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  • How to Prepare Your Trees for Spring

    Your trees looking their best in the spring does not happen overnight or by accident. While the weather is still cool, you can start getting prepared. The best time to prepare your trees for the upcoming growing season is right before spring starts, but after the worst of winter has passed. Our arborists at 770-Tree-Guy have compiled a list of tips to help your trees thrive this spring.

    Thriving Trees Checklist:

    •       Start with Tree Inspection—Before you begin caring for your yard, evaluate the health of your trees. Look for signs of winter damage or disease. When your trees are still bare from winter, it is much easier to spot these problems. If your tree does have damage or disease, you may be able to prune the issue away. We are standing by to help if you need a tree doctor’s wisdom.
    •       Lose the Limbs, Leaves, and Debris—Pruning while it is still cold out is ideal. Your trees are at greater risk of pests and diseases if you wait until trees are already in bloom. Any parts of your tree that are dead, diseased, damaged, or dangerous should be addressed now. If you are not comfortable with DIY pruning, you can leave it to our experts instead.
    •       Fertilize and “Feed”—Growing is hard work and trees need the right sustenance to be able to grow properly. Make sure your soil is fertilized and chock full of the nutrients that your trees will need to flourish. The winter season can deplete them of nutrients, so make sure to compensate for it. A healthy tree fueled with the right nutrients will be able to grow and fight off pests and diseases more effectively. In addition to fertilizer, check to make sure that your trees will be able to get the water they need as well.
    •       Prevent Pests with Pest (bug and critter) Control—Pests like warm weather so the spring is one of their favorite seasons. If you see evidence of pests around your trees already, now is the time to fight back. Reach out to our team for help!
    •       Give Your Trees Some Mulch—Mulch is a magical thing for your trees when used properly. You can lock in the nutrients and moisture that your plants need, while protecting the roots from the heat of the sun. As mulch breaks down, the mulch infuses the soil with nutrients to continually supply your trees. Choose a quality organic mulch and do not build it up more than 3 inches around the base of your tree. Too much mulch will negate the benefits and can actually hurt your tree. If you need mulch, consider our organic mulch. The mulch we make is fully organic and recycled. We also offer a variety of colors to fit your landscaping vision.

    If you are ready for a thriving spring season for your trees, give us a call for a complete tree health assessment! 770-Tree-Guy can help your trees reach their true potential.

  • Why Winter Pruning is Best

    Working in your yard in a winter wonderland may seem strange. In fact, many homeowners stop doing yard work after the weather drops below 50. Before you store away your yard tools, consider doing some winter pruning. Surprisingly, the winter season is the best time for pruning most trees. If you are unsure about winter pruning, consider these strong reasons for winter pruning from our tree experts at 770-Tree-Guy:

    1.   You Can See The Branches Better.

    Your trees will have fewer leaves to get in the way of your pruning. You will be able to see the shape and structure of the tree more effectively than when your tree has a cover of leaves during the other seasons. Additionally, you can spot disease and damage more easily since they cannot hide behind a canopy of leaves. Grab your parka and head out to prune your trees. Bundling up is worth it for a far simpler pruning job.

    1.   Your Trees are Dormant in Winter.

    During the warmer months, your trees are putting in the extra effort to grow and produce. Your trees are doing a plant version of hibernation right now, so winter is ideal for pruning. While your trees are resting, they can easily recover from pruning. Pruning in winter keeps your trees from having to multitask and try to grow and heal at the same time.  

    1.   This is the Off Season for Plant Diseases.

    Winter is the worst season for sickness for people, but trees are doing great. They are resting up and most of their disease and pest problems are months away. The pests, fungi, and bacteria which trouble trees much prefer a warm climate. One of the greatest concerns when pruning is that pests will enter through the trees’ pruning wounds. Therefore, winter is optimal because the pests are much less likely to be a problem.

    1.     Your Trees Will Be in a Better Place for The Spring.

    Pruning stimulates growth in trees throughout the spring months. By removing dead, diseased, and deformed branches, you are helping the tree refocus its energy on the healthy branches. You will be amazed how your tree will flourish when it is not overworked supplying the healthy and unhealthy branches at once.

    Although most trees benefit from winter pruning, there are exceptions to be aware of. If your tree flowers in spring, you should prune them after their blooms fade. Those flowering trees will already have buds in place by winter, so pruning would actually hinder them. If you are unsure about whether your tree should be pruned, reach out to our arborists at 770-Tree-Guy. We can help!

    If you need help with your winter pruning, call 770-Tree-Guy! Our team can help get your trees ready to thrive and flourish in the spring.

  • What is Mistletoe and How Does it Impact My Trees?

    If all you know about mistletoe is that people kiss under it, you are not alone. Mistletoe can be found in many homes around the holidays to embrace romance. There is more you should know about mistletoe besides that it is a hanging decoration encouraging smooching. Many homeowners may have mistletoe on their trees in the backyard. Our team at 770-Tree-Guy wants to help you get to know mistletoe and protect your trees.

    What You Should Know About Mistletoe:

    What is Mistletoe?

    Mistletoe is the much easier to say common name for hemiparasitic plants from the Santalales family. Hemiparasitic means that it is somewhat parasitic, but it is also capable of photosynthesis. Because it is parasitic in nature, mistletoe can be problematic for a host plant if it becomes overrun.  

    Why is Mistletoe used in Holiday Traditions?

    If you trace back far enough, you can find that mistletoe has been connected to love and fertility in Greek and Norse folklore. Somewhere around the 18th century, mistletoe became a widespread part of holiday tradition. The kissing tradition is believed to have started among English servants and later spread to middle class society as well. The idea was that a man could steal a kiss from any woman while she was standing underneath the mistletoe. If she refused, it was believed to be bad luck for her. Although most people probably do not believe the bad luck part anymore, mistletoe is still a part of some families’ holiday traditions each year.

    What Are The Benefits of Mistletoe?

    Mistletoe has been used for hundreds of years medicinally for conditions, such as cancer, asthma, hypertension, epilepsy, infertility, and arthritis. Before you start snacking on mistletoe from your backyard, realize that mistletoe injections from a medical professional are not the same thing as eating berries in the backyard. We do NOT advise anyone to ingest mistletoe under any circumstances.

    What Are The Downsides of Mistletoe?

    Mistletoe can be poisonous when ingested. You need to especially watch your pets and children because they will be unlikely to handle the poisonous berries as well. An additional drawback is the impact of mistletoe on your trees. Your tree may be able to host some mistletoe, but mistletoe has the potential to stunt your tree’s growth and even kill your tree. If your tree appears to be overrun with mistletoe, consider pruning the mistletoe back. We can help you with professional pruning if needed to get your mistletoe under control.

    We wish you and yours a magical and romantic holiday season! If your trees are not feeling the love with too much mistletoe around, give 770-Tree-Guy a call today for a professional solution.