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

How Long Does It Take for Privacy Trees to Grow?

If you are considering adding privacy trees for a natural fence line or to block the view from your neighbors, it is important to know which trees to use. There are several species of trees that work well for privacy, but which ones to choose depends on how fast you want them to grow and the type of coverage you prefer. Here are a few types of privacy trees you can use and how quickly you can expect them to grow to give you the privacy you desire.

Deodar Cedar

A beautiful tree, with wide, sweeping branches, the deodar cedar can grow upward of 50-feet and 30-feet wide. It grows at a medium speed, a few feet a year. It does best in soils that are not too wet and tolerates drought well.

Green Giant

The Green Giant evergreen is another excellent choice for privacy. If you want tall, high-level privacy, the Green Giant can give you the coverage you need. The growth rate is about three feet per year, achieving heights of about 50-60 feet with up to 20-feet width.

Leyland Cypress

Another fast-growing tree for privacy is the Leyland cypress. With low branches, the Leyland cypress offers full coverage from the ground up, growing up to three feet per year. In ideal conditions, this tree can grow up to 40-feet tall for excellent screening for your property.

Any of these three trees grow well in areas in the southeast in the U.S., as well as in other regions. To determine the best tree for your property, talk to your local landscaper that offers privacy tree planting to get the right tree for your soil and expected growth rate.

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

The Importance of Pruning Backyard Trees

Your backyard trees add beauty, shade and value to your property. However, they do need maintenance and care to keep them healthy and remove potential hazards. Trimming and pruning your trees is one of the main tasks that can keep your trees in good shape. Here are some reasons to stay on top of pruning to care for your backyard trees.

Improve Growth

If you are trying to promote upward growth or denser branches, pruning your trees can help them grow faster. Removing lower branches on trees you want to grow taller allows more nutrients to the trunk versus feeding small lower branches. Trimming and pruning branches can help make them healthier and fuller for denser trees.

Remove Hazards

Dead or broken branches are a hazard on your property. Tall trees with hanging or dead limbs are a danger during a windy or heavy storm; they can easily fall and do damage or injury. Even smaller trees with weak or broken branches can have these limbs break loose and fly into structures in high winds. Removing these weak limbs will protect your home and family from damage and injury from falling branches.

Shape Your Trees

Pruning gives you a chance to shape and style your trees for a clean appearance. You can make dense privacy trees the shape you desire, as well as keep shrubs and hedges beautiful.

While pruning trees is important for many reasons, it is important to do it correctly. Pruning using the wrong technique or at the incorrect time of year can jeopardize the health of your trees. Talk to your local landscaper that offers tree pruning to discuss having them professionally prune your trees to get the best results.

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

3 Great Options for Privacy Trees

Do you want to add trees for privacy in your yard? There are specific varieties of trees that are excellent options for privacy due to their density of foliage and fast growth potential. Often termed “privacy trees” these options can be perfect to create a natural fence or screen around your property. Here are three of the most popular options and what makes each unique.

Deodar Cedar

For a large, tall tree that gives ample screening for your home, the deodar cedar is an excellent choice. This cedar can grow up to 70 feet tall in a yard environment and up to 40 feet wide. With branches that start low and wide on the trunk with a pyramid shade, this tree can be a wonder choice for low and high privacy for your home.

Leyland Cypress

If you want a quick-growing privacy tree, the Leyland cypress should be on your radar. This evergreen can grow 3-5 feet per year, sprouting up to 60 feet high and 20-25 feet wide. The dense branches create a solid barrier between your property and your neighbors, offering a good amount of privacy. 

Green Giant

When planted about 5-6 feet apart, the green giant evergreen trees can build a beautiful wall around your home. While they do not grow as tall as the deodar cedar or Leyland cypress, they do grow fast and full. Plus, they are drought, disease and insect resistant, making them very low maintenance.

If you want to add beauty and privacy to your yard, consider planting privacy trees around your perimeter. Contact a local landscaper to determine which tree will thrive best in your yard and meet your needs.

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