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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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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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6 Trees That Require Next To No Maintenance

When it comes to planting trees on your landscape in Lawrenceville, Ga., you want to be careful which trees you select. Some trees drop large branches year round, while some drop unpleasant sticky balls that are very painful to step on, among much more. We put together a list of some of your lowest maintenance trees to make the choosing a bit easier.

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1. Japanese Maple - Aside from yearly essential pruning, these popular beauties will brighten up your landscape asking little to nothing in return. Planting them is the most maintenance you will do on these guys as they do require good drainage and water in their first year of being planted, but it’s all smooth sailing after that.

2. Autumn Blaze Maple - In the fall, most of us look forward to seeing the changing of the leaves and the bright yellows and reds all up and down the roads. Most of these bright colors are the maple species changing colors. The Autumn blaze is a cross between the northern red maple and the silver, revealing the bright red colors produced in the fall. These trees are considered very popular because of their color and low maintenance nature.

3. Katsura - This tree is much like the maples, just a bit smaller. So if you have a smaller landscape and are looking for low maintenance, disease resistance with the four season appeal of the maples, look no further!

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4. Green Giant Arborvitae - Looking for a great privacy tree without all the diseases of Leyland cypress? These are large, evergreen trees that provide great dense foliage for maximum privacy with minimum maintenance. Little to no pruning is necessary, and its a very fast grower in good conditions!

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5. Chinese Fringe Tree - Fragrance, fast growing, flowering, only 25 feet tall, durable, disease resistant, what more could you want out of a tree?! The Chinese Fringe Tree is the most underrated tree in the area giving its nature and characteristics. Its maximum height is around 25 feet so it will provide plenty of shade without towering over your house.

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6. Chinese Elm -This tree is much like the American Elm, however is disease resistant to the common Dutch Elm Disease, deadly beetles and phloem necrosis. The maximum height is around 40-50 feet and can tolerate drought, clay soil and pollution so if you live close to a city this is your tree!


If you are interested in having a tree planted in your yard in Lawrenceville, Ga. we can help! North American Tree Service specializes in tree planting in Lawrenceville Ga. and is ready to help you with your next project! Fully staffed with certified arborists to properly diagnose and treat any diseased trees on your property and replace them with lower maintenance specimen. Call today for a free estimate on tree planting in Lawrenceville Ga.

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