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

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

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

Cleaning Up After The Storm

Winter can often bring in storms with the capability of making a mess of your property. Even if you’re lucky enough not to have a tree fall or any other major damage, you can still have plenty of branches and other debris to pick up after the storm passes. Instead of breaking your back trying to collect all that mess and haul it away, call in a tree service to do the job for you. 

Tree Service Clean-Up

Many tree services offer storm clean-up, even if you don’t need an entire tree removed. The benefit of hiring a tree service to do your storm clean-up is they may be able to help you prevent further storm damage, plus, they have the tools and equipment to do the job properly. When you hire a tree service for storm clean-up, have them perform the following services: 

–        Remove all tree branches from your yard. The tree professionals will remove all the small branches and sticks, and they can cut up large branches to make them easier to carry and haul.

–        Check trees for loose branches. Some branches may have broken, yet not fallen. Have the tree service check for dead or loose branches on your trees, removing any which may pose a hazard.

–        Preventative tree removal. It’s a good time to discuss any dangerous trees on your property with the tree experts while they’re present to evaluate the situation. Have your trees inspected for possible falling dangers. It is better to have a tree removed before it causes damage to your home, or possibly causes injury to someone on your property. 

 After the job is complete, your yard will be free of all that storm debris. Also, having a professional tree service clean up your yard after the storm is a great opportunity to prevent larger tree problems in the future.

Posted on behalf of:
BAM Tree Experts
Cumming, GA
(770) 292-1998


Emergency Tree Removal

Emergencies do not always happen between nine and five on weekdays.  This applies to emergencies involving trees or large tree limbs, which can cause both bodily injury and extensive property damage.  Often storm related, tree emergency service falls into two categories.  The first is to remove the tree or large limb before it falls onto the house, while the second category involves removal of the tree or limb after it has fallen on the house, so that repairs can be started.  

The first step in the emergency tree removal process is for a representative of the service provider to survey the situation on site and to make recommendations to the property owner.  As a part of the site survey the tree service representative will access the safety of the conditions and the severity of the situation.  This will determine if the tree or branch can be safely removed immediately.  While the damage done to the home by the fallen tree is very important, the safety of the workers doing the actual tree removal is critical as well. 

Once the scope of services is agreed to and it is safe to work, the tree service company will remove the tree or tree branch.  If necessary, specialized equipment, including a crane, will be brought in as necessary to assist in the removal of the tree or branch, which will minimize potential for additional damage. 

Often the best way to prevent tree emergencies is to stay on top of preventative tree maintenance, including pruning and deadwood removal, while also watching for the signs of tree disease and insect infestation.

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


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

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

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