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Spring Lawn Maintenance

Lawn Clean up

As the days are growing longer and the signs of spring have arrived, lawn maintenance is top of mind for many homeowners.  Hopefully, your lawn was properly cared for in the fall, so that there is little more to do than wait for the warmth to bring the green back.

So what little more is there to do?  Once the hints of green start to show, there are a few maintenance tips you should follow to prep your lawn for a beautiful landscape this summer. read more →

Watch Out—Spotted Lanternfly in Western PA

Close-up of spotted lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly, also referred to as SLF, has recently been spotted in western Pennsylvania adding Allegheny and Beaver counties to the list of quarantined counties.  Originally discovered in Berks County (eastern PA) in 2014, this invasive species of planthoppers can cause serious damage to trees and has the potential to greatly impact the Pennsylvania agriculture industry.  Native to China, Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam, the Spotted Lanternfly has now been found in 26 counties in Pennsylvania—more than doubling the quarantined zones in 2020. Horhut Tree Experts is here to help you learn more about the SLF and what to do if you see one!


How would you know if you saw one? The Spotted Lanternfly is recognized by its unique colors and spots.  Their forewings are grey with black spots and the wing tips are reticulated black blocks outlined with grey.  On their hind wings, they have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band.  Its black legs and head surround a yellow abdomen with broad black bands.  At rest, the adult species are 1” long and ½” wide.  If you see a Spotted Lanternfly, it is imperative that you report the sighting by calling 1-888-4BADFLY.

Damages Caused by SLF

The Spotted Lanternfly causes serious damages to trees, especially apples, hops, and hardwoods.  Damages include oozing sap, wilting, leaf curling and tree dieback.  The species also excretes a sugary substance called honeydew that encourages the growth of black sooty mold.  Not only do infested areas suffer from quality of life, but they suffer economically when SLF impacts the agriculture industries.

Controlling and Containing the Spread of SLF

Pennsylvania State University, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and PA Department of Agriculture (PDA), has been working together to control and contain the spread of SLF.  They have been actively treating locations on the outlying areas of infestations and moving inward to the quarantined areas.  PDA is actively searching all counties in the Commonwealth for any possible sightings.

How Can You Help

First and foremost, businesses and homeowners should report any sightings of the Spotted Lanternfly to 1-888-4BADFLY.  Secondly, do anything you can to rid yourself of the pest—kill, squash, smash.  Thirdly, contact a local tree company in Pittsburgh, such as Horhut Tree Experts, to help prevent an infestation on your property.  Infected trees can either be controlled with pesticide applications or physically removed by a professional tree company in Pittsburgh.

Tree Company Servicing Pittsburgh and Surrounding Areas

Spotted Lanternfly is an extremely invasive species of planthoppers that need to be taken care of immediately. To protect your trees from SLF, contact Horhut Tree Experts in Pittsburgh at 412-855-2703.  Our dedicated team will inspect your property for any threat of SLF and take appropriate courses of action to prevent any spreading.

When Should I Prune my Tree?

Tree Pruning with Shears

As winter shows signs of ending, you should be thinking about your landscape and preparing it for spring.  Now is the perfect time to begin pruning your trees.  Contrary to what many people believe, fall is not the time to attack this job.  Even though it may be tempting when the trees are looking a little helpless after the leaves have fallen, this is actually a time when they are preparing for dormancy.  Pruning in the fall can actually damage or possibly kill your trees. read more →

How Can I Reuse my Christmas Tree?

Reusing a Christmas Tree

The holidays have come to an end, the decorations are put away and the only sign of Christmas that remains is a bare Christmas tree.  While a live tree is a beautiful addition to any home during the holidays, it seems like such a waste to toss it to the curb when January rolls around.  Therefore, why not reuse your Christmas tree?  Horhut Tree Experts, located in Pittsburgh, PA, suggests the following ways to make your tree the gift that keeps on giving. read more →

Tree Removal Guide

Tree being removed after falling

Removing large trees from your property can be a difficult decision.  Trees add to your landscape by providing shade and beauty, plus they may hold sentimental value if you or someone you loved planted them.  Cost may play a factor in the decision-making, too, depending on the number of trees you need to be removed.  Unfortunately, there are issues that may arise on your Pittsburgh property which can only be resolved with tree removal.  If you are in need of a tree service company in Pittsburgh, be sure to contact Horhut Tree Experts.

At Horhut Tree Experts, our team of professionals and certified master arborists have years of experience in tree removal and inspecting trees that may be candidates for tree removal.  Sometimes it can be hard to make that next step, but we have provided some basics about tree removal below.

Cost of Tree Removal

There are many variables that can affect the cost of tree removal—some you may have not realized.  They include:

  • Height of the tree
  • Width of the tree
  • Number of large, hard to reach branches
  • Tree location
  • The proximity of utility lines

Every tree removal is unique, so it is best to call a tree company to get an estimate for your Pittsburgh property.

Reasons for Tree Removal

  • Tree is dead or shows signs of dying, which can be an eyesore and a safety hazard
  • Tree shows signs of insect infestation, which will ultimately kill the tree and could possibly spread to other trees on your property
  • Tree has been damaged by severe weather conditions, such as lightning or flooding, and cannot be repaired
  • Tree is leaning toward your house, driveway or area where your children or pets play
  • Root systems that have grown too close to your house and utility lines can cause problems with plumbing, underground wiring, and foundations
  • Building a new home in a wooded area, changing your current landscape or adding a pool or deck may require you to remove trees

 If you have encountered any of these reasons for tree removal on your Pittsburgh property, it is best to consult a tree company, like Horhut Tree Experts, for further inspection and removal.

Hire a Professional Tree Service Company

Removing trees is dangerous work, so don’t take chances of cutting them down on your own or hiring amateurs.  The unpredictability of falling trees and dead branches could have devastating consequences.  Not only could someone suffer serious injuries, but as a homeowner, your insurance policy would have to cover injuries, or possibly death, of those that are uninsured.  It’s best to leave it to the experts when it comes to tree removal.  A professional tree company, like Horhut Tree Experts in Pittsburgh, has the training, experience, and equipment for safe tree removal.  If you are in need of tree removal services on your Pittsburgh property, call Horhut Tree Experts at 412-855-2703.

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Is My Tree About to Fall?

Diseased Tree

If you have large trees on your property, you should regularly inspect them to make sure they are structurally stable. One strong storm could bring down a weakened tree causing damage to your house, personal belongings, or worse, injury to you or someone else. If you are more comfortable leaving it to the professionals, consider hiring a professional tree service in Pittsburgh, like Horhut Tree Experts, to regularly inspect the trees on your property. In the meantime, to avoid any immediate danger, there are signs you can look for to indicate your tree is about to fall. read more →

Common Signs of a Dying Tree

Dying Tree Care Pittsburgh

If you have trees on your Pittsburgh property, they more than likely are a prominent feature of your landscape.  Trees, a beautiful addition to any yard, can stand out even more if they are sickly or dying.  From insect infestations to lightning strikes to tree diseases, there can be a variety of reasons that the health of a tree is compromised.   As a property owner, it is essential that you recognize the common signs of a dying tree and take the necessary steps to preserve the tree’s life.   Let’s get started with what you should look for: read more →

Top Reasons for Tree Removal

Tree Removal Pittsburgh

Trees are a beautiful addition to any landscape.  Some have been with us longer than others—creating lasting memories in many outdoor family photos.  Those are the ones that we may find difficult to remove.  Unfortunately, some issues may arise on your Pittsburgh property which can only be resolved with tree removal.  Let’s review some reasons why tree removal services may be in your immediate future. read more →

Steps to Take if Your Tree is Struck By Lightning

Tree Lightning Protection Pittsburgh

Lightning is inevitable—about 100 lightning bolts strike the Earth’s surface every second.  It is a fascinating weather phenomenon that is studied by many.  Even if you don’t know much about the science of lightning, you probably have been told from an early age to never stand under a tree when it is lightning.  But why?  Trees are a prime target because they protrude from the Earth’s surface.  Additionally, moisture (sap and water) is a good conductor of electricity.  This combination causes thousands of trees to get struck every year. read more →