Now that the snow has finally melted in the Philadelphia area, many homeowners are seeing strange runways chiseled through their lawns. Most likely, the culprits are voles, who have quietly dug paths under the snow all winter, digging up lawns in the process. There are ways to fix your lawn. But, some damage is so extensive that homeowners require professional help. Besides your lawn, these little rodents can also cause big problems for certain trees and shrubs.
Earth Day is a time to reflect on our impact on the environment and to educate ourselves on better conservation practices. At Giroud Tree and Lawn, we make every effort to be Earth conscious. We also partner with other like-minded companies so we can decrease our carbon footprint while beautifying our client's properties.
A large Zelkova Tree in Philadelphia has created big problems for one distraught homeowner. Fox 29's Bruce Gordon reported on the story of Shirley Kelly's tree problem and even contacted the city in an attempt to remedy the issue.
Shirley Kelly's beloved tree has beautiful branches that provide shade on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, the tree was planted between the sidewalk and the road where it was destined to quickly outgrow the narrow space. Now over 20 years later, the roots have caused the concrete to lift and buckle so badly that this homeowner can't even use her driveway. As if that isn't bad enough, the roots have grown into her pipes, leading to costly plumbing issues.
Incredibly large, uprooted trees and broken branches littered a property in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania after a big winter Nor’easter swept through the area. A Giant White Oak and a huge Beech both smashed down on top of the shed. A Red Oak fell so close to the homeowners’ heating and cooling units that you couldn’t even slip a finger between them. All 3 trees uprooted, leaving a monstrous tangle of massive root balls and debris. Large sections of fencing were destroyed. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the property suffered extensive damage in the wake of this storm.
An Oak Tree with stress cracks needs to be pruned before high winds push the heavy branches to a catastrophic breaking point. A massive Hemlock tree with two leaders should be cabled before one side snaps from the weight of both trunks pulling away from one another. An Ash tree infected with Emerald Ash Borers has become incredibly dry and brittle and has to be removed before it falls and causes serious damage.
On the heels of the worst winter storm so far this year, many homeowners are left wondering: "What could I have done to prevent catastrophic storm damage?" While it’s impossible to predict the next storm, there are actions you can take to greatly reduce your risk of tree damage.
As the latest Winter storm blew through the Philadelphia area, many trees toppled, causing severe damage to local homes. One homeowner, in Northeast Philadelphia, experienced the wrath of the storm first hand when a very large Hemlock cracked at the base and crashed down on their roof. They reached out to the Giroud Arborist On-Call after office hours for help with the emergency!
A large tree growing from the center of a backyard deck has created a serious problem for a homeowner in Northeast Philadelphia. The tree has grown too big for the available space. Buckled deck boards strangle the tree and cut into its trunk. With its circulation weakened, the tree’s health has declined and large branches have been dropping over the last few seasons. A once aesthetically beautiful focal point has become a safety hazard and must be removed.
Last week, a dangerously brittle dead Ash Tree needed to be removed from a property in Abington, PA. We have had a particularly brutal winter this year, so the client wanted the job done as soon as possible in order to avoid storm damage. Giroud Arborist Rob Nagy organized his crew and scheduled a 40 ton crane for this tricky removal. However, on the morning of the job, snow began to fall and blanketed the area yet again.