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. For February, we are showcasing the Dahoon Tree. Learn all about Dahoon Trees below!

Dahoon Tree

Tree Trimming Time: 6 Signs You Need to Stop Procrastinating and Start Pruning

We think of trees as lovely additions to a yard’s verdant green space, and usually, they are. Sometimes, however, they become decidedly unlovely, or downright dangerous. Even if they don’t go marching off to war like Tolkien’s Ents, they can still cause serious damage if you fail to keep them in line.

Tactic Numero Uno? Pruning. Here are six signs you need to pull out those shears and get trimmin’ today.

  1. Deadwood

Deadwood – parts of the tree that are gray or brown, and have stopped growing altogether – can fall out of the tree at any moment. This is extremely dangerous for people and property, so it’s critical you prune it out right away.

  1. Cracks, Splits, Breaks

Cracks, splits, breaks, and other wounds are also signs that the tree may be compromised, making it more likely to drop branches. Again, prune immediately.

  1. Roving Branches

Sometimes roving branches just grow in the wrong direction and get in the way. This might be simply annoying, or it can be hazardous, especially if branches are growing into telephone wires, near fuse boxes, etc.

  1. Unappealing Shape

All trees have a natural shape, and pruning helps them maintain it best. This isn’t always intuitive, but online pruning guides can help you get a visual image of the proper methods of pruning trees, or you can ask an expert.

  1. Multiple Leaders

A leader is the trees vertical, topmost branch that runs up along the line of the trunk. Each tree should only have one. If it has more, you must remove the other(s), or else the tree will compete with itself. This makes it less healthy and less beautiful.

  1. Area Overgrowth

Sometimes a tree just gets too big for its spot. Many times people plant trees based on what they look like as saplings or juveniles and don’t take into account what will happen when they reach full growth. In that case, you may need to move the tree or remove it all together.

Of course, it’s often not possible to move a tree yourself – or even to trim them safely. If you need help, call Premier Tree Solutions, your amiable Atlanta arbor assistant. We offer tree trimming, pruning and removal, as well as storm cleanup, branch clearing, stump grinding, and more. If you’d like to learn more about us and how we can help you, please get in touch and contact us here.

5 Techniques to Improve Your Planting Prowess

You may have 99 problems … but proper tree planting technique shouldn’t be one of them. In this article, let’s walk through the five critical skills for planting a tree. Follow these tips and before you know it, your sapling will become the gorgeous tree it deserves to be. Here’s the scoop.

  1. Dig the Hole Wider Than You Think It Needs to Be

Most trees come with bare roots or wrapped in burlap, but either way, their roots are typically trimmed into a little ball. This can lend the false impression that trees only need a small planting hole. Untrue. Their roots need to be able to spread, and digging a wide hole full of loose dirt will give them the room they need.

  1. Plant the Tree at the Right Height

If the tree has dirt around its roots, remove the dirt from the trunk until you can see where the roots begin. This is called the “trunk flare,” and should be just visible over the dirt once it’s planted. Dig the hole accordingly.

  1. Straighten the Tree Before Backfilling

Nothing burns like going to all the work of planting a tree, only to check afterward and see it’s crooked. Have someone help you sight the tree and ensure it’s straight before filling in the hole.

  1. Stake if Necessary

Ideally, you shouldn’t have to stake your tree, because overreliance on a staking system can make your tree’s trunk and roots weaker. In some conditions, however, it’s necessary – think windy locations or where vandalism is a concern.

  1. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Never forget to mulch your new tree. A thick layer of organic debris (such as leaf litter or wood chips) will discourage competition from weeds, retain moisture, and keep the ground warm in winter and cool in summer. Apply the mulch in a layer 2-4 inches thick, and leave a ring several inches wide around the base of the tree to avoid trunk rot, pests, and so forth.

If you’re not quite sure you want to take on the project yourself, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Premier Tree Solutions. We’re always happy to offer tree-related advice or to tackle a project with you. In addition to tree care, we also provide storm cleanup, debris removal, and stump grinding. Get ready for a brand-spankin’-new tree … or yard and contact us here.


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. For January, we are showcasing the American Holly. Learn all about American Holly trees below!


Pleased to Meet Yew: Five Winter Trees We Love

The White Christmas has passed (whether or not it was white), but that doesn’t mean all light and beauty is gone from the world. When you plant the right trees, you’ll enjoy color and life even in the depths of winter. Here are five of our favorite choices.

  1. Yew

Of course, we would be amiss if we didn’t first introduce you to our pun-tastic friend, the yew. This conifer is a bright green all winter long, giving your bare yard some winter cheer. Plus, it will sprout anew even when cut back to bare wood, which most evergreens will not. Just make sure you keep livestock away from it, as browsing could kill them – and warn children against eating the toxic seeds.

  1. Camellias

Famous for blooming sporadically between fall and spring, and often re-blooming all winter long, camellias are one of the most beautiful cold-season options. With more than 200 species and around 3,000 hybrids, you have no lack of color options: pink, white, red, purple, salmon, variegated, and more.

  1. Japanese Flowering Apricot

In the same family as cherries and apples, the winter-flowering apricot is a lovely sight to behold against a drab seasonal background. With delicate blossoms of pink, white or rose, this tree will draw you to the window again and again.

  1. Holly

Especially beloved at the holidays, Holly is a lovely plant all through the cold season. Its berries may be red or white, and its sharp and waxy leaves shine a deep green. If you prefer the dappled effect, opt for the Variegated English Holly, with white-edged leaves.

  1. Dogwoods

Famed for their bright red and yellow stems, dogwoods are often at their best when bare. Their spring flowers are also showy, but nothing beats a warm and glowing hue when the winter wind is nipping at your cheeks.

Those aren’t your only options, of course, so for more ideas on winter trees and shrubs, see the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s many lovely suggestions.

Want to learn more about the best trees for your yard, and get help planting some eye-catching new statements for the year to come? Get in touch with Premier Tree Solutions, your Atlanta experts on all things arboreal. In addition to planting, we’d love to help you with trimming, thinning, cleanup and removal, a one-stop-shop for a beautiful yard. All you have to do is give a shout at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.

Ciao, Christmas: Now What Should You Do with that Tree?

It’s that time of year again.

The lights come down. The clove-studded oranges have to go (although if you made clove-studded oranges, you deserve to take a picture and frame it). The Christmas tree is on its last legs, and goodbye is imminent.

But you want to do the goodbye right, disposing of your tree in the smart, environmentally friendly way. Here are a few of the best options.

  1. Recycle Curbside

If you live in a neighborhood or suburb that picks up trees for yard debris, go ahead and throw it out on the curb. However, beware that if you only have garbage pickup, the tree will head to landfill, where it will rot instead of decomposing, not helping the environment.

  1. Put It in a Wood Chipper

Trees make great mulch, which protects your plants, shrubs, and other trees all through winter. If you have a wood chipper, cut the tree up and pass it through. You can also do garlands and wreaths.

If you don’t have a chipper, just saw the trees individual branches off and lay them on the ground to protect the roots of other plants. You can then chop the tree up for firewood (though beware, most sappy trees will snap and pop, so use a fireplace screen).

  1. Make a Winter Bird Shelter

You know who doesn’t mind a dead evergreen tree? Birds who are busy preparing nests for springtime and babies. Put your tree outside, upright, and wait for feathery cuties to move on in.

Want to take the cuteness to the next level? Rodale recommends you hang ornaments made of suet and seed from its branches.

  1. Hand It Off to a Yard Debris Cleanup Crew

Sometimes the easiest thing to do is just set the tree in an out-of-the-way location and wait for someone else to deal with it – preferably your trusty maintenance crew.

And hey, while you’re at it, why not clean up the yard a bit? Premier Tree Solutions is the friendly, local business to call. We serve the Atlanta area with a huge number of tree- and yard-related services, including tree and stump removal, branch trimming, storm (and Christmas tree) cleanup and more. All you have to do is give a shout at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.

‘Tis the Season to Keep Your Christmas Tree Green and Gorgeous

The halls are decked, the presents are being wrapped, the turkey has been ordered. Everything feels merry and bright … except that your tree is dying, and it’s only mid-December. Uh oh.

Okay, don’t worry. That’s just a hypothetical situation. So far, anyway. If you want to prevent needles dropping off and O Tannenbaum going brown before you even open your presents, here’s your quick guide.

Cut Off the Bottom Before Putting Up Your Tree

Trees aren’t kept in water when they’re in tree lots, but like any other plant, they need water to stay green and beautiful. Trouble is, they can’t absorb it well with a crusted-over bottom, so you need to cut it off. Usually, some evening out is required anyway, so use a regular saw to remove the bottom inch or so before you bring your tree inside.

Don’t Keep It Near Heat Sources

Sure, nothing looks quainter than a tree by a roaring hearth, but there’s no faster way to dry it out than with constant heat. Put it in a corner by itself, away from heating vents, radiators, and gas or wood fireplaces.

Keep the Water Level High

At all times, the water level should be above the base of the trunk. In other words, the bottom of the trunk, where you made the cut, should always be immersed. The best way to do this is to familiarize yourself with how deep your finger should go into the water, then refill with a watering can when it’s not deep enough.

Dispose the Right Way

When you’re done with your tree, you can dispose of it by placing it curbside and waiting for your garbage service to pick it up. Of course, disposing of your Christmas tree becomes even easier if you already have a brush pile that needs taking care of. In that case, just toss ye olde Xmas tree on top and call in the brush clearing pros: Premier Tree Solutions.

We’re a growing tree removal business based in Atlanta and we’d love to help you shape up your yard for the new year. In addition to brush clearing, we also offer tree trimming and pruning, storm cleanup and first aid for trees damaged by weather, debris removal, stump grinding, and more. So enjoy the holiday season now, and get ready for an awesome year ahead by calling us soon! Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.

Jack Frost starting to bite? Here’s How to Keep Trees Safe from Cold

Even in traditionally warm parts of the country, the winter can bring some pretty dang severe weather. If you’re worried about your trees when Jack Frost starts to bite, here are several steps to take to ensure they stay safe over the long haul. So put on those earmuffs and go make sure your woody winners are safe!

1. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Mulch performs a huge variety of tree-related services. It keeps water in, prevents weeds from growing and competing for resources (or looking unsightly), and protects delicate roots near the surface from animals. However, one of its most important tasks is to keep soil warm. This makes it much less likely that roots will die off, which in turn ensures the tree’s ability to get enough water.

2. Water Before a Cold Front Hits

Did you know trees are almost as susceptible to drying out in winter as in summer? Even though the sun’s heat doesn’t beat down this time of year, the air is often very dry. Without the protective humidity, trees give up tons of water through their leaves, which can then dry out and curl up, damaging or even killing trees … especially if they’re young.

Watering before a cold spell can help a lot. Not only does this ensure your tree is hydrated, it protects roots, since moist soil retains and radiates heat much more effectively than dry dirt. Get a soil probe and use this guide to ensure you water to the proper depth.

3. Wrap Trunks

Trees suffer damage when temperatures alternate between warmth and cold. The former makes them expand, while the latter shrinks them, resulting in cracking.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the best ways to protect trees is to wrap their trunks. This is especially important with young trees or those that have very thin bark (think birches, for example). You can get wraps at a garden supply store or order them online. Be sure to wrap trunks before the cold rolls in, and leave them on throughout the winter.

Want help protecting your treasured trees? Call in the experts here at Premier Tree Solutions in Atlanta. We help maintain trees in a variety of ways, including trimming and pruning, storm clean up and first aid, branch clearing, and more. Get in touch with us today! Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.


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. For December, we are showcasing the Evergreen Tree. Learn all about Evergreens below!

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How “Mulch” Does Mulch Help?

Sure, you’ve heard about mulch. It’s … stuff … that you put on the ground, right? And it helps plants, you’re sure about that one. But how? What is it? And do you really need it? Today, we’re going to answer all your questions and more. Settle in; let’s talk Mulch 101.

What Exactly Is Mulch?

Part of the reason for the confusion surrounding mulch is that it can mean many things. The word mulch simply refers to a layer of material that is applied to the top of the soil as a protective layer. It can be leaf litter, bark chips, shredded bark, compost, or other products that insulate and hold in moisture. The difference is that, unlike a soil amendment that you work into the dirt, mulch remains on top.

Why Mulch?

Well, we gave it away in that last sentence: Mulch is all about keeping heat and water in. When applied, mulch makes it easier for trees and shrubs to stay hydrated, because it’s less likely the water will evaporate from the soil.

Plus, the natural decomposition of organic material gives off heat, which keeps the ground warm. In addition to preventing the heat loss that would otherwise occur with uncovered soil, this keeps delicate surface roots extra warm during cold months. That’s why mulch is so commonly laid down in the fall.

It also smothers weeds, prevents compaction of the soil, and protects tender roots from hostile attacks by nature and overzealous lawn mowers.

How Much Mulch Are We Talkin’?

So how much? Arbor Day recommends clearing the grass from around the base of your tree in a 3- to 10-foot area, then applying mulch in a 2- to 4-inch-deep layer. After application, be sure to learn proper watering practices, Arbor Day advises, because otherwise, mulch will just help you drown your tree. No Bueno.

Call in the Mulch Magnates

Not sure you have what it takes to become the mulch maven your trees need? That’s cool. Give us a call here at Premier Tree Solutions, a growing tree removal business based in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in all your tree-related services, including trimming and pruning, storm cleanup, stump grinding, branch clearing, debris removal, and great news, WE CAN DELIVER FREE MULCH!

Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us here and find out more about how “mulch” we can help you!