Topping Trees (and Other Pruning Mistakes)

A beautiful tree can transform a landscape. So can an ugly one. How can you avoid ruining your landscape with an unattractive tree? Make sure to avoid these common tree trimming mistakes.

5 Trimming Mistakes That Ruin Trees

  1. Topping. Have you ever driven past a row of crape myrtles with ugly, stumpy tops? This hack-and-slash pruning technique is called topping (also known as crape murder). It leaves trees weak, unattractive, and with a long road to recovery.
  2. Over pruning. It may be tempting to chop every branch that looks out of place, but over pruning leaves trees susceptible to disease and decay. If you find yourself tempted to trim half of the branches away, it may be better to remove the tree entirely.
  3. Abusing the canopy. Raising the crown of a tree can let sunlight filter to the grass, remove dangerous branches, and improve curb appeal. But when you raise it too high or prune only the interior of the canopy, you leave the tree looking strange, stunted, and vulnerable.
  4. cherry blossomsPoor technique. Many homeowners are tempted to cut branches flush to the tree trunk. This practice removes the branch collar, which helps the trunk heal the wound. Cutting a branch too close to the trunk leaves it vulnerable to pests and disease that enter at the site of the cut.
  5. Bad timing. Every tree has its season. While it’s advisable to prune dangerous or storm-damaged branches when the problem occurs, stick to seasonal pruning and shaping at the right time of year for each species.

Don’t stress about trimming your trees. Leave it to the pros. Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service to trim, shape, or remove trees from your Gainesville property.

Raising the Crown

No, we’re not talking about the drama series depicting Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. Call us common, but we’re talking about basic best practices of tree trimming. Raising the canopy of a tree can improve its health and function in your yard. But as Winston Churchill discovered with the Queen, raising the crown is no easy task. Do it right, and you’ll have a flourishing landscape for decades to come. But any mistake could have disastrous effect. Mr. Tree shares how to raise a crown the right way.

How to Raise a Canopy

Raising the crown of a tree is a common tree trimming practice with big benefits. When done right it:

  • Keeps the canopy away from power lines and traffic
  • Prevents branches from hanging over homes and buildings
  • Creates a more attractive view, both from the house and from the curb
  • Lets more light filter through
  • Opens space beneath the canopy for kids to play

So what’s the problem? Pruning too much, pruning too fast, or pruning the wrong branches can cause discoloration of the wood, trunk rot, or unexpected growth. That’s why lifting a tree canopy requires skill and forethought. So how can you ensure it’s done right?

Tips for Raising a (Tree) Crown

  1. floral crownThink ahead. The foundation of a healthy tree is its trunk. When you remove all of its branches, you put it at risk for sunscald and other diseases. Instead, prune away lower branches slowly over the course of several years.
  2. Respect the heavy hitters. Large lower branches have supported and shaded your tree while it grew. If you remove these limbs entirely, your trunk can easily decay. Thin these branches instead of removing them.
  3. Protect the future. Young trees have a lot of life ahead, but they’re more vulnerable than established trees. Never trim more than 25% of a young tree.

Need help from the pros? Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service for tree trimming services in Gainesville.

How to Make a Kid-Friendly Summer Landscape

In a few short weeks, summer vacation officially arrives. In a few weeks + one day, your yard will be overrun with laughing, shouting, running kids. Is your yard ready for summer break? Transform your backyard into a family paradise with these tips from Mr. Tree and Lawn Service.

How to Make a Kid-Friendly Backyard

You don’t have to sacrifice curb appeal to create a backyard space for the kids. A few simple changes will make the lawn a summer oasis for both kids and adults.

  • boy crawling in flowersPlant trees. Not only will planting trees help lower energy costs by shading the house, they’ll provide a cool place to play for the kids.
  • Build a sandbox. Do you have toddlers or young children? A sandbox will provide hours of play, and they’re inexpensive to build. Make your kids’ play area more visually appealing by bordering it with perennials and small shrubs. When the kids outgrow the sandbox, you can transform it into a raised vegetable garden or flowerbed.
  • Choose wisely. Rose bushes may be beautiful, but thorns aren’t kid-friendly, especially if you have curious toddlers. Leave the prickly bushes for a few years down the line. Plant sweet smelling flowers and plants kids can interact with like lamb’s ear.
  • Lay the groundwork. Remove any flowerbeds or obstructions that may cause kids to take a tumble. Give them a clear place to walk by laying a stone pathway from the back door to the sandbox or playground.

Need help renovating and maintaining the landscape? Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service in Gainesville.

Give Your Lawn a Spring Makeover

Is your lawn fresh enough for spring? Mr. Tree and Lawn Service can help! By the time we’re through with your yard, it will be trimmed, pressed, and ready to impress.

Spring Clean Up Services in Gainesville

Mr. TreeIf you think clutter piles up in your closets, it has nothing on nature. Yards collect mess like bees collect pollen. And if you haven’t had a chance to spring clean your yard yet, you have winter debris to worry about too. The solution is simple: call Mr. Tree. We’ll take care of yard cleanup from roots to canopy, so you’re left with a no mess, no stress yard that’s sure to impress the neighbors. Want great curb appeal for spring? We customize our services for the needs of each individual landscape. Mr. Tree’s Gainesville lawn clean-up includes:

  • Cleaning away fallen leaves, branches and twigs, and winter lawn debris
  • Mowing and edging the lawn
  • Edging, cleaning, and refreshing spring flowerbeds
  • Installing mulch around porches, playgrounds, and plants
  • Redefining the borders of the landscape
  • Weed control services
  • Pruning trees and shrubs, trimming hedges, and removing debris
  • Aerating the lawn and reseeding as necessary

Does your yard require more involved services like removing dangerous trees, grinding tree stumps, and removing storm-damaged tree limbs? Mr. Tree has over 10 years of experience in commercial and residential tree services in Gainesville. We can take care of problem trees while we beautify the rest of your lawn. Call today and ask about our introductory pricing for new customers.

Win $50 for Spring Lawn Care!

We’re not the only ones who are excited about spring. April is Lawn and Garden Month, a yearly reminder to plant your annuals, trim your hedges, and readjust your mower height for a healthy spring lawn. And Mr. Tree and Lawn Service is here to help! We’re giving you a chance to win a $50 credit towards any landscaping service. Now that’s something to get excited about!

Lawn and Garden Month Giveaway

lawn and garden month contestDo you need to trim the trees, clip the hedges, or edge the lawn? Spring is a busy time. Let us take care of yard work for you! Our Lawn and Garden Month contest gives customers old and new a chance to win $50 toward spring lawn care services. Here’s how it works:

  1. Comment on our April giveaway announcement on Facebook. Share your best picture of your family, your pets, or both enjoying the yard. Show us why you want that $50 credit!
  2. Relax! We’ll announce our randomly selected winner on May 1st, 2017 at 12pm. Once the winner has been chosen, we’ll get in touch via Facebook and you can claim your credit.

What lawn care services do we specialize in? We have over 20 years of experience in residential lawn care in Gainesville. That includes:

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Edging the yard
  • Weed control
  • Seasonal pruning of trees and woody shrubs
  • Bush trimming and shaping
  • Mulch installation
  • Yard clean-ups after a storm
  • Leaf maintenance
  • Removing debris from the landscape

Ready to win? Head over to our Facebook page and submit your pic!

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawn Care Service

Americans love their lawns. What they don’t necessarily care for? Upkeep. Regular lawn maintenance takes time and effort, and many homeowners in Gainesville have too much filling up their schedules to worry about what the lawn looks like. Hiring a lawn care company takes the pressure off, so residents can relax and focus on loving their lawns again. What should you look for in a professional lawn care company?

5 Questions to Ask a Lawn Care Service

  1. man with push mowerHow long have you been in the biz? You want to make sure your lawn care team has experience. Mr. Tree has over 20 years of experience working in the lawn care industry.
  2. Are you licensed and insured? Landscapers handle some heavy stuff, whether they’re maintaining the yard or removing dangerous trees. Mr. Tree maintains all required licenses, and our team members are fully insured.
  3. Do you have specialists on the team? When you need shrub maintenance, you want the best. Likewise with tree removal, mulch installation, and weed control. When you schedule a lawn care service, let us know what you need and we’ll send the best person for the job.
  4. What’s the timetable to complete job? At Mr. Tree and Lawn Service, we do our best to work with you and your schedule. Let us know what you’re looking for when you make an appointment. If we’re not able to meet your needs, we’ll work with you to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Our team always shows up on time and sticks to the agreed-upon schedule!
  5. What’s your guarantee? When you work with Mr. Tree, you can rest easy knowing that your landscaping is in the best hands. We’ll keep your yard looking great all year long.

5 Things to Put on Your Spring Tree Care Checklist

Are your trees more “eye sore” than “eye-catching”? Winter can be rough on the landscape, and gardeners know that beauty is more than bark deep. If your tree looks unkempt, it may have sustained winter damage that will negatively impact spring growth. Guarantee healthy plants with our spring maintenance checklist for trees.

5 Things to Put on Your Spring Tree Care Checklist

  1. squirrel climbing treeInspect. A visual inspection is the easiest way to determine whether your trees are damaged. Visual cues are an early sign that a tree is beset by injury, infestation, disease, or other damage. Walk around your property, looking for damaged or dangerous trees.
  2. Prune. You probably did your major pruning back in January, but it’s never the wrong time to trim away dead spots, diseased limbs, or branches damaged in storms. You can also prune spring-blooming trees after they’ve spent their blooms for the season.
  3. Plant. Planting new trees provides increases property value and curb appeal, provides countless environmental benefits, and improves quality of life. Dig in!
  4. Mulch. As the sun gets hotter and hotter, mulch provides crucial protection to tree roots. It helps conserve moisture in the soil, suppresses weeds, and looks great in the yard.
  5. Fertilize. Your plants are hungry. Give them the nutrients and supplements they need to have a healthy growing season.

Spring tree maintenance is quite an undertaking. If you lack the time or knowledge to restore spring trees to health, call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service. Our specialists have over 10 years of experience in tree trimming, tree removal, and residential tree maintenance.

5 Steps to a Beautiful Spring Landscape

March landscaping is a mixed bag. You have new flowers dotting the yard, baby birds chirping in their nests, and fresh grass springing up. You also have piles of branches from winter pruning, graying mulch from fall yard maintenance, and old, dead thatch clumping up the lawn. Give the new room to grow by clearing out the old. Here’s everything you need to spring clean your yard.

5 Steps to Spring Cleaning the Landscape

  1. Trim your trees. Most summer-blooming woody plants should be pruned in the winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do come spring. This is the ideal time to remove branches damaged by winter storms. And the best time to prune spring-blooming trees and shrubs is late spring after they’ve spent their blooms.
  2. ladybug on grass bladeCut and divide perennials. Spring is the season to trim ornamental grasses and divide perennials. When dividing flowers, leave at least three stems per clump.
  3. Clean up flowerbeds. If your flowerbeds are full of rotting leaves, fallen twigs, and other organic debris, take the time to clean them up. Lay a new layer of mulch to protect your perennials and make flowerbeds look fresh and clean.
  4. Test your soil. You may need to adjust the pH with fertilizer or other soil supplements before planting.
  5. Tend your tools. Sharpen mower blades, clean rust off trowels and shovels, and make sure your edge trimmer is running smoothly.

Need help cleaning up the yard? Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service to get a fresh start this spring.

Big Benefits, No Commitment

Don’t have time for seasonal lawn maintenance? Don’t let your lawn suffer for it! You can still have great curb appeal with a fresh, green, and well-kept yard. All you need is a pro in your corner.

Yearly Lawn Services in Gainesville

Don’t let the word “yearly” freak you out. Mr. Tree and Lawn Services offers annual landscape maintenance services that are convenient, affordable, and great for homeowners with busy schedules. The best part? There’s absolutely no contract or commitment! Customers who choose our yearly lawn care services pay by the month and can quit at any time. Stop worrying that you’ve missed your window for pruning rose bushes or applying pre-emergent weed control. We’ll take care of the scheduling so you can relax and enjoy a beautiful, maintenance-free lawn.

The Grass Is Always Greener (When You’re Not the One Cutting It)

rocking chair on porchDoes worrying about lawn ruin your enjoyment of the yard? Reclaim your family’s favorite space with dependable, affordable Gainesville lawn care services. Mr. Tree has over 20 years of experience in residential lawn care. We’re a 5 star company that’s dedicated to both superior lawn care and excellent customer service. We’re also licensed and insured for your peace of mind. Get the lawn services you need (and skip the ones you don’t). Mr. Tree and Lawn Care offers:

  • Mowing and edging
  • Weed control
  • Seasonal pruning
  • Bush pruning and shaping
  • Mulch installation
  • Yard cleanup and debris removal
  • Leaf maintenance

Ready to impress the neighbors? Call Mr. Tree in Gainesville to schedule your yearly lawn care services.

Give a Little, Get a Little

What’s our best advertisement? Our customers, of course! We take pride in our excellent customer service, experienced and professional team, and superior tree and lawn care service. We work hard for each and every one of those 5 star reviews, and are always open to suggestions on how to improve our business. What’s one way we reward loyal customers? Our Refer a Friend discount!

Refer a Friend

refer a friendReferrals are our favorite way to meet new customers. After all, you wouldn’t refer a friend if you didn’t love our service! We’d like to thank you for that trust. Now when you give a recommendation, you can get something back. How? Refer a friend to Mr. Tree and Lawn Service. If your friend uses our services, we’ll give you a $50 gift card. It’s that easy.

Tree and Lawn Service in Gainesville

Mr. Tree is the lawn care expert in Gainesville. And we have something for everyone! You may love our tree removal service, while your friend needs affordable commercial lawn care. No matter what type of landscaping service you’re looking for, we have the solution!

  • We are licensed and insured commercial lawn care professionals with over 20 years of experience, keeping your property clean and attractive to customers
  • We provide affordable, friendly residential lawn care services that includes mowing, edging, weed control, pruning, mulch installation, debris cleanup, and more
  • Our team provides safe, reliable, and affordable tree services, including tree removal, tree trimming, stump grinding, and 24-hour emergency tree removal

So the next time a friend asks, “Do you know any good tree trimming services in Gainesville?” tell them about Mr. Tree.