What is Causing Black Spots on My Maple Leaves?

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Have you noticed your maple tree leaves yellowing out, dropping or blue/black spots appearing on the leaves? These are all symptoms of a fungal infection called tar spot (Rhytisma spp.). The appearance of tar spot can be alarming to homeowners especially with newly planted trees in Dacula. It appears in early summer as unnoticeable light green and yellow spotting on the leaves. Later, the spots will turn a dark blueish-black and sometimes will be raised. The size of the spots depend on which type of pathogen affects the tree.

What can I do to prevent it?

Since tar spot is generally not harmful to the tree, the best thing to do is to rake away the leaves at the end of the season to prevent the spores in the ground from spreading and affecting other trees in the future. Any other maple trees in Dacula should also be raked in order for this method to be effective. Fungicides for trees in Dacula are also available to help treat the area, but are not recommended as the cost can outweigh the benefits.

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Can Aphids Kill My Trees?

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Aphids are a very common insect that attack all types of trees including fruits and maples, by feeding on the sap leaving behind a sticky residue on the leaves. Aphids multiply very quickly, which is why it is best to have a certified Arborist address the problem immediately.

Symptoms of Aphids on Trees:

-Yellowing or curling of the leaves.

-Sappy substance on the leaves, indicating that the aphids have began feeding on the sap.

-Black sooty mold covering the tree, from the honeydew, the most common symptom.

-Presence of ants or ladybugs who feed on the aphids.

-Deformation of the leaves or flowers.

If you have noticed any or all of these symptoms of aphids on your trees, it is important to contact a fully insured tree service with a certified arborist to give a proper consulation on your trees, as this infestation can easily spread and can be hard to treat after negelgence for an extended amount of time. In the meantime, however, there are some home remedies proven effective for this problem including:

  • Mixing dish soap with water and applying it directly to the trees and leaves of the affected areas can be short term fix for the aphids on your trees.

  • Hosing the tree down with cold water has proven to also be effective by simply washing them off.

  • Organic neem oil, found at your local gardening store, is a very commonly used substance by gardeners for all types of insects.

  • Introducing large numbers of ladybugs or ants to your trees will eliminate the problem as they feed on the aphids themselves.

The absolute best thing to do for your trees if you have noticed an outbreak of these pests is to contact North American Tree Service and have a certified Arborist come out to assess and evaluate the overall health of your trees and provide you with a written plan of tree treatments to prevent insects in the future. Tree fertilizations in Watkinsville, tree trimming in Watkinsville and Insecticide sprays in Watkinsville are a very affordable, easy fix for your tree insect problems.

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Can Beetles Damage My Trees?

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one kind of these beetles in your lawn at some point especially if your trees aren’t in good health. If you spot beetles in your trees, chances are you have a much bigger problem, as they primarily attack trees that are decayed or diseased. Beetles attack trees of all species and deposit eggs that hatch and feed on the roots and bark of your trees. There are two different types of beetles that can cause a large amount of damage. This includes the tree borers and the root borers.

Tree Borers

Tree borers, such as bark beetles (shown below) like to tunnel through the soft bark tissue living in the wood, and destroying water and sap conducting tissues. The tough part of ridding your trees of this pest is actually detecting it in the first place. After the beetles enter the tree, they can become immune to insecticide sprays and also visually undetectable unless you hire a Certified Arborist at North American Tree Service. Usually, by the time the homeowner notices the wood borer, the tree is beyond repair and will need a tree removal in Atlanta.

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Root Borers

Root borers do just that, attack the roots of your unhealthy trees. Root problems on trees typically show little to no signs until tree removal in Atlanta is necessary. June beetle, shown below is a very common beetle that feeds on the roots of a large variety of trees but prefers cottonwood, black walnut, cherry, etc. eventually leading to the death of the tree.

In order to keep your trees healthy and safe from these vicious attackers, you must keep your trees healthy! Here are a few things you can do:

-Tree trimmers in Atlanta can keep dead and dying branches off of your trees ultimately providing the tree with maximum nutrition.

-Avoid driving heavy machinery such as lawnmowers over the trees root system as well as damaging the cambium layer by weed-eating too close to the roots.

-Performing tree removal in Atlanta on any trees that are currently infested with these bugs, preventing them from spreading to other unaffected trees in the area.

- Avoid tree trimmers in Atlanta in spring time when the tree is no longer in dormant season.

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Are Tree Watering Bags Worth It?

When you purchase a new tree species you want to make sure you give it the best care in order to ensure its survival. To prevent the tree from going into shock and having to call a certified arborist tree service, you much be aware of what type of conditions it was grown in first. Most nurseries have the trees in small containers that are typically rootbound when removed. When a trees root system is forced to grow in a small container, the roots will become dense and hard to separate over time. When you first remove the tree from the container, make sure to shake out the roots just enough for them to release a little tension. The goal is to ensure the roots will have a head start on growing once they’ve been planted by releasing the compaction.

Nurseries also use a different type of watering system called a drip line. All day, every day, the line just slowly drips water into these containers keeping the soil moist without binge drenching them. This is another factor that could affect the health of the tree and could potentially send it into shock, leaving you with a need for tree removal in Stone Mountain. We want to make sure we are replicating the conditions as much as possible until the tree is well established and this is where the watering bags come in.

What are they?

Slow release watering bags are established around the base of your newly planted trees in Stone Mountain to provide a drip system replica. Tiny holes in the bottom of these bags allow water to consistently drip out at a slow rate replicating an expensive drip irrigation system for less than $10! These bags only need to be filled once every 5-7 days so it cuts your watering time or labor cost in half.

Cost

On the low end, these bags run about $8 a piece on Amazon.com which can add up if you have more than a dozen trees. However, if that is the case, you probably also are going to have to drag a watering can halfway across your property and back to water these suckers every day, which is an inconvenience.

Time

Time is money and saving it is always the goal. Easy installation can be done in less than a couple of minutes. With these watering bags, you’ll cut your watering time in half or less by only having to fill them up every 5-7 days. When the rain comes you could be off watering duty for up to two weeks or more!

Our verdict

At North American Tree Service, we are all about saving the trees and keeping them healthy. We think the watering bags can potentially save you time, money and your trees most of all! Proper watering schedules help the tree to grow in the fastest, most efficient way so if your not a high maintenance watering type these bags are perfect for you! If you have newly planted trees in Stone Mountain that need attention, please feel free to call us today!

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Why Is My Leyland Cypress Turning Brown?

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Leyland cypress trees are known for their fast growing nature and the privacy screen they provide. They are very hardy and tolerant to drought, however they are not susceptible to pests or diseases. A very common disease that has been affecting many leyland cypress trees in the area is called Seiridium and Botryosphaeria canker.

What is Seiridium and Botryosphaeria canker?

Much like a common virus, this disease is quickly spread and needs to be stopped at the first sight. These diseases are both a type of fungi that affect the tree during drought or stress and eventually cause dieback on the limbs that spread to the entire tree. The very first symptoms are the yellowing off the foliage on the tree. Dark cracked areas on the bark will start to appear with small cankers as the virus progresses. Seiridium cankers will develop as small black dots and will have oozing substance similar to the resin flow found on healthy leyland cypress trees in Lilburn, Ga. Botryosphaeria cankers often appear just under the bark on the main stem but produce little to no resin.

How do I treat it?

Few things can be done without an accurate diagnostic on your trees in Lilburn, Ga. However, removing all of the limbs that are infected is the first step. When removing these limbs, make sure they are kept far away from the other trees and disposed of properly. Considering the severity of this virus it is best to have your trees accurately assessed by a certified Arborist in Lilburn, Ga. at North American Tree Service. We can determine what route will be the best in treating and ridding your trees from this virus. Please call us today to have a free estimate done on your Leyland cypress trees in Lilburn, Ga.!

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Is There A Wrong Way To Trim A Tree?

Pruning mistakes are a very common thing, especially in homeowners who live in tight neighborhoods with large trees. They think to themselves, “might as well just trim that single limb back myself”. While this can save you time and money, it will cost you in the long run when the tree needs more intensive work to nurse it back to health after a bad pruning cut. Here are a couple of example of what NOT to do when trimming trees in Watkinsville:

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Flush Cuts

Tree trimming is not as simple as it looks and requires a certain technique in order to prevent opening up the tree to diseases and pests. A lot of times, we see homeowners or uneducated tree service workers in Watkinsville performing flush cuts on trees in an attempt to prune them back. Flush cuts, as shown above, is a term used to describe a cut that goes into the branch collar of the tree, removing the ability for the tree to close the wound properly. Depending on the age, health and type of tree, it could end in the decline of the tree altogether. In many other cases, the tree cannot heal the wound and it eventually dies from insect and pest invasions and disease.

Knob/Stub Cuts
This picture isn’t the best in depicting the eye sore that comes from chopping the branches off into knobs. However, you can see that they didn’t make the cut close enough to the branch collar, therefore the tree won’t be able to heal this pruning cut either. The good news is, you can always take more off and correct your prune, whereas a flush cut cannot be fixed. So, with that being said, start small and be very vigilant in where your shears lie in comparison to the branch collar before making any cuts.

The absolute safest way to prune back your tree in Watkinsville without damaging it, is to call a certified Arborist at North American Tree Service and ask for a free estimate on tree trimmers in Watkinsville. We are knowledgeable and can give you tips and tricks on the job for you to perform on your own. If you are interested in tree trimming in Watkinsville, please call us today!

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Top 4 Trees To Avoid Planting

With thousands of species of trees, it can be difficult to find the “perfect” tree for your landscape. However, there are a few things you want to consider when choosing:

Mature height/width - When planting trees in Athens, Ga., it’s easy to forget about how big the tree will actually grow over the years, which makes it important to plant it far enough from the house and other valuables to make sure it doesn’t end up just getting in the way.

Growth rate - If you are looking for privacy, you might want a tree that grows faster than others. Make sure to check the growth rate on the tree of your choice and plant accordingly

Root system - Placement has a lot to do with this as invasive root systems can be annoying, they might be worth in when planting the tree of your dreams as long as they are placed in the right area, such as far away from septic systems or water lines.

Fruit- It’s important to take into account what type of fruit a tree produces whether its nuts, seeds, or balls and make sure they are in an area that these fruits wont become bothersome.

Flowers - Sometimes flowering trees don’t smell as pretty as they look, such as the Bradford pear in Athens, Ga..

We have made a list of some species you might want to avoid altogether, listed below.

 
 
  1. Cottonwood - Aside from them being very adaptative and hardy in this area, these trees are complete nightmares! They are one of the messiest species in the south, dropping branches, easily uprooted, highly likely to be infested with insect and disease and carrying invasive root systems. This is a species you’ll definitely want to avoid.


 
 

2. Bradford Pear -Bradford pears are one of the most invasive species in this area. They are likely to be seen lining driveways, in neighborhoods and more. The habit of these trees is co-dominant leads shooting up from the trunk, causing it to split becoming too top heavy over time. They also produce white showy flowers in the spring that bring with them a very harsh pungent odor.

 
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3. White Mulberry - Take every downfall of the cottonwood, and add to it a large amount of pollen each year, as well as bird droppings covering your yard from the fruit available and you have a white mulberry.

4. Hackberry - One of the messiest species, the Hackberry is known to have issues with pests, bird and branch droppings, diseases and more.

Tree planting and selection can be a difficult task. North American Tree Service has over 35 years of experience in the tree car industry staffed with Certified Arborist’s to provide you with the best recommendations for your yard. Call today to schedule an appointment for tree planting in Athens, Ga.

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What Type of Oak Tree Do I Have?

Georgia’s state tree is a live oak for good reason! All different types of live oak trees populate this area heavily. Oak trees have about 450 different species, with over 20 of them being native to Georgia. We have listed out a five different types of the most commonly seen oak trees in this area.

White Oak (Quercus Alba)

 
 

Towering at 65-85 feet, the white oak is one of the most popular trees in the area. This tree is specifically used in boat building due to its rot resistance and durability. Showy fall foliage gives this one its personality turning red to orange in the fall. These trees can only be transplanted when they are very young due to the deep tap root that penetrates deep into the soil. Cutting this might forfeit the tree altogether.

Southern Red Oak (Quercus Falcata)

 
 

Slightly larger than the White Oak, the Southern Red is another favorite species of Georgia, making its way to 115-125ft tall. It has 7-11 waxy lobes on its leaves, making it easily distinguishable. It prefers full sun in the Georgia heat so it would be a great shade tree to plant in bare areas. It tolerates drought however, mulching at the base and regular watering are preferred.

Willow Oak (Quercus Phellos)

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Streams and rivers are the common residence for this type as it requires lots of water and good drainage to thrive. This medium sized tree is uniquely distinguished from other oaks because of its long pencil leaves. The fruit of this tree are small acorns, providing food for birds, squirrels and other animals.

Pin Oak (Quercus Palustris)

Fast growing, easy transplant and pollution tolerance, this tree is a favorite for neighborhoods all over the area. It’s not picky with the type of soil its planted in either and can adapt well to any environment. Their wood is very heavy and often used in general construction and for firewood.

Water Oak (Quercus Nigra)

 
 

This tree is commonly identified by its spatula shaped leaves and smooth, brown bark. This provides a great shade tree or ornamental because of its spreading canopy. Like all other oaks, it has a very fast growth rate and adapts well to any type of soil.

Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana)

 
 

Last but not least, Georgia’s state tree is a Live Oak, commonly found on the coast near Savannah and surrounding areas. This beautiful tree has a root system that runs for miles, yes, MILES and is very adaptable. Covered in spanish moss, these trees provide a number of benefits from aesthetics to shade.

Is your tree not listed here? Our tree experts at North American Tree Service can properly identify each and every one of the trees in your yard if necessary, while providing a written report of the health and risks of them as well. If you’re looking for tree service in Winder, Ga. call North American Tree Service, tree experts since 1980.

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