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

Repairing Winter Tree Damage

Winter weather can make a mess of your morning commute and raise your energy bills, but it can also wreak havoc on the health of your trees. There is a laundry list of common tree issues directly related to winter weather. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent or repair winter weather damage to your trees before they become a hazard on your property. 

Even late in the winter season, inclement weather has the potential to present a risk to the health of your trees. The single most effective way of salvaging trees damaged by winter storms and bad weather is to have them immediately assessed by an experienced, reputable tree service. An arborist can address common weather-related tree damage without leaving the tree in question open to disease or pest infestation. They can also help you to find the most suitable tree pruning methods, which allows you to remove fractured or damaged limbs without sacrificing the aesthetic value or wellbeing of the tree. 

Mature trees can add to the value of your property, but they need to be maintained properly in order to retain their investment value. Work with an experienced tree service throughout the year to facilitate routine inspections, and be sure to have any potential damage addressed as quickly as possible after it occurs. Damaged trees which go unattended after an injury are not only more likely to develop problems with disease and pests, but also to damage property when affected limbs and branches fall onto nearby structures. 

Contact a tree service in your area to address any winter damage, and to schedule an evaluation of all the trees on your property in order to spot potential problems before they become an issue.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Reasons to Avoid Topping Trees

One of the most common alternatives to complete tree removal and options for managing uncontrolled growth is the practice known as “topping.” For homeowners who are faced with a problematic tree, topping can seem like a relatively cheap and easy fix. In fact, topping a tree is a destructive practice which can lead to much bigger problems down the road. 

What is Topping?

Removing a sizable portion from the top of a tree, almost down to the trunk section in some cases, is referred to as “topping” the tree. Reducing the size of a tree through topping is a common method of management, but it’s detrimental to the overall health of the tree itself. While some homeowners believe topping a potentially problematic tree can prevent it from causing future damage, it may actually increase the chance of it becoming a hazard. 

Why Topping is Unhealthy

Proper tree pruning takes the protection of branch collars into account, a crucial element which is largely disregarded during topping. This leaves the tree highly vulnerable to sunburn, decay, pest infestation and disease. It also doesn’t even control the height of a tree effectively in most cases, as new, weaker stems will quickly reach the original height of the tree. During high winds and inclement weather, these new stems can pose many of the hazards which topping is intended to eliminate. 

Instead of topping your trees yourself to manage excessive height, contact an experienced arborist in your area to discuss more effective, healthier options.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

How Do I Pick a Good Tree Company?

The whine of a saw or wood chipper is probably one of the most common sounds at this time of year in most residential areas. As homeowners happily go about the busy work of readying yards, vegetable gardens and flower beds for the emergence of spring, this traditional annual right of seasonal passage usually requires some tree work as well. Most would prefer to use a skilled and trusted professional tree service, as pruning can be difficult and dangerous, but how to choose a tree company, out of the half dozen or so that seem to paper your mailbox every spring and fall, remains the question. 

Before calling your local tree service company, check with your neighbors. You’ve been observing the trucks and workers every day as your drive to and from work. How do their trees look? Ask the owners if they were pleased with their service. Check out possible companies with your friends and co-workers. Perhaps someone that you know has hired a tree company recently with whom they were well satisfied. 

Armed with your personal recommendation, research the company on some web sites such as the Better Business Bureau or the Tree Care Industry Association. If they employ an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, you can be assured that they’ve had the proper education and field experience to avoid harming your trees. Make sure that the company you choose has the proper licensing for your municipality and, most importantly, that they are fully insured for workers compensation, general liability and property damage. You do not want to be responsible should an accident occur on your property. Finally, get a detailed estimate for the specific work you want performed and ask about guarantees.


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.

Trees and Stress

When you think of things that can be affected by stress, the trees in your lawn may not make the top of the list. Trees are, however, somewhat vulnerable to certain environmental factors that can cause them to become stressed and will eventually affect their overall health. 

An unhealthy appearance generally moves most homeowners to the conclusion that their tree has contracted some sort of disease or parasite that will ultimately end the tree’s life. More often than not, however, stress is the cause behind an unhealthy appearance. 

Tree stress can be caused by heavy rains over an extended period of time, prolonged drought conditions, disturbance to the root systems and other environmental factors. One of the more common systems of tree stress or injury is marginal leaf burn. When the leaves of a tree are fringed by dead tissue, it’s almost always a sign of stress. Before you reach for an axe in a bid to save the other trees on your property from a disease, it’s smart to contact a professional arborist or experienced tree service contractor. 

These professionals can help you diagnose a tree, potentially saving it from becoming kindling as a result of a misunderstanding. They can also give you valuable advice regarding the restoration of your tree, and the prevention of further stress. Should you find out that the peaked look of your trees actually does indicate a disease, they can also help you remove them in a way that causes the least disruption to your established landscape and reduces the risk of disease spread. Contacting a tree service in your area should be your first line of defense when you suspect that stress is damaging the trees on your property.

Why Tree Trimming Is a Job for the Pros

Pruning and trimming the trees on your property regularly promotes healthy growth and can protect the structures around them from falling limbs. While it may seem like a relatively simple job, there are actually a few reasons why you might want to consider enlisting the help of a professional before tackling your unruly trees. 

First and foremost, teetering several feet off of the ground with an arsenal of sharp tools isn’t a recipe for safety in most cases. Larger branches can easily fall on you as they come crashing to the ground, which also presents a fairly serious risk. Unless you’re highly accustomed to working under such conditions, you’ll be actively risking your own health and well-being when you attempt to prune your trees. 

Your own safety isn’t the only thing at risk when you prune a tree without proper knowledge. The tree itself can suffer if you use the wrong tools, trim at the wrong time or remove too much. Professional tree service workers and certified arborists have a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw from, not to mention the right tools for the job. 

Different types of trees will require different pruning times, but it’s generally not advised to trim any tree during the autumn months. Stimulating new growth when your trees are falling into dormancy can stress them dramatically, as can a sudden cold snap immediately after pruning. 

A trained and experienced arborist or tree service contractor will know when each of the trees on your property should be trimmed, and can help to walk you through the process for shorter trees. These specialists will also have the expertise to help in the prevention of disease and insect infestation after pruning, which can also affect the health of your trees. Establishing a relationship with a local arborist or tree service is the most effective way of ensuring the continued health and beauty of your trees.