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  • Tree Crowding - Trim, Prune or Remove? What’s Best?

    If you have an overcrowding problem, there is not necessarily a one-size-fits-all solution. Trimming, pruning, or removal may be helpful solutions, but the best way to determine the best fit for your yard is to hire a certified arborist in Newnan, Georgia. Arborists, otherwise known as tree doctors, can evaluate the health of your yard and make recommendations for remedying any tree health concerns. As a company led by arborists, we can assure you that arborists will always conserve trees and only recommend removal when it is the last resort. 

    • Your trees will be competing for resources–Trees need water, airflow, sunlight, and soil nutrients to thrive. When you have too many trees in your yard or they are too close together, the trees will block each other out from sunlight and airflow while competing for enough water and soil nutrients. As a result, some of your trees will be weakened and stunted from their potential growth and others may die. 
    • Your trees will be at greater risk for disease and infestations–Overcrowded trees are already weakened by resource competition, but if one gets sick, the close proximity allows for a quick spread throughout your yard. When trees are physically touching, preventing the spread of disease and pests will be virtually impossible. 
    • Your trees will struggle with too much shade–Sitting under the shade of a tree can be pleasant for us, but too much shade will hinder your yard’s health. The shade from a tree tends to prevent other plants from growing underneath. Too many trees with thick canopies of leaves will limit vital sunlight from reaching smaller trees, plants, and grass below. Without adequate sunlight, they will become weakened and likely die prematurely. Beyond weakening your plants beneath the trees, fungi and disease prefer shaded environments, so you could be introducing your yard to potential health problems.

     

    Tree Trimming vs. Tree Pruning

    Trimming and pruning may sound similar, but they are actually different practices. Pruning removes dead, diseased, damaged, or non-productive branches or stems. Some trees may only need pruning if they have a health issue, while some ornamental trees need preventative pruning every 2-3 years to ensure the tree is using resources appropriately. Your tree doctor can recommend the ideal pruning schedule for your trees. Trimming focuses on removing branches for ideal appearance, structure, and balance. If a tree branch is growing too close to your home or another tree, trimming can be a solution to help. Annual trimming is pretty common for young trees and shrubs to keep a balanced structure and ensure proper health. Trimming may also be necessary as a tree continues to grow because older branches can block out new growth below. Before you get outside with a chainsaw and start trimming branches off at random, please note that improper tree trimming can shock your tree and cause worse health problems. No more than 20% of a tree’s foliage should be removed in a single trimming. Hiring a professional tree company in Newnan, Georgia is a wise choice to ensure that the right branches are removed for the health and structure of your tree.

    Tree Removal

    Depending on the placement of your trees, removal may be the only choice to solve the overcrowding in your yard. Each type of tree has a different recommended spacing to accommodate its future growth. Trimming back may help alleviate some of the impact of overcrowding, but it may not fully eliminate the problem. Although removing a tree can be a daunting decision, removing one tree to preserve the health of your other trees, plants, and grass can often be a justified and wise choice. We can evaluate your yard and recommend whether tree removal is necessary.

     

    If your trees are overcrowded, schedule a visit with 770-Tree-Guy. Our tree service in Newnan, Georgia will assess your yard and offer a customized solution to resolve the issue.

     

  • What to Look for in a Reputable Tree Service

    Trees falling in your yard can damage your home and endanger your family. Whether you have a tree down because of a summer storm or a dead tree in need of removal, our team at 770-TREE-GUY can help. Trees can be extremely dangerous if they are a fall risk because of their weight and length. Removing trees is a job for a professional tree service because a tree falling, especially in the wrong direction, could cause severe damage to your house and family. Because tree work can be hazardous, you should always think carefully before hiring tree services. We compiled a list of questions to help you determine if a tree company is up to the task.

    A reputable tree service in Fayetteville, Georgia should have liability coverage to cover damage to your property, in case there is an accident while removing a tree. They should also have worker’s compensation insurance to cover their tree team in case anyone is injured while on site. A tree service having proper coverage will protect you from being sued if someone is injured while completing your tree work.

    “What credentials do you have?”

    Owning a chainsaw and being willing to show up to cut your tree is not enough. A worthwhile tree company will have professional credentials, proving they have completed extensive training and certification programs. Relevant credentials could include ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certification, Climber Safety Certification, Powerline Safety Certification, Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Certification, AED and CPR Certification, and Emergency Aerial Rescue Certification. Many tree companies may have these certifications visibly displayed on their websites, but you should always ask to be certain of their current certification status. Another way to check the reputation of a tree service would be to contact the Georgia Arborist Association to find an ISA-certified tree service in Fayetteville, GA. 

    “Do you have any recent references available?”

    In addition to certifications, a worthwhile company should be happy to provide you with a list of referrals from previous jobs. Reading a company’s online reviews may be helpful as well to ensure that there are not any major issues reported. The experience of others can help you determine the quality of the work to expect.

    “Can you provide me with a written estimate?”

    Before a tree company cuts a single branch in your yard, they should be able to provide you with a detailed estimate for the necessary work. A written estimate will ensure that you know exactly what you are paying for and that you avoid surprise fees after the job is complete. You can always ask if the company will provide you with a free estimate before hiring them. In some cases, you may want to get estimates from multiple companies to compare the services. 

    “Do you have an arborist on staff?

    An arborist is essentially a tree doctor. If you are having your yard evaluated for safety and health as a preventative measure, a certified arborist can offer an informed perspective to guide your tree care. 

    “When can you complete the job?”

    Choosing a tree service that offers 24/7 emergency care is wise. Summer storms often occur at night and you may need a quick response if a tree has fallen on your home. Even if your tree job is not an emergency, the tree company should be able to complete the job promptly. If the company cannot give you a straight answer on an expected timeline for their arrival and the job’s completion, we recommend finding another tree service.

    Our team at 770-TREE-GUY has an established track record for quality tree work and all the right credentials. We are proud to have several ISA-certified arborists on our team, ensuring that all of our work follows the best arboricultural practices. If you have any questions about our company or want to schedule a visit from our tree professionals, reach out today!

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Importance of Healthy Soil for Your Lawn, Garden, and Landscape

    Life starts at the roots. When your soil is packed with the proper nutrients, your trees and plants can thrive. The arborists at 770-Tree-Guy recommend caring for your soil proactively to keep your whole yard healthy.

    Steps for your Soil’s Health

    • Do Soil Testing– Soil is healthy when it has the correct balance of elements to feed your plants. For example, Nitrogen deficiency in your soil could cause your plants to experience stunted growth. If there is an excess of nitrogen, your plants will look lush, but they will not produce flowers and fruit properly. In addition, too much Nitrogen is proven to weaken root structure. Therefore, soil testing is beneficial because it will tell you about the pH, texture, nutrient makeup, and organic matter that is present in your soil. Once you know the condition of your soil, you can work to resolve anything out of balance. Soil test kits can be purchased online or are available through your county’s agriculture and environmental department. 
    • Adjust Accordingly–Once you know the makeup of your soil, you can make amendments to ensure your soil is healthy and balanced. Although you can use store-bought fertilizers, we recommend sticking with organic sources whenever possible. It is important to note that fertilizers can utilize chemicals or additives. If you need help finding organic matter for your soil, reach out to our team. We are happy to offer support!
    • Help your Soil Get Water and Air–Even soil with the perfect nutrient makeup will not thrive without the proper airflow and water. If soil is compacted, it will be deprived of water and air. Trees and plants get their nutrients from their roots. Roots absorb nutrients from the soil. Therefore, when your soil is compacted, your plants and trees will suffer too. With Georgia’s soil composition of red clay, annual aeration is a wise plan. Aeration allows for water and air to penetrate the soil properly, so your plants’ roots can access the nutrients they need. 
    • Cover it with Mulch–Mulch is the single best decision you can make for your yard. There are many benefits for your trees and plants, including infusing your soil with nutrients as it breaks down, protecting your soil from the harsh sun, preventing weed growth, and more. After years of advocating the benefits of mulch, we took our passion for mulch to the next level and started making our own. The team at 770-Tree-Guy recycles green waste into high-quality, locally sourced, organic mulch. Our mulch comes in various colors to suit every landscape. At 770-Tree-Guy, we deliver the mulch and implement it throughout your yard or allow you to purchase the mulch and apply it yourself. Mulch should be three inches deep and in a donut shape around the base of your tree or shrub. We recommend never building up mulch around the base of a tree because it can encourage disease. It is important to note that sometimes mulch can be too much of a good thing. Do not layer it any thicker than three inches. Mulch thicker than three inches restricts the needed airflow.

     

    If you are ready to transform your yard, consider starting with your soil! Healthy soil will lead to healthy trees and plants. The arborists at 770-Tree-Guy are standing by if you need help.