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  • How to Care for Your Trees in The Summer

    Georgia summers are brutally hot, and your trees cannot go in for some air conditioning like you. Your trees need specialized maintenance to help them survive and thrive during the scorching heat. Our 770-Tree-Guy arborists, also known as tree doctors, can guide you in prioritizing your trees’ health.

    Helping Your Trees Beat The Heat

    •   Protect Your Tree’s Roots—Think of mulch as the sunglasses for your soil. Mulch offers a layer of protection for your dirt and roots. With mulch, your soil gets infused with extra beneficial nutrients. Also, your soil will not risk being too dry or scorched. Add a 3 inch layer of mulch around your tree in a 3-6 feet diameter with a donut shaped hole around the trunk. Piling mulch around the trunk can encourage pests, mold, and diseases.
    •   Keep Your Watering Slow and Steady—Your trees will definitely want a refreshing drink in this heat. Trees need roughly 1 inch of water weekly during the growing season. We recommend deeply watering your trees because the roots and soil need water deeper than just a few inches. If possible, water for 30-60 minutes in the morning because of evaporation. Using a sprinkler or only watering shallowly will result in your trees developing shallow roots. Shallow roots will lead to a weakened tree. Keep the roots deep and healthy by watering deeply.
    •   Feed Your Soil—Fertilizing your soil will help ensure that your trees grow and produce foliage properly. Additionally, fertilization will strengthen your trees to be resistant to pests and diseases. Beyond fertilizer, consider feeding your soil through soil amendments. If you test your soil and find elements that are deficient, you should do soil amendments to eliminate the deficiency. If your soil lacks the proper balance or is too acidic, your tree health will suffer. A soil test can easily be performed DIY style. You can purchase a kit at a home improvement store, hardware store, or online.
    •   Push Out The Pests—Warmer weather can bring unwanted visitors. These are the most common pests that may attack your trees: spider mites, bagworms, Japanese beetles, aphids, and magnolia scale. Examine your trees carefully to see if any pests are present. If you see the pests or evidence of their presence, reach out to our team. We are tree health care professionals, and we would be glad to offer recommendations for pest control.
    •   Schedule a Checkup—Your trees could be due for a checkup. The best way to prioritize your trees’ health is through preventative care. We can assess your trees’ general health and make recommendations for improving their wellness. Also, if your trees have any signs of disease, damage, pests, etc., we can offer solutions to remedy the issue before it becomes more serious.


    Help your trees beat the summer heat and call for an arborist consultation! We will prepare a personalized tree health care plan for your trees. 

  • How Soil Compaction Affects Your Trees


    Your trees are dependent on nutrients, water, sunlight, and air to live. Their food and water are absorbed through their roots. If your soil is not supplying the roots properly, your trees will be struggling. The primary hindrance to your roots getting what they need is soil compaction. Operated by a certified arborist, 770-Tree-Guy wants to help your trees stay healthy and beautiful. We offer plant health care services to ensure your trees can thrive in the soil they are in.

    Why Soil Compaction Matters

    When your soil is compacted, it is hard and difficult for water, air, and nutrients to penetrate. Also, the roots of your tree will struggle to get to their needed resources. Essentially, soil compaction eliminates the air pockets which usually allow proper absorption and movement in your soil. Your soil will not be able to absorb water properly and could cause water run-off, which could require irrigation solutions. Nutrients in your soil will be stuck and unable to reach the tree’s roots easily. Not only will your roots be starving, but they also need to have some breathing room to grow and prosper beneath ground. Your tree will eventually show the impact from what is happening in the soil, but it might be much harder to remedy the soil problem by then. The most common tree issue from soil compaction is poor plant growth. As with most tree issues, being proactive with your tree maintenance is well worth your efforts. Fixing problems is much more challenging than just nourishing your tree properly from the start.

    Common Signs and Causes of Soil Compaction

    •   Soil is Too Hard—If you have previously cultivated the soil too much, you could have caused the first 10-12 inches of your soil to become hard. Your soil is probably compacted if you have a hard time penetrating it with a shovel.
    •   Standing Water on Top—If water has pooled on top of your soil, your soil could be compacted, which is keeping it from absorbing properly into the soil.
    •   Water Running Off Excessively—If there is poor movement in your soil or low permeability, your soil may be too saturated as well as compacted.
    •   Growing Problems in Your Plants and Trees—Compacted soil cannot properly supply plants and trees, so if nothing grows or grows well at least, you likely have a soil compaction problem.
    •   Density Problems—When the bulk density is high, the reduced pore space will limit the water and air which circulates in your soil.
    •   Crust on Top—If the top of your soil has a hard crust, your soil has likely become compacted due to foot traffic. This issue is common on walking paths and playgrounds.

    Solutions for Soil Compaction

    •   Add Air—The aeration process makes small holes in your soil to allow water and air to enter your soil properly. Your whole yard may need aeration, or you could just take a small hand tool to aerate around your plants. You should be careful to avoid damaging your roots and plants.
    •   Feed Your Soil—Mulch delivers a surge of nutrients right where your trees need it. You can even mix 8-10 inches of compost into your compacted soil and add the mulch on top for an extra boost. A little goes a long way with mulch so only add about a 3 inch layer in a 3-6 foot diameter around the tree. Leave a donut shaped hole around the trunk of the tree. Mulch around the trunk can encourage pests, mold, and diseases. If you need some quality mulch, we make our own organic mulch in multiple colors to suit your landscaping.
    •   Welcome Worms—Placing mulch alone can encourage worms to move into your soil, but you can add some earthworms of your own. Worms can do wonders for your soil and break up the compaction issues.

    If you need help with your soil compaction issues, inquire about Plant Health Care Services at 770-Tree-Guy! We can help restore the health of your trees.

  • Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Service for Tree Removal

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    Whether you currently have a tree down or just have a concerning tree right next to your home, you need a professional tree company you can trust. Trees can be incredibly dangerous if they fall onto your home or property. You should always leave tree removal to a professional. A professional service will have the equipment and experience to handle the job without endangering your home or family. Our tree professionals at 770-Tree-Guy prepared a list of questions you should ask your chosen tree company. You need to protect yourself by hiring a professional service and these questions will help you ensure that you do.

    •   What Certifications Do You Have?—A properly credentialed tree service should have an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist or a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP) on staff. Otherwise, they should be a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Accredited Business. Having these certifications means that the tree service is continually learning the best arboricultural practices and being held to higher standards of knowledge, professionalism, and performance.
    •   What Kind of Insurance Coverage Do You Have?—Ideally, there will be no accidents while handling your tree removal. For the sake of your peace of mind, you need to hire a tree service with complete insurance coverage. If one of the tree workers gets injured or damage occurs on your property during the removal, you do not want to be liable. A professional company will be happy to provide you with their proof of insurance along with a work contract before starting the job. As with all types of insurance, you hope to never need it, but you should not be without it.
    •   Are You Knowledgeable about Local Permits and Regulations?—Depending on your city and neighborhood, you may need a permit or approval from your homeowner’s association to have a tree removed. Your tree service should be aware of the local rules and have experience filing for permits on behalf of customers. You could be fined for not having a permit for your tree removal. At the very least, you could cause disharmony in your neighborhood by not seeking approval from your homeowner’s association.
    •   What Kind of Equipment and Experience Do You Have?—A properly prepared tree service will have a wide variety of tools at their personal disposal. The company should not be depending on contracted out equipment because they will not be certain of its availability and condition. In addition to the equipment, they should also have proper safety gear such as helmets, eye protection, earplugs, etc. When a company is prioritizing employee safety, then you can expect the same level of dedication to your safety. The company should have a wealth of experience with tree removals in all sorts of situations. Depending on the position of the tree and the space on your lawn, there may not be space for heavy machinery. A quality company will assess the situation to make sure that they use the correct equipment for your yard to ensure nothing is damaged in the tree removal process. If you have sprinkler heads, letting the tree service know is a wise plan.
    •   Do You Have Customer Testimonials or Reviews Available?—Previous customers will give you the best idea of what to expect. You should not have to hunt for testimonials and reviews. A professional service will likely have testimonials and reviews on their website as well as many positive reviews through Google or a third party review platform. If you are unsure about their reputation, ask the company to provide you with references. A company doing the job right will be more than happy to oblige.

     770-Tree-Guy has been selected as the “Best Pick” for four years running by because we are the full package in a tree service. We are certified through the ISA and Georgia Arborist Association (GAA). We have the proper insurance coverage to protect you from liability. Our team is outfitted with extensive state of the art equipment. If you look at our reputation through testimonials and reviews, you will have no question of our experience and fervor for trees. Experience the 770-TREE-GUY difference. Call to schedule your service today!