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  • The Best Trees for Small Yards

    When you have a smaller yard, you must think carefully about your landscaping choices. Some tree varieties can start small but take over your entire yard within a couple of years. With a small yard, you want to select trees which will complement your yard without making it look crowded. Our arborists at 770treeguy can help you find the perfect trees for your space.

    Before You Purchase a Tree:

    •       Measure Your Space Carefully—Make sure you know exactly how much space can work with. You want to make sure the tree will fit in the space once it grows without being dangerously close to your house.
    •       Check Your Measurements Against Tree’s Potential Growth—Once you have your available space, check the tree’s full growth potential, and see if it fits your parameters. If it is too large, consider a different tree variety. Ornamental trees tend to be smaller and slower growing so they will be less likely to crowd your yard.
    •       Determine Your Purpose—Are you hoping for more shade? Are you looking for a pop of color? Are you prepared for the potential maintenance? Are you hoping for more privacy? These questions are important to consider before choosing a tree. Some trees will keep you raking up dropped leaves or flowers constantly. If you are uninterested in yard work on the weekends, you may want to choose a low-maintenance tree. Some tree varieties have the shape and canopy to provide shade and/or privacy and some do not. If you are unsure whether a tree variety will suit your needs, reach out to 770treeguy for guidance. We can help you find the best fit for your yard and needs.

    Popular Trees to Consider:

    •       Venus Dogwood—white flowers, grows to 20 ft high and wide, hardy
    •       Red Buckeye—grows to 15 feet in height and width, red flowers, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
    •       Serviceberry—white flowers, edible fruit similar to blueberries, good privacy coverage, max height of 25 feet
    •       Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle—vibrant black and pink color scheme, grows 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide
    •       Zuni Crepe Myrtle—pink flowers, 12 ft tall and wide, can be planted closely for thicker canopy
    •       Ribbon Leaf Japanese Maple—colorful year-round, attractive shape, 12 ft max height and width
    •       Royal Star Magnolia—grows up to 15 feet high and wide, white flowers, fragrant smell, temperature tolerant
    •       Camellia Japonica—evergreen, red, white, and pink flowers, grows up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide, low maintenance
    •       Prairifire Crabapple—purple and pink flowers, year-round beauty, grows up to 20 ft height and width
  • Best Trees to Plant for Privacy

    Whether you live in a closely populated neighborhood, along a highway in the country, or somewhere in between, privacy remains vitally important. You should feel like your yard and home are truly your own. Some homeowners choose to use fences to create this privacy. You can also use trees to create a privacy barrier which blends more naturally with your landscaping. At 770-Tree-Guy, our team of arborists has compiled a list of essential qualities of privacy trees and the most popular varieties to help you reclaim your privacy.

    Essential Qualities of Privacy Trees:

    • Easy to Grow
    • Evergreen
    • Easy Access to Purchase
    • Attractive Appearance
    • Require Little Spacing
    • Low Maintenance
    • Grow Taller Than Eye Level
    • Fast Growing

    Most Popular Privacy Trees:

    • Leyland Cypress—This behemoth of a tree grows quickly, adding several feet to its height each year. This privacy tree definitely fits the bill in terms of fast growth and height. The Leyland cypress is also praised for being hardy in warm and cold climates and not prone to pests. The growth potential is the one drawback of the Leyland cypress that many homeowners are unaware of when they plant the tree. This giant can reach 60 feet in height and 10 feet in width. If you have planted these trees too tightly, you may have issues as they expand. Also, 60 feet may be more height than you really desire for your landscape.
    • Lawson Cypress—This variety of cypress is also known for being hardy in warm and cold climates. The Lawson cypress is fast growing as well but does not grow as tall as the Leyland Cypress. The growth potential of the Lawson cypress is around 40 feet in height and 20 feet in width.
    • Arborvitae—The Arborvitae is one of the most popular choices because it is low maintenance, extremely hardy in warm and cold weather, requires little spacing, and grows quickly. The growth potential for the arborvitae is about 10-20 feet in height and 10 feet in width. They can be planted about 5-6 feet apart, however. This is an ideal choice for any size yard to create the desired privacy.
    • Red Cedar—This hardy tree variety can tolerate warm and cold weather. Thankfully, deer are not a fan of them, and they are not greatly impacted by drought or city pollution. The red cedar maxes out around 30 feet and can be placed 8 feet apart.
    • Dragon Lady Holly—The dragon lady holly tree is not very welcoming to deer, animals, or people necessarily with its prickly leaves so it does a great job discouraging trespassing. It is an ideal choice for a smaller yard and only reaches about 10 feet in height and 4 feet in width. The dragon lady holly has beautiful evergreen leaves and survives well in cold and warm weather.

    If you are unsure about the most suitable privacy trees for your yard, call 770-Tree-Guy for a consultation with one of our certified arborists. We can help you find the perfect tree which will enhance your landscaping and maximize your privacy.


  • 5 Ways to Prepare your Trees for the Summer Heat

    Being pro-active about your tree care will help your trees survive and thrive in the coming summer heat. The spring season is the perfect time to establish a yard maintenance routine to follow throughout the coming months. At 770-Tree-Guy, our team of certified arborists has compiled a list of the best measures you can take to keep your trees healthy and cool:

    1. Say Hello to Proper Hydration—If there has not been rain, your trees will probably need to be watered at least once or twice a week. Your tree could need additional watering if you recently planted it to ensure rapid root growth. Your trees require more water than you probably realize. Dumping a watering can’s worth of water at the base of the tree is not nearly enough. Trees need water to penetrate to the roots to remain hydrated. Set up your hose on a slow setting and you can likely leave it running for an hour during the intensely hot months.
    2. Mulch Properly—We are extremely passionate about the many benefits of mulch. Mulching is the single best thing you can do for your trees. Mulch helps your tree retain necessary moisture, absorb helpful nutrients, prevent competing weed growth, and avoid being scorched by the blazing heat. Make sure to follow proper mulching technique of not placing more than 3-4 inches of mulch. There is such a thing as too much mulch. At 770-Tree-Guy, we make quality mulch in a variety of colors to suit your landscape and nourish your trees at the same time. Call today to schedule your mulch delivery!
    3. Do a Deep Root Fertilization—Many homeowners will put fertilizer at the base of their tree when the roots truly are the part in need. Using an injection process with fertilizer and water, you can directly infuse your trees’ roots. Healthy roots lead to a healthy tree. If you need guidance with this process, reach out to one of our tree professionals.
    4. Avoid Pruning Unless Absolutely Necessary—The summer heat is relentless in Georgia. Pruning your tree could be compared to taking away your tree’s umbrella or sunglasses right when they need it. Leaves on trees provide protection from the sun. Also, freshly trimmed portions of trees could be dwarfed or less healthy due to scorching from the sun. If you must prune, only trim away dead or diseased branches. When in doubt, reach out to us before you start pruning.
    5. Call 770-Tree-Guy for Tree Services—Whether you need help with pruning, assessing tree health, laying mulch, or anything in between, we are ready to help with your tree service needs. Call today to schedule!