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BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: GRANCY-GREYBEARD

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. This month, we are showcasing the Grancy-Greybeard (Chionanthus virginicus). Learn all about the Grancy-Greybeard below!

Grancy Greybeard tree of the month.

BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: GREEN ASH

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. This month, we are showcasing the Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica). Learn all about the Green Ash below!

Green Ash Tree Infographic

BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: SUGARBERRY TREE

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. This month, we are showcasing the Sugarberry Tree (Celtis laevigata). Learn all about the Sugarberry Tree below!

Infographic for Sugarberry Tree.

The Science Behind Falling Leaves

Autumn is famous for the gorgeous colors it brings to our trees and foliage. But when the oranges, reds, and yellows fade, we’re left with dead leaves scattered across our yards. While it can be annoying to deal with leaf blowing and raking, we can take comfort in knowing this process is a vital part of a tree’s life cycle. 

Have you ever wondered why leaves fall from trees in the fall? We’re explaining the science behind falling leaves and this seasonal phenomenon below!

It’s All in The Leaf’s Design

Deciduous trees are the types of trees that exhibit brightly colored leaves that fall during the Autumn. Their leaves are usually very thin, which means if they stayed on during the winter they would rupture from freezing water in their veins. 

When the temperatures start to change with the new season, hormones within the tree are activated. The process called abscission begins. Chlorophyll, the part of the leaf that controls the pigment and also plays a major role in photosynthesis, stops being produced. That’s why green leaves fade into the gorgeous reds, yellows, and oranges we all know and love. 

Then, the vessels that provide the leaves with sugars and water close up. A layer of cells called the abscission layer develops. It grows between the leaf stalk and the branch holding it, cutting it off from the tree without creating a wound. Finally, the tree enters its dormancy stage, meaning it’s resting and saving energy until it’s time to grow new leaves in the spring. 

Overall, this is an important part of a tree’s life cycle. When leaves fall, it allows the tree to have a fresh start during the spring, giving them ample time to develop new food sources instead of holding onto ruptured leaves that can’t provide any nutrients. Having no leaves also protects the tree from damaging snow and winds during the winter. 

But Some Trees Don’t Lose Their Leaves?

That’s right! Those types of trees are called evergreens, which means that they have leaves with thick waxes and resins that protect them from the cold weather that comes. Some great examples are pine trees and magnolias.

Have any questions about caring for your evergreen or deciduous trees in your yard or the science behind falling leaves? Feel free to reach out to us by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-252-6448.

BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: DEVILWOOD TREE

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. This month, we are showcasing the Devilwood Tree (Cartrema americana). Learn all about the Devilwood Tree below!

Devilwood Tree infographic

What Wood Is Best for Fires?

With colder temperatures in the air, there’s nothing better than warming yourself up and getting cozy next to a crackling fire. Whether you’re enjoying a backyard bonfire or cuddling up on the couch by your fireplace, the most important element of a good fire is the wood that is used to create it! Unfortunately, the wrong wood choice can lead to excess smoke or short burn time. 

Curious about what wood is best for fires? We’re answering that question below! 

Pick These Logs for Recreational Fires 

The options listed below are known to be the best types of wood for recreational fires. They produce nice heat, burn slowly, light up quickly, and won’t leave you coughing over excess smoke. 

  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Black Cherry
  • Cedar 
  • Dogwood 
  • Fir
  • Hickory 
  • Madrone
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine

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BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: OGEECHEE LIME TREE

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. This month, we are showcasing the Ogeechee Lime Tree (Nyssa ogeche). Learn all about the Ogeechee Lime Tree below!

Infographic of Ogeechee Lime Tree

BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: TWO-WINGED SILVERBELL TREE

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. This month, we are showcasing the Two-Winged Silverbell Tree (Halesia diptera). Learn all about the Two-Winged Silverbell Tree below!

Infographic of Two-Winged Silverbell Tree

BE A GEORGIA TREE KNOW-IT-ALL: YELLOW BUCKEYE

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. This month, we are showcasing the Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava). Learn all about the Yellow Buckeye below!

Infographic with Yellow Buckeye information.

How Planting Trees Impacts the Environment

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. Living through a pandemic, trying our best to stay afloat during turbulent times in the economy, and watching many political movements take place across the globe. However, one problem that’s long existed is environmental sustainability. 

With that in mind, we’re sharing how planting trees impacts the environment.

The Good 

Most people know and believe that a lot of our environmental issues started with the removal of entire forests and thousands upon thousands of trees. That’s because trees are vital to our ecosystem. They absorb greenhouse gases that cause global warming, and when trees are gone, they aren’t able to eat the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere thanks to our habits. 

Planting more trees helps to take a step back in those issues. More trees mean less global warming, which means less extreme weather and temperatures. 

The Bad

Recently, some studies have researched the true impact that millions of trees planted have on our planet. The results are less than promising. This isn’t to say that the effort shouldn’t be done. It just may not yield the results we’re hoping for as quickly as we would want. 

For starters, simply planting young trees and walking away won’t cut it. Smaller trees don’t have the same benefits as older trees when it comes to processing carbon dioxide. As we all know, nurturing mature trees takes time. On top of this, saplings are at higher risk for succumbing to droughts, diseases, pests, and flooding. This unfortunately means that many of the young trees planted may not make it. 

However, let’s say that all of the trees do make it. Unfortunately, that can lead to other issues too. If thousands of trees are all growing right next to each other, those trees will be stunted in their growth. Severe competition for the same dirt to grow their roots and the same sun to soak up can do that to trees. However, if some trees were removed, it would allow the others to flourish and have plenty of room to grow. 

The other problem with that many trees in the same area is a lack of biodiversity. If we planted thousands of elms in one location, that means all it would take is a single group of pests or diseases to wipe them all out. That’s why planting multiple types of trees can improve the area, but that can be harder to do when it comes to resources and time. 

The End Result 

There’s a lot we’re still learning and trying to accomplish when it comes to improving our environment and saving our home. As we are discovering, planting millions of trees isn’t the only action we need to do. Instead, we need to think about where we plant them, how many we plant, and also focus on improving biodiversity. 

Have further questions about how planting trees impacts the environment? Our experts are here to help! If you’re interested in utilizing our expertise, feel free to reach out to us by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-252-6448.