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    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.