Are Your Trees at Risk of Falling?

Weak trees can be a danger to both lives and property. Falling trees and limbs are one of the most common causes of damage or injury during a storm. Major storms like hurricanes can cause many trees to fall, especially those that are weakened from disease or other issues. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether a sick or weak tree should be removed before they become a hazard during a storm.

Signs of Tree Deterioration

When a tree is weak or sick, there are signs to let you know it is in trouble. Leaning trunks or mushrooms growing at the roots can be a sign of weakness or disease. If there are rotted areas on the trunk or branches, or hollowing occurring, this is a serious sign of a weakened tree. Other things to look for are dead branches or leaves/needles that look unhealthy.

If a tree has any signs of poor health or weakness, calling in an arborist can help you determine the level of damage to the tree. In some cases, the tree could regain health with insect or disease treatment. Other times, it may be too late to save the tree or it may need dead limbs removed. It is better to proactively fall a tree or have dead branches pruned away than leave it to fall during the next bug storm.

Trees can become a deadly hazard when they are riddled with disease or weakened from rot. Don’t wait for your tree to fall on its own. Talk to your local arborist or tree service if you see any signs of tree deterioration to prevent damage or injury from a falling tree.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

3 Considerations During an Emergency Tree Removal

If possible, it is always best to proactively remove trees that could be a hazard during a storm. Unhealthy trees are the ones that most likely could come crashing down when foul weather hits. However, even healthy trees can fall, and when they do, you need will need to safely remove the tree as quickly as possible. When you need emergency tree removal, consider these three factors.

  1. Health or condition of the tree. How the tree can be safely removed can depend on the condition of the tree. If the wood is dead or rotten, there is a higher chance portions could break or fall during removal.
  2. Surrounding structures. What structures could be impacted by the removal of a tree? If the tree landed on a structure or right next to one, careful planning will be needed to ensure no further damage is done. Even landscaping should be taken into consideration – you do not want to ruin a retaining wall while trying to remove a fallen tree.
  3. Obstacles or accessibility. Is there room for large equipment to remove the tree or will it need to be taken away in small pieces? How the tree is removed can depend on where it is located on the property.

An experienced tree removal service will take all these factors into consideration before they start. This ensures that the job goes smoothly without any problems during the process. Trying to save money by doing it yourself? You may want to rethink this idea and call in a professional. Unforeseen problems can cause delays and additional damage if the job is not done right from beginning to end.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

Can You Remove Above the Ground Tree Roots?

If you have large trees on your property, you may have some with very long roots, expending ten, twenty feet. In some cases, these roots can become exposed above ground, spoiling your flat lawn or yard. While it may be tempting to cut away these roots, use caution. Cutting tree roots can endanger the tree’s health and put you at risk of having it fall during the next storm.

Tree roots spread out to stabilize the tree and to seek out water and nutrients.  The larger the tree, the bigger and longer the roots will grow. If a large root is removed, it could shock the tree, causing poor health. It can also remove a secure anchor that it needs to withstand a high wind storm. Remove the wrong root and you could have that same tree land on your car, home or garage during the next storm.

If you want to remove above ground tree roots, proceed with caution. It is usually best to attempt this procedure during the winter or early spring. Smaller roots with a diameter of two inches or less can often be cut without causing damage, as long as they are not an extension of a large root. For larger roots, you want to ensure they are far enough away from the tree, but there are other considerations.

To ensure you can safely remove above ground roots, call in your local tree expert. They can evaluate your tree and its roots to determine what roots can be safely removed. They can also perform the extraction for you using professional techniques that will protect your tree from harm.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 340-1539

Why Won’t My Fruit Trees Product Fruit?

Do you have apple, peach or other fruit trees that produce little or no fruit? The problem could be that your fruit trees are ill. There are tree diseases that can stunt the growth of fruit and cause other problems in your trees. The good news is that many of these diseases can be treated and you can improve the production of your fruit trees and their overall health.

Fruit Tree Diseases

There are several viruses, fungi and bacteria that can affect fruit trees, causing reduced fruit production. For example, the tomato ringspot virus can attack peach trees, as well as plum and nectarines, anything with a pitted fruit. This disease can not only affect the fruit, but if not treated, can kill the tree. Other fruit tree diseases that can cause production and health problems include:

  • Prunus necrotic ringspot – mostly affects cherry trees
  • Bacterial spot – Common in plum trees, but it can affect any tree that produces pitted fruit
  • Alternaria blotch- affects apple trees and is caused by a mite infestation

Different regions of the country may have other common fruit tree diseases. They can be viral, bacterial, fungal or perpetuated by insects. The important thing is to recognize that if a fruit tree is not producing fruit or has other symptoms of disease, that treatment may be necessary to protect the health of the tree.

If you have a fruit tree that has had changes in the amount of production of fruit, differences in the look of the leaves or changes in the size of the fruit, call your local tree service. A trained arborist can identify diseases and give you the treatment you need to bring your fruit trees back to health.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

Time to Trim and Prune Your Trees

Once the leaves have fallen from your trees, it is a perfect time to get to work trimming and pruning. Fall is a great time to remove limbs that are showing signs of disease or thin out branches that have become too dense. Before the colder, more volatile weather of winter hits, take the time to give your trees the trimming they need. Here are a few good reasons why:

  • Dead branches and “widow makers” should be removed before a storm hits. Those branches are likely to come loose and fall during a storm, possibly causing injury or property damage.
  • Thinning the crown of the tree can help reduce pest problems. Thick branches can make a safe haven for insects and other pests; reduce the thick branches for increased health.
  • Remove any branches touching your home. Not only do these branches pose a risk for damage during a storm, they give pests access to your house. This includes fungus and mildew that can damage your siding or roof.
  • Pruning can improve the health of your trees while helping monitor their growth. Expert pruning can enhance the shape and beauty of your trees.
  • Improve your view by removing branches that are blocking your line of sight. This includes aesthetic views as well as views of your driveway and other access points to your property for security purposes.

Trimming and pruning trees can benefit your trees and your property, but it should be done by a professional. Removing large limbs can be hazardous and you want to ensure you are not harming your trees accidentally. Call your local tree service to perform your fall pruning for your safety and the health of your trees.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Did Your Trees Go Through a Growth Spurt This Year?

It can happen in just one season. Small trees can sprout large branches or skyrocket up in height. It is important for homeowners to keep a close eye on the trees on their property. A small tree can quickly become a hazard, especially when a major storms roll in. These trees can cause extensive property damage as well as injury to your family.

Look for Tree Hazards

As your small trees shoot upward and outward as they grow, there are hazards you should be considering. Look at electrical and other utility lines on or near your property. Are your tree limbs coming close or near these important lines? When tree limbs are young and vulnerable, they are more likely to succumb to high winds and storm damage. Don’t put you and your neighborhood at risk of power outages due to improperly pruned trees.

Before the fall and winter storms hit, take the time to inspect your property. Are there trees that have grown above your utility lines or your roof eves? If so, hiring a professional tree service can save you time and money in the long run. Having branches pruned back or a crown reduction performed can make a large difference in your storm damage in the year to come.

While it may seem a simple endeavor to cut back limbs on your trees, consider the consequences of poor tree pruning. Improperly pruning a tree can stunt its growth and even kill the tree entirely. It is worth the investment to hire a professional tree service that can carefully prune back hazardous limbs and perform crown reductions.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Protecting Your Property from Tree Storm Damage

Every year hundreds of thousands of homeowners have damage to their home due from trees during storms. From branches falling on cars parked in the driveway to entire trees crashing through the roof of a home, trees can cause a large amount of damage and bodily injury when they break loose in a storm. While not all tree storm damage can be prevented, there are ways to minimize the risk. Here are a few options:

  • Pruning. Keeping your trees pruned is not just for aesthetics and healthy trees. Once a year, your trees should have any weak or dead branches remove that could break off in a storm to protect your property and family. Big, broken limbs are referred to as “widow makers” for good reason. Have them safely removed by a professional tree service.
  • Crown reduction. Similar to pruning, crown reduction can allow high winds to flow through the top of a tree, instead of blowing it over. This can also let in more light and can offer health benefits to the tree.
  • Tree removal. If you have a hazardous tree that is weak, dying or diseased, have it removed before it causes serious damage or injury. Preventive removal is much less expensive than the cost of repairing your home, or worse, paying for medical bills due to an injury.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you have large trees on your property, call your local tree service to have them inspected for possible hazards. It is better to pay to have them pruned or removed now than suffer the expensive consequences in the middle of the next big storm.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Is it Time to Finally Remove that Old Tree?

Do you have an old or diseased tree that needs removal? While it is easy to put this task off due to the extra cost, you may want to move it to the top of your to-do list. A damaged, diseased or rotten tree can be a hazard that could cost you much more than what a tree service will charge to remove it from your property. Here are a few excellent reasons to schedule a tree service to finally remove that old tree.

  • Property damage. When the next big storm hits, will your old tree stay intact? Whether it is a wind storm or a blizzard, Mother Nature’s wrath can send old trees flying into other objects. Branches can fly through windows or roofs, land on cars and take out fences.
  • Injury. Even worse than property damage is the possibility of injury from your old tree. If it falls on an occupied car or a person walking near it, it could cause serious injury, even a fatality. This puts your family and friends in danger and also puts you at risk for liability of injury.
  • Aesthetics. An old, broken tree is not an appealing object to have in your yard. It will help improve the aesthetics and curb appeal of your home by removing a diseased or dead tree.
  • Firewood for the winter. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, the extra benefit of removing your old tree is that you’ll have plenty of logs for the fire next winter.

Don’t put off removing that old tree any longer. Call your local tree service to finally have it removed for good.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

4 Reasons to Call a Tree Service for Spring Yard Cleanup

Spring is when most people begin venturing outside into their yards to begin cleanup from the winter’s mess. One of the biggest issues during winter storms is branches, leaves and other debris that litters your yard and makes a mess. This spring, give yourself a break by calling in the tree experts to help with your yard cleanup. Here are four good reasons to call in a tree service for your spring outdoor cleanup.

  1. Remove branches and debris. Many tree services offer cleanup services to remove broken branches and debris from your yard. They can remove these pesky branches and haul them away to be recycled.
  2. Inspect your trees. While you are cleaning up your yard from storm damage, now is a good time to inspect trees for storm damage. A tree service can inspect your trees and prune any limbs that may be dangerous when the next storm hits.
  3. Finally remove those old stumps. Do you have old stumps cluttering up your yard? Talk to your local tree service about stumping grinding or removal services to clear out those old stumps, cleaning up the appearance of your yard.
  4. Pruning. Make sure your trees and bushes are pruned correctly with the help of your local tree professionals. They can help make your trees and shrubs look beautiful while protecting their health.

While you have your local tree service available, make sure to have them inspect your trees for signs of disease or insect infestations. They can offer treatments to protect your trees from common diseases and problems, keeping them safe from harm in the summer months to come.

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Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539

Recognizing Tree Disease

You spend time caring for your lawn, garden and other landscaping, but are you also taking care of your trees? While roses can quickly be replanted and you can lay new sod on your lawn, your trees take many years to grow to a substantial size, making them much more valuable. Tree disease can wipe out your beautiful trees if it is left unchecked, making it crucial to recognize the early signs before one takes hold.

Tree diseases come in many different types, some slowly affecting the health of your trees, while others quickly can endanger your trees. Depending on the types of trees you own and where you live, you may have several common varieties to fight. Although each disease is different, there are similar signs that can help you recognize there may be a contamination spreading in your yard. Some issues to keep an eye out for:

  • Trees with an abundance of dead branches that have no signs of damage can be a symptom of disease
  • Look for leaves that are spotted or yellowing, often falling prematurely during the summer, as signs of poor tree health
  • Bark that is falling off, trunks with cavities and spots of rotten wood are all possible signs of tree disease

Any of these issues or a combination of two or more are worth a call to your local tree service. Having a professional inspect your trees for disease could save them from further damage. A quick treatment may be all that is needed to stop the progression and spread of the disease, keeping your beautiful trees safely rooted in your yard for many years to come.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA
(706) 340-1539