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.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(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

Get Your Firewood Now for This Winter

Last winter brought extreme temperatures for much of the country. Even areas less prone to cold weather were hit with storms that took out power and lasted for weeks. Be prepared for any cold weather that comes your way this winter by stocking up on firewood now. Here are a few ideas to get the wood you need this summer to keep you warm this winter. 

Fall Dangerous Trees

Do you have old or diseased trees that are a hazard on your property? If you have been considering have them removed, they could be a great source for firewood this winter and the next. The benefit of having firewood for those cold weeks can offset the cost of removal. Contact your local tree service about removal and ask about having them cut your removed tree into firewood. 

Removing Dead Limbs

Large trees can have limbs that can be just as damaging as a fallen tree if they crash down during a storm. If you still have limbs on your trees that are dead or damaged, have them removed to protect your property. Those large limbs are also a great source of firewood. 

Have Firewood Delivered Now

Did you know that some tree services offer firewood delivery? They turn the trees they remove into excellent, seasoned firewood for customers that have a wood burning stove. Now is the time to get your firewood while the demand is low. Don’t wait for that first cold snap to hit. 

It is easy to forget about the cold of winter in the dog days of summer, but now is the right time to replenish your firewood supply. Call your local tree service to explore one of these options to get stocked up for winter.

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

Should A Tree Ever Be “Topped”?

For many years, it was common practice for homeowners to use topping as a method to prune trees. By cutting off the top of a tall tree, it was often thought it would reduce the chance of the tree falling or the top breaking off in a storm. However, although this method is still used by some property owners, this is not an effective way to prevent tree hazards. In fact, it can often make a tree more likely to be at risk for becoming a falling hazard. 

Effect Of Topping On A Tree

When the top portion of a tree is cut off, it leaves the tree weak and unprotected. While trees can usually recover easily from standard pruning of limbs, cutting the entire top portion can cause a large amount of stress on the tree. If the cut area does not heal quickly, the open cut can leave the tree susceptible to decay and disease which can kill the entire tree. 

In addition to opening up the tree to illness and weakness, topping can also destroy the tree’s ability to nourish itself. Leafed trees depend on those top leaves to bring in nourishment for the whole system. Without those top branches covered with leaves, the tree may not be able to get the amount of nutrients it needs to survive. 

One of the other issues with topping is that even if the tree survives, the branches which begin to grow back will grow at odd angles because they’re not able to grow in a natural manner. This can make them more likely to break, causing more falling hazards for the property owner. 

Instead of topping a tree, talk to a local tree professional about other options. A tree service can prune a tree to reduce risks of fall hazards, or tree removal may be the best option if there are no other suitable alternatives.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

Do You Need The Advice Of An Arborist?

While many people may claim to be tree experts or professionals, only the title of arborist assures you that a person has been properly trained and certified to maintain the health of trees. Arborists, nicknamed tree doctors or tree surgeons, are often called upon to diagnose and treat trees when they are diseased or infested. With a wide array of specialized knowledge on everything from growing trees to safe tree removal, these are the experts to call when you have a tree problem. 

When To Call An Arborist For Advice

When your property contains several trees, there are many times when it’s important to know who to call for the best advice and assistance. From the time trees are planted to their eventual demise, arborists know all about the best methods to keep them healthy. Many professional tree service companies hire certified arborists to offer expertise to their clients on many subjects involving trees. This includes: 

–        Planting. When adding new trees to your property, it’s good to know how best to care for these particular types of trees, in what type of environment they tend to grow best and if they are prone to any diseases or insects.

–        Maintenance. Arborists can advise you on the best way to maintain your trees, from pruning to preventive treatments to protect them from insects and disease.

–        Removal. When a tree has become a hazard or needs to be removed for other reasons, an arborist can safely remove the tree without harming your property or any surrounding trees. 

The next time you have questions or concerns involving trees, call a local tree service that has a certified arborist on staff. 

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

When Tree Removal Is The Best Solution

Trees can become as much a part of your home as the house itself. Especially when they are large, old trees which have been there for as long as you can remember. It can be difficult to make the decision to fall a beloved tree; for some, it is almost like losing an old, treasured friend. However, there are times when it is the best solution, both for the other surrounding trees and your property. 

Reasons For Tree Removal

There are times when a tree may just be removed for convenience, making room for new structures or other additions to a piece of property. There are other times when it becomes necessary to prevent damage to a home or property, including the other trees that are nearby. While losing a tree that has sentimental value can be difficult, tree removal is often the best solution. Some good reasons to say goodbye to a tree in your yard include: 

  • Disease. If one of your trees has become diseased beyond the point of saving, it may be time to have it removed. This is the best way to ensure that the disease does not spread to other trees on your property.
     
  • Damage. If a tree has been severely damaged in a storm due to wind or lightning, it may not recover. A weak tree can become a serious hazard, and may fall unexpectedly during the next big storm. 

When it’s time to have a tree removed, call in a professional tree service you can trust. Make sure the company is licensed and insured to protect against any damages or injuries that can happen during tree removal.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

A Falling Tree Is No Laughing Matter

If you have ever watched any of the many shows highlighting home videos with funny outcomes, you have surely seen what happens when while an amateur tries to act as their own tree service. Caught on video are scores of people topping, limbing and trying to fall trees, with disastrous, albeit funny, results. Of course, these videos are only funny when you are not the person falling a dozen or more feet to the ground or having a tree crush your personal property. For the stars of the video, it is an expensive and often painful lesson learned the hard way. 

Leave Tree Service To The Professionals

There are many factors which go into tree trimming and tree removal, making it a job for a professional, not an amateur. While it may look easy enough, it can be very dangerous work. A qualified tree professional has the experience and tools to do the job correctly and safely, plus has the necessary insurance to cover any mishaps if they were to occur. Some good reasons to call a professional for any tree service you need performed: 

  • Safety. One slip while climbing a tree or while using a saw can be painful and expensive.
     
  • Mathematics. Topping and falling trees requires understanding the mathematics and science that are used to get trees to fall in the direction that is intended.
     
  • Equipment. Professional tree services have the necessary tools and equipment to do the job safely and correctly. 

While everyone seems to enjoy watching while someone else tries to cut down a tree on their own and ends up with a flattened roof, don’t become entertainment for the masses. Have your trees trimmed and felled by professionals who will get the job done without risking your safety or the condition of your property.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Is Your Home At Risk For Tree Damage?

Trees are beautiful, living organisms that can be a wonderful addition to any yard. However, because they are living organisms, they do get sick and eventually will die. Part of the responsibility of owning a home is caring for the trees on your property. When a tree gets older or diseased, it becomes weak, making it a high risk to falling. Unfortunately, if it falls on your home or property, the damage may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance company if it is determined the tree should have been removed as part of the property’s maintenance. 

Insurance May Not Cover Weak Trees 

One of the major disclaimers in most homeowner’s insurance policies is that the homeowner is responsible for general maintenance of the property. This includes the trees, which can become weak due to disease or age. While most insurance companies will cover storm damage, even falling trees, the insurance company will most likely have the tree inspected to ensure that the storm caused it to fall, not disease or weakness from age. 

What this means is a serious financial risk for homeowner’s that have dead, ill or weak trees on their property. Many people assume that if the tree was to fall that any damage it caused would be covered under their insurance. This is not necessarily the case, which could cost a homeowner much more than the cost of preventive maintenance of removing a dangerous tree

If you have a tree that is diseased, old, weak or leaning, call your local tree removal service to have it examined. They can offer advice on whether the tree can be saved or if it needs to be removed to protect your home and property.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Tree Removal?

Many homeowners may not realize that tree removal may be covered under their homeowner’s insurance. A tree that has been damaged can be a danger to the home and property, just waiting for the next big storm to come crashing down. Depending on your homeowner’s policy, you may be able to have the cost of removing a damaged or dangerous tree covered under your insurance. 

Tree Removal Covered Under Homeowner’s Insurance

Removing a tree from your property can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, making it difficult to afford on a tight budget. However, in many cases the tree removal can be at least partially covered by homeowner’s insurance, depending on the situation and policy coverage. If you have a tree that needs to be removed, you should research your policy to see if you may be covered. Some of the common scenarios where a tree removal may be covered under homeowner’s insurance include: 

–        Fallen trees from a storm

–        Trees that are damaged from a storm (lightning, in particular)

–        Trees damaged from fire, vandalism, automobiles, aircraft or other sources 

Most homeowner’s insurance policies that do cover damaged trees from outside sources have a limited amount that is covered, typically 5% of the total coverage or about $500 per tree. Trees that have already fallen and have caused damage to the property will need to be removed to fix the damage, which may be covered under the home insurance policy. 

Of course, every homeowner’s policy is different, so check with your insurance agent to find out if your damaged tree is covered for removal. However, even if it is not, it is worth calling your local tree removal service to discuss having the tree removed if it poses a danger to your family, property or home.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

What You Need To Know About Hiring A Tree Service

If you have a tree that needs to be removed, you will most likely need to hire a professional to handle the job. In many urban areas, you need permits to remove trees, even those on your own property. Before hiring any tree removal service, you need to make sure the company you contract is equipped to do the job. While price is always a factor, hiring the cheapest guy you find may end up costing you more in the long run. 

Three Things Your Tree Service Should Have

Although there may be many contractors who offer to remove trees at a low cost, if these contractors do not have the right credentials, you could be putting yourself at risk. Felling trees is a dangerous business, which if done incorrectly, can end with serious injuries or damage to your property. Before you hire a tree service, there are three things you should ask for: 

  • License. Ask for the companies license number and check with your local authorities to ensure they are currently licensed.
     
  • Insurance. Is the company properly insured? Make sure to check if they have the insurance required to cover injuries to their workers, as well as any damages to your property. If not, you could be liable for damages, including to their workers if they are on your property.
     
  • Permits. Ask for to see permits before allowing them to begin work removing your tree or trees. Many municipalities require certain permits to cut down trees so make sure they are obtained. 

A reputable tree service company will be more than happy to provide you with any of this information before you hire them. It is worth the time and effort to ensure that the company you hire is a true professional tree service that will do the job right at no risk to you.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts