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Atlantans Rejoice! Studies Show Living Near Trees is Good for Your Health

A recent study by researchers in Toronto points out what most of us already knew: trees are beneficial for your health in more ways than one. Adding trees to the city’s urban areas actually improved the resident’s health and emotional outlook, according to the study. We’re a long way from Toronto, but making sure you are surrounded by trees can give you and your family the same benefits!

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7 Tips for Planting Trees Better

Tips for successful tree plantingPlanting is usually associated exclusively with the spring time when the winter frost melts away and the spring sun warms the ground. However, the best time to plant your trees and work in your yard is actually the fall. The soil is still warm enough through the winter months that the roots are able to grow. By the spring time, the roots are ready to take in the reserve of water and you won’t have to deal with transplanting your new tree. While fall planting is a great hidden gem of knowledge in the gardening world, here are 7 more gardening tips to help you plant your trees better this year:

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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.

Beautiful Outdoor Holiday Lighting in 4 Easy Steps

Tips for holiday lightingAs your Atlanta area tree experts, we love seeing all your holiday yard decorations. Whether you add a few festive lights for the family to enjoy or go all out for the neighborhood holiday lighting competition, these easy tips will get you started.

4 Ways to Easy Holiday Lighting

Tree Lights

Wrapping your outdoor trees with holiday lights can create a magical display to brighten those dark winter nights. Trees that have shed their leaves are perfect for wrapping with lots of string lights. Whether you choose all white or multicolored, the more lights you use in your trees, the better it will look. LED mini-lights are optimal because they are cooler, brighter, last longer, use less energy, and you can connect more strands together. Also, when one light goes out, it will not cause the others to go out, which is perfect for trees.

Bush Lights

When decorating your bushes and shrubs, use different styles of lights on different sized plants. For hedges or large bushes, use net lights for even coverage. Net lights are easy to install because they just lay on top of the bushes. Small shrubs that are low to the ground look great with strands of single-colored lights wrapped around them. In groupings, consider placing a different color on each shrub. Tall evergreens can be decorated just like you would a Christmas tree with multi-colored lights wrapped around them. Using all white lights on all bushes and trees can give your yard an elegant look.

Path Lights

Lighting pathways and driveways with a row of lights will give your lighting display extra depth. Never line pathways with the lights sitting directly on the ground. Instead, use elevated lights on stakes that push into the ground. There is a wide variety of pathway lights available, from holiday shapes to over-sized individual lights. Choose ones you like the best, but just make sure to line the entire length of the path or it will look unfinished.

House Lights

When decorating your home with holiday lights, the sky is the limit. Icicle lights are perfect for the architectural features of your home, such as roof lines, arches, bay windows, and porches. Rather than framing the outline of windows with string lights, wrap wreaths with lights and large red ribbons, then place in front of each window on the front of your home. The wreaths look great during the day and even better at night with the lights lit up. Frame your entryway or front-facing garage doors with string lights and hang large lighted wreaths in the middle.

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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 »