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    Deep Root Fertilization for your Trees and or Shrubs

    We here at Good Guys Tree Service thrive on honesty and quality customer service. The health of your trees and shrubs are a highly valuable element to your home landscape. Proper trimming and pruning boosts new bud formation and promotes durable upward growth patterns.

    What many homeowners don’t realize is how beneficial fertilizing is to add vibrancy and curb appeal. By setting an appointment with our certified Arborist, we can help with assessing the specific needs of your plant life.

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    Why Fertilize Your Trees & Shrubs?

    Natural debris like leaf litter, grass clippings, and branches would normally create organic matter that Mother Nature uses to give nutrients to the soil. Since it is common practice to remove the debris from our yards, the need for fertilizer grows.

    Some other factors that call for use include: Pre and Post construction or new pool construction which can take away or alter the root system of established trees. Soil compaction, like continually driving over an area, denies the ability for much needed gas exchange. Intense summer heat and drought can further stress your trees over the years. With multiple stressors compounding on your trees and shrubs, they can become vulnerable to other diseases.

    Using a slow-release fertilizer high in nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium is the proper deep root fertilization treatment that will feed your trees for a complete year. It also can help Mycorrhizae flourish underground. Mycorrhizae is a good fungus that has a symbiotic relationship with plant roots (like how probiotics improve our gut health). Multiple benefits of mycorrhiza health can include:

    • Overall plant health & vigor
    • Increased resistance of pathogens
    • Strength after transplantation
    • Efficiency in absorbing water and nutrients from the soil, especially in smaller root vessels
    • Improving tolerance to drought conditions

    Application will be by our technician, directly injecting into the soil under your tree’s canopy with a grid pattern every 2-3 feet. Depending on your soil composition, it will be administered at a depth of 4-6 inches below ground level.

    Deep Root Fertilization Austin TX

    Certified & Licensed

    Oak Wilt certified and licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture, our certified Arborist will ensure we safely maximize your property’s potential, without overselling you anything it doesn’t need.

    Fertilizing before or during summer months can prepare your trees and shrubs to overcome the trauma that the Texas heat brings.

    Please call today and set an appointment with our certified arborist for your tree and shrub health evaluation.

      Christmas Tree Services

      Have Them Pruned Up First

      If you plan to wrap your trees with Christmas lights this year, be sure to have them pruned prior to wrapping them with lights. It will save time wrapping the lights and your trees will look much cleaner when lit up at night.

      With the Holidays comes the task of putting up Christmas lights and preparing for holiday parties and guests.

      Make sure your trees look their best to showcase your yard and home.

      Prepping Your Trees Ahead of Time

      As a general rule, most Central Texas Oaks, as well as other trees, are wrapped the full length of the main trunk and approximately 3-4′ high in the extending branches. Branches should be selected to allow for an even, balanced distribution of light. Wrapping trees is much easier when they are given a class 1 prune to remove unnecessary sucker branches and water sprouts, thereby allowing the wrapping of lights to be easier and more efficient.

      Good Guys Tree Service specializes in Central Texas trees and are experts with pruning Live oaks in particular. Give us a call to schedule a free no obligation estimate.

      Christmas Lights Austin

      Guide for selecting Christmas lights to wrap your trees

      Here are some basic measurements you need to take into consideration.

      Measure the circumference of the tree trunk, as well as the circumference and count of any branches you wish to wrap with lights. Determine how much spacing you want both between each light bulb on the string, as well as how far apart you plan to wrap the light strings.

      A 6″ bulb spacing is popular for wrapping trunks and branches, with an average spacing of 2-3″ between strings. Divide height by desired string spacing, multiply total by circumference to calculate total string length needed.


      • 4’H trunk / 3″ spacing = 16 x 2′ circumference = 32′ of lighting
      • 3’L branch / 3″ spacing = 12 x 6″ circumference = 6′ of lighting per branch
      • Total lighted feet will be approximately 56′ for the trunk and four branches

      Below is a chart to help with choosing the proper number of lights to wrap outdoor trees. 


        Winter Tree Trimming

        Don’t let this happen to you this year… be prepared instead.

        Being proactive ahead of damaging winter storms by removing weak tree limbs can help prevent potentially dangerous and damaging results.

        Ice Storms Can Have Devastating Effects on Trees

        Winter in Central Texas can be hard on your trees. Especially when ice storms weigh down and stress out already weak tree limbs.

        Let Good Guys come out and assess, lighten, or remove potentially weak limbs prior to having them end up on your roof or your car.

          Austin Tree Mulching

          Spring is in the air. The sun is beaming down on us, the days are longer and the nights shorter, we get to enjoy much brighter and warmer weather, and we can finally get to work on our gardens and landscapes.

          With winter now in the rear view mirror, it is time to get back outdoors and make sure our gardens are well prepared for spring and the upcoming summer. Anyone with trees and shrubs in the outdoor areas of their home will want to take the time to ensure that they are taking all the right measures to ensure they are looking good and healthy!

          Here’s an easy check list to work through this spring to ensure your trees and shrubs are well prepared!

          Begin With an Inspection

          This is one of the easiest tasks to complete and is the perfect way to start of your check list. It gives an idea of what type of maintenance and care might be required for your trees, as you get the opportunity to look and inspect their condition before taking any further action.

          Depending on where you live, the winter weather can provide a lot of risks towards the health of your trees and shrubs. Frost, snow, excessive rain, and strong winds can wreak havoc, so you will want to look out for signs of damage from the winter, as well as any signs of aging or pests that may developed over the past few months.

          Not sure what to look out for or whether or not there may be a problem? Why not get a local arborist in for a professional inspection?

          Perform any Necessary Pruning

          If you have notice any sort of damaged branches or such, be sure to take action in the shape of pruning. Healthy and living branches shouldn’t be pruned during spring as this is best served in the winter due the tree being dormant, however any areas that have sustained damaged or have aged can be cut away.

          It can be quite easy to determine the living sections of any tree or shrub during spring, as there will be little to no signs of leaves developing. Removing old growth will help to stimulate new growth to help ensure your trees and shrubs remain in quality shape throughout the year.

          Get Your Mulch On

          Good quality mulch is very beneficial for the overall care and health of your trees by mimicking the type of nutrients gained out in the wild from foliage and other organic substances. Mulch may need to be reapplied in spring for many trees, and those that don’t have any should always look to add it for the various benefits gained.

          Helping to suppress weeds, retain moisture, regulate the soil temperature and ensure that your trees receive adequate water and nutrition from the soil, there are plenty of good reasons to get your mulch on this spring.

          There are various places to source organic mulch, and the amount required varies depending on the size of the mulch ring – but the more space for mulch the better!

          Finish with Fertilizer

          The final item to check of your list is fertilizing!

          Winter has been rough on your trees, shrubs and most other plants outside!  You will want to give them a nice additional boost of nutrition as we head into the prime growing season for your trees and shrubs.

          Slow-realizing fertilizers are great for providing your trees with ample nutrition to help them flourish during growing season, and they can also help to combat various damage risks that could occur as a result of disease, bugs and pests, and any adverse weather conditions.

            Tree Pruning Austin

            The presence of trees in your outdoor living space can add an unrivaled sense of natural beauty. To ensure that trees remain both safe and attractive, it is important that you take a lot of care to maintain them throughout each season. This helps to keep the trees under control as they grow, as well as guaranteeing that the will continue to look their best.

            With winter almost at its end, early spring is almost upon us, and with that comes the opportunity to get outside and see to your trees. Planning ahead in your preparations allows for the trees to look their best and remain safe and secure come springtime, allowing you to enjoy them in all their beauty once the good weather finally arrives.

            While you can do a lot of the planning ahead, it is also worth remembering that you may require some professional help in certain situations, so hiring tree services from an experienced company is always worth it for the long-term maintenance of any trees.

            Light Pruning

            A spot of light pruning is certainly a task you can perform without the need of tree services. Inspect each tree thoroughly, looking for old dying foliage that you can cut back, providing you have the correct tools for the job.

            Spring trees will require pruning during early spring as opposed to winter, as it can lead to damaging the tree. Fruit trees can be pruned in late winter or early spring, and you should aim to prune them before any of the buds can break into a bloom.

            Be mindful of your own capabilities when it comes to light pruning. It may seem easy enough, but without the correct tools it can still present certain risks. Tree services can provide pruning and thinning for thicker foliage on larger trees if needed.

            Inspect for Winter Damage

            The entire tree should also be thoroughly inspected to ensure it is safe. Damage caused by winter weather such as snow and ice can increase already damaged areas of a tree, as well as potential causing new damage too.

            Cracks and holes in the bark of the tree are notable signs of damage to the tree, as is dead foliage. Also be on the lookout for any diseases, as this can be a death sentence for a tree, and may require tree-removal from a tree service company.

            Extensive damage that could be a hazard to your home our outdoor living space may also require professional help. Tree services can provide comprehensive pruning, trimming and reduction of damaged trees.

              Austin Tree Service

              Now that we’re well into 2016, here’s a question for you: Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Most people do – and generally speaking, those resolutions tend to be about staying healthier and making better lifestyle choices. So if you’re looking to make some positive changes this year, consider your trees! Believe it or not, the very same resolutions you make for yourself can have some great benefits for your trees. Check it out:

              How about losing a few extra pounds?

              Take a good look at your trees; they might need a little slimming down. Weak or dead limbs aren’t just a drain on your tree’s energy, they can be a real danger as well. Get rid of those extra pounds by having your trees and shrubbery properly pruned.

              A well-pruned tree is more resistant to insect infestation and diseases. Pruned by an expert, your trees will enjoy greater air circulation, better light penetration and an all-around healthier structure. And trimming away the dead weight keeps your family and your property safe from fallen branches.

              Consider a healthier diet

              In the natural setting of a forest, fallen leaves provide nutrients and create a vibrant system of microorganisms that support growth. But in our urban setting, we remove fallen leaves to show off our beautiful lawns – to the detriment of the entire ecosystem.

              This year, resolve to replace those lost nutrients with a good fertilizer. Your tree professional may recommend adding some microbes to the mix, which will maximize the nutrients already present in the soil and build a stronger root system for both trees and grasses.

              Stay grounded when things get rough

              Who knows what kind of craziness this year has in store for us? It’s important to stay grounded and not let a few bumps in the road throw us off track – and it’s the same for your trees. From hurricane winds to severe drought to sudden flooding, your trees need a good solid root structure to keep them well grounded in all kinds of weather.

              To promote deep root growth that keeps your trees firmly set in the ground, add a nice layer of mulch around each tree’s base. Mulching holds in the moisture during droughts, insulates from sudden floods and encourages the kind of root growth that sustains your tree when the winds start to blow.

              Make better use of preventative health care

              They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s true for you, and for your trees. To avoid serious problems in the future, be sure to schedule an annual inspection by your local tree professional. It’s a simple, low-cost way to evaluate the health and structural integrity of your trees while keeping your property safe and attractive.

              Support your family, your home and the environment

              Healthy, vibrant trees are far more than just pretty. Your trees create a comfy spot for kids and pets to enjoy. They boost your home’s curb appeal and add substantially to its value. Large shade trees cool your home and cut down on energy costs. They keep soil from eroding, protect your property from excess water runoff, and clean the air.

              If your New Year’s resolutions include doing something positive for the environment, consider planting more trees. You can add to the beauty and health of your own back yard or contribute to a larger restoration project in the area. Either way, you’re providing a meaningful and lasting benefit to the planet.

              A healthy weight, a healthy diet, a firm foundation, a proactive health care plan and a better environment – these are the kinds of New Year’s resolutions we can all get behind. And they’re resolutions your trees will love!

              If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call. We’re ready to help make those optimistic plans a reality, and guide your trees into a safe, healthy and productive New Year.

                Winter Tree Maintenance

                Our weather patterns are cyclical and therefore somewhat foreseeable. Weather stations and almanacs rely on these foreseeable aspects and build models based on past events….this is where our forecast comes from, the knowledge gained from past experiences from this area.

                We’ve been blessed to have milder winters than we all know we could have, but that just closes the gap on some of the more aggressive weather patterns we know are possible to happen here. Of course I’m talking about ICE. A hard freeze can do more damage than just killing off our beautiful shrubs and ground cover. Depending on the species, many trees already carry large amounts of weight with just its natural foliage, and a few hundred pounds, and the results can be devastating!

                As a part of a regular maintenance program, we can limit the adverse factors associated with tree/limb failure; manage any risk BEFORE it occurs. We do this by de-weighting overstressed limbs and removing larger deadwood that is susceptible to failure in high traffic areas and throughout the tree. In higher risk situations we would employ cabling and/or rods strategically set within fissures and throughout the canopy to reduce any excess pressure related to the high risk quadrant of the tree. This process is matched only by the time taken to fully explain the procedure to the client with advice given to further reduce any further risk. Hardware is also checked on over the course of the year to insure continued stability.

                  Most homeowners think spring when thinking about planting trees and other woody shrubs and plants. Trees planted now get a head start on establishing roots before our brutal summers return.   Tree roots (as well as other larger plants) grow above 40 degrees.

                  In mild winters, roots gain strength they need to deal with our particularly rough summers. And,because their roots have been growing all fall and winter, trees planted now burst with growth when spring arrives.                        Many homeowners worry that a hard freeze or extended subfreezing weather will kill or damage trees planted in fall. It is a good idea to protect above ground portions of recently planted trees and shrubs. Because our ground rarely freezes, the roots should be just fine.

                  Planting Guide

                  You can plant trees that are sold in pots or balled-and-burrlapped specimens in fall. However experts tell us that we should wait until winter to plant bare root specimens,including fruit and pecan trees. They should be dormant for best results.

                  Proper Planting Techniques

                  When choosing a site. Make sure you have picked the right tree for the right place. Placing a naturally growing under story tree in an area where it will gain full sun will only cause stress and eventual death for that tree.

                  1. When digging the hole, use the 10:1 ratio. Meaning the hole should be 10 inches for every caliper inch of truck diameter.
                  2. Place tree on solid soil. Do not disturb the soil below if possible. There is no need to add compost or any other amendment at this phase.
                  3. Back fill only with soil that has been removed from hole.
                  4. Tamp down soil around root ball.
                  5. Water thoroughly to eliminate any air pockets, allowing roots to settle.
                  6. Use soil to build a 4”-6” berm around the edge of the hole. Add a 4”-6” layer of mulch inside ring, being careful not to cover root flare. A visible root flare is paramount when planting a new tree. Never should we see a straight truck coming from the ground.

                  Post Planting Tips

                  Deep water 2-4 times weekly and remove any guy lines if used. Remember…most trees need to move in the wind early in life to establish reactionary wood for future strength and stability. Guy lines should only be used on larger installments to help stable root-balls and establish security. Staking a tree is absolutely last resort.

                  Many companies use this practice but fail to educate the client on its uses and dangers. If the lines are not removed promptly they can damage they can damage the bark and make entrance for many harmful insects as well as weaken the tree natural ability to thrive on its own.

                  Finally, never fertilize the tree at the planting phase. Tree roots are highly vulnerable to the burns that most fertilizers cause. Spring is always best for fertilization.

                    Live Oak Tree Service

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                    Live oak trees are truly majestic as they grow through the years, spreading their long and ever growing branches as they reach up towards the sky with each new year. Live oak trees can live for hundreds of years and are aptly named “live” oaks because their leaves stay lush and green throughout the fall and winter months when other species of trees lose their leaves. Live oak trees stay hardy and strong through the years, but as they grow like any other tree, they have branches that need to be trimmed as they become diseased or grow in ways that is unhealthy for the survival of the tree.

                    How to Avoid Tree Wilt when Trimming a Live Oak

                    Trimming is a natural part of care for a live oak tree, but it has to be done right or the tree can be susceptible to tree wilt. Tree wilt in live oaks is caused by an insect known as the Nitidulid beetle which is attracted to sweet smells (live oak trees give off a strong sweet smell when trimmed) and by a type of fungus (Ceratocystis fagacearum) that infects the tree, causing live oaks to begin to wither and die. To avoid the Nitidulid beetle and tree wilt in general, it is best to trim live oak trees during the late fall or winter months when the cold makes the insect least active during the year.

                    How to Trim the Tree

                    1. Cutting – When cutting off branches during the trimming process you want to cut flush with the tree trunk or flush with the tree branch the trimmed one has grown off of. This will help the tree to heal quickly and to be able to continue growing branches in that area of the tree for years to come.
                    2. Trimming Branches– You want to trim branches that are diseased, rub against other branches or other structures nearby and branches that grow vertical (live oak branches typically grow horizontally and vertical branches hinder that natural growth), remembering to cut flush with the trunk or other branch connected to it. You’ll also want to trim any branches that are too low to the ground as this will help to initiate growth in the upper portions of the live oak tree and enhance its health.
                    3. Seal All Wounds – Once you have trimmed any branches that hinder the healthy growth of the tree you’ll want to cover the cuts with a wound sealer that is non-phototoxic or at the very least a black spray paint immediately following cutting. This will help the tree to recover from the cuts and ensure continued growth after the live oak trimming.

                    Let Good Guys Tree Service handle all of your Austin tree trimming or tree removal needs. We strive to always provide top notch service and only accept payment after the job is complete and the customer is satisfied!

                      Power Line Tree Trimming

                      When it comes to maintaining your beautiful landscape and ensuring that trees around power lines and other utility installations near your home are adequately dealt with, there are many Austin tree service specialists who are well-equipped to handle this task.

                      Tree Trimming Dangers Involved

                      For the average homeowner, it can be a difficult situation to deal with overgrown trees and foliage. For many, there are dangers that include overhanging branches that may be near high-voltage power lines. While this is a situation that should never be handled by an untrained professional many homeowners take it upon themselves to try and remedy the situation on their own. This is not only ill-advised but extremely dangerous.

                      Usually professional tree services providing care and maintenance activities to homeowners in Austin are specially equipped to handle these situations.

                      Let Good Guys Tree Service be the intermediaries in contacting the utility company to make them aware of the potential danger.

                      Some utility companies employ specialists who will be dispatched to various locations to address these issues. For homeowners, it is always advisable to consult with your tree care professionals to determine whether or not it is advisable to contact the city.

                      Austin Tree Service Benefits

                      Another primary benefit of hiring a professional Austin tree service is the comfort in knowing that will not have to worry about cleanup and removal. When these professionals arrive on site to prune and trim your trees, they also follow a specific procedure that entails the appropriate removal of large branches and accumulated leaves.

                      Homeowners continue to rely upon these services and the convenience that it provides in keeping their landscaping neat and tidy. Many communities have strict rules and homeowners associations that frown upon excessive garbage be it from leaves or branches. In some cases homeowners are fined each day there in violation of the rules. Having a professional tree service in Austin handle these situations for you can give you an increased peace of mind.

                      There really is no service that these skilled professionals are unequipped to handle. Every year Austin tree service professionals respond to thousands of cases whether it be overgrown trees encroaching on our property line to branches that may be dangerously close to power lines. Regardless of the situation, a qualified Austin tree service company will provide plenty of value to you as a homeowner.

                      So the next time you find yourself in a situation where your trees are dangerously close to high-voltage power lines were near other areas that might cause a problem, always contact a tree service in Austin. These professionals are well equipped to handle these and other situations. Not only do they provide on-site service that is comprehensive but they will also ensure that preventative measures are taken to avoid any potential hazards. A perfect example of the benefits of these services is ensuring that your landscape is well-maintained and prepared for any inclement weather. If time permits many of these professionals will conduct appropriate trimming procedures on your trees to ensure that weak branches to not become dangerous projectiles in periods of high wind. Contact us today for your Austin tree service needs and see how we can help you maintain a safe and beautiful landscaped environment.

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