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  • Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees

    Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees

    Autumn is the best time to plant many types of trees. Our arborists at 770-Tree-Guy wanted to share the many reasons you should consider getting out in your yard this weekend to start planting.

    •       Embrace the Perfect Weather for Man and Trees—The temperature is not too hot and not too cold. You will be comfortable while you do the planting, and the trees will be happy for the mild weather too. Trees will be more successful establishing their roots if they can get started when there are not as many temperature extremes.
    •       Allow the Tree to Maximize the Dormant Season—When trees are planted in the fall, they can focus their energy on establishing their roots during the dormant winter season. A well-established and rooted tree will be healthier for the growing season come spring. Plant now, so you can enjoy your tree’s growth and beauty during the spring.
    •       Enjoy Easier Maintenance—Essentially, you are tucking your trees in for winter when you plant in the fall. Give them a proper blanket of mulch and let them grow with little upkeep during the dormant season. Because of the cooler temperatures and frequent fall rain, your tree will have time to grow and become strong before it will face the extreme heat in a few seasons.
    •       Plant your Bulbs and Shrubs too—Because Georgia has mild winters, many varieties of flowers and shrubs should be planted in the fall to take root for the spring growing season.

    If you are unsure whether your desired tree or shrub can be transplanted in the fall, schedule a visit from one of our certified arborists. Arborists are essentially tree doctors with a deep understanding about how to help trees thrive. We can make suggestions for what to plant and the ideal place in your yard to ensure the proper sunlight for your chosen tree. Call 770-Tree-Guy to schedule your arborist consultation today!

  • Lawn, Landscape, and Tree Care in September

    Lawn, Landscape, and Tree Care in September

    As the leaves are starting to change, we finally begin to get some relief from the intense summer heat. The fall is an ideal time for yard maintenance. Not only will the weather be more bearable during the process, but you can also help prepare your trees to endure the winter cold ahead. Our team at 770-Tree-Guy has compiled a list of our favorite tips for keeping your trees healthy through the seasons ahead.

    •       Rake Fallen Leaves Often—This season is called fall for a reason. Leaves will be constantly falling all over your yard. Raking up leaves will make your yard look clean and well-kept. Also, your trees will be healthier. Fallen leaves can be an ideal place for pests and diseases to fester, putting your trees at risk. Keep your trees safe and make your yard pristine at the same time by raking regularly. Also, your kids will love jumping in the big pile you rake up. Raking is a win-win.
    •       Reapply Mulch—Mulch around your trees will function like a warm blanket during winter, locking in your soil’s warmth. Also, mulch will provide valuable nutrients to your soil and feed your tree over time. Make sure to apply your mulch carefully. There is such a thing as too much mulch. Never pile it up around the base of your tree as this could expose your tree to pests and diseases. Leave 6 inches of space around the circumference of your tree. Layer your mulch about 3 inches deep. If you need quality mulch, we make our own organic mulch in a variety of colors. You can schedule a mulch drop off with us!
    •       Monitor Water and Soil Moisture—Throughout the spring and summer, you have likely been watering your trees a lot to thrive and survive during the warmer months. During the fall, you can slow down on your watering schedule. You probably will only need to deeply water about 1-2 times a week. Deep watering is important because your tree will need the moisture at its roots.
    •       Consider Pest Treatments or Soil Amendments—The fall is a great time to make sure that your trees have the nutrients they need. If your soil is not providing what is needed, you may need to make soil amendments to ensure your trees are not depleted during the harsh cold season. Treatments may be necessary if your trees have been compromised by pests during the summer months or you are concerned about new ones moving in for the winter. Borers like to nestle into your trees and feed on them throughout the cold months. Be proactive and treat your trees in advance. Certain trees are more susceptible to pests than others, so we can help you discern which trees may be at risk.
    •       Call 770-Tree-Guy to Schedule Pruning—Pruning in the fall can be a tricky balance. On one hand, you want to remove any branches which will likely fall or snap during winter storms, but pruning can leave your tree exposed. Pruning is cutting away a part of a tree and leaving a wound. If your tree cannot heal in time from the pruning wound, your tree could become infected or welcome pests. Call in our tree professionals for strategic pruning. We will remove the branches which are a danger to the tree and your property, but we will not cut more than necessary. We will haul away the dead or pruned branches so your yard will be clean and safe.

    Call for an arborist consultation and tree assessment today! 770-Tree-Guy can help you achieve a healthy yard that can endure the hard months ahead. 

  • Why Doesn't Grass Grow under my Trees?

    Why Doesn't Grass Grow under my Trees?

    Trees add natural beauty to your yard and shade from the hot sun. Shade is nice, but not all types of grass and plants can grow well in the shade. Your yard could have beautiful trees, but if the grass is dying, your landscaping will not be maximized. Our arborists at 770-Tree-Guy can help you solve the mystery of your unhealthy grass and find a good solution for the overall health of your yard.

    •       Low-hanging Limbs Blocking Sunlight—If your trees have low-hanging branches, they could easily be blocking the sunlight your grass needs. You may be able to prune back these branches to allow for better sunlight. Generally speaking, tall trees can have the branches from the first 10 feet of the tree pruned away. Even with smaller trees, you may be able to thin the canopy or raise it without causing damage to the tree. If you need assistance with proper pruning, give us a call!
    •       Mowing Too Low—If you are cutting your grass close like a golf course, the grass will struggle to survive in the shade. As a rule of thumb, let your grass in the shade stay a ½-1 inch longer than you would in direct sun.
    •       Using Fertilizer Improperly—Fertilizer can be a great supplement for your grass, but you need to use the right type and amount. In the shade, your grass does not grow as rapidly. Fertilizer is used up in the growth process. If you are using too much, you are leaving your grass open to diseases. Use about half the amount of fertilizer you would for grass in full sun. We would be happy to help you find the ideal fertilizer for your soil and grass type!
    •       Utilizing the Wrong Grass Type—Not all grass types are able to thrive in the shade. There are warm season grasses and cool season grasses. Each type will look its best at different times of the year and under certain conditions. Ideally, you try to choose a grass which will look good for most of the year. Bermuda grass and zoysia grass are grown throughout our state because they do well with shade from high pine trees, but they fail if planted under trees like dogwoods and oaks. Fescue is the most shade tolerant grass that we have found for the Atlanta area. St Augustine grass types are reasonably tolerant of shade as well. If you are unsure what kind of grass you have or what type would be the best, we can provide some guidance. You need the right grass to grow nicely under your trees if you are set upon having healthy grass in your shady spots.

    Another solution to consider is to give up trying to grow grass under your shaded trees. We are not recommending accepting that your yard will look unhealthy, but rather trying a creative solution. Mulch is a great choice for putting underneath your trees. A bed of mulch beneath a tree will look well-kept and intentional. Also, the mulch will provide a significant health boost for your trees. Mulch helps deliver nutrients to your soil and protect the roots of your trees when used properly. We make our own organic mulch in several colors if you are interested in a mulch delivery. In addition to mulch, you could choose to plant some flowers or shrubs near the base of your trees. Make sure to choose something that is shade tolerant, such as hostas, ivy, hydrangeas, etc. Building a garden or mulch bed in place of your failing grass is not giving up. You are choosing to help your yard flourish in the conditions you have.

    If you need support with pruning, mulch, or any other tree health issue, call for an arborist consultation. We can help you have a healthier and better looking yard.