North Florida Landscaping Guide: March/April

north Florida lawncareWhile it’s still quite wintry throughout much of the country, March and April in North Florida feel more like fall. In stark contrast to the old saying “April showers bring may flowers,” this time of year is actually the dry season for us here in Gainesville and Alachua County.

If you want to have your home or business landscaping looking great this spring and summer, it’s time to start preparing your lawn and tree care game plan. Read on for some tips on North Florida landscaping from the pros at Mr. Tree and Lawn Service, and learn more over at the University of Florida’s Florida Gardening Calendar.

Lawn

  • Check your sprinkler system to make sure it wasn’t damaged by winter freezes.
  • Calibrate your sprinklers to ensure that your lawn is getting the water it needs, without wasting water by over-watering or overlapping zones.

Trees

  • March usually marks the end of the dormant season. When you start to see new growth on trees and shrubs, it’s time to have them pruned.
  • Add mulch to flower beds and around trees, but be sure you’re not making this common tree-killing mistake!

Garden

  • Add some color to your outdoor spaces by planting annuals like begonias and zinnias in March.
  • April is prime time for planting bulbs in North Florida, like irises, lilies, and dahlias.
  • Plant your summer edibles in early March: Beans, tomatoes, corn, and squash. Wait until April to plant okra and cucumber.

At our Gainesville tree service and lawn care company has a proven record of satisfying local homeowners and businesses, so contact us today for a free estimate!

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Save the Crepe Myrtles With Professional Tree Trimming

Gainesville tree trimmingWith its vivid, eye catching blooms, a crepe myrtle is a gorgeous addition to any yard. Unfortunately, a popular pruning technique is putting these beautiful trees at risk.

Crepe murder

Unofficially known as “crepe murder,” this damaging trimming method transforms the lovely crepe myrtle into an unattractive, unstable stump. But not to worry! Our Gainesville tree service company is here to help you avoid the sad fate of so many hapless homeowners.

Crepe murder occurs when all of the branches of a crepe myrtle are pruned to the same level. Instead of giving each branch individual pruning attention, they are all cut to identical lengths. This method not only results in an unsightly stump of a tree, but it also sacrifices the structural integrity of the crepe myrtle’s branches.

Weak shoots sprout from the ends of the pruned branches. These thin shoots are unable to effectively support the weight of the tree’s blooming flowers, causing them to bend towards the ground.

As the crepe myrtle matures, the aging trunk forms a lovely mottled bark. This picturesque bark is one of the many reasons the crepe myrtle remains a favored landscaping staple. Incorrect tree trimming technique prevents the formation of mature bark, taking away from the natural beauty of the crepe myrtle.

Pruning for healthier, more beautiful trees

Fortunately, there’s a simple fix to “crepe murder” Our experienced tree service team knows how to correctly prune crepe myrtles so that they remain lush and strong. We use a structurally sound pruning method that encourages these gorgeous trees to have long, healthy lives.

Is crepe murder a problem in your neighborhood? When you need tree trimming in Gainesville, contact Mr. Tree and Lawn Service for affordable tree service from a company with over a decade of experience and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating!

 

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Looking for Tree Removal Services in Gainesville?

dead tree removal GainesvilleIf you’re looking for tree removal services in Gainesville, you’ve come to the right place! Mr. Tree and Lawn Service is here to help with expert tree removal that gets the job done right while respecting your property and budget.

We have over 10 years of experience providing all manner of commercial and residential tree services to the Gainesville community, including:

  • Removing dead trees
  • Removing dead or damaged limbs
  • Emergency storm cleanup for fallen trees
  • Improving safety and appearance through professional tree trimming and pruning
  • Land clearing
  • Stump grinding/stump removal

Our experienced, highly-trained tree experts make sure your tree service is completed with the utmost care and safety. Our owner, native Gainesville resident Mance Giles, does all training and quality control to ensure every customer’s experience is top notch. That’s why we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and many satisfied customers who have been coming to us for all of their Gainesville tree and lawn service needs for years. But don’t take our word for it–check out our testimonials to see for yourself.

We are fully licensed and insured in the state of Florida for both commercial and residential tree removal. With affordable rates and conscientious service, you can rest assured that your tree removal experience will run smoothly. Give us a call at 352-682-4444 for more information, or fill out our online form to get a free estimate!

We appreciate the opportunity to show you what outstanding customer service looks like, whether you have a major emergency tree removal or simply want to improve your home with regular tree maintenance.

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Why You Should Not Choose a Tree Service on Price Alone

Gainesville tree companiesAt Mr. Tree and Lawn Service, we know that value is important when seeking out a Gainesville tree service company. We are committed to keeping our prices affordable while still providing you with the best quality lawn and tree services around.

But what about those dirt cheap tree service and lawncare companies? Why not just go with the lowest quote for the job every time? Well, whether you’re shopping for tree services, a car, or a house, remember that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Read on to learn why!

Insurance is expensive- but worth it.

If you receive an estimate on tree services that is substantially lower than the other estimates you’ve received, be suspicious. After all, prices are usually fairly standard across an industry for a reason. Most businesses in the same industry will have the same types of overhead costs, necessitating a certain pricing level.

If a tree company is offering bargain-basement pricing, you should wonder how they’re cutting their costs. More often than not, it’s because they are under-insured. Working with an under-insured company could be financially catastrophic for you if an accident were to happen on your property. For this reason, always ask for proof of insurance.

We are fully licensed, insured, and Better Business Bureau accredited so you can rest assured that your tree trimming or removal job is in good hands. To get a free estimate on our Gainesville tree services, fill out our online estimate form or give us a call at 352-682-4444!

 

Trees Need Checkups Too

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Trees need care too!

Keeping your trees healthy and preventing them from becoming overgrown or a safety hazard is a key part of maintenance of your landscape. While you may be aware that your trees need to be kept up, you may be wondering what kind of work they may need, why it is necessary, and where you can find reputable tree services in Gainesville.

Trees need TLC!

Leaving your trees without pruning, fertilizing or checkups may seem like a viable option. However, trees in an urban setting cannot simply grow and develop naturally as they might in a forest. Fallen branches and overgrown trees can become a safety hazard. The soil in urban areas is much different than that in a forest. Because there is no natural competition for resources, weaker trees that are less resistant to decay and disease may be allowed to grow, causing safety or aesthetic issues. Annual checks on older trees can be an important part of ensuring that decay or insects are treated promptly, and any structurally dangerous trees are properly trimmed.

Continuous care, such as pruning, fertilizing, removal of fallen branches or unstable branches, checkups for decay and insects and aeration of compacted soil will keep your trees looking better, resistant to disease, and in line with safety needs.

If you’re looking for a Gainesville tree service company to help you with your tree needs, Mr Tree And Lawn Service is here to help. Whether you need your trees cared for, you’re looking to have a tree or stump removed, or you need help cleaning up trees after a storm, we have over a decade of experience in tree care and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Not all tree care companies are created equal, and it’s important to hire a company you know you can trust to give your trees the best care possible. Contact us today for an estimate!

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North Florida Gardener’s Guide: January and February

winter lawncare in Gainesville FLIf you live in Northern Florida, the weather doesn’t always cooperate with your gardening plans. You may think there’s not much you need to do for your lawn and garden during the winter months, but here in Gainesville, you’d be wrong!

Read on for some North Florida winter landscaping tips from the University of Florida’s Florida Gardening Calendar.

The Lawn

The first step to maintaining your lawn is to find a balance for watering it. If you water too often, you encourage the growth of fungus.

New Plants

It is also important that you know when to plant certain things so that they grow to their full potential.

In January, pansies, petunias, and snapdragons are good choices to plant. Bulbs, like agapanthus or gloriosa lily, grow well with a layer of mulch protecting them from the chill. Certain vegetables also grow, especially turnips, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage.

If you intend to plant flowers in February, you can count on violas, pansies, and dianthus. Dahlias, red maple, star magnolia, and agapanthus grow well in February too.

Many people plant trees on Arbor Day. In North Florida, choose tree species that are not susceptible to hurricanes. Live oaks, cypresses, and crapemyrtle are good choices.

Trees & Shrubs

If you want deciduous fruit trees, now is the time to plant. The roots will be growing out when the dry weather hits. If you already have fruit trees, focus on fertilizing them. Prune anything that does not flower in the spring.

Certain plants are at especially high risk for pests near this time. You can control the scale of certain plants by applying horticultural oil. This is especially important for fruit trees and shrubs.

Lawn maintenance can be difficult and time-consuming, especially if you only have a few pet projects you enjoy. Take care of your garden and consider leaving the rest to the pros to make the best use of your time.

For a free estimate on our Gainesville lawn care and tree services, fill out this quick form or call us at 352-682-4444.

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3 Tips for Troubleshooting Tree Problems

mushrooms- tree healthWith over a decade in the tree service industry, we have seen it all when it comes to tree issues, from minor problems that can be easily addressed to major issues that require a full tree removal. As we head into a new year, make sure you walk around your property and take a look at the trees.

Start by looking at the top of the tree, slowly scanning downward along the trunk and branches, and finally to the roots. If you see any of these issues, give us a call to get a free estimate on tree services in Gainesville.

Look for dead branches.

Dead branches are highly dangerous because they can fall without warning. Many homeowners assume that the tree will be fine at least until a big storm, but dead branches can be knocked loose by even slight disruptions, like a light breeze or a child playing in or on the tree. Falling branches are surprisingly heavy and can cause serious injury or death, so it’s best to have a tree company come out ASAP if you notice dead branches.

Check the growth patterns.

Ideally, trees of all species grow with a strong central trunk. A forked trunk is often a sign of a weak structure and can also put the tree at more risk of pest issues. Different species have different branch patterns, but most of the time branches should not overlap each other. If you notice branches that rub together, call us for professional tree pruning.

Examine the roots.

If you notice fungi growing around the base of a tree, you may be dealing with a case of root decay. This problem is particularly serious because a tree can look perfectly fine above ground, but suddenly fall over one day! Another root issue to look for is damage- cuts or wounds on exposed roots. This can open the tree up to disease. Either problem is good reason to call a tree service company to have your tree examined.

Usually the earlier we catch a problem, the easier it is to address. Contact us today to learn more about our Gainesville tree services!

 

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Take Care of Your Trees, They’ll Take Care of You

Gainesville lawn and treeDo you make New Year’s resolutions? Many people choose to set goals for the new year, from fitness achievements to career accomplishments. One common theme in resolutions is self-care: Taking life a little slower, making time for wellness, spending more quality time with family, and lowering one’s stress levels.

Interestingly, plants can help with this goal! Researchers have found that spending time with plants, surrounded by grass, flowers, and trees, can have marked positive effects on people. Benefits of spending time with plants include:

  • Lower systolic blood pressure
  • Lower anxiety levels during surgical recovery
  • Increased reaction time and attentiveness
  • Increased productivity and job satisfaction
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Improved perception of a space (higher approval)

So, how can you use this information to improve your life in 2016? Easy- take advantage of your outdoor spaces! Create outdoor living spaces where you can read, relax, spend time with friends, watch your kids play, do yoga, etc.

If you already have a patio or porch that you don’t use, why is that? For many folks the issue is that their landscaping (or lack thereof) make the area unpleasant. Fortunately, we can help! From tree trimming and tree removal to lawn mowing and weed control, we can help you whip your yard into shape and keep it that way, so you can enjoy the healing benefits of your outdoor spaces without having to sacrifice precious time to lawncare chores.

To learn more about our lawn and tree services in Gainesville, give us a call at 352-682-4444 or get a free estimate online!

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New Year’s Resolutions… For Your Yard!

new year's resolutions GainesvilleIt’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost here! If you’re like many Americans, you’ll be making some New Year’s resolutions to motivate you in the coming year. But while you’re planning all those personal improvements, fitness goals, and other ways to take it to the next level in 2016, don’t forget about your yard!

Below are some ideas for New Year’s resolutions for your yard, from the lawn and tree service experts at Mr. Tree and Lawn Service.

Enjoy quality time with people who matter

Spending more time with loved ones is a common New Year’s resolution, but think about how you will make that happen. What can you cut from your busy schedule to make more time for nurturing your relationships, hobbies, and passions? Consider paying the pros to do the job for you, whether it’s lawn care or house cleaning. You might be surprised at just how affordable some of these conveniences are, like our Gainesville lawncare services. Furthermore, the pros can get the job done better and in less time than you would have spent otherwise. Our lawncare services can also help your family enjoy spending more time together in your outdoor spaces!

Delegate so you can do what you love

One of the best ways to take back your precious time is to delegate tasks that you don’t really need to do or enjoy doing. For instance, why bother mowing the lawn if what you really love is tending the flower beds and potted plants on the porch? Let us take care of the lawn maintenance (mowing, edging, weed control, leaf removal, etc.) so you can enjoy the things you might not otherwise get to, from growing a cutting garden or veggie patch to completing home improvements.

Make safety a priority

The start of a new year is a great time to take a look at the safety of your home, vehicles, and yard. Make sure to start the new year safely by taking care of any repairs or improvements that need to be addressed. Don’t forget that having an annual tree inspection is an important way to detect possible problems. We can help you determine which trees (or even just individual branches) pose a safety threat, so you can have them trimmed or removed before spring arrives with increased rain and storms.

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Winter Landscaping Tips for Selling Your Home

winter home staging tipsWith colder weather and people concentrating on the holidays, winter can be a challenging time to sell your home. Typically, the real estate market is slower in winter, so it’s important to create great curb appeal. Here’s a few helpful landscaping tips to attract more buyers and boost sales.

Keep a Well-Manicured Landscape

Winter brings falling leaves, less plant growth, and bare trees and shrubs. Lack of fresh, green grass, budding trees, and colorful plants and flowers can leave your landscape looking drab and unappealing to potential buyers. Although you can’t control winter weather, you can keep your landscape well-manicured by trimming trees, hedges and shrubs; removing debris like dead leaves, old stumps, and fallen limbs; and regular Gainesville tree and lawn care.

Plant Colorful Annuals

Since Gainesville has a rather mild winter season, planting cold-hardy annuals along borders and under trees can give your landscape a punch of color. You can line your driveway or sidewalk to create a warm, inviting entrance to your home. For a fresh, neat look, add a protective layer of mulch that will keep your plants healthy. For winters that don’t fall below freezing, try Calendula with bright yellow/orange blooms; Dianthus with scarlet blooms that are cold and heat-tolerant; and Pansies in an array of beautiful colors.

Create Inviting Ambiance

Buyers want to envision themselves living in your home, so it pays to create an inviting landscape with Gainesville tree and lawn care. Over the holidays, beautiful green wreaths, planters or topiary urns, and festive twinkling lights can add warm holiday spirit. After the holidays, pathway lighting along driveways and sidewalks, spots and uplights to highlight trees and shrubs, and security lighting will add year-round curb appeal and safety features to your home. Landscape lighting is a great way to create inviting outdoor ambiance.

If tree removal, lawn care, or other tree services are on your “to-do” list to sell your home, our Gainesville lawncare and tree service company is here to help. Contact Mr. Tree and Lawn Service today for a free estimate!

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