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How Drought Affects Your Trees

Georgia has always been known for extreme weather conditions, humid summers, sudden changes in temperature and more!

This year we have been experiencing a major drought in the area which spiked the conversation about the most common issue our certified Arborist’s have been running into while out inspecting jobs this year.

The dry soil and hot conditions can majorly affect the life span and health of your trees in Grayson. We have listed a few symptoms of trees under drought stress so you can properly identify the source.

  • Yellowing Leaves

  • Leaf Droppings

  • Leaf Scorch/Burn

  • Shriveled Leaves

  • Small Leaves

  • Early Fall Color

Trees typically prepare for winter by producing photosynthates in order to harden off properly and be able to survive through winter.

The problem with drought, is the tree will not have enough energy or nutrients to do this properly which could kill the tree through the winter conditions.

It is important to have your trees properly assessed by a Certified Arborist in Grayson to detect any signs of drought stress.

In the meantime, here are a few tips you can do to help save your trees!

  1. Water correctly.

    It’s important to be on a consistent watering schedule, as this can heavily impact the health of your trees. Watering bags offer a slow and consistent drip system at a very low cost for your trees. If you don’t have access to watering bags, a standard rule of thumb is to water for 45 seconds per tree, every two to three days. It’s important to not allow the root zone, which extends well past the canopy to dry out.

  2. Prune back dead branches.

    Leaving dead and dying branches on trees can induce more stress on the tree which is why it is important to have a tree trimming in Grayson service regularly prune your limbs. Make sure you perform proper pruning on your tree especially in a time of drought because the tree will not be able to heal the trimming wounds if they are done incorrectly.

  3. Avoid fertilizing.

    Most fertilizers contain large amounts of salt, which will burn the roots if there isn’t enough water available. It’s best to avoid fertilizing the tree al together and call a tree expert in Grayson to properly assess your trees.

  4. Don’t resort to removals.

    Trees have a funny way of tricking us about their actual health conditions. A tree that looks completely dead could be in good health and a tree that looks perfect could have a hollow, diseased trunk. A certified Arborist is the only way to properly assess the health of your trees and advise a plan to combat the drought stress without removing the tree all together.

If your concerned about your trees in Grayson, give us a call today to get started on a plan with a certified Arborist.

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What is Causing Black Spots on My Maple Leaves?


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.

If you have concerning trees on your property, call North American Tree Service to have a certified Arborist conduct a consultation today!

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Why Is My Leyland Cypress Turning Brown?


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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