Mar 26, 2016

If you’ve ever visited old-growth forests and other woodlands with tall, long-established trees and thick upper layers, you may have noticed how easy it is to walk around under those trees. At ground level, the air is still and cool. Any hiking trails are shady throughout the day. The canopy is dense and vibrant, absorbing most sunlight right at the top and preventing grass and smaller plants from growing around the trees on the forest floor.

A similar principle is at work in your yard, albeit on a much smaller scale. If you allow your trees to grow unchecked, their branches can stretch farther and their leaves can grow more crowded than is healthy–either for the trees themselves or for your lawn. Most lawn grasses require four to six hours of sunlight every day to thrive; Bermuda grass and zoysia, two of the more popular types of grass in the Metro Atlanta area, are known to be especially shade-intolerant. As a tree’s upper branches become overcrowded, grass and other landscaping plants that fall inside the newly shaded area will start to thin out and die off, leaving unsightly patches of dead earth around your yard. Call us now for tree services Atlanta.

If you want to have a dense, healthy lawn, one of the most important things you can do is to pay attention to the shade your trees are casting on it.  An arborist can assess your trees and provide advice about tree trimming and/or removal to reduce shade.  Call 404-CUT-TREE today to schedule a free visit.