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  • What Does an Arborist Do?

    Should you wait for your trees to be sick before calling a doctor? Trees benefit from routine wellness checks just like people. Tree doctors, also known as arborists, can help you maximize the health of your trees and your whole yard. At 770-TREE-GUY, we follow the correct arboricultural practices because our company is run by an ISA-certified arborist.  There are many benefits when you choose to use an arborist.

    What is an Arborist?

    An arborist is known as a “tree doctor” because the individual specializes in the health of trees. For someone to become an arborist, they must meet the qualifications and pass the ISA arborist exam. The ISA requires that individuals have one or both of the following credentials to qualify to take their exam: three years of full-time work in arboriculture or a degree in horticulture, arboriculture, forestry, or landscape architecture from an accredited educational institute in their region. When a tree professional holds the title of an ISA-certified arborist, you can feel confident that they have the experience and expertise needed to take care of your trees.

    What do Arborists do?

    Like doctors for people, arborists are committed to treating and preventing illnesses. Although an arborist’s patients have branches and roots instead of bones and organs, they still require specialized care to help catch diseases early on and treat problems when they come. When you have an arborist on your property for a routine wellness visit, they will evaluate the health of your trees and yard. After, you will be presented with a health report and suggestions for improving the health of your yard if needed. For example, if your plants are showing signs of deficiencies, we can notify you if your yard needs different fertilizer and mulch to address the problem. 

    An arborist can also make recommendations for pruning your trees to avoid limbs falling and endangering your family. This is especially important during stormy seasons. Whether identifying diseases early or finding weak trees that are at risk of falling, an arborist’s evaluation can save you hassle and money. Treating severely diseased trees may not be possible if you wait. Also, you will save yourself money on damages by removing dangerous trees or branches preventatively. Our arborists hold TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) certification, which means that we can determine the risk of a particular tree falling. Removal is always our last resort, but our arborists will recommend this when your safety is in question. Whenever we are on your property, we are looking for ways to help your trees reach their potential, improve the health and appearance of your yard, and minimize risks to your family.

    The Benefits of Using an Arborist

    •       Maximize the Appearance of your Trees and Yard
    •       Improve the Health of your Yard
    •       Protect your Family and Home
    •       Save Money

    If your trees are overdue for their checkup, schedule a visit from our tree doctors at 770-TREE-GUY. 

  • 6 Tips for Taking Care of your Living Christmas Tree

    Is there anything more festive than a live Christmas tree! A fresh Christmas tree looks magical all decorated and smells even better. If you care for your tree properly, your tree can look and smell great throughout the whole holiday season. Since we are tree experts year-round, the team at 770-Tree-Guy compiled a list of tree care tips to help.

    •   Lose the Bugs—Nothing can turn you into a Scrooge faster than having your home infested with bugs. The most common tree bugs are Spiders, Mites, Aphids, Praying Mantises, Adelgids, Bark Beetles, Scale Insects, and Sawflies. Bugs can ride into your home on your Christmas tree without you realizing until they are unwanted house guests. Some bugs will be in egg form to start with and hatch later, giving you an unexpected Christmas surprise. Before you start spraying your tree down with insecticides, follow these tips. Shaking them off is the best first step. Some tree farms will even have a machine to do that before you take it home. If not, make sure to vigorously shake your tree when you get home. Another idea would be to leave your tree outside of your home for 24 hours to give the bugs a chance to crawl out. Keep your vacuum handy, so you can suck up any extra bugs along with the needles beneath your tree.
    •   Keep your Tree Away from the Heat—Placing the Christmas tree near your fireplace could seem cozy, but this will speed up the evaporation process and dry up your tree prematurely. Also, you should avoid placing it near other heat generating sources, such as space heaters, TVs, wood stoves, computers, etc. Cuddle up by the fireplace and admire your tree from across the room instead.
    •   Trim an Inch Off—Even if you purchased a freshly cut tree from a cut-your-own farm, you should still slice at least an inch off. This will open up your tree to soak up the water better. A thirsty tree will die faster and drop lots of needles. Water absorption is crucial for the longevity of your living Christmas tree.
    •   Water your Tree Properly—After the little trim, set your tree up in a tree stand with cool water. Make sure that your tree stand holds at least 1 gallon of water. Only use plain water in your tree stand no matter how many DIY solutions you see on social media. Trees do not require special concoctions to be healthy.
    •   Check Your Tree’s Water Daily—The most common reason for a tree drying up before your family is done saying “ho ho ho” is neglecting daily watering. The water level should never drop below the fresh cut you made. On the first day, your tree could drink up to two gallons, so be prepared to check again later that day.
    •   Recycle your Tree Afterwards—After your Christmas tree has dazzled all season long, you will have to get rid of it. Christmas trees make great mulch. You can cut it up and utilize it as mulch in your garden beds. What a beautiful ending for a Christmas tree! The tree gets to give a valuable gift to your soil and plants.

    With the proper care, your living Christmas tree can be a beautiful focal point for your holiday season. If you need tips for your trees outside too, schedule an arborist consultation with 770-Tree-Guy today! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

  • Types of Pine Trees in Georgia & How to Care for Them

    Pine trees are some of the most common trees found in Georgia. There are many different varieties in Georgia, including the White, Loblolly, Longleaf, Spruce, and Virginia. These evergreen trees grow quickly throughout the forests of Georgia. Because of how common they are, most homeowners will have at least one pine tree in their yard. Our tree experts at 770-Tree-Guy want to help you identify your pine trees and how to handle them. They can be a beautiful part of your yard assuming they are not too close to your home.  

    Know your Georgia Pines

    •   White—These beautiful giants can exceed over 100 feet in height. They are generally hardy, straight in composition, and have blue-green soft needles. White pine trees grow approximately 2-3 feet per year. The pine needles on the White pine are 3-6 inches long and come in bundles of 5.
    •   Loblolly—The Loblolly has a medium to large trunk and can stretch over 100 feet high. The name “Loblolly” means mud puddle or low wet place, which speaks to the conditions for where they grow. They are very comfortable growing in good old Georgia clay. Their blue-green needles are in bunches of 3 and they are 4-9 inches long. They are somewhat twisted and stiff. They grow quickly, generally at least 2 feet per year.
    •   Longleaf—With distinct tufted needles, the Longleaf is a unique looking pine tree. They generally grow straight and can exceed 100 feet tall. The branches are coarse in texture. The Longleaf is still considered a fast growing variety as it typically grows 1-2 feet per year.
    •   Spruce—Growing to a height just below 100 feet, the Spruce is considered to be one of the most beautiful pine trees in North America. The more delicate branches and drooping presence of the Spruce pine mimic a spruce hence its name. The needles are a deep green and short for a pine tree at 1.5-4 inches long. A Spruce usually grows between 1 to 2 feet annually.
    •   Virginia—With a small to medium trunk, the Virginia is typically 40-70 feet tall when mature. The pine needles are stiff, twisted, and green-grey in hue. On the shorter side, the needles only reach 1 to 3 inches long and they come in groups of 2. The Virginia pine has a scrubby shape and is often utilized as a privacy barrier. The growth rate is 1 to 2 feet per year.

    Caring for your Pine Trees:

    •   Soil—Pine trees prefer moist soil—not dry or wet. Utilizing mulch is the best way to ensure your pine trees have the moisture they need. Layer 3 inches of mulch around your tree, staying six inches away from the tree trunk. Mulch up around the trunk of a tree can encourage disease, fungi, and pests. Also, when the pine needles fall in autumn, just leave them. They will return nutrients to the pine tree as they decompose.
    •   Pruning—Unless your pine tree has damage or the branches are a hazard to your safety, leave them be. Pruning is not a recommended practice for pine trees in most cases because it can cause long-term damage and welcome pests and diseases.
    •   Watering—When there is normal rainfall and your pine tree has mulch to seal in moisture, extra watering will probably be unnecessary. If you are in the middle of a drought, you may need to provide water twice per week.
    •   Landscaping—Pine trees are a natural and aromatic addition to improve your yard. Make sure to plant them at least 20 feet away from structures, sidewalks, and driveways. Pine trees will have a positive impact on your yard’s ecosystem and attract helpful wildlife. They are an ideal low maintenance tree. If you are just starting out with your landscaping, pine trees can be a solid choice because of their fast growth rate. In a few years, your trees will already be pretty substantial. If you are unsure where to plant your pines, reach out to 770-Tree-Guy for support!
    •   Removal—As tree enthusiasts, tree removal is always our last resort. If your pine tree becomes severely damaged or at risk for falling on your home, you need to call in the professionals for a risk assessment. We are TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualified) certified, and we can determine if the pine tree poses a serious threat to your safety.

    Pining for more information? Give us a call today! You can schedule an informative visit with one of our certified arborists.