainly does not reduce the hazard. In fact, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term.
Topping Stresses Trees
Topping often removes 50 to 100 percent of the leaf-bearing crown of a tree. Because leaves are the food factories of a tree, removing them can temporarily starve a tree. The severity of the pruning triggers a sort of survival mechanism. The tree activates latent buds, forcing the rapid growth of multiple shoots below each cut. The tree needs to put out a new crop of leaves as soon as possible. If a tree does not have the stored energy reserves to do so, it will be seriously weakened and may die.
A stressed tree is more vulnerable to insect and disease infestations. Large, open pruning wounds expose the sapwood and heartwood to attacks. The tree may lack sufficient energy to chemically defend the wounds against invasion, and some insects are actually attracted to the chemical signals trees release.
Topping Causes Decay
The preferred location to make a pruning cut is just beyond the branch collar at the branch’s point of attachment. The tree is biologically equipped to close such a wound, provided the tree is healthy enough and the wound is not too large. Cuts made along a limb between lateral branches create stubs with wounds that the tree may not be able to close. The exposed wood tissues begin to decay. Normally, a tree will “wall off,” or compartmentalize, the decaying tissues, but few trees can defend the multiple severe wounds caused by topping. The decay organisms are given a free path to move down through the branches.
Topping Can Lead to Sunburn
Branches within a tree’s crown produce thousands of leaves to absorb sunlight. When the leaves are removed, the remaining branches and trunk are suddenly exposed to high levels of light and heat. The result may be sunburn of the tissues beneath the bark, which can lead to cankers, bark splitting, and death of some branches.
Topping Creates Hazards
The survival mechanism that causes a tree to produce multiple shoots below each topping cut comes at great expense to the tree. These shoots develop from buds near the surface of the old branches. Unlike normal branches that develop in a socket of overlapping wood tissues, these new shoots are anchored only in the outermost layers of the parent branches.
The new shoots grow quickly, as much as 20 feet in one year, in some species. Unfortunately, the shoots are prone to breaking, especially during windy conditions. The irony is that while the goal was to reduce the tree’s height to make it safer, it has been made more hazardous than before.
Topping Makes Trees Ugly
The natural branching structure of a tree is a biological wonder. Trees form a variety of shapes and growth habits, all with the same goal of presenting their leaves to the sun. Topping removes the ends of the branches, often leaving ugly stubs. Topping destroys the natural form of a tree.
Without leaves (up to 6 months of the year in temperate climates), a topped tree appears disfigured and mutilated. With leaves, it is a dense ball of foliage, lacking its simple grace. A tree that has been topped can never fully regain its natural form.
Topping Is Expensive
The cost of topping a tree is not limited to what the perpetrator is paid. If the tree survives, it will require pruning again within a few years. It will either need to be reduced again or storm damage will have to be cleaned up. If the tree dies, it will have to be removed.
Topping is a high-maintenance pruning practice, with some hidden costs. One is the reduction in property value. Healthy, well-maintained trees can add 10 to 20 percent to the value of a property. Disfigured, topped trees are considered an impending expense.
Another possible cost of topped trees is potential liability. Topped trees are prone to breaking and can be hazardous. Because topping is considered an unacceptable pruning practice, any damage caused by branch failure of a topped tree may lead to a finding of negligence in a court of law.
Alternatives to Topping
Sometimes a tree must be reduced in height or spread. Providing clearance for utility lines is an example. There are recommended techniques for doing so. If practical, branches should be removed back to their point of origin. If a branch must be shortened, it should be cut back to a lateral that is large enough to assume the terminal role. A rule of thumb is to cut back to a lateral that is at least one-third the diameter of the limb being removed.
This method of branch reduction helps to preserve the natural form of the tree. However, if large cuts are involved, the tree may not be able to close over and compartmentalize the wounds. Sometimes the best solution is to remove the tree and replace it with a species that is more appropriate for the site.
Hiring an Arborist
Pruning large trees can be dangerous. If pruning involves working above the ground or using power equipment, it is best to hire a professional arborist. An arborist can determine the type of pruning that is necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. A professional arborist can provide the services of a trained crew, with all of the required safety equipment and liability insurance.
When selecting an arborist,
- check for membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). Such membership demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up to date on the latest techniques and information.
- check for ISA arborist certification. Certified Arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care.
- ask for proof of insurance.
- ask for a list of references, and don’t hesitate to check them.
- avoid using the services of any tree company that
- advertises topping as a service provided. Knowledgeable arborists know that topping is harmful to trees and is not an accepted practice.
- uses tree climbing spikes to climb trees that are being pruned. Climbing spikes can damage trees, and their use should be limited to trees that are being removed.