Almost every home across the country that has a patio has at least one or two trees on the property. Many homeowners’ outdoor landscapes include the use of a variety of different trees to decorate their yard and provide ample shade from the sun. These trees must be cared for to stay strong, healthy, and beautiful. Ideally, you should prune and trim your trees at least once a year. However, if you haven’t kept your trees for several years, don’t worry, it’s not too late. If you’re not sure when it’s time to call in a professional, below is a list of four signs that it’s time to hire a tree service contractor.
1. Tree branches are too long
When your tree branches get too tall and you will notice it, it is time to prune the tree. A sure sign is if you have low hanging branches that make it difficult to walk under the tree. These low branches can be cut to give you full use of your tree and its shade. The branches can also grow too large and scratch your home, garage, car, or electrical wires. In cases like this, it is very important that you trim your tree before it causes serious damage to your property. Don’t wait until a storm hits and causes extensive damage to your home or car, or falls completely tree company Greenville.
2. The tree looks bad
If you notice that your tree has taken on an odd shape, it’s time to call in the professionals for shaping. Your tree may start to lean, look crooked, or it may have many branches in one area and look rather sparse in other areas. A professional tree service provider can help your tree grow healthy branches and return to its original shape. You should also call a professional if you notice that the tree is cracked or broken. If not treated properly, this can be difficult to correct and can actually permanently damage the tree.
3. The tree has dead branches
If you notice dead or broken branches on your tree, it is imperative that you remove them. If left untreated, these branches are more likely to cause disease or an insect infestation. Diseases, infections, and decay can quickly spread to other areas of the tree, eventually destroying it. Diseases can also spread to other trees in your yard if they are not maintained. If the entire tree is already dead, you will have to remove it from your garden.
4. No sun shines through the branches
It is true that trees provide shade from the sun, which is great on hot summer days. However, there should still be a bit of light shining through the canopy of the tree branches. When you are standing under the tree, you should be able to see the sunlight when you look up at the sky. If you can’t, you should have the tree thinned. This will keep your tree healthy by making sure it gets enough air and sunlight to grow properly.
In the fall, leaves are a big issue. A scenic drive through the mountains can provide a spectacular display of nature’s colors. Beautiful in their transformation; golden leaves dripping from the trees, flaming reds against the sky, muted browns reminding us of the long-awaited shift to a cooler climate. But then they fall … And they turn into more yard work.
Business owners and property managers know that having land in poor condition seems terribly unprofessional. Homeowners associations are responsible for making sure community grounds are well maintained, and homeowners want to enjoy the cooler weather and vacations without worrying about keeping their landscaping well-groomed.
This month, as aeration and overseeding service requests finish, collecting tons and tons of leaves, your lawn maintenance provider should also plan and schedule services to enhance your garden’s appeal for the winter season and prepare the garden beds and lawns for the coming spring
Preparing your landscape for winter
Irrigation Systems – At this time of year, irrigation system closures are particularly important as winter approaches with the possibility of freezing temperatures. Here in Greenville, South Carolina, we have relatively mild winters, but temperatures typically drop below freezing.
Shutting down the system to prevent damage to pipes and other components is a priority in mid to late fall to avoid costly repairs. Another very important consideration is safety. Systems left on when temperatures drop below freezing can present conditions that allow ice to form on sidewalks, walkways, and streets. An unexpected ice sheet can be a big surprise for drivers and pedestrians.
If fall annuals or new landscaping materials were recently installed, it may be necessary to leave the areas serving the newly planted beds for a longer period of time until the plants acclimatize but other areas can be shut down. This is something that needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Padding: Another winterizing service is padding for beds. A layer of mulch is important for the protection of plant materials and to provide a neat appearance during the cold, arid winter months. Whether you prefer to use pine straw, color enhanced mulch, or natural color mulch, a good time to place an application is after most of the leaves have fallen, so you have that fresh appeal for the holiday season.
Although some customers prefer mulch materials that are applied in late winter or early spring, many request mulch or pine straw before the holiday season begins. Be careful mulching too early, it is impossible to remove all the fallen leaves from a fresh pine straw application. We encourage application as the foliar season draws to a close. Your lawn maintenance company should work with your clients to schedule mulch and other services to fit their schedules and budgets.
Lawn Applications: Depending on the grass species you own and the chosen maintenance plan, winter fertilizer applications and pre-emergence weed control applications may be in order. The composition and application times vary depending on the condition and species of your lawn.