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Pruning for Clearance

Keeping a tree properly pruned (or trimmed) is a critical step in the health of a tree.  One typical need is to prune trees back for structural clearance.  Tree limbs and branches that are too close to a house (e.g. gutter, roof, etc.) need to be cut back for at least a few reasons: It looks bad!  Don't worry about a lopsided [...]

Tree Problems You Can Find – Mushrooms

The Ugly World of Topping

This is just about the most ridiculous, hideous practice going.  PEOPLE OF ATLANTA, if you think your tree is too tall, THIS is not the answer!!  Not only does it look incredibly stupid (for a few years), it forever deforms the tree and creates a significant hazard as it grows larger (or creates a maintenance event every few years).  For [...]

Don’t Use Climbing Spikes When Pruning Trees

Is your tree care provider using spikes to climb while pruning your trees? Ouch! Climbing spikes are sharpened steel spikes attached to the climber’s leg by leather straps and padded supports. These spikes are traumatizing to your living tree and create unnecessary damage. Each puncture from a climbing spike produces a certain amount of tree tissue death around it to some [...]


The ginkgo is not a dense shade tree, but it is unusual, very hearty and bright yellow in the fall.  This is a great choice if you want something unique. Odds are, you don't already have this tree in your landscape. Another interesting characteristic of the Ginkgo is that most gymnosperms (and flowering plants) have both sexes on the same [...]

Amateur Hour – Pruning Limbs

Out for a drive in Atlanta (Sandy Springs) and we just have to stop and take a picture of this travesty.  We don't know if this was the homeowner or one of the many chop shops (aka butcher shops, aka Bubba), but whoever did this just sentenced this white pine to death. Guessing from the diameter of these limbs, the [...]

Crapemyrtle or Crape Myrtle

The Crapemyrtle was introduced in the US in the mid-1700's from China. This is certainly a poplar tree for Atlanta landscapers as typically an accent plant.  It can be planted alone (specimen) or in a cluster (3-5 usually work best). Their flower color varies from white to pink to purple or dark red and blooms in the summer. Size [...]

Red Maple

The red maple is a great choice for a fast growing, beautiful fall color shade tree. Most often, the undesirable silver maple is what is found in the landscape which many (including the city of Atlanta) consider to be a "trash tree." Instead, the red maple provides stronger limb joints, better form and prettier color.  Additionally, its roots are not [...]


Cryptomeria is known as an ornamental tree in the US, it is however the main timber tree species in Japan. It is a favorite for builders, often placed as an accent plant on the corner(s) of a house...and often planted too close. Don’t confuse this with the leyland cyprus - similar in look as well as in landscape function (fast [...]


One of my favorite trees is the hickory, prized for it's use in tools and equipment because of it's hard wood.  Hickory wood is great firewood and of course gives us the great flavor to smoked meats. It is also great tree in areas with high winds because of tap roots that go down deep in the earth, making the [...]