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  • How Trees Can Boost Your Curb Appeal and Home Value

    Your yard makes a first impression on anyone who visits or passes your home. Depending on your landscaping, this impression could be positive or negative. The choices you make for your yard can dramatically impact the appearance of your home as well as the value. A manicured yard with well-selected trees will reflect your investment in your home. At 770-Tree-Guy, we want to help you have a yard which is aesthetically pleasing and healthy. Our team of professional arborists has compiled some key reasons trees boost your curb appeal and improve your home:

    •       Enjoy Greater Privacy—Your home and yard should feel like your own personal escape. By adding some trees along the front of your yard, you can create an attractive barrier, which will provide privacy for your family. There are a variety of tree choices which encourage privacy but selecting the right one for your specific yard is important. We are happy to consult with you to determine the trees which will fit your needs.
    •       Improve Your Home’s Value—Establishing quality trees in your yard is an investment in your home’s value, regardless of if you plan to sell your home. The National Arbor Day Foundation reported that trees can increase your home value by up to 20%. Although it takes a while for some trees to reach maturity, their beauty can be appreciated for the years to come.
    •       Love the Environment—Trees can help control erosion, reduce noise, produce needed oxygen, and remove CO2. Adding trees is not only improving the appearance of your yard, but also the health of our world.
    •       Provide Valuable Shade—Trees provide welcome relief from the sun on these Georgia hot summer days. Not only is the shade nice if you are sitting outside, but you can also reduce your heating costs with well-placed trees. Your annual heating bill could be reduced by up to 50%. Although we do not experience as intense cold weather in Georgia, trees can also be planted to block cold winds and cut your heating costs by up to 30% as well.
    •       Create Visual Interest—There is something striking about a home enhanced by highly valuable and attractive trees, such as a Japanese maple tree or a dwarf conifer. From a fruit tree to a dogwood tree to a crepe myrtle to a magnolia tree, there are a variety of trees which can bring color, function, and personality to your landscaping. As you are planning your landscaping, reach out to our arborists for a consultation. We can help you design a plan for your yard which truly captures your style and enhances your home’s appearance.

    Trees are an investment in your yard and home for the years to come. 770-Tree-Guy can help you achieve your ideal landscape for your family to enjoy. Schedule a visit today!

  • 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.