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

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

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

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

Managing Hazardous Trees

Trees are a wonderful feature of any property.  They add beauty, provide shade, and impart a sense of serenity and majesty.  However, trees can pose a hazard to people and property.  Falling trees and tree limbs can seriously injure people and cause severe damage to property.  They can also fall on power lines causing power outages and creating electrocution hazards.

If you have identified a tree that potentially poses a hazard to people or property, have the tree evaluated by a certified arborist or experienced professional tree service.  If the hazardous condition is confirmed, you may have options to manage the hazardous tree and reduce or eliminate the threat.  Your arborist or tree professional will probably offer some suggestions.  Be sure to consider all your options.

The only way to completely remove the hazard is to relocate the property that it threatened or to remove tree.  If moving the threatened property is not feasible or if the tree poses a threat to people, you may be to remove the tree. If you choose to remove the tree, be sure you are not creating new hazards by damaging surrounding trees.

Pruning the tree may reduce or eliminate the hazardous condition.  Tree pruning can damage the tree or can make the tree unbalanced so be sure that any pruning is done by an experienced arborist or tree professional.

Other alternatives may include bracing the tree to reduce the risk of falling, treating the tree for infestations, and providing the tree with proper nourishment.   Your arborist or tree professional will help you determine if these are feasible options for reducing any hazards posed by your trees.