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
  • 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.

What’s Wrong with My Crape Myrtles?

Crape myrtles are a popular ornamental tree in the South. They love heat, adapt to poor soil, and add colorful beauty to yards, neighborhoods, highway medians, and business properties. Crape myrtles are best planted or transplanted in spring or summer, while they’re actively growing. Are you having trouble with your trees? Mr. Tree offers solutions for common problems with crape myrtles.

Crape Murder

Crime is rampant across the lands, leading to maimed or murdered crape myrtle trees. Improper pruning of crape myrtles is a common problem, but it persists year after year. If you’re inclined to chop off the top branches of your tree, stop right there and follow our crape myrtle pruning guide.

giant crape myrtleBashful Bloomers

Is your crape myrtle shy about showing off flowers? The more sunlight the better! Make sure your trees get as much unfiltered sunlight as possible. Overfertilization, frequent irrigation, or extreme moisture changes (drought or excessive rain) may also limit or delay flowering.

Dusting of Spring Snow

Are the buds of your crape myrtle tree covered in a white, powdery substance? They have powdery mildew, a fungus caused by lack of rain and poor air circulation. Depending on the cultivar of your crape myrtle, it may be best to apply a herbicide, apply a gentler solution like horticultural oil, or let the problem resolve itself.

Pest Problems

If you have issues with aphids, Japanese beetles, or other pests, skip the pesticides, which may damage your trees or kill beneficial bugs. Instead choose green methods of pest control, like introducing helpful insects like ladybugs or spiders to the environment.

Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service to schedule annual tree pruning or seasonal landscape maintenance.

How to Prune Crape Myrtles (without Committing Murder)

We didn’t coin the term “crape murder,” but we’ve certainly seen the damage it’s wrought on otherwise flourishing landscapes. Are you ready to prune your crape myrtle trees? Don’t hack off their heads. Preserve their canopy with this step-by-step crape myrtle pruning guide.

How to Prune Crape Myrtles

  1. poor pruning of crape myrtleGet the right gear. You’ll want sharp hand pruners to take care of twigs and sprigs, loppers to remove mid-sized branches, and a pruning saw or pole pruners for bigger branches.
  2. Choose the right time. Want to encourage growth? Prune crape myrtles in late winter, just before the growing season starts. February and early March are a great time to prune crape myrtles.
  3. Start small. Remove suckers climbing the base of your tree. Move onto small branches growing on the bottom of the trunk. Remove these branches on the bottom 4 feet or so of the trunk.
  4. Cut judiciously. You can always remove more, but you can’t glue chopped branches back on the tree.
  5. Train your tree. Remove any crossed branches, high branches growing inward into the canopy, dead or diseased branches, and branches that grow at odds with the overall shape of the tree. By shaping your tree each year, you can train it to grow in prettier, healthier ways over time.
  6. Be detail-oriented. When cutting larger branches, make sure you cut flush at the joint. If you’re removing crossed branches, choose to remove the smaller, less developed branch.

Need help caring for crape myrtles? Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service for landscape maintenance in Gainesville.

6 Reasons to Regularly Trim Trees

It’s easy to let tree trimming slip off your to-do list. After all, it doesn’t really matter, right? We beg to differ! Here are 6 reasons to trim your trees.

6 Reasons to Trim Trees

  1. Keep trees healthy. If you let your trees grow wild, they’ll redirect important nutrients from their major branches to the spindly twigs and new growth. Trimming trees helps them grow healthy and strong by getting rid of dead, diseased or hazardous tree limbs.
  2. Train your trees. Annual tree pruning trains trees to grow right. When you trim away unnecessary branches, you can also train your trees to grow in specific shapes, veer away from structures, or expand upward instead of growing tangled together. If you notice crossed branches or limbs growing away from the overall shape of the tree, cut them back.
  3. Add curb appeal. A well-trimmed tree can give your home a major visual boost. Trim trees to keep them looking beautiful.
  4. Make them bloom. Pruning trees stimulates growth, giving you more fruit or bigger, brighter blooms.
  5. Create a privacy fence. Trees can protect your home from distracting sights and noisy streets. But creating a privacy fence for your home requires careful trimming, especially when a tree is young.
  6. Help other plants grow. An overgrown tree blocks sunlight and rain from reaching the plants below it. Do you have flowers and shrubs withering in the shade of a broad canopied tree? Sounds like you could use a trim.

Don’t have the time, tools, or skills necessary to trim back your branches? Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service in Gainesville.

5 Signs That Tree Needs to Go

Do you have a drunk tree in your yard? Maybe it’s been a problem for months, and you just haven’t had the time to call a tree removal service. Or maybe a storm uprooted part of the tree and you want it taken care of ASAP. Mr. Tree is a fully licensed and insured tree removal company that’s been serving the Gainesville community for years. Do you need to give us a call? Ask yourself these questions to determine if that tree needs removing.

5 Signs It’s Time to Call Mr. Tree

  1. house surrounded by treesIt’s sick. If your tree has dead branches and decaying roots, it’s structurally unsound. Don’t wait for it to fall on it’s own, possibly taking other trees, power lines, or part of your house with it. Call a Gainesville tree removal service before the disease spreads or the tree topples.
  2. It wants to come inside. If your tree is growing too close to the house, its branches may hang over the roof and its roots may damage the foundations of your home. No matter how much you love it, it’s not a part of the family. Remove the tree before it damages your home.
  3. It’s leaning. While a slight lean is nothing to worry about, a tree leaning at an angle of 15 degrees or more likely has a weakened root system. It will fall sooner or later, so you should take care of the problem before it gets worse.
  4. It’s hollow. Hollow tree trunks may make nice homes for wildlife, but they’re not a good choice for your yard. While a hollow tree may continue to thrive, it’s much more likely than a sturdier tree to fall during a storm.
  5. It’s weathered a storm. Fallen branches are nothing to worry about, but if a storm damages more than 50% of a tree, it’s dangerous. Call an emergency tree removal service ASAP.

Don’t risk a disaster. Call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service to remove hazardous trees from your yard.

Are You Watering the Lawn Too Much?

With Alachua County watering restrictions frequently in effect, Gainesville residents should pay close attention to where, when, and how much they water their North Florida lawns. But even with the water conservation effort, over watering is a danger, especially in the winter. Are you watering your lawn too much?

Signs of Overwatering the Grass

  1. wet grassWet soil. Your soil should be damp after watering, not wet. Press your finger into the soil. It should sink in about 1 inch before you meet much resistance. If the soil feels squishy or has visible pools of water, you’re overwatering the lawn.
  2. Wilting leaves. If the soil is damp, but the leaves are still wilting, it’s time to shut off the hose for awhile.
  3. Brown or yellow leaves. Both signs of poor plant care, discolored or dropping leaves can signify disease, dehydration, or overwatering the lawn.
  4. Edema. Do your plant’s leaves have warty patches? That’s a sign that they’ve absorbed more water than they can contain. This causes the cells to burst, forming discolored lesions on the leaves.
  5. Root rot. Too much water can smother a plant’s roots, leading to root rot. If the roots look grey, brown, slimy, or generally diseased, it’s a good indicator that you’ve jeopardized the health of the landscape with overwatering.

Tips for Watering the Lawn

Do you want to guarantee healthy grass, lower your water bill, and respect Gainesville environmental restrictions? Here are some tips for watering your lawn.

  • Use a nozzle with a shut-off function
  • Use a soaker hose to water the landscape slowly and limit evaporation
  • Set a timer to monitor your water usage
  • Water the lawn before dawn or after sunset, when the lawn will lose less moisture to evaporation

For quality lawn care in Gainesville, FL, call Mr. Tree and Lawn Service.