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tree being fertilized with a deep root wand

Should trees be fertilized?

A fertilization program is used to maintain trees and shrubs in a vigorous condition and to increase their resistance to injury from diseases and insects. However, the addition of any soil nutrient is recommended only if soil or plant foliage tests indicate a deficiency. Trees and shrubs that need fertilization to stimulate more robust and vigorous growth include those exhibiting pale green, undersized leaves and reduced growth rates and those in declining condition (e.g. dead branch tips, dieback) resulting from insect attacks or disease problems. Trees and shrubs which should not be fertilized include newly planted specimens and those with severe root damage from recent trenching or construction.

Should trees be fertilized?
tree pictured with standing water around trunk from too much rain

Heavy rain affects your trees

The recent excessive amount of rain we have received this summer in the Metro-Atlanta area may be causing significant damage to the trees on your property. June rainfall totals have surpassed previous records in many areas and the trend looks to be continuing into the balance of the summer for 2017

How rain will effect your trees
tree service flips crane onto a house

How to Choose a Tree Service

Tree work can be very dangerous. Trained professionals, who use chainsaws day-in and day-out will get injured from time to time, so why would a homeowner with limited experience attempt tree work on their own? Learn what to look for when hiring a tree service. This quick guide will help you ask the right questions and feel confident when hiring a tree company, even if its not ours...This Post has been submitted by Sean Sewell ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5701A

How to hire a Tree Service
Camelia leaf with small tea scale crawlers

March 28, 2017 **PEST ALERT**

Tea scale crawlers were observed in Atlanta, GA on March 28th. Tea scale are an armored scale that cause chlorosis and can lead to overall plant decline. Tea scale have multiple overlapping generations and are commonly found on holly and camellia species throughout the southeastern U.S. Nursery trials demonstrate soil application of a systemic insecticide works very well at season long control of these pests. Foliar sprays of Horticultural Oils, are also good options, but keep in mind multiple foliar applications may be required on plants with heavy infestations. To learn more about this issue, feel free to reach out to a Certified Arborist .This Post has been submitted by Sean Sewell ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5701A

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Oak tree fallen across backyard in Cumming, Ga

Recent Storms in North Atlanta

This most recent storm came through on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at around 9pm. This storm while short lived, caused alot of seemingly random wind related damage scattered throughout North Atlanta. Many homeowners report hearing a "roaring sound" similar to a train coming through but damage doesnt point to any type of cyclone. It appears that short bursts of high winds put tremendous strain on tree root systems and limb attachments. From observations over the past 2 days a pattern is emerging in trees that failed vs. trees that remained standing. Of course hindsight is 20/20, but in all the trees that failed there is an obvious defect at the point of failure. Whether it is a rotted buttress root, canker or internal decay, in almost every case the reason for failure can be traced back to a weakness in the tree or root system as opposed to simply high winds. While high winds are always a factor, the vast majority of trees remained strongly anchored while weakened trees failed. As an Arborist, I can't help but think how much property damaged could have been avoided if an ISA Certified Arborist had been called to the property and performed a tree risk assessment. At Richmond Tree Experts, we currently offer Free Tree Evaluations to new and existing customers. Simply call up and schedule your free evaluation today and one of our 3 ISA Certified Arborists will gladly come out and check on your trees before the next wind event comes around. We love trees as much as you do, and will not recommend removing any tree arbitrarily. We strongly believe in helping educate our customers as to the benefits of proper tree care while helping to avoid property damage. This Post has been submitted by Sean Sewell ISA Certified Arborist #SO-5701A

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