Trim Trees Now to Prevent Storm Damage

One of the main sources of storm damage to property is trees. It is not just toppling trees that can cause significant damage; dead branches landing on vehicles, patio furniture, roofs, siding and people can also rack up large damage bills. Even though homeowner’s insurance will usually pay for storm damage caused by trees, there is still a deductible to pay and a possible hike in insurance premiums to consider, as well as possible injuries to your family. Trimming trees now could prevent storm damage that could be costly to you in the future.

It is common for trees to have branches that die, even if the rest of the tree is healthy. A branch that was damaged in a previous storm or has been affected by insects or disease can die and become a hazard. When high winds set in or a heavy rain, hail or snow storms hit, these dead branches are the first to come down. Not only do they make a mess of your yard, they can do serious harm and injury when they fall.

Hire a Landscaper for Tree Trimming

The best way to avoid branch damage during severe storms is to proactively remove dead branches. However, this can be dangerous to do on your own. Some landscaping companies offer tree trimming as one of their services, which is a safer and more convenient option. They have the equipment and expertise to remove any dead or dangerous limbs from your trees and can also haul them away for you. Your trees will look neater and be healthier once these old hanging branches are removed and you can reduce your risk of serious storm damage or injuries caused by hazardous limbs.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Can Privacy Trees Be Planted in the Fall?

Privacy trees can add a beautiful screen around your property, blocking the view of your house and outdoor living areas. If you are looking for a sustainable option for privacy, trees like cedars, cypress and evergreens that are wide and densely branched can give you a natural fencing. However, to ensure your new privacy trees thrive, you want to ensure you plant them correctly. Fall is a great time to plant most privacy trees, if you do not wait too long.

Why Fall Is a Perfect Time for Planting Trees

During the winter months, many trees are dormant. They put less energy into foliage and work on enhancing their root system. This makes fall a wonderful time to add trees to your yard. The soil is still warm, yet it is not too hot. Small trees can be planted and begin the dormant period of winter in their new home. During the winter months, the roots will take hold and create a secure base for these young trees to grow.

Once the trees are planted, mulch should be added to protect and insulate the roots as they grow during the winter. By spring, a decent root system should be established, and the trees can begin their growth season. Many privacy trees are known for their quick growth – some grow 2-3 feet per year when given the right environment and care.

If you want to begin building a screen around your yard with privacy trees, fall is a great time to plant. Contact your local landscaping service to discuss the best privacy trees for your needs – many landscapers offer delivery and planting services as well.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Fall Is a Great Time to Plant Cypress for Privacy

Have you been considering planting trees to give your yard more privacy? Leyland cypress is a popular choice for privacy trees, creating a beautiful screen that is low maintenance. These trees provide a thick foliage and grow quickly to build an evergreen wall for your yard. Here is what you need to know about planting cypress to enhance your yard and privacy.

Preparation for Fall Planting

Cypress does best in regions without extreme cold weather. For planting in your yard, you want an area that gets at least six hours a day of total direct sunlight for the best growth conditions. Most soil conditions are good for cypress but checking the pH balance to see if it is between 5.0-8.0 can ensure you have ideal soil. Fertilizers can be added to reach the right pH balance. The soil should also drain well – dig a hole about 12” deep and fill with water. The water should drain in less than an hour in areas cypress will be planted.

Planting Your Trees

Cypress can grow large and have wide bases. If you plan on allowing your trees to grow tall to 20’ or more, plant the trees five feet apart to leave them room. However, if you plan to keep them pruned to a shorter height, divide that height by four to determine how many feet apart to plant your trees.

Cypress are dormant during the fall, which is why this is the best time to plant. Plant at least six weeks before the first frost Dig a hole about twice the size of the tree’s root bundle for ample growth room. Pack quality soil around the roots and trunk base; fertilize and water the soil until moist to the touch.

Cypress trees are an excellent option for creating a natural privacy barrier in your yard. Want to make it easier? Contact a local landscaper to plant your new cypress trees this fall to ensure they get off to a great start.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Great Choices for Privacy Trees

Privacy trees offer a natural option for blocking views into your yard while adding beauty and shade to your property. What makes privacy trees unique is that they tend to grow quicker than other tree varieties, some up to five feet per year, and have denser, fuller branches. Some of the best options for privacy purposes are those that have wide, low branches that create a green wall from the ground up. Here are some great choices for privacy trees that offer full screening.

Green Giant Evergreens

If you want a privacy tree that will grow to great heights and offer width, the green giant evergreen is any excellent choice. At maturity, it can reach over 50-feet in height and up to 20-feet in width at the base. These pyramid-shaped trees grow at about 2-3 feet per year, shooting up quickly to give you the privacy you desire.

Leyland Cypress

Dense and bullet-shaped, the Leyland cypress can provide a wonderful wall of green year-round. You can expect at least two-feet of growth per year under ideal conditions, reaching upward of 50-feet at maturity, with a base of 15-feet or more.

Deodar Cedars

While not as dense as the cypress and slower growing than the green giant, the deodar cedar is still a great choice for privacy. They can grow at least a foot per year and reach at least 40-feet in height with large width, up to forty-feet as well.

There are many other options for privacy trees to choose from depending on how quickly you need them to grow and the sun/shade/moisture level you can provide. Talk to your local landscaper that offers privacy tree installation to find the best choice for your needs.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

4 Reasons You Should Remove Tree Stumps in Your Backyard

Have you had trees cut down and removed in your backyard, but still have stumps? While it may seem harmless to leave them there, there are benefits to removing those old stumps. A professional landscaping service can provide stump removal service to clear those remnants of former trees away. Here are four reasons that you should consider this investment.

  1. Wasted space. When a stump is in your yard, it reduces the options for landscaping and hardscapes. That space could be used for a pond, patio or just more lawn, giving you more room to add features to your landscaping.
  2. Aesthetics. A tree stump is not attractive, especially when it is constantly growing new sprouts and other plants around it. An old stump can make your yard look unkempt, even when the rest of your landscaping is well maintained.
  3. Injury hazard. A protruding stump can be an injury hazard for kids and others enjoying activities in your backyard. Remove the obstacle so no one accidentally trips over that old stump and hurts themselves while playing frisbee or other games in your yard.
  4. More work. A stump makes more work for keeping your yard maintained. It is one more item that must be edged and can get in the way when mowing your yard. Plus, some stumps re-sprout and start growing a new tree, making more work for you in the long run.

If you have one or more old tree stumps in your backyard, contact a local landscaper that offers stump removal. It can make your yard safer and with less work, with more space to improve the appearance and function.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Top Options in Privacy Trees

If you are looking for an option to gain privacy at your home without adding a fence or to block higher views, privacy trees are perfect. Adding trees around your home can provide shade and create a barrier between you and your neighbors or street. Privacy trees are varieties that offer a full, dense barrier year-round, creating a natural screen for privacy. They can last for decades and most require very little maintenance, making them a perfect option for those wanting a natural option for privacy.

While a beautiful maple or oak can offer shade and privacy during the summer, they lose their leaves and don’t give much screening during the winter. The best option for privacy are trees that have needles like most types of conifers. The varieties that grow quickly and have a thick base are often the most popular for privacy purposes, including these top options:

  • Cypress. There are many types of cypress that can offer a beautiful natural barrier around your yard. The most popular for screens is the Leyland cypress.
  • Evergreens. For tall options, evergreens make an excellent choice for privacy. Some can grow a few feet per year for a quicker coverage.
  • Cedars. While cedar does not grow as quickly as some other privacy trees, they do have a wide base for a natural fence around your yard.

To determine what type of privacy tree is best for your yard, region and needs, talk to your local landscaper that offers privacy tree installation. They can discuss the advantages of different types of trees to help you decide which trees will give you the results you desire.

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Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 294-0351

Top 3 Reasons to Prune Your Trees

Trees offer so much beauty and function to your property. Not only do they provide shade and privacy, their leaves, needles and branches are gorgeous to behold. They also invite birds, squirrels and other wildlife into your yard to watch for your enjoyment. To continue reaping the benefits of tree ownership, you need to keep them healthy and safe. One maintenance chore is pruning. Here are three reasons to keep up with your pruning maintenance for the important trees on your property.

  1. Growth. Pruning can both inhibit growth or encourage it. Pruning back limbs that are becoming too long can be necessary. But pruning can also help encourage new growth or ensure your trees are growing the way you want. Aesthetics are a big reason you want to keep your trees pruned.
  1. Safety. If limbs are growing over your electrical lines or home, it may be best to prune or remove these limbs for safety. Keep an eye out for limbs that need to be pruned back due to growth or broken limbs that need to be removed.
  1. Health. Dead limbs that are unhealthy need to be removed to protect the rest of the tree. Regular pruning can also promote good health for a tree if done correctly. This can be very important for fruit trees to get the best production.

Pruning your trees is important, but it is also vital that you prune them at the right time of year and do it correctly. Poor pruning can jeopardize the health of the tree. If you are not sure on the best pruning techniques for your trees, call your local landscaper for lawn maintenance service.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Keep your Backyard Safe with Tree Removal

Your backyard should be a safe haven for your family, but if you have dead, diseased or damaged trees, it could be dangerous. If a tree or even a large branch falls at the wrong time, it could seriously injure a family member or cause major damage to your home. It is important to be aware of the condition of the trees in your yard; prevention is the best way to keep your yard safe.

Inspect Your Trees

You should routinely inspect the trees in your yard to look for damage or disease, especially after a big storm. First, look for broken or loose limbs; big limbs that are hanging loose in a tree are called “widow makers” for a reason. They can fall at any time – they should be removed right away before they come down on their own. Secondly, look for leaning trees or any kind of major damage to the trunk. These trees may need to be removed if they have become weak.

Besides damage, you need to be aware of disease. This may not be as easy to spot as there are many different kinds of tree diseases. But if a tree is losing its bark, leaves or needles, it may be sick. You should have your trees inspected by an arborist to determine if your diseased trees can be treated or if they need to be removed. Some landscapers offer tree removal and Bobcat services to clear larger areas.

You can’t prevent all tree damage to your home or family – after all, accidents do happen. But keeping an eye on your trees and proactively removing those that pose a danger can help keep your backyard safe for your family.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Fences Versus Privacy Trees: Which is Best for Your Yard?

Do you want to add more privacy to your yard? Both fences and privacy trees can offer screening from nosy neighbors and give you a private space in your outdoor area. While there is no right or wrong answer, there are pros and cons to both options. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the best option for privacy in your yard.

Blocking the View

A six-foot wood fence creates a solid barrier that is perfect for blocking the view of neighbors on ground level, but it may not address 2-story homes. If you want to block those in neighboring homes from looking into your yard from their upstairs windows, tall privacy trees may offer a higher barrier.

Security and Safety

Fences offer more in security and safety for your family and pets, keeping them in and others out. Privacy trees only keep out prying eyes, not people or animals.

Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, privacy trees are much easier than fences that will need repairs, cleaning, staining and other maintenance.

Cost

The cost of a fence versus privacy will depend on the type of fencing you buy and the type and number of trees. In most cases, the privacy trees will be less expensive and certainly are less over the years when you consider the costs of maintaining a fence.

If you want privacy in your backyard, talk to your local landscaper about the options available. There are many types of privacy trees and fencing that can give you the private area you want in your yard, you just need to find the right fit for your needs.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

3 Tips to Identify Tree Hazards

Falling trees are one of the most common causes of property damage from storms or weather. Millions of dollars of damage to vehicles, homes and garages from falling trees are reported every year to insurance companies. While your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover damage caused by a falling tree, you still have a deductible to pay and your premiums could skyrocket. Plus, falling trees and limbs can pose a risk for injury to your family. The best option is to remove tree hazards before they come crashing down. Here are three tips to identify tree hazards on your property.

  1. Leaning trees. If the root base is not stable, trees can lean, alerting you to a problem. These trees are more likely to be susceptible to falling during a heavy wind storm, lacking the strong anchor to keep them upright.
  2. Dead branches. Not only can dead branches be a sign that the tree is unhealthy or weak, but those branches can be a hazard by themselves. A large limb can puncture a roof, crush the hood of a car, or pierce a window during a violent storm.
  3. Trees lacking needles, leaves or bark, or with fungus growing on their trunk or roots, can be diseased. If a heavy storm hits, these trees may not have the fortitude to withstand the winds, rain or ice, making them an extreme hazard.

Recognizing the signs of tree hazards can give you the opportunity to have these trees or limbs removed before a storm hits. Talk to your local landscaper that offers tree trimming and falling to remove any tree hazards to keep your property and family safe.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277