Get to know Georgia’s beautiful array of trees and how you can take care of your own! Each month, we feature some of the most popular trees in the state. For February, we are showcasing the Flowering Dogwood. Learn all about Flowering Dogwood trees below!

4 Tips to Get Your Yard Under Control

Ever have that feeling like a chore will own you for the rest of time? Like you’ve put it off for so long that the monkey on your back is probably permanently attached? No, we’re not talking about going to the dentist. (Although, definitely go to the dentist.) We’re talking about your yard. If it’s out of control and you don’t know what to do, here are four steps to take immediately.

  1. Clear Some Space 

Before you do anything else, you need to create a little visual space in your yard by decluttering the landscape. Until you do that, it’s hard to even to see what you’re dealing with. Steps include:

  • Call a donation service to get rid of cars, appliances, or other outmoded technology
  • Pick up and donate or toss old pots, toys, disused plastic chairs, etc.
  • Clear away brush and undergrowth

Once you take these simple steps, you might be amazed how much more clearly you can think.

  1. Trim Grass

Again, this relatively simple (if not easy) step will do wonders for your visual serenity. Get the mower running and trim the grass. Don’t trim it all the way down to nothing, though, because that can damage it. Instead, make several passes over a few-week span, going shorter each time. This gives the grass time to regroup and adjust.

  1. Pull Weeds

Getting weeds out of the picture is the next step. At first, the mere appearance of bare soil will be delightful. Next, you’ll realize … hey! I can plant things there!

  1. Call in the Pros for Tree Care

Now that you’ve cleaned up the property pretty well, it’s time to take care of your branching beauties. Trees with dead, withered, or rotting boughs can pose a serious danger to people and possessions – as well as the tree itself. Even if you don’t have dangerous deadwood, pruning is still critical. Chances are good, if you haven’t deal with the yard for a while, your trees will need a full inspection.
That’s where Premier Tree Solutions comes in. We will give your yard a thorough once over, recommending the right moves for all trees and shrubs. We can also offer help with clearing away brush and debris, removing and grinding stumps, and more. If you’re ready to take back ownership of your garden, call today or contact us here.

Long Live Cherry Blossoms!

Blossoming cherries, Prunus serrulata, stun in gardens throughout the temperate zone every springtime. Bursting into a stunning show of pale to dark pink blooms, the trees – also known as Japanese Cherries or Oriental Cherries – are a beloved of parks, government buildings, and private residences across the world.

So naturally, we’re in love with them too. I mean, we are all about the trees. Here are three of our favorite facts to celebrate the floral explosion this spring.

  1. The First “Real” Blossoming Cherry Arrived in 1912

The first “real” cherry blossom tree – with those huge pink blooms that stun as winter makes its exit – actually didn’t get here until 1912 (after a diseased first attempt in 1910), explains the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The 3,000 trees in that batch, planted in DC, symbolized the friendship between the United States and Japan.

That’s not to say there aren’t native versions, because there are, including the black cherry, rum cherry, and chokecherry. However, while these trees are superficially related to the vibrant blossoming versions we know today, they wouldn’t be recognized as such if you weren’t looking for them.

  1. The Blossoming Cherry Is a Versatile Plant

Although its flowers look incredibly delicate, the blossoming cherry is actually a pretty hardy plant. Not only do its buds break while the cold weather still rules the land, but it can grow in a variety of settings. It tolerates partial shade, though flowers better in full sun, and can handle medium moisture, so you don’t have to worry about drainage like you do with some other trees.

In the Atlanta area, temperatures are almost never cold enough to harm a cherry tree, though occasionally it may flower before a frost and the blossoms will suffer.

  1. Blooms Are Unpredictable!

It’s impossible to predict too far in advance when the trees will bud and bloom. That’s why the National Park Service offers a Bloom Watch for its DC trees, so if you’re planning to visit the capitol’s cherry landmark, you can try to target your trip better. If the blooms will occur in your own backyard, well then, all you need to do is look forward to a nice surprise!

Love blossoming cherry trees as much as we do? Then you’re sure to want to keep them healthy. Don’t wait to clear out that dead branch or clean up those suckers popping up at the bases of your trees. With the right TLC, you can keep them blooming for decades.

Get in touch with family-owned and -operated Premier Tree Solutions and set up an appointment for tree care and maintenance throughout your yard, and enjoy a beautiful, blossom-scented springtime! If you’d like to learn more about us and how we can help you, please get in touch and contact us here.