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.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30601
(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.

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

Correcting Structural Defects in Trees

One of the most common causes of storm damage in trees is the presence of structural defects and weaknesses in major tree branches or stems.  These defects result in the increased likelihood that the branch or stem will break in a storm as a result of the twisting forces applied to the branch or stem during the storm.  This can also occur in ice storms when the added weight of the ice will cause the branch or stem to break.  While these breaks cause significant damage to the tree, they can also cause significant damage to both people and property as well, especially if the tree is near the house. 

In many cases it is possible to successfully address the problem by either using cables or braces to stabilize the defective or weak tree branches and unions.  When cables are used, the typical method is to attach a high strength steel cable to the weak or defective branch using bolts and to secure the other end of the cable in the tree crown above.  The bracing method involves using a high strength threaded metal rod, which is inserted above the union of the weak branches and multiple stems. 

In both cases, the cables and bracing techniques allow the branches of the tree to work together to withstand the forces of the storm as the forces are transferred away from the weak branches or unions and to other parts of the tree.  These techniques do not harm the tree and result in less likelihood of the weak branches or stem breaking!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Understanding Tree Growing Zones

It’s common knowledge that some trees need specific climates to flourish. A palm tree will never survive the harsh winters of the Midwest, while a Norway spruce isn’t likely to thrive in the hot southern regions. The Arbor Day Foundation has created a Plant Hardiness Zone map, which helps isolate the best zones for growing specific types of trees and plants. By using this map, you can find the trees that will grow fastest and healthiest in your area. 

What The Zones Mean

For the most part, the Plant Hardiness Zones are based on the lowest annual temperatures of a region. In the U.S., the zones range from 2-10, with the lowest numbers representing the coldest regions and the highest numbers the warmest areas. For example, zone two includes only a few spots in the northern Midwest region, with most of coldest regions in the U.S. categorized as Zone 3. As for Zone 10, the warmest zone, only the southern tip of Florida, a small area in southern California and Arizona are included in this zone with low temperatures in the 30-40 degree range. 

Most trees will grow in several different zones, with some that may be able to grow in almost any region. Each type will generally be given a range, such as 3-7 or 6-10, which are the best zones for their growth needs. To find out what zone you live in, you can view the map on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website at

Your local tree service can also help you choose and plant the best trees for your region while offering advice on their care. By adhering to the Hardiness Zone Map and your local arborist’ advice before planting, you have a better chance of growing healthy, beautiful trees that will last for decades to come.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service


Protect Your Beautiful Trees From Disease

Trees can add beauty and shade to your yard, making them a valuable part of your property. However, just like any living thing, trees can be susceptible to many diseases which can cut short their life. These diseases can not only kill the infected tree, but also they can spread to other trees and plant life in your yard. Recognizing and treating these diseases can save your trees, as well as save money on the cost of having them removed.

 Recognizing Tree Disease

There are many different types of diseases which may affect and endanger your trees. Each region and type of tree may have specific diseases common to the region or species. Most of these tree diseases can be treated if caught quickly. By keeping a close eye out for common symptoms of these deadly diseases, you can often have your trees treated in time to save them and stop the spread throughout your yard. 

Dead branches. Dead or hanging branches are often a sign your tree may have some type of disease. 

  • Rotten wood. If you notice holes or cavities in your trees’ trunk, or roots which contain rotten wood, there is a good possibility the tree is being affected by some type of disease.
  • Leaves. Keep an eye on leaves for spots, premature yellowing and falling. 

If you are concerned about the possibility of trees on your property contracting diseases, call a tree professional immediately. They can properly diagnose the issue, and possibly treat the problem before it kills the tree or spreads to other foliage in your yard. Not only can this possibly save your trees, it may save you the expense of needing to remove the tree altogether.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Methods of Tree Preservation

Trees benefit us in many ways; they add aesthetic and financial value to our properties. Their shade helps to reduce cooling costs in the summer and their wind screen helps to reduce the cost of heating in the winter. They have a positive environmental impact in providing support for natural habitat. As such, the preservation of trees should be considered from the very beginning of the construction process. Tree preservation is proactive and intentional in assuring that the tree’s critical root zone are protected from damage that could result from the construction process. Some municipalities may require that a tree preservation plan be part of the construction process. 

Your local tree service company, with a certified arborist experienced in tree preservation, can be a valuable asset in developing a construction plan that will help ensure the health and safety of your trees. Some methods employed include the installation of protective fencing, as well as signage, to keep heavy trucks and equipment from entering critical areas. Fencing also helps in the prevention of soil compaction, which reduces a tree’s oxygen intake. Grading of the ground causes damage to tree roots. In such cases, roots can be hand pruned to prevent root tearing during grading. Where soil compaction could not be prevented, redial trenching is recommended to open up the soil and allow the tree to facilitate natural root growth. 

Following completion of a construction project, your local tree professional can monitor your trees for possible damage, as well as nourish them with fertilizer or root and soil treatments if necessary. Having your arborist provide post-construction health care will boost the tree’s ability to restore its health and vitality.

Protecting Your Trees During Construction Projects

Whether you’re building a new home on property you purchased because of the beautiful, mature trees it houses or planning a major remodeling project on your existing home, you’ll need to make sure that you take the proper precautions to protect your trees from damage. 

The root system of a tree can spread much farther than you realize, often significantly beyond the branches. That root system may also be quite fragile, and susceptible to damage from excavation, traffic from heavy equipment and grade changes. 

Before construction or remodeling begins, you should clearly mark the areas around trees as root protection zones. The protection zone should be on foot in radius for every inch of the trunk’s diameter. Fencing this area off is one of the most reliable ways to prevent damage, as even one trip over the roots by a heavy construction vehicle can cause damage to the roots and soil that’s difficult or impossible to reverse. Discussing your desire to preserve existing trees with your building contractor prior to breaking ground can provide your trees with some much-needed protection, as well. 

Working with a professional arborist or tree service contractor is the very best way to extend the life of your trees and ensure that your new construction project will leave them intact for years of enjoyment. Collaborating with an arborist from the conception of a new building project through completion will ensure that the trees are just as full, beautiful and healthy as they were before construction began. Should some damage inadvertently occur, your arborist or tree service professional will also be able to help you find the best methods of reversing that damage in homes of preserving the tree.

Spring Tree Care

Getting ready for spring means deep cleaning and home organization to most hoemowners, but it should also be a time of lawn and landscaping care. In preparation for the growing season and heavy rains that spring brings with it, you should set aside a bit of time for paying special attention to your trees. Trees do tend to be the most low-maintenance aspects of most landscaping designs, but that doesn’t mean that they require no attention at all. 

If you just couldn’t bring yourself to face the frigid temperatures of deep winter to remove the last few strands of holiday lights, this is the time to do it. Forgetting about them will increase the risk of girdling tree growth, which can be very damaging to your trees. Remove any protective wraps used during the winter months, and rake the last of winter’s debris away to prevent fungal diseases. 

Trees that have been in the ground for ten years or less will need a layer of mulch in order to retain moisture and suppress weeds. It’s certainly acceptable to mulch older trees, but it isn’t as crucial to their health as it is to younger ones. Be sure that you don’t push mulch around the base of the trunk, however, as piles of mulch in the root collar area can actually boost the chances of diseases and failure to thrive. 

When the soil thaws completely, you should deeply water any trees that might have been affected by salt and other de-icing materials. Should you notice any signs of stress, weakness or possible signs of disease, it’s time to call a professional arborist or tree service contractor in order to get a diagnosis and determine the best course of action.

Trees on the Property Line: Who is Responsible?

While they say good fences make good neighbors, a tree standing on the border between two properties is often the subject of heated debate, especially if the tree causes damage or has the potential to cause damage. Fortunately, the laws are pretty clear on who is responsible for what. 

The laws may differ slightly from state to state, but generally speaking, if a tree is located on your property, you are responsible. Some state and municipal laws further define this, saying if the trunk of the tree is on your property, then you are responsible. You are responsible for the health of the tree and its maintenance. 

However, the maintenance of the tree is sometimes open to discussion. If your neighbor has a large tree with branches hanging over into your yard, you are within your legal rights to trim the branches back to the property line if you wish, and vice versa. And, of course, any tree pruning should be done without causing harm to the tree. 

What if a tree located on your property falls into your neighbor’s yard and causes injury or damage?  The answer to this depends on the reason the tree fell. If it was due to natural causes—a tornado or heavy storm, for example—then the likelihood you’d be held liable is slim. If, on the other hand, the tree fell due to neglect, you very well could be held responsible. 

In any case, it is always a good idea to monitor the health of the trees located on your property and maintain them accordingly with the help of a professional tree service.   It is also a good idea to keep written records of maintenance for proof should a problem ever arise. And if a problem does come up, it is always best to discuss things in a friendly and open manner with your neighbor before taking any action.

Trees Contribute to Energy Efficiency

Most homeowners looking for ways to reduce energy consumption for heating and air conditioning focus on the inside of their homes by adding insulation, reducing air leaks, duct sealing, and installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems.  An often overlooked alternative for increased energy efficiency grows outside the home.  Landscaping that includes properly positioned trees  is a very cost effective means of lowering heating and cooling costs.

Data collected by the Department of Energy shows that well-placed trees can result in a reduction of energy consumption by up to 25%.  These savings make landscaping a very cost effective energy efficiency improvement that can pay for itself in about 5 to 10 years.  After that, you will enjoy year after year of savings.

Trees that shed their leaves in the winter (deciduous) are particularly suited for saving energy throughout the year.  In the summer, shade provided by trees as well as the cooling effect of evapotranspiration have been shown to reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50%.

In the winter, these trees allow sunlight to help warm the home and provide lighting.  In addition, the trees act as a windbreak to reduce the wind chill effect resulting in a reduction of energy used for heating of up to one third.

Before you rush out and randomly plant trees, talk to a certified arborist at an Atlanta tree service about selection and placement of the trees for the maximum benefit.  A certified arborist can help you select the appropriate size and type tree and provide guidance for locating, planting, and care of the tree to achieve the desired results.