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Caring for Trees: Identifying Diseased and Damaged Trees

We take trees for granted. They do so much for us. Trees produce a large majority of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Trees provide shade for us and cause our home temperatures to go down during the hot summer, which results in lower energy costs and a better quality of life.

This begs the question, what can we do to positively impact our trees? How does one determine when something is wrong with one of our trees? There are many different ways to tell, and characteristics to look for when determining if your tree is getting the care it needs. There are ways to check if your trees see too much watering, or not quite enough. If you know these things, you can effectively cater to your trees needs so it can continue to give back to you. Our experts at Chapman's Tree Service know that taking care of your trees is important and offers professional plant healthcare services to help keep your trees healthier longer. Take a look below to see if your tree is getting what it needs to survive.

Are You Over Or Under Watering Your Trees?

Too Much:

  • If the ground the tree resides in is wet or damp all the time, this is a good indicator that the tree has been receiving to much water.
  • If the leaves appear green and healthy, but they appear to be fragile to the touch, this could be an indicator that the trees are in fact being overwatered. It is also noted that the age and size of the tree will determine how much water it requires. It is typical that the young trees require more water, as the root system is still developing, and so it cannot take in as much water as larger trees with lots of roots.

Too little:

  • If the Tree's leaves are wilted, which look like they are brown at the tips or edges.
  • If the leaves yellow when it is not supposed to, ie. Early fall color or the leaves are dropping early.
  • If the leaves appear scorched, this is a surefire indicator that the tree is not receiving the amount of water it is supposed to.

Identifying Sick Trees

There are many things to look out for regarding if your tree is not. As a baseline, it would be good to begin by just looking up and down the tree to find any points of interest. Take a look below to see if you identify any of these signs. If so then you may need to contact our experts at Chapman's Tree Service regarding our tree pruning or tree removal services.

  • Dead branches, which can hang low. It seems as if nothing will ever grow on them
  • Other plants growing off of the trees, particularly fungus. This is bad for the tree because these plants are growing off of the tree, thus sapping its energy and essentially "Draining the life", out of it.
  • Holes in the leaves, if they appear to be wilting, or dead and brown.
  • If the leaves are rust-colored, or just a dramatically different color from the green color they are supposed to be.
  • Cankers in the tree. These are best described as once healthy sections of bark that have since died. This is caused by fungi and different types of bacteria. However, this can first get its beginning by the tree itself becoming injured from a variety of different sources, particularly lawnmowers.
  • The tree can also possibly be sick if it just leans a huge amount, causing the heaviest limbs and branches to hang lower than they should.
  • Holes in leaves- This indicates that insects are in fact feeding off your tree.

If you notice that one of your trees is showing disease symptoms or has dead limbs hanging from it you should contact us online or call us at (678)921-8163 for our tree pruning services to try and restore your tree back to a healthy state.

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Caring For Trees During The Summer

It is crucial to care for your trees during the hot summer months, as they provide a large portion of shade in and around your home. This, in turn, keeps your home, and the surrounding yard, cooler.

During the summer, when there is less rain, your trees are at their most vulnerable state. It is important to take note of this when preparing a checklist for proper tree care.

First and foremost, Summer consists of a large portion of our dry months, with little to no rain occurring. Due to this, you may find it necessary to water your trees. Take a look at our tree care list below to make sure you are properly caring for your trees.

Pruning- This is essential in slowing the growth of limbs, or removing damaged limbs from a recent storm.Mulching- Used mainly for aesthetics, this does indeed have a practical use. Adding mulch to the soil around the tree will keep the moisture in the soil, and keep the growth of any weeds or things that should not be growing next to your tree at a minimum. Unwanted Critters- It is important to know that different insects have the potential of harming your tree, such as the Japanese Beetle. These critters can feed off your tree reducing the tree's health as a result. If you find any critters or insects on or near your tree, it is crucial that you call us so an arborist can work to ensure your tree is healthy again.Trust Our Experts

Feel free to call us at (678) 921-8183 should you have any concerns regarding the health of your tree.

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5 Steps For Healthy Trees This Spring

Spring is finally upon us here in GA and it's important that you prepare your trees for the spring and summer ahead. Take a look at our list of 5 steps you can take to protect your trees this year:

1. Clean Up

Kick off the new growing season with a quick spring cleaning – for trees. Rake and gather debris that collected beneath trees over winter, such as small twigs, leaves or fallen fruits. This is especially important with trees susceptible to fungal diseases.

2. Mulch

A layer of mulch helps the soil retain moisture and suppresses weeds. It’s most crucial when caring for younger trees, ones that have been in the ground up to 10 years, but it’s OK to mulch older trees, too.

3. Water

Even though it seems like you never have to water trees, watering your trees can help promote quick healthy growth throughout the spring.

4.Prune

Pruning trees can promote healthy growth while also getting rid of ugly dead spots. If you’re unsure whether a branch is dead, wait until the tree leaves out. Dead branches are easy to spot once leaves unfurl.

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What Causes Trees to Die

There are a number of reasons that can cause tree decay and death. Our team at Chapman's tree services has years of experience and certified arborists to help homeowners in Georgia protect their trees. Over the years we have come across every possible scenario for tree death and can help you to understand why your trees are not growing like they should.

Top 5 Reasons Your Tree Is Dying

Hazards to trees can come in a variety of forms such as accidents, too much herbicide, soil compaction, over or under watering, and much more. Our team aims to protect every tree rather than to remove trees which could otherwise be saved. Take a look below at our top 5 reasons your tree is dying to see if any of these are occurring on your property.

1. Accidents

Automobiles, storms, and even lawnmowers can cause bark damage and wounds on trees. One can avoid tree wounding by planting them in sheltered locations or by providing some sort of barrier. Be very careful while using lawn mowers and weed trimmers, as careless use can damage the roots and bark of even large trees. Check for any damage incurred during heavy storms, and treat it promptly. Remember, the integrity and stability of a tree changes over time.

2. Herbicides

When used properly, chemicals can benefit trees and their growth. Improperly used, herbicides can interact with the roots and damage the tree's health. Make sure the instructions for application are carefully followed. Seek professional help whenever you are not sure.

3. Soil Compaction

This is a slow tree damage process, often with few or no other signs of the cause. In compacted soil, pore space has been reduced and roots do not get enough oxygen. Often the tree slowly declines and dies. Soil compaction can be avoided by aerating the soil, by mulching and by preventing soil disruption around trees on construction sites.

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6 Reasons you should trim your trees

Your landscaping can compliment your home and showcase the overall look and feel you are trying to achieve. A poorly managed lawn or diseased tree detracts from your home's appearance. Pruning and trimming your trees can help make your yard more appealing and your home the envy of the neighborhood.

We have compiled a list of the top reasons you should have your trees trimmed. It is important for you to showcase your investment. Having a beautifully manicured yard can add value to your home not only visually but monetarily.

1. To Beautify Your Yard

Trimming the trees in your yard can be a great way to compliment the surrounding landscape. It can add structure and beauty to a yard that was just missing that one small detail.

In addition to shaping the trees the way you want them, trimming can help trees grow fuller and more consistently.

2. To Help The Tree Grow

Pruning your tree can not only strengthen the roots but it can also promote new growth. With proper technique, a tree can grow stronger and healthier from a professional trimming.

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How to Keep your Christmas Tree Green

As we get into the holiday season, many people have Christmas trees that they want to keep green for as long as possible. There are some simple tips that we recommend to keep your tree looking great from now until the New Year.

First things first, before putting the tree up and adding water, cut an inch or two off the bottom. The sap in the tree will harder after it is cut down so making a fresh cut will make it able to absorb the water.Keep in mind that a fresh tree can drink up to a half a gallon of water a day for the first few days. Make sure there is plenty of water there to ensure this can happen.Do not place the tree near a heat source like a fireplace or a radiator. The increased temperatures will make it dry out faster.Over the years many people have special "mixtures" that claim to keep the tree green for longer. None of these have ever worked, stick to using water that it would be getting in nature.

Following these tips will help guarantee that your tree will look great for the whole month. If you've got any questions about this or anything else tree related, don't ever hesitate to contact us!

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How to Keep your Christmas Tree Green

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Tree Health Care Do you need tree health care? What is tree health care? These are just a couple questions people have when they are looking for someone to improve the health of the trees on their property.  There are many things that can cause your trees to look unhealthy from pests and disease to improper planting or care.  Having a pro...
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Problems With Bradford Pear Trees ​The hybridized Bradford Pear trees that are now growing wild in Eastern Tennessee have become very problematic. We think they need a certified arborist to get in there and help control the population and get better, native trees in place. Read the following article for more information. http://www.wbir.com/news/lo...
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Emerald Ash Borers in Duluth This information is from and credited to: Duluth News Tribune   It has been nearly four months since emerald ash borers were discovered on Park Point, and residents gathered Tuesday evening at Duluth City Hall to discuss the city's emerging plan for how to combat the destructive beetle and save at least some local ...
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Wood Chips Wood chips are recycled from a renewable resource and provide good ground cover for landscaped areas of your yard. They help keep moisture in the ground and prevent run-off from heavy rains. Wood chips are one of the easiest ways to keep your trees, shrubs and flowers healthy. Chapman's Tree Service will deliver wood chips right to your ...
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Green Thumb Enter your Gardening can be a great hobby. Learn or improve your skills to create a beautiful landscape, grow herbs and crops, or simply plant a container garden. Let your kids help too – they will love it. Visit these websites to expand your knowledge or get started in the great hobby of gardening. www.garden.org www.organicgardening.c...
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Tree Entomology T his is the study of insects that affect timber varieties. The most common in Georgia is the Southern Pine Beetle. This insect has been known to kill thousands of acres of pine by boring under the bark of the tree and eating the underlying tissue. Learn about the various pests that can affect your plants by visiting these websites....
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