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Leaving a Mess

When we saw a "company" working on Tuesday, we were wondering how it would turn out.  Our suspicion was raised when we saw that none of the workers were wearing hardhats (required).  Furthermore, there did not seem to be any order to how the job was being done - a lot of trees to remove and no focus or direction [...]

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 [...]

Why Workers Comp Matters

Great info about insurance, how to check and why it matters "Worker's Compensation Insurance-This type of insurance covers the injury of an employee (medical costs, injury income, rehabilitation, legal, retraining in the event of permanent disability, and a life insurance benefit) on the job (your job). This insurance is the most expensive of the three, by far, and is the one [...]

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 [...]

Bubba Strikes Again

I wonder if the homeowner knew this was part of their contract?  People wonder why there is sometimes such a wide range of pricing when they get their quotes.  This is probably worth at least a $400-$600 discount in price.  We could always be the cheapest if we left all the debris at the street!  This had to be done [...]


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 [...]

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Planted a really nice hedge that will fill in nicely and create a border.  Emerald Greens are great border plantings, especially in this case where there is not a lot of room to go wide.  Too often, a leyland or cryptomeria would be planted here.  Bad choice!  Yes, they grow faster - but they would simply get too wide and [...]