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.
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.
Your trees will flourish when they are receiving the right care. Although care can sometimes vary based upon type of tree, the basics of watering, mulching, and pruning can be applicable for most. For optimal results for your trees, schedule a checkup with one of our arborists at 770-Tree-Guy to ensure your trees are in good health. We can also provide more specific advice for care in between our visits.
Mulching—Mulch is beneficial for protecting your trees, especially newly planted trees. With the proper layer of mulch, your trees’ roots will be protected from the elements, weeds will be choked out preventing root competition, moisture will be retained to keep your roots hydrated, and your soil will not become too compacted. A little mulch goes a long way so do not overdo it. Generally speaking, a 2-3-inch-deep circle around your tree, but not touching the trunk, will be sufficient. For more information, visit our previous blog to learn more about mulching.
Watering—Hello hydration! Your trees need watering to stay hydrated, but the exact amount can vary based upon tree type and climate. Here are a couple of guidelines for watering trees effectively: 1. If you just planted a new tree, water right away and keep the stream of water going for about 30 seconds. 2. In the first two years of a tree’s life, the growth process expends a lot of energy so the tree can become dried out more easily. Make sure to get the water deep into the roots and then have a mulch covering to help the tree retain the moisture. 3. There is such a thing as too much water. Your roots need to be moist, not soggy. If you take your finger and did it about two inches down into the dirt and the dirt is still quite moist, you can wait a little longer to water again.
Pruning—Although removing dead branches or doing light pruning is usually fine year-round, there are a few considerations for pruning based upon the season. Winter—Pruning during dormancy can produce a burst of life in the spring. Ideally, you need to wait until the coldest part of winter has already passed. In Georgia, typically January and February bring our coldest temperatures so plan accordingly. Summer—After a tree’s seasonal growth is complete, this can be a good time to correct an uneven shape in your tree by strategic pruning. Think of summer pruning for corrective purposes mostly. Spring—When the flowers fade on a tree, this is a good time for pruning. Pruning at this point can encourage improved results in the next flowering season. Fall—Leave your pruning shears put away. At this time of the year, your trees will be slower to heal and could be exposed to fungi.
In addition to the practices mentioned above, your trees can greatly benefit from wintertime fertilization completed by our team of tree experts. We do soil drenches and deep root injections to introduce fertilizer and beneficial bacteria and fungus into your soil, which helps keep your soil and roots healthy. This process helps your roots soak up the nutrients and moisture needed to help your trees stay healthy year-round.
Trees will be their best when cared for by professionals who understand them on a deep level. With a team guided by certified arborists, we are prepared to guide you on ideal tree care. We can help you find the perfect care plan to help your trees flourish in every season. As the weather finally starts to cool off, contact 770-Tree-Guy to schedule your wintertime fertilization.
As an Arborist at 770-Tree Guy, I witness daily the lack of sufficient organic mulch in the critical root zone of trees. It is important to remember that tree roots, which are part of the vascular system, extend at least to the edge of the outermost edge of branches. The outmost edge is called the drip line. Roots on older and more mature trees should extend 50% farther than the drip line.
Customers frequently ask, “ what can I do to improve the health of my trees? “ The answer: Organic mulch in the root zone–the wider the better. Organic mulch, including leaves, pine straw, pine bark, shredded wood, and of course, premium double ground mulch here at our recycling facility in Fayetteville, is the single most beneficial addition for improved tree health. We are simply recreating what Mother Nature has been doing in forests and woodlands for millions of years. As our landscape trees get bigger, the mulch ring in the root zone also must get bigger in response. When trees are growing, we need to promote their growth and health by providing the proper nutrients.
Why use organic mulch instead of decorative rock or recycled rubber? Organic mulching helps moderate both cold and hot temperatures, conserve moisture, improve soil structure, increase available oxygen in the root zone, improve water infiltration, reduce weed competition and limit erosion. Most importantly, organic mulch increases the soil organic matter as it decomposes, improving soil biology and fertility.
The addition of organic mulch improves the rhizosphere layer of soils, which is the top layer where most roots are located. As the mulch decomposes, it adds many beneficial nutrients not contained in most box store fertilizers. Again, this recreates what nature has provided trees for millions of years: a natural organic base that trees thrive in.
The layer of organic mulch must get wider as the tree gets bigger. This may mean eliminating turf grass in this critical root zone, but less grass to mow each week for many of us is a good thing. The mulch ring should be complementary in size to the tree.
We can even use leaves that drop in the Fall as a good base. For a neat, uniform, manicured look, we can top dress the mulch area with Tree Guys’ premium natural and colored mulches available at our recycling center for pick up or delivery.
So, the best thing we can do for the health of our trees?