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  • Proper Tree Care

    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.

  • Mulch Like Mother Nature

     

     

     

     

     

    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?

    Keep mulching like Mother Nature!

     

  • Choosing the Right Plant for the Right Place

    We have all heard the phrase “Square peg in a round hole” at some point in our life.  This phrase can be directly connected to tree care and landscaping. In the same way as a square peg cannot fit in a round hole, proper selection of the plant / tree for the right location is critical for the long-term health of our plants and trees. Whether the landscaping is performed by a homeowner or a professional, choosing the right spot and type of plant is vitally important.

    Working as Arborists for 770 Tree Guy, we encounter this problem daily. Sometimes, we are addressing trees and/or shrubs planted too close to a home which now require structural clearance pruning. Often, we encounter situations where a tree’s health is struggling, either because spacing was way too close or the tree requires full sun but is in the shade. The Leyland Cypress is the most common misplaced tree. We frequently see these trees planted too close together. The Red Maple is also a commonly misplaced tree. Maples are generally considered understory trees requiring some shade. If they are placed in full sun, they can become scorched. In the same way that a tomato plant cannot grow well in the shade, trees must be given the right conditions to flourish.

    As a homeowner, it is difficult to change what a previous homeowner or landscape company has already installed. A wise first step is to utilize your available resources, such as neighbors, social media, and the best choice, a certified arborist from 770 Tree Guy, to help identify the species of plants and trees in your yard. After your plants are identified, we can do some research and give an informed perspective on the genetic growth potential for the trees and shrubs in our yard. At this point, we can help you recognize which plants will grow too large or cause crowding. If the tree or shrub is small enough, we can transplant to a new and preferable location. At 770 Tree Guy, we recommend transplanting in the late fall to early spring, to reduce stress on the tree. Sometimes, removal is the only option. It is cheaper and easier to remove a tree while it is smaller, rather than waiting until it is larger.

    When deciding to plant your own trees or shrubs, it is critical to understand how big (genetic growth potential) the tree or shrub will get, and what are the sun / shade requirements for each. In the tree industry, that is known as site species selection, but is more simply referred to as “the right plant in the right place”. Let’s put the square peg in the square hole. By doing this, you can enjoy your landscape long-term with fewer headaches and maintenance costs.