Trees are the framework of your home’s first impression. In good times, a well placed tree can showcase the beauty of your home. Unfortunately when damaged or sick, a tree can be a liability and a danger to your home. Regardless, a good arborist is vital to the health of your trees.
Proudly serving Fayette County, 770-Tree-Guy is the best and only choice for a licensed arborist. 770-Tree-Guy is a tree service and tree removal company, equipped to handle any tree related need with the height of professionalism and service. Whether your trees are in need of routine pruning or overall health assessment, 770-Tree-Guy always utilizes the proper arboricultural practices.
With offices conveniently located in Fayetteville and Newnan, our team will attend to your needs efficiently and effectively.
The trees in your yard can greatly complement your home and improve the natural beauty of your property. Not all trees are good choices regardless of how beautiful they may seem. As certified arborists, we are well-versed in the benefits and drawbacks of different trees, so we compiled a list of trees to avoid. If these problematic trees are already in your yard, the team at 770-Tree-Guy will be glad to help you minimize the negative impact through proper care and preventative measures.
Bradford Pear Trees—In the spring, they look like they are beautifully blanketed in snow. Their aesthetic appeal is obvious with such delicate white flowers. Unfortunately, the drawbacks of the Bradford Pear Tree are considerable. First off, if you have ever been in close proximity at all to the tree, you will remember the horrible fishy smell which comes with those gorgeous white blossoms. Beyond the unpleasant odor, it is notorious for spreading thorny seedlings, which cross pollenate with other varieties of pear trees, creating thorny thickets. These thorny brambles can cause significant problems alongside roads, fence lines, and fields. Bradford Pear Trees also fair pretty poorly during storms due to their branch structure. Because homeowners are becoming aware of the problems with Bradford Pears, thankfully, fewer people are planting them currently.
Leyland Cypress Trees—Whether looking for a large green tree to improve landscaping or a fast -growing tree to provide privacy coverage, homeowners choose these green giants for a variety of reasons. The Leyland Cypress is also a popular choice because of its ability to grow quickly in a variety of soils. The benefits can be quickly overwhelmed by the possible problems. Many homeowners may not realize the growth potential of these evergreen trees: over 100 feet tall and about half as wide. What starts a simple privacy tree could easily outgrow the space you intend. Beyond the out of control growth, the Leyland Cypress is prone to Bagworm infestations and diseases, such as Seiridium and Botryosphaeria cankers and needle blight. Because of the close proximity these trees are planted to each other, they can spread these diseases rapidly, killing off trees aggressively. Although extra pruning and TLC may minimize the impact of some insect or disease issue, the considerable risk is still there. Choosing a different tree which can still provide the benefits without the significant drawbacks would be wise.
Mimosa Trees—Mimosa trees have the most beautiful flowers for about two weeks during the summer, but they look horrible for the rest of the year. Not only do they look unattractive most of the time, they are also prone to insects and disease. Their roots are invasive so they may also be causing problems for your other trees below the surface. Additionally, their seedlings easily spread within a ¼ mile of your tree. You and your neighbors will be better off without a mimosa tree.
Silver Maple—Think of the Silver Maple as the band-aid solution for homeowners who want quick shade. They grow about 3 feet a year and can reach up to 70 feet eventually. Often, the fastest solution is not the best solution. Silver Maples may bring quick shade, but they also bring an abundance of potential problems. They do not handle stormy weather well so you could end up with damage to your home or property. Their roots are invasive so they can cause problems for your other plants as well as they can cause your sidewalks to crack. Also, the roots can invade your water lines, causing significant issues for your home. The Silver Maple will drop a ton of seeds so you could end up with countless Silver Maples to plague your yard. Buy yourself an umbrella for shade and leave the Silver Maple out of your yard.
Eastern Cottonwood—With a fluffy white appearance, the Eastern Cottonwood is aptly named. Unfortunately, the list of problems with this tree add up unbelievably fast. They are high-maintenance and messy so you will constantly be cleaning up around this one. When storms come, the delicateness of this tree does not survive well. If those reasons are not substantial enough, the Eastern Cottonwood is prone to disease and insects. Equally important, the roots are incredibly invasive, wreaking havoc on your other tree roots, sidewalks, and water lines. For a tree that does not even look that great, the negatives greatly outweigh any benefit.
Hackberry—When you cannot seem to grow anything else, a Hackberry can make it. This hardy tree can handle drought, terrible soil conditions, wind, and heat. The adaptability of the Hackberry is truly the only thing going for it. The tree is incredibly messy so you will be working harder on your yard maintenance. Even worse, the berries of the tree are loved by birds so they will spread seedlings everywhere. Birds are not the only fan of this tree. Aphids love to snack on the Hackberry leaves, which causes a sticky substance to drop on the ground and encourage black mold growth around the base of your tree. No yard is improved by the presence of sticky and unsightly mold.
If you are wondering what trees could benefit your yard, one of our arborists would be glad to evaluate your yard and help you choose the ideal trees to plant. Call 770-Tree-Guy today to schedule your consultation!
Although trees bring beauty and life outdoors year-round, the Christmas season spotlights the beauty of a tree on the inside of your home. Whether your family gets a fresh Christmas tree from a farm or uses a fake tree, a Christmas tree is a beautiful focal point for decorating, but also carries the stories and memories of the homeowner.
The Roots of Christmas Trees:
The history of the Christmas tree has been traced back to 16th century Germany, when Christians placed trees in their homes and decorated them with candles. Some historians have credited the candles to Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer. It is said that he was inspired by the lights in the night sky. The tradition of the Christmas tree eventually was brought over by German settlers. By 1890, the tradition had spread throughout America and ornaments were being sent over from Germany. In the beginning, many Americans were decorating their trees with homemade ornaments, using fruit, nuts, and popcorn. Over the years, our candles have turned into strings of lights and our ornaments have become shatterproof, but the joy of decorating has held strong for years.
Finding Your Tree:
If your family is considering which tree would be best for your needs, our trained arborists at 770-Tree-Guy can offer some benefits and drawbacks worth mentioning. Although there are many varieties, the most popular tree varieties include:
Balsam Fir—This tree is a favorite for more than just its appearance. The Balsam fir is considered the most fragrant variety of Christmas tree. When you choose the Balsam, your home looks festive, but also smells festive all season long. One drawback to consider is how quickly it will dry out. If you do not check the water regularly, your tree may be dropping needles before the season is over.
Douglas Fir—A Douglas fir is known for its cone like shape and full body. If you are looking for a tree which will fill a large space, this tree has the body for it. Generally speaking, this tree cannot handle heavier ornaments, which could be a drawback for some homeowners.
Fraser Fir—The Fraser fir has a dark color on top and a silvery glisten on the underside. It is known for being a stiff and hardy tree, capable of holding heavy ornaments. Also, the Fraser has a long lifespan, sometimes lasting up to 6 weeks without dropping needles. They are the second most fragrant variety.
Artificial Tree—An artificial tree has multiple benefits in terms of cost and ease of care. Unfortunately, even the most convincing ones cannot truly mimic the beauty and smell of a real tree. Although as tree enthusiasts, we can certainly understand wanting to use a fake tree instead of chopping down a tree that is alive and thriving.
Whether you appreciate the beauty of trees through a real or artificial Christmas tree, you are still celebrating the splendor of nature, the magic of the holiday season, and the warmth of making and sharing memories. Merry Christmas from our 770-Tree-Guy family to yours! May your holidays be warm and bright!
Whether you decorate for Christmas the day after Halloween, the weekend after Thanksgiving, the 1st of December, or any time in between, the time to deck the halls is coming quickly. Many people enjoy making the outside of their home look just as festive as the inside. If you are considering going beyond a front door wreath to include lights on your trees, your friends at 770-Tree-Guy would love to share some tips for making the process safe and successful for you and your trees.
Choose Only Strong Mature Trees—Although Christmas lights may not seem heavy, the weight of Christmas lights on a young or delicate tree could cause branches to snap or cause the tree to be warped long-term. The health of your trees is not worth sacrificing for some extra holiday cheer. If you are unsure if a tree is strong enough to endure, one of our arborists can inspect your trees and offer a recommendation on which trees are suitable.
Calculate How Many Lights You Need for Your Tree—Measuring your tree and calculating ahead of time will save you the frustration of running out of lights in the process. First, measure the trunk and find the circumference of your tree. Also, record the height of your tree. Next, determine how far apart you would like your strands of light. Divide the height of your tree by the desired spacing. Multiply that number by the circumference to determine how many feet of lights you will need.
Buy Outdoor Lights Only—Not all Christmas lights are created for outdoor use. When you purchase your lights, make sure the box says it can be used outdoors. These lights should be waterproof to prevent electrical issues. Indoor lights could end up burning or damaging your trees.
Prepare Your Extension Cord—Before you start wrapping your tree, set up an extension cord at the base of your tree to connect the lights into. Make sure to set your cord in a way that it will not be tripped on by your family.
Get a Ladder, Gloves, and a Friend—You will likely need a ladder to reach the top of your tree. Using a ladder is much safer with a friend or family member being your spotter. Falling off a ladder would certainly put a damper on your holiday fun so better to be cautious. Gloves can prevent you from getting splinters in your hands while you are wrapping your tree. With proper planning, your decorating process will be safe and simple.
Secure Your Lights—Using electrical tape, you can secure your lights along the way so you will not have to worry about them falling or unraveling. Do not utilize staples or nails because this will damage your tree.
After the Holidays are Over, Unwrap Your Trees—The undecorating part after the holidays is never as fun as the decorating part. Although it may seem tempting to leave the lights on your trees, leaving your tree wrapped in lights can stunt growth or cause damage, especially in younger trees.
Enjoy getting your home in the spirit of the holidays, inside and outside. If you need any support during your tree decorating process, the 770-Tree-Guy team is standing by to answer your questions.