What is a Seasonal Needle Drop?

What is a Seasonal Needle Drop?

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What is a Seasonal Needle Drop?

Evergreens seasonal needle dropEvery year, evergreens will experience what is known as a seasonal needle drop. This needle drop is a normal part of its cycle. Needles of conifers have different life spans and don’t remain on the tree indefinitely. Many evergreen needles will turn yellow and brown as they age and later drop off. The change can be gradual, or with some tree species, it can be fast. The seasonal needle drop can cause concern to homeowners who aren’t familiar with this regular occurrence.

When a drought occurs, needle browning may be more noticeable because needles are shed due to the lack of water. White pines will especially show a dramatic needle drop. In mature species, the number of yellow needles dropped can outnumber the season’s growth. White pines typically keep needles for about three years, but in fall, those needles will change colors and later drop.

Red pines drop its needles in their fourth year. Fir and spruce needles turn yellow and drop too, but their change is less noticeable as their older needles are thinned out over time, which makes the experience more gradual and less drastic. It’s important to check your plants regularly for growth. If your current season’s growth is wilted or discolored, your tree may be suffering from disease or an insect issue and should be diagnosed properly.

Ultimately there is no control required with this natural process. You can take precautions to prevent any injury to younger trees to keep them looking their best for a long time. This means irrigating the tree thoroughly before the ground freezes, which will help to minimize the possibility of injury during winter weather. As long as the needle drop occurs from older growth and isn’t overly excessive, the needle drop is a natural process. Always follow practices to keep your tree healthy throughout the entire year and its lifetime.

For more information on how to care for your tree, contact Yellow Ribbon, a trusted tree expert. We can help you understand what is normal for plants and trees at different times and help diagnose any potential problems with your plants.

Should You Wrap Your Tree Trunks in the Winter?

How to wrap trees for winterWhile trees are resilient, some trees are susceptible to damage during the winter months, so they may need a little extra protection. Our expert arborists in Atlanta recommend wrapping your trees before winter temperatures drop to keep them healthy and strong for the next growing cycle.

Why Do Trees Need Wraps?

You might think that your trees need protection from the cold of winter, but the real culprit is the sun. On clear days, tree trunks warm up with direct exposure to the southern winter sun, but at night the temperatures drop significantly. During the fall, tree cells go dormant, but this direct sunlight on a warm winter day can cause these cells to reawaken prematurely. These cells are not able to stand up to the nighttime winter temperatures, so they become weakened and damaged. This permanent damage to the bark is called sunscald. In addition, the constant temperature fluctuations from warm days to extremely cold nights will cause the bark of a tree to expand and contract, which can lead to deeper cracks and damage.

Which Trees Need Wraps?

Young trees are the most susceptible to sunscald. Their bark is thin and easily affected by the fluctuating temperatures of winter. New trees that receive direct sunlight should be wrapped for their first few winters to protect them. Older deciduous trees (ones that annually shed their leaves) that have thin bark can also be affected by sunscald. In the southeast, this may include ash, birch, cottonwood, honey locust, maple, oak, peach, and willow trees. Pay particular attention to trees that have recently been exposed to direct sunlight after removing structures or other trees that may have protected them in the past. Evergreens planted near susceptible trees can also protect them from sunscald by filtering the light and heat from the sun.

How Do Tree Wraps Work?

A light-colored wrapping paper, fabric, or plastic is used to protect tree trunks and lower limbs from sunscald. This wrap reflects light away from the tree to prevent the surface temperature from rising during the day, reducing bark expansion, and avoiding sunscald. Tree wraps must be applied properly to keep moisture out, which can also cause damage to the tree.

Wraps should only be used during the months where freezing temperatures are likely, from late fall through early spring. If wraps are not removed in the spring, insects will flourish, causing pest damage to the tree or interfering with its natural growth cycle.

Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts can assess your trees and determine which ones need to be wrapped this winter. Our trained and knowledgeable tree experts can prepare your trees for the winter with wrapping, pruning, bracing, mulching, and fertilizing.

Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh With These 4 Tips

Tips for keeping your Christmas tree freshThere are many people who believe that Christmas is not Christmas without a freshly-cut tree in their living room but have no idea how to keep it looking fresh and preserved all season long. If you’re going to invest in a real tree this holiday season, there are five easy tips that you can use to keep your tree beautiful and fresh all season long.

4 Tips for a Beautiful and Fresh Christmas Tree All Season Long

1. Use a tree stand that holds up to a gallon of water. After the tree has been in your home for a week or two, it will begin to take in additional water. This is also true if it was not freshly cut when you purchased it (i.e. a pre-cut tree). Make sure you keep water in the tree stand until it stops taking in water during the first few hours. This level of water should be maintained throughout the entire season so make sure you keep plenty of water in the tree stand at all times.

2. If you’ve purchased a pre-cut tree, make sure you refresh the tree before putting it in your home. You can do this by making a straight cut at the bottom of the tree, removing about 1 inch off the bottom of the tree.

3. Make sure your tree lights are maintained and turned off at night. While the tree is inevitably going to die, leaving the lights on will speed up the process. You can also use mini lights to slow down the drying out process.

4. Keep the room that your put your tree in at a cooler temperature. Trees prefer cooler temps, so turn your heat down when you can and consider placing your tree next to a window.

Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts are arborists in the Atlanta area that can help with all of your tree trimming and removal needs. Contact us today for more information.

5 Signs for Knowing it’s Time to Remove Your Tree

When is it time to remove a tree from your propertyTrees add to the aesthetic appeal of your property with their colorful blooming leaves in spring and the much-needed shade from the summer heat. However, as a result of age and other factors, they can also cause damage or injury when they are dying or are already dead. As a homeowner, what signs should you look for to prevent potential danger? Listed below are five most common signs that you should look out for to have your tree removed.

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Why Trees Are Always a Good Investment

Are trees a good investmentDespite the rewarding feeling of owning a home, it can sometimes feel like having a second job. Between routine maintenance and surprise repairs, you always need to be on your guard. After all, your home is your biggest investment, and you want your investment to grow. When you’re thinking about your property value, don’t forget to look outside your home too. There’s lots of potential to increase your home’s value in your trees and shrubs.

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Winter Weather Tree Preparation

Winter Weather Tree TrimmingTrees naturally adapt to seasonal changes, but taking a few precautionary measures leading up to the winter months can help them better weather the storm and ensure that they are healthy going into the warmer months that follow. Check out some of these winter weather tree preparation tips to keep your trees happy and healthy through the colder months.

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5 Common Causes of Tree Death

Ants Infesting TreeIf you’ve found yourself having to remove multiple dead trees from your property, you may want to investigate the cause of the deaths. Keeping your trees healthy isn’t too hard, but sometimes there are outside factors beyond your control. If you need help keeping your trees healthy or removing dead or diseased trees, contact us at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts today.

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How to Tell if Your Tree is Diseased or Dead

Dead Tree Removal

Trees can get sick. In fact, it happens often. Many times, trees are able to fight a sickness by themselves. Occasionally though, a tree’s sickness is a potentially-fatal disease that, without human intervention, deteriorates gradually until the tree is dead. For tree owners, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a diseased tree that still has a chance to survive with the proper treatment and a dead tree. Click here to read more »

Does Ivy Kill Trees?

Georgia Ivy

If you’re living in Atlanta, chances are you’ve encountered the ivy that is all over the trees here. This ivy, called “kudzu” is a very aggressive invader and grows at a rapid rate. It’s common all over Georgia and takes over vegetation all around the city and the state.

This ivy threatens all vegetation levels, as it takes over wherever it can grow. When the ivy takes over a form of vegetation, it blocks essential light from reaching the plant, which stunts future growth. It also prevents the plant from producing new leaves or branches and can be heavy enough to cause a tree to fall over or break during a severe storm. Click here to read more »

Tree Care Tips for Atlanta Residents

Atlanta Tree Care Tips

Trees and shrubs are an essential part of any human environment, and a professional tree service in Atlanta may be the answer to all your landscaping needs. If you’re interested in some tips for planting and removing trees, check out the information below. Click here to read more »