Tree Facts: Was an Asteroid Responsible for Our Trees & Forests?

 

To kick off our new tree facts category, we thought that it would be cool to propose a theory about how our trees and forests eventually came about. Are you ready? It involves dinosaurs! Enjoy!


IMG_0887The comet Chicxulub bolide that impacted the Earth around 66 million years ago not only destroyed all non flying dinosaurs, but also the North American plant life. Researchers are now examining the leaf fossils have found that the deciduous plants survived rather than the evergreens. This was probably due to the fact that they were able to react to the situation much quicker. Basically the fast growing plants were more likely to survive than the slow growers.

Benjamin Blonder points out that you are more likely to see trees in a forest that lose their leaves than an evergreens which does not. They seem to dominate the forest area. To find this out, Blonder and his colleagues studied around 1,000 angiosperm fossil leaves from Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota. He wanted to find out whether a plant went extinct on purpose or just randomly. The species he chose were from a 2.2 million year span in the Cretaceous-Paleogene area. Continue reading

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How to Add Rocks to Your Landscaping

Rocks are a great way to add some color and aesthetics to your garden. With a variety of colors, shapes, textures, and sizes, there are a variety of rocks that are available for a variety of gardens and landscaping.

Not only are rocks a quick way to spice up your garden, but their inorganic characteristic gives them the capability to last much longer than mulch.

Now that you are more familiar with some of the advantages of adding rocks to your landscaping, this article will show you how to make the installation. It may take a little longer than installing traditional mulch, but the results will pay for themselves in the end.

#1. First things first, you need to measure the area you want to use to see how many rocks you are going to need. You can mark the areas with a garden hose, spray paint, or rope that are all designed specifically for lawns.

#2. Using a spade, design a rough edge while you push the blade a few inches into the ground.

#3. Now it’s time to remove the turf from the area you plan to use. If you need to remove any weeds from the area, I suggest smothering them with an herbicide, spade, till, or sod-cutter.

#4. Start removing the soil until you reach a level that will hold your stones. So, if you are using smaller rocks such as pea gravel you will want to leave about 4-6 inches to allow for settling. For larger rocks such as boulders, you want to remove the soil to around 1/4 of the rock’s depth. Continue reading

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8 Things I Learned As a Landscaping & Tree Service Beginner

D60A7267Even though I’m not a professional landscaper with a business up and running yet, I have been piddling with some of the basics of the last two months or so. I now feel comfortable enough to now present what I’ve learned on this website so I can finally get started on my journey to creating the landscaping business I’ve been hoping to build for years.

I have started by building a small garden in the back of my yard. It’s still a work in progress but the important thing is that I actually took the steps to get started. In my downtime, I’ve been reading up on landscaping techniques and easy ways to get started. Also, I’ve been studying other owners of landscaping businesses, reading business and personal growth books, and seeking a mentor. If I’m going to build a business then I want to do it the right way and at least get a strong start.

As I was saying, my first real project has been my garden. I seem to have a natural touch and am well on the path to professionality so in this article, I would like to share some of the things I have learned as a beginner that have already made my yard look 10x better.

1.) Begin By Cleaning

Clean up your yard by eliminating weeds, sticks, leaves, and giving your grass a good mow.

2.) Treat Existing Garden Beds

If you already have a bed of plants, make sure it is also clean and free of weeds. You may even need to use a weed killing substance if they won’t remove with ease.

3.) Add Some Edge

Also good for previously existing garden beds is edging, which keeps your mulch properly positioned and protected. There are many varieties of edging made of a variety of materials, but a simple black plastic and work just as well.  Continue reading

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One of the Most Important Keys to the Landscaping/ Tree Care Business

I have talked on here a lot about having mentors and being successful in the landscaping and tree care business. I feel that it’s a big part of being successful in business and knowing the right things from the start. Of course you want be told absolutely every little detail, but it’s a good start.

I may have 3 different mentors but they all seem to agree on thing and that’s work ethic. Yep, good ole hard work.

Any chump can start a business. Slap a name on the side of a truck, get some old tools, and say “Hey, I think I’ll go landscape someone’s home today.” Ha. no. You see yes anyone can start a business, but that doesn’t mean they will have the work ethic to knock it out of the park. It’s those that work like there is no tomorrow that will set the proper foundation for a successful business that has a bright future.

The most important thing I have learned is that when you focus on taking the most action, you become unstoppable. There is no longer any competition because you are simply dominating rather than competing. You sole focus becomes domination and you no longer fret over the small things like how much you will charge for things, and all that good stuff.

Since applying this strategy about 3 weeks ago, I already have a client that is very interested in me working on their home. And you know what this one person actually told me? That they wanted me because they saw that I worked as hard as I said I would for them. They actually saw me doing a job for a friend for free and became impressed with my work ethic. You see! It all comes down to this. Have a strong work ethic and you can almost rest assured that your business will be successful.  Continue reading

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5 Foundational Skills Every Pro Landscaper Should Know

Landscaping and tree care are interesting fields and the more I study it, the more interesting things get. Today I wanted to share some of the commonalities I have seen in the different information sources I have been learning about landscaping.

Out of all the information I have seen, I have concluded that there are roughly 5 basic needs that every good landscaper should know. These set the foundation for an efficient business, and are important basics that everyone should know, and after applying them to some of my recent jobs, I have noticed quite the difference.

So without further ado, here we go.

1.) Visualize the Entire Property in Advance

An expert landscaper has the ability to take the entire yard into consideration when planning a landscaping or gardening project. Not only does this give you more options, but it eliminates the possibility of having to start over if you want to change something later on.

Visualization will give you the ability to try out different perspectives and get the creative juices going. People prefer customized landscaping plans and this is a tremendous aid in helping you sculpt that way.

2.) Draw Out Your Visualizations

It’s one thing to be able to visualize you planned work in your mind, but it doesn’t help much if it’s only left there instead of being transferred to paper. You want to learn to draw out what you see, keep all details in mind.

Not only will this benefit you, but it will make it easier to explain your plans to the client which allows them to put in their input easier and get a more clear idea of what they want. Continue reading

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Tree Care Mistakes That Everyone Can Learn From

Tree care can be challenging if you aren’t sure what you are doing. Trimming and removal can be hazardous to your safety without the proper tools, procedures, and knowledge of what you are doing.

We wanted to do something different here on NTT today by posting the video below that shares some tree care mistakes that you don’t want to ever make. If you have ever performed a tree service on your own or plan to do so sometime in the future, this video may be a helpful precaution that provides details on what you want to avoid doing.

Hopefully you will never encounter the same problems the next time you need to perform a tree removal or trimming job on your own.

If you have never done a job like this before and are skeptical about what to do but don’t want to hire a professional, do a detailed search on the web about the processes. There are plenty of detailed guides on the web lately and videos just like the one above that give detailed enough instructions to get the job done yourself in a safe and secure manner.

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What is the Cost of Stump Grinding in Nashville, Tennessee?

Stump grinding will come at the cost of time or money, depending on whether you choose to do it stumpremovalyourself or hire a professional. Either way there will be work and equipment involved to get it done and taken care of for good. This guide will help you determine which option will work best for you, so you can feel more informed in your decision making process.

Whether you hire someone to cut down your tree or you have done it yourself, the stump is left behind to just sit in your way. You can choose to leave it be, take care of the grinding yourself, or hire a professional to take care of everything for you.

Overall Costs

Stump grinding costs can vary by stump size and the amount of stumps you need handled.

The average cost for hiring a professional for stump grinding in Nashville is $100-$1,000, while the cost of renting a machine and doing it yourself can range anywhere from $75-$400.

Professionals charge by the diameter at an average of $3, and have a minimum of at least $100. If you have only a few stumps this may be a viable option for you but if your stump numbers start getting in the double digits, you will be looking at closer to $1,000 for professional stump grinding services. Some companies will even charge by the hour when there are large amounts of stumps to clear.

The most common way companies charge is by the stump, which can usually start at $100-$200 followed by a possible discount on each stump after. This of course depends on which company you decide to go with. Some companies will have the option to do a flat rate.  Continue reading

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What is the Cost of Tree Removal in Nashville?

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Tree removal costs can vary from state to state, and cost more or less depending on a variety of factors including tree size, health condition, and age.

When a tree becomes ill or damaged, removal can sometimes be the best option. Maintaining trees that have become ill can be costly to routinely treat and could continue for longer than you may want. Sometimes, removing the tree and starting fresh can be the best option if you still want a tree in a particular place.

Tree removal can be dangerous depending on how badly a tree may be damaged, the size of the tree, and the area it’s placed in. For example, some trees can be in close corners with buildings which can pose a risk of the tree causing damage. But what other types of conditions can cause disease for trees?

Most Common Diseases Affecting Trees in Nashville

Two common diseases that residents and business owners should look out for are emerald ash borer and thousand cankers disease, which began showing up in Eastern Tennessee first.

The emerald ash borer is a green beetle that infect and kill ash trees, while cankers is a fungal infection that can affect trees within a few years. If these are not spotted early on, the tree’s chances of death are much more likely as the infection can grow more severe over time.

The droughts that occurred in Nashville over the past few years have caused many new diseases from pests that have made the area their new home, so be sure to stay on the lookout for them. Continue reading

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Tree Cutting Tips and Techniques

Cutting down a tree can be dangerous, especially when a tree has lived for dozens of years. Hiring a professional tree cutter is the safest means of tree removal but if you choose to do the deed yourself, the following tips will help you take down a tree more smoothly.

Before you begin, there are a few pieces of equipment you will need to get the job done right.

#1. SAFETY FIRST: Grab yourself a pair of handy dandy safety glasses to keep your eyes protected from the line of fire and while you’re at it, grab some leg protectors or a pair of sturdy work boots. Sometimes, chainsaws can run into knots in a tree which cause them to come out of the tree and into your leg so you want to keep protected.

#2. CHAINSAW: A chainsaw will be your most important tool, and should have a horsepower of at least 3.5 and a 20 inch bar. The bar is an indication of how deep the blade can penetrate, and 20 inches is generally enough for cutting down most trees.

#3. TEST ROPE: The final tool you need to acquire is a 1,000 lb rope to be used as a safety backup in case there are any problems.

How to Safely Cut Down a Tree

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Hiring a Tree Service in Mount Juliet, TN

In the majority of states there are many locations that are home to tree service providers, especially in Nashville and Mt. Juliet, TN. In these locations along with the other surrounding areas, it can sometimes be difficult to know which service provider to select when there are so many available to choose from. On this website, we like to bring you the best information for finding the best Mount Juliet tree service in the area for you, so here are some of the top things you should look for during your search.

REMEMBER TO DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE When searching for a trusted company to provide tree trimming, removal, or any other form of service, it’s important to do your due diligence. This includes the following:

CHECK FOR REVIEWS on trusted local business directories like Angie’s List and Yelp, and social media sites like Facebook and Google plus. Top rated companies should have at least one review on at least one of these authority sites.

MAKE SURE THE COMPANY IS LICENSED AND INSURED to perform tree cutting, trimming and removal services. If something happens during the process and they company isn’t insured, you as the homeowner could be held responsible if the occurrence is on your property.

RESEARCH THE COMPANY to see how long they have been in business, how many employees they have, and how many jobs they take on average. This could be a good indication of how well they may work with you. Continue reading

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