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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.

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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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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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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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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Signs Your Tree Is Under Stress

Most trees that have reached maturity will be fairly easy to care for an require minimum maintenance. However, other factors can also come into play. If you have noticed any of the following signs or symptoms of stress on your trees in Stone Mountain, Ga. be sure to call a Certified Arborist at North American Tree Service to schedule a free estimate for your trees before it is too late! Here are a few signs to look out for:

Dropping Limbs

Limb dropping is a very common thing that could be from either a poor pruning job that resulted in the limbs not healing properly to form strong bonds, internal tree problems such as bacterial wetwood or just part of that specific tree’s nature. River birch trees for example are known to drop large limbs and branches year round without any cause or explanation. However, more often than not, a tree that is dropping limbs in Stone Mountain, Ga. is a definite cause for worry and should be assessed by an Arborist at North American Tree Service as soon as possible.

Yellowing/Dropping Leaves

Overwatering or drought are the most common causes of the trees dropping leaves. This could also be a nutrient deficiency in the soil. When you call North American Tree Service, we can perform soil test in Stone Mountain, Ga. and determine if the soil is causing a problem for the tree and if any nutrients need to be added.

Slimy Discharge

Improper pruning cuts leave your trees exposed to all types of damage including pests and slime flux. This bacterial deisease causes sap to ooze from the wound. If this has already infected you trees, its best to call a Certified Arborist as soon as possible to assess the damage and give you a treatment plan.

Peeling Bark

Trees will naturally exfoliate themselves and rid the dead layers as it grows. However disease, insect and animal fungus are the most common reasons for peeling bark. These are usually the last stages of tree decline, meaning the tree most likely will not be able to be saved at this point. However, one of our certified Arborist’s will be able to determine how far along the decay has actually gone and if the tree can be saved or not.

Ants Around The Trunk

Carpenter ants only nest and feed on decayed wood, meaning there could be a much larger problem with the tree. The actual decay of the tree could be caused by a number of factors including drought, environmental stress, disease etc. This could be determined at the time of the estimate by one of our certified Arborists at North American Tree Service.

Mushrooms Near The Base

Honey fungus is a deadly fungi that attacks a trees root system and causes decline. Signs of honey fungi are flat top, yellow-brown mushrooms near the base of your trees. These are usually cause by overwatering since mushrooms and other fungi thrive in extremely wet conditions. Not performing proper prunes on your dead and diseased limbs can also cause the invasion of this fungi. If you notice this fungi growing on your property in Stone Mountain, Ga. be sure to call a Certified Aborist from North American Tree Service to assess the other trees and plants around it, as this disease is easily spread.

Keep your trees healthy and call today for an estimate on your trees by a Certified Arborist from North American Tree Service!

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How To Care For Your Fruit Trees

Fruit trees carry a lot of value to a home for many reasons! Most produce beautiful foliage along with producing your own types of fruits are always big property value uppers. These tips will ensure your fruit trees will thrive and produce wonderful juicy fruit for years to come!

Thinning

Some fruits have a tendency to rot when they are touching one another. Thinning is a technique that is commonly used on apple and peach trees. Essentially you will want to aim for about 4-6 inches in between each fruit. This might seem like a wasteful practice, since you’ll be picking off seemingly perfect fruit and disposing of it but trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the long run when your fruit comes in with little to no disease, rot or insects. The best time to start performing this technique is right when the fruit starts to set.

Proper Pruning

Dead and dying limbs play a huge role in the overall health of the tree. Which is why it is important to make sure you perform routine pruning yearly on your tree in the dormant season ONLY. Making sure the company performing the pruning on your trees is reputable is a MUST, as improper pruning can lead to more issues and eventually decline of the tree as a whole. Call North American Tree Service for proper pruning on your trees in Athens, Ga.

Fungicide/Insecticide

Unfortunately, sometimes even after all the previous steps are performed correctly, you may run into some issues with pests or fungus growing on the leaves or the trunk of the tree. North American Tree Service also does regular fertilization in Athens, Ga. along with fungicide or insecticides as needed.

A certified Arborist from North American Tree Service in Athens, Ga will be able to properly diagnose and treat all of your beloved trees correctly. Make sure to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment with an Arborist for an estimate!

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