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Best Shade Trees | Choosing the Best Shade Trees for Your Yard

Best Shade Trees

When choosing the best shade trees for your yard the first thing to consider is the available space. The last thing you need on a 40-foot building lot is a 100-foot-tall Sugar Maple with a span of 80 feet. Another consideration is how fast the trees will grow. If your goal is to create summer shade on your rear deck, you don’t want to wait 10 years before you can enjoy it. Selecting fast growing trees such as the Red Maple, Weeping Willow, or a Hybrid Poplar is your best bet. Check out our top choices of shade trees for small or large yards. Read more

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Planting Flowering Trees Will Add Color to Your Yard

Planting Flowering Trees

Planting Flowering Trees throughout your backyard will add beauty and color to your landscape. Some of the more common varieties of flowering trees include the Japanese Flowering Cherry, Crape Myrtles, Pink Dogwoods, and the Saucer Magnolia. Planting flowering trees such as these popular species will transform your backyard into a beautiful paradise. When these gorgeous trees are in full bloom they will attract birds and small animals which will bring your yard to life. Read more

Supporting New Trees with Tree Stakes | Should You Stake All New Trees

supporting new trees

Supporting New Trees is essential for the proper growth of newly planted trees. The question is, should you stake all new trees? It’s true that all newly planted trees are susceptible to the elements. If you live in a windy area or a region that has frequent storms with high winds, it is imperative that your tree is properly supported right away. New trees are most at risk when they are initially planted and the root ball is loosely packed in the soil. However; not all trees require staking. Let’s take a quick look at the criteria for supporting new trees. Read more

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Sealing Tree Limbs After Cutting or Pruning Your Trees in the Fall

Sealing Tree Limbs

The additional step of sealing tree limbs after pruning may or may not be necessary. As a tree grows you may find that it’s limbs may interfere with phone lines or the tree branches may come into contact with your home, shed, or garage. In most of these cases it will be necessary to remove the tree limb to avoid damage to your property. Since this will more than likely occur during the growing season you will need to apply sealant after removing the unwanted tree limbs. Read more

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Planting Young Trees | When is the Best Time

Planting Young Trees

The best time of year for planting young trees is dependent upon several factors. The specific climate for your region is a major consideration in determining the best time for planting young trees. You need to be familiar with the parameters of the climate in your area when planting trees in your yard. As an example, in the deep-south you should avoid transplanting trees during the extreme heat of mid-summer. This is especially true in dry hot climates. The intense summer heat can stress your newly planted tree. When the heat is severe, the effects can be devastating for young trees. Read more

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How to Properly Stake Newly Planted Trees

newly planted trees

When planting young trees in your yard, it is important to properly stake the newly planted trees for support and protection from the elements. In most situations, tree stakes are essential to hold the newly planted trees upright until adequate root growth has occurred. This is particularly true when the root ball of the tree is small, and especially if the tree is planted in a wide, open space or a windy environment, and when planting trees in sandy soil conditions. Read more

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The Dangers of Using Metal Tree Stakes

metal tree stakes

We see Metal Tree Stakes in use every day, and are often oblivious to the dangers they may create. When replanting young trees, Metal Tree Stakes are frequently used to support the undeveloped trees until they have become established in their new environment. Read more

Steel T-Posts vs Metal Stakes What is the Difference

Steel T-Posts

Are Metal Stakes and Steel T-Posts the same thing?

While many people refer to Steel T-Posts simply as metal posts or steel stakes, there are many other variations of metal stakes and posts that are not necessarily T-Shaped but equally as dangerous. Of course, traditional Steel T-Posts are easily identified by looking at the stake from the top or end of the stake and observing the “T” shape. If you were to take the time to cut a Steel T-Post in half with a saw, or better yet cut a thin ¼” slice; the cross section of the piece you cut off the stake would look just like the letter “T”. Okay, I agree that’s far too much information to simply state the obvious! Read more

Sports Fields Use Stake-SAFE to Protect Athletes

Sports Fields

The apparent question is, do you need to protect metal stakes that are used near sports fields. The answer is so obvious that you would think that I am asking a rhetorical question! Well in fact I am. Every metal stake should be protected, especially those found on sports fields around the country. Read more

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Home Landscaping Projects Freshen Up Your Yard

Home Landscaping

One of the easiest ways to freshen up your property is to undertake a home landscaping project. You can hire a professional landscaper if your budget allows or you can take on your home landscaping upgrades as a weekend project. Okay, maybe it will take several weekends depending on the size and scope of your project. In either case, you will likely be adding a few new trees to complement the existing greenery in your yard. We have a few suggestions to get you started. Read more