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.

Posted on behalf of:
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.

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

Inspecting Your Trees After a Winter Storm

Winter brings volatile weather and severe storms that can damage your home and property. You may think that once the weather clears after a big storm that the danger has passed but you may have more damage than you know. Although you survived this storm without damage, there may be trees on your property that were injured by the storm, posing a risk in the future. After any big storm, take the time to inspect your trees for possible storm damage.

Winter storms are notorious for bringing down trees, often causing damage to homes, garages and vehicles, even fatally injuring people. But it is not always the current storm that is to blame for the fall. A previous weather occurrence may have damaged the tree to make it ready to fall the next time any wind, snow or ice came its way. In many cases property damage or injuries could have been avoided if the property owner would have inspected their trees after the last big storm.

Once the storm is over, take a walk through your yard and pay close attention to your trees. Are their broken limbs that are hanging precariously among the branches or major damage to the trunk of the tree? Are the roots exposed on any trees, possibly leaning due to soil erosion? These all can be signs of damage to your trees that could cause problems the next time there are high winds or heavy precipitation.

When you notice damage to your trees, call your local tree service. They can remove any dangerous limbs and even entire trees if needed. It is worth the investment to prevent possible damage to your home, or worse, a severe injury to someone in your family.

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

Tree Hazards

Healthy trees add beauty, shade and vibrancy to a home. They also need care and maintenance to avoid becoming an eyesore, or worse, a hazard. Much of the work required to keep a tree healthy needs to be done by a professional arbor care service. Particularly for larger trees, there’s not much that can be done safely by the homeowner other than light pruning of low-hanging limbs.

Trees on your property may present hazards for a number of reasons. Limbs may be obstructing power lines. Their canopies may need to be thinned to avoid uprooting in high winds. Unhealthy or loose limbs may need to be removed before they fall, risking personal and property damage.

Your professional tree service will be able to take care of all of these things for you, so you don’t need to climb trees or ladders on your own.

Tree stumps can make lawn care a hassle, be a trip hazard in certain locations or just get in the way of your building or landscaping plans. A tree service that offers stump grinding and chipping will make quick work of taking that tree stump down to size. Get rid of the surface roots that are threatening your vegetable garden or foundation. Your professional arbor care service provider can convert the stump chips into topsoil for reuse, or you can use it for mulching your property.

Whether you need a tree removed, treated for disease, or just pruned for a more attractive appearance, finding a local professional tree service will make your property a healthier and safer environment for your family and your fauna. Add some curb appeal to your home, and firewood to your hearth!

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

Do You Have Dangerous Trees on Your Property?

Every year thousands of trees come crashing down during storms, especially in the volatile winters months, resulting in millions of dollars in home and property damage. While home insurance may cover some of the costs of repairs, it can result in higher premiums for insurance or the company may drop the homeowner for filing a claim. Many of these storm damage issues could have been prevented with the removal of dangerous trees before the storm hit.

Tree Danger Signs

If you have trees on your property that are unhealthy or compromised, they could be in danger of falling during the next big storm. The average cost of storm damage to a home is estimated to be between 1,800-$7,000. It is much more cost effective and convenient to have dangerous trees removed before they cause major damage. Here are some danger signs that a tree may be at risk for falling:

  • Leaning trees, especially those with roots exposed on opposite side of the lean
  • V or U shaped multiple trunks – these types of trees tend to break at the split point even when healthy
  • Dead branches
  • Decay or rot in the trunk
  • Fungus or moss growing on trunk and/or roots

If you have any trees that are showing some danger signs, call your local tree service. They can inspect your trees and determine whether they are a danger of falling. In many cases they may just need pruning or care to bring them back to a healthy, safe state. However, if any do need to be removed, it is much less expensive to have a tree removed than to pay for extensive damage to your home during the next storm.

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

Tree Defect Assessment

The failure of either major branches of a tree or the tree itself can be a life-threatening event, which can also cause extensive property damage.  In many cases these failures are a result of underlying defects including disease, the natural structure of the tree and the lack of maintenance of the tree.  Trees with defects, which are not properly addressed, represent a large liability problem for any commercial or residential property owner.  Often there are tell tale signs of potential tree defects that could result in the failure of major branches on the tree or the entre tree failing. These signs or symptoms include poor tree form, dead wood, weak branch unions, cracks, decay, root problems and cankers. 

All of these symptoms have one thing in common and that is the tree or main tree branches are structurally compromised by either disease, untreated weather damage, lack of tree care or by the way the tree in naturally formed.  In general a tree that is structurally compromised does not need to be cut down to keep people and property safe. 

In many cases the defects can be managed with proper tree care including improvement of the form of the tree, regular removal of deadwood, strengthening weak branch unions, removal of the parts of the tree impacted by cracks, decay and cankers.  In many cases it is even possible to save trees with root problems as well.  The key to the tree’s health is to stay in front of both tree disease and tree defects, which could cause the tree to fail.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Will You Become A Victim Of A Falling Tree This Winter?

Every year, thousands of people have substantial damage sustained to their homes and property due to falling trees. It’s one of the most common reasons for home insurance claims, leading to millions of dollars in damage to homes every year. While your homeowners insurance may pay for damage to your home, a falling tree can cost you more than just money. Trees kill and injure hundreds of people every year, a price that cannot be repaid with an insurance reimbursement check. 

Prevent Foreseeable Tree Damage

The truth is that, many times, falling tree property damage or injuries could have been avoided. Although healthy trees can and do fall in severe storms, usually the trees to come down are the ones already showing signs they may be susceptible to falling. Removing these trees before they cause irreversible harm to you or your family is the best solution. 

Severe fall and winter storms are when the majority of trees come crashing down. High winds, heavy snow, icy limbs and wet soil can all contribute to the falling of a tree. Before the worst storms hit, take the time to inspect your trees for weakness. Look for: 

  • Dead branches
  • Exposed trunks where bark has fallen off
  • Fungus or mushrooms growing at trunk base, which can be signs of root decay
  • Leaning trees 

Keep in mind, an entire tree doesn’t have to fall to cause substantial damage. A heavy limb in high winds can be just as deadly as a small tree. If you are concerned about any of the trees on your property, call your local tree service or arborist to have your trees inspected. Paying to have a dangerous tree removed is a small price to pay to keep your home, property and family safe during the coming winter storms.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

 

Last Chance To Fall Dangerous Trees

The late fall and winter months can bring in storms and extreme weather, which can wreak havoc on old or weak trees. Falling trees and branches are one of the primary causes of home and property damage; millions of dollars of home insurance claims are made each year for tree damage when they fall due to wind, hail, lightning or other weather conditions. With winter storms right around the corner, now is the last chance to fall old trees which may cause damage to your property this winter. 

Inspecting Your Trees

It’s not too late to inspect your trees and have dangerous ones removed before the winter storms. Take the time now to inspect your trees for signs of weakness or rot, which could make them possible hazards. Signs to look for include: 

  • Dead branches. Even if the rest of the tree is healthy, if large branches have died, they should be professionally removed. A large branch that flies off during a wind storm can cause thousands of dollars in damage to property, and has the potential to also cause serious personal injury.
     
  • Bark. Check for sloughing bark, or substantial bare spots on the trunk. Losing bark is a sign the tree may be dying and weak at its core.
     
  • Trunk. If the trunk is hollow or shows signs of rot, it may be time to remove the tree before it falls. 

If any trees on your property look questionable, it’s best to have a tree hazard assessment by a professional tree service  to offer advice about whether they need complete removal, or just trimming of dead branches. A little preventative tree maintenance right now could save you thousands of dollars, and the inconvenience of a tree falling, later this winter.

Posted on behalf or BAM Tree Experts, Inc.

Prepare Your Trees For Next Winter

Although summer is just getting started, now is the time to think about winter storms. While your mind may be on enjoying the warm sun and having barbecues in your back yard, in a few short months the storms will begin rolling in to pose a risk to your trees. Summer and early fall are the best times to take stock of any damage which was done to your trees last winter, and to look for potential tree hazards which could jeopardize your home and property next winter. 

Inspecting Your Trees

It seems like every year, the winter storms are more violent than the last. Weak trees are one of the most common causes of damage to homes and property, giving way to high winds and other extreme weather. Although not all tree accidents can be prevented, many are caused by weak trees which could have been pruned or felled ahead of time to prevent unnecessary property damage. Some signs that a tree may be a hazard: 

  • Dead branches. If there are branches on your tree or trees which appear to be dead, without leaves or needles, these branches should be removed. Even low branches can fly off in a wind storm and cause damage.
     
  • Hollow or decayed trunks. Trees that have become decayed or hollow over the years may be too weak to survive the next severe storm. Having them removed now can prevent damage or injury if they were to fall during a storm.
     
  • Broken branches. Look to the tree tops to see if any branches are dangling which were broken over the winter. Have them removed before they fall on their own. 

Your local tree service can perform the needed pruning and tree removal to get your trees ready for winter. Sit back with an iced tea or lemonade this summer and let them take care of your trees while you relax!

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Spring Tree Clean-up And Maintenance

The winter storms this year have left many homeowners with a big spring mess in their yards. Tree limbs may still be littering your yard, along with other debris which needs to be removed. Spring is the time to clean up this mess and inspect your trees for damage which may have been caused over the hard winter months. By scheduling tree maintenance now, you can protect your home and property from damage due to falling limbs and damaged trees in the future. 

Spring Tree Inspection

Beyond the limbs which may have fallen due to winter storms, there may be more damage to your trees than you realize. Harsh weather and strong winds can cause cracks and other damage to your trees, making them susceptible to the possibility of falling or losing more limbs. Take the time this spring to give your trees a close inspection, looking for: 

  • Leaning trees. Excess moisture and high winds may have damaged the trees root system. A leaning tree could eventually fall, causing extensive damage to your property.
     
  • Cracked limbs or trunk. Cracks in large limbs or the trunk of a tree are signs of severe damage. It may be necessary to remove these limbs, or the entire tree, before they fall on their own.
     
  • Hanging branches. Look for branches that are hanging over structures or near power lines. It is better to trim them back now, before they fall during the next big storm.
     
  • Decay. Check for decay or hollow limbs, which are telltale signs of a weak tree. If the decay is severe, the tree may need to be removed. 

Any sign of damage to your trees is a good reason to call your local tree service company for a tree hazard assessment. Schedule a tree inspection to have any potentially dangerous limbs or trees removed now, before they cause future damage to your property.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts