Pittsburgh Tree Service

We offer the following services


We offer consulting for our tree services in Pittsburgh for residential, commercial, and municipal arboriculture situations. As a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), and having an ISA ® Board Certified Master Arborist on staff, we provide a number of services:

  • Contract Preperation and Supervison
  • Diagnosis of Tree and Landscape Problems
  • Expert Witness and Ligtiation
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Insect and Disease Identification and Management
  • Plant Health Care Programs
  • Municipal Ordinance Development and Review
  • Tree and Landscape Appraisals
  • Tree Management of Arbortea, Commerical and Muncipal Properties, Golf Courses, and Univeristies
  • Tree Planting Programs
  • Tree and Plant Inventories
  • Tree Protection and Preservation for Construction Projects
  • Tree Risk Assessments and Surveys

Deer Management

Deer can be a common issue in certain landscapes making it challenging to grow arborvitae, yews, hostas, tulips, and many others. In addition to plant damage, deer can also carry ticks that create problems for pets and even homeowners. We offer different solutions to these problems given the time of year and control level desired.


Disease and Insect Management

Seeing the actual sign of an insect or disease [i.e. noticing a caterpillar(s) or mushroom(s)], can be an alarming event especially on your favorite tree. But, the professionals at Horhut Tree Experts can address the issue, and take it one step further. We implement a hollistic approach to managing our clients’ landscapes, and the root cause of the insect or disease problem may be a stressed plant from other impending issues.

An Arborist Representative will assess the tree or shrub in question and the surrounding site to gain a thorough understanding of the problem. And, in turn will make a recommendation for the therapeutic action required. Plus, provide additonal recommendations for the future best management of the tree or shrub’s health.


Why Fertilize?
Trees growing in the forest can replenish vital nutrients by a process known as nutrient recycling. Nutrient recycling is when a forest tree attains much needed nutrients from broken down leaf and branch matter that lay on the forest floor. But, in most landscapes the fallen leaf and branch matter is removed to keep a formal groomed appearance. This eliminates the key nutrient source for the tree, requiring the tree to need a supplemental source. Deep root fertilization is employed to supply the tree with the needed amount of nutrients to sustain a healthy vigor.

The Process
An Arborist Representative will evaluate the site and take a few soil samples to have analyzed for specific nutrient and pH requirements for the tree or shrub. Once the soil test data is established, a fertilization recommendation will be provided based upon the deficiencies identified.


Tree Lightning Protection Systems

Trees are many times the largest structure on site in most landscapes, and can be a possible lightning receptors. Prevent lightning damage from occuring on your large and valuable shade trees with the installation of a lightning protection system.

An Arborist Representative will advise you on the proper trees to have a lightning protection system installed, and the specific ways to route the conductor material as to not detract from the natural beauty of the tree.


Plant Health Care Program Contracts

Nature never rests and neither do we at Horhut Tree Experts. It is important to have an ISA ® Certified Arborist review your property at least once a year. During these site visits, our trained professionals can note any problems or issues that may be present. And, recommend possible treatment options to keep your landscape looking healthy and sustainable.

Our Plant Health Care Program a commitment to protect your valuable trees and shrubs from insects, diseases, and other environmental factors that may threaten your plants’ health. An Arborist Representative will visit your property and create an annual plan to address specific issues noted during the representative’s survey of the site.

Examples of services provided for a Plant Health Care Program:

Root Collar Excavation
Many times trees are planted too deeply, and as a result have a difficulty establishing or flourlishing in the landscape. This issue can cause the tree to exhibit early fall coloration, early leaf drop, flat spots or bark missing from the bottom portion of the tree’s trunk, and problems with insects or diseases.

When symptoms such as this occur, a root collar excavation is advisable. At Horhut Tree Experts we use AirSpade® technology, along with compressed air to establish the proper planting depth of the tree and address any other issues that may be present.


Critical Root Zone Enhancement
The tree trunk and canopy are only ½ of the whole tree. Sometimes we forget about the roots of a tree, because we are enamored with the above ground portion of trees. But, the Critical Root Zone of a tree is just as important as the tree’s trunk, scaffold branches, leaves, etc.

Critical Root Zone Enhancement is a process that improves the soil under and near the canopy of the tree. This procedure will reduce soil compaction, which is detrimental to a tree’s rooting health. And, aerate the soil using AirSpade® technology with compressed air having no damage to the tree’s root system. During AirSpading®, organic material and required nutrients will be reincorporated into the soil to enhance the development of the tree’s root system and aid in beneficial bacteria growth.


Storm Damage
During extreme storms, even healthy and structurally sound trees can fail and cause the need for eminent action.

Being a current Horhut Tree Expert client in good standing, you can expect a quick response.

  • Once the weather conditions permit, we will visit the site to assess the situation
  • Then develop a strategy to address the conditions present on site; utility lines down, multiple property owners affected, need for a crane service, etc.


Tree Support Systems
Cable and Bracing
Trees over time can develop a weak branch union or other structural defects that require supplemental support from either a cable or brace. A cable or brace can add the much-needed support a tree warrants to sustain a long life in your landscape. For tree services in Pittsburgh, like tree support systems, contact Horhut Tree Experts.


Tree Planting

Trees that are planted correctly from the start have a much greater chance of long-term survival. If a tree is planted in the wrong position in the landscape, it could create problems in the future with nearby structures, have higher maintenance needs, disease and insect infestations, etc . This is why it is important to have an ISA® Certified Arborist plant your tree, because who would know better?

Experience the Horhut Difference

In some cases, property owners and managers consider the term “arborist” to be equal across many service providers. But, as the chart below outlines, there are substantial differences among service providers in areas of tree and shrub consultation, recommendation, protection, maintenance, and preservation.

Evaluation Measure

ISA ® Board Certified Master Arborist on staff
ISA ® Certified Arborist
General Liability Insurance
Workers Compensation Insurance
PA Pesticide Applicators
Employee Training
Arboricultural Standard Adherence

Horhut Tree Experts

ISA ® Board Certified Master Arborist – Steven J. Horhut
ISA ® Certified Arborist – Steven J. Horhut
$2,000,000 aggregate coverage
All employees covered under Ref #0005 tree pruning or #0012 landscape contractor as appropriate
Registered PA Dept. of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicators for tree and shrub care
All employees receive an average of 40 hours of training yearly
Implement and follow all American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standards for Tree and Shrub Care and Maintenance
Implement and follow all ANSI Z133.1 Safety Requirements, carryout daily job briefings, weekly safety meetings, and adhere to company safety policy

Average Tree Service or Landscaper

Possible but not likely
Possible but not likely
PA Contractor’s State Min. Requirement $300,000 or none
Employees covered under landscape contractor only or no coverage at all
Possible but not likely licensed for tree and shrub care
Minimal or none at all
May not have knowledge of ANSI Standards existence or do not follow standards
May not have knowledge of ANSI Standards existence, Inconsistent implementation, or none at all