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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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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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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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Why Is My Newly Planted Tree Dying?

Whether its a new tree or you decided to move a tree you already planted in your yard, planting a tree in a new area can cause a lot of adverse reactions for a number of reasons.

Root Bound

Most of the trees you’ll find at nurseries are root bound from being in small containers. This means, as the tree has grown the roots have conformed to the shape of the container, becoming bound together and unable to separate, depending on the severity. You want to make sure to try and shake these roots out and release the roots from each other before planting the tree to prevent root girdling in the future. Sometimes, trees that are so badly root bound will not survive. If your not sure if a tree has become too root bound to survive, call the tree experts at North American Tree Service to transplant the tree for you.

Transplant Shock

When your moving a tree from one spot to another, or from a container into the ground, it’s best to make the transition as smooth as possible to prevent the tree from going in to shock. Good soil, lots of water and mulching 5 inches away from the trunk will ensure the tree gets a healthy start. However, if you notice yellowing of the leaves or the tree dropping leaves, it’s best to call a tree expert at North American Tree Service to inquire for a free estimate on your trees in Grayson, Ga. as the tree could need more intensive care such as a fertilization.

Over-pruning

Young trees do not have the capacity to heal themselves from improper or over pruning as a mature tree would. Some trees you might find grow a little funky in their first year but it is best to properly prune them in their dormant season. Make sure to have a tree trimmer in Grayson, Ga. such as North American Tree Service perform the actual prunes on your trees as this can be detrimental to the trees health. Removing the dead or dying branches is necessary though, so the tree isn’t using all of its nutrients to repair a dead branch, allowing it to direct the nutrients in the proper direction for the tree to flourish.

If none of these apply to your tree’s condition, don’t panic! Call a professional tree service, North American Tree Service for more information on how to move forward with the tree in it’s condition. Try to avoid re-planting until you talk to a certified arborist in Grayson, Ga. to prevent the tree from going into an additional shock.

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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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