Premier Tree Solutions Uses JAWS at Governor’s Mansion to Decorate for the Holidays!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion! On Monday, November 20, the Premier Tree Solutions crew helped spread some holiday cheer by putting up the Christmas tree at the Governor’s Mansion.

They used JAWS, the TreeMek to help get the job done. Premier Tree Solutions is the first company in Georgia to own and use JAWS. It is a safer solution for your property and a safer solution for us with no climbing or ropes needed.

Contact Premier Tree Solutions today at 404-252-6448 to learn more about the JAWS and how it is changing the way tree work is done in Atlanta. You can also contact us to schedule a free assessment.

Winter Tree Care

Winter feels like a great time to hunker down and hibernate, especially if you live in an area that sees chilly weather. But braving the outdoors to give a little attention to your landscape can lead to vibrant blooms in the spring and summer. Even if your trees are dormant in the winter, here’s what you can do now to keep them healthy and happy year-round.

Prime Time for Pruning

There are several reasons why cooler winter weather is the best time to prune your trees. For one, bare branches are easier to trim since visibility is better, and tree professionals get an unobstructed view of what needs to be removed. For another, winter is a lull in the growth cycle for most trees, so pruning them now when they’re dormant means you’re unlikely to cause damage to the vulnerable new growth.

And speaking of new growth, wintertime pruning lays the foundation for spring abundance in that department. Pruning facilitates heartier growth for the spring season, because it gives new branches and leaves more sun exposure and space in which to spread.

Unsure when or where to start? Deciduous trees like maples and beeches can benefit from late-winter February pruning, along with fruit trees and evergreens, when the threat of a destructive freeze has largely passed. The best time to prune oaks is December or January.

There are several pruning methods to use, including removing dead or at-risk branches, and thinning that controls your tree’s shape, size, and growth pattern. If you have the know-how and equipment for proper pruning, feel free to tackle small shrubs on your own. But if there’s any uncertainty on your part, or you have larger trees that require heavy-duty equipment, be sure to leave it to the pros. We know precisely how to remove at-risk or dead branches without causing injury to the rest of your tree.

Bundle Up with Burlap

Most established trees can withstand cold fronts. But in southern climates when it comes to young saplings or sensitive plants, a burlap covering may be in order. This material can lock in warmth while still being breathable enough for sufficient air flow. Drape the burlap over your plant all the way to the ground, and secure it with twine. Only leave this covering on for the duration of the cold snap, as keeping it on any longer could cause excessive heat to build up. Some of the plants that need the most protection from a frost include jasmine, citrus, bougainvillea, and hibiscus.

Fertilize Before Frosts

Although you may not see much growth on branches throughout the winter, the roots below are busy expanding. Fertilizing before a frost delivers a hefty dose of nutrients to hungry roots so they can grow stronger throughout the winter.

Insulate with Mulch

We often think of springtime as the ideal season for mulching, but it doesn’t hurt to freshen up your mulch in the fall, too. Doing so can add an extra layer of insulation to your tree’s roots, which can protect them against cold weather. If you tend to experience dry winters, having mulch will also help the roots retain moisture throughout the season.

For expert pruning services to support your trees’ health, rely on Premier Tree Solutions. Our arborists specialize in tree care and removal to keep your property safe and attractive. Call 404-252-6448 to request an estimate, contact us online for an assessment, or reach out immediately at 404-569-8897 for emergency service.

Should You Plant Trees in the Winter?

Planting a tree feels good for the soul, and benefits your landscape and the environment overall. While we’d love to say that it’s never a bad idea to plant one, in reality, there are some parameters when it comes to doing it right.

Whether you’re resolving to spruce up your property for the New Year or cabin fever has you craving greenery, here are some important details you should know about planting trees in the winter.

When’s the Best Time to Plant Trees?

When it comes to planting a new tree, there are many variables that can contribute to its long-term success. From soil composition to choosing the right tree species for your region, getting these details ironed out gives your sapling the best odds of thriving. Among the most important factors of optimal tree planting is the timing.

Across the board, the best time to plant a tree is during its dormant season. This is the time frame when new growth either stops completely or slows considerably. Though that does usually happen in the winter season for many species, we encourage you to pause before you pick up the shovel.

Wintertime Tree Planting: Why Not?

Though it may seem counterintuitive, the dead of winter isn’t the best time to plant trees for several reasons. For one, frozen ground can make it difficult for you to dig to the proper depth. The hole for your tree should be as deep as the root ball is tall, but colder temperatures and lack of moisture may mean you’ll have trouble digging beyond a few inches.

Another important concern is that frosts are risky for young trees. Even if it isn’t going through a growth spurt yet, your small sapling won’t have the strength needed to withstand such temperature extremes.

The Right Season for Saplings

If trees should be planted during their dormant season, but not during extreme cold, that leaves a fairly small window of time for you to do your planting. The good news is that you have two options: most trees can either be planted in the fall, after leaves have dropped but before the ground has gotten too cold, or after the spring thaw but before any buds have emerged.

The very best time will come down to the tree’s species. Conifers like spruces and cypress trees should be planted in early fall, as they need more time to be established before winter weather arrives. Magnolias, cherry varieties, and tulip trees all make for good spring planting.

Whenever you decide to plant your tree, check the forecast for any upcoming temperature extremes. Even one unseasonably hot (or cold) day could damage a young tree. It’s also best if you have some clear days of sunshine ahead. While new trees definitely need moisture, heavy rains can erode the soil and make it challenging for roots to take hold.

For tree expertise through the winter and beyond, allow Premier Tree Solutions to assist you. Our arborists provide a wide range of tree care and removal services, including pruning and trimming. Call 404-252-6448 to schedule a service, or visit our website to schedule a free assessment.