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

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

Professional Tree Pruning

There are number of reasons to prune trees, including the removal of deadwood and to thin out the tree canopy by removing excessive growth.  However when pruning a tree it is critical that the work be done properly in order to avoid slowly killing the tree.  While it may seem to be just a matter of grabbing the chain saw and cutting, the work is actually delicate and requires proper planning on when the pruning should occur, as well as the extent that the tree should be trimmed.  An improperly pruned tree can cause the tree to be susceptible to disease and insect infestation due to stress. 

The general rule of thumb is that no more than one fourth of the crown should be removed during the tree’s growing season.  In addition, no more than one third of the side branches cut, with the maximum size of the side branches to be removed not being more than one third the diameter of the diameter of the tree trunk.  In general, it is not recommended that the main branches of a tree be removed unless it is absolutely necessary.  If necessary, the branch should be cut at the intersection with another large branch or at the tree’s trunk. 

One thing to remember is to never “top” a tree when pruning it.  This will cause the tree to be stressed as it reduces the tree’s ability to produce food.  When the tree grows back it will be bushy, unsightly and tall weakly attached branches, which will be worse looking than it is now!

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service


Is It Too Late To Prune My Trees?

If you are wondering whether fall is too late in the season to prune your trees, you are asking a very good question. Timing is just as important to pruning as the method you use; while careful pruning can benefit your trees, improper timing or technique can harm and even kill a tree. There isn’t a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether it is too late to prune; it depends on several different factors. 

  • Where you live. If you live in a warmer region, it may be safe to prune your trees well into the fall. Often, pruning is not recommended in the fall due to harsh winters which can harm trees exposed due to fall pruning. However, if mild winters are the norm in your region, it may be safe.
  • Why are you pruning? The reason why you are pruning is also important to when you prune. To enhance flower production, many arborists will recommend spring blooming trees be pruned right after the blooms fall, while late-summer bloomers should be pruned in the early spring. For directing growth, pruning is often recommended after the seasonal growth cycle is complete.
  • Hazards. When a tree limb poses a falling hazard, it may need to be removed, regardless of the time of year. Since summer is often the time when these dangerous limbs become apparent as they droop under the weight of their leaves, it may be fall when you are able to have the limb pruned. 

Before doing any pruning in the fall, consult with your local tree service or have them do the pruning for you. They can ensure that the pruning will not harm your trees, and recommend the right time for pruning for all your trees.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Should A Tree Ever Be “Topped”?

For many years, it was common practice for homeowners to use topping as a method to prune trees. By cutting off the top of a tall tree, it was often thought it would reduce the chance of the tree falling or the top breaking off in a storm. However, although this method is still used by some property owners, this is not an effective way to prevent tree hazards. In fact, it can often make a tree more likely to be at risk for becoming a falling hazard. 

Effect Of Topping On A Tree

When the top portion of a tree is cut off, it leaves the tree weak and unprotected. While trees can usually recover easily from standard pruning of limbs, cutting the entire top portion can cause a large amount of stress on the tree. If the cut area does not heal quickly, the open cut can leave the tree susceptible to decay and disease which can kill the entire tree. 

In addition to opening up the tree to illness and weakness, topping can also destroy the tree’s ability to nourish itself. Leafed trees depend on those top leaves to bring in nourishment for the whole system. Without those top branches covered with leaves, the tree may not be able to get the amount of nutrients it needs to survive. 

One of the other issues with topping is that even if the tree survives, the branches which begin to grow back will grow at odd angles because they’re not able to grow in a natural manner. This can make them more likely to break, causing more falling hazards for the property owner. 

Instead of topping a tree, talk to a local tree professional about other options. A tree service can prune a tree to reduce risks of fall hazards, or tree removal may be the best option if there are no other suitable alternatives.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

Professional Tree Pruning Instead Of Topping

Most tree professionals agree that topping is the most extreme form of tree pruning for trees, which can usually be avoided. Topping refers to the chopping off of the top of a tree, either to reduce leaf and other tree debris or to prevent possible damage from the tree falling. Unfortunately, in many cases topping a tree can cause severe damage, to the point of killing the tree altogether. In a residential setting, it is rarely advised to top a tree when pruning can obtain the same needed result. 

Dangers Of Tree Topping

When a tree’s top is cut off, its main source of food is also gone. The top leaves of a tree are what gather nutrients from the sun, while protecting the rest of the tree from the hot rays. Once a tree is topped, it is vulnerable to starvation and heat exposure. In addition, the open cut on the trunk can cause shock and stress to the tree, also leaving it exposed to deadly organisms. 

The other danger in homeowners topping a tree on their property is the risk to them and their property. Cutting off a large portion of a tree can be dangerous, especially to those without experience. It only takes a small slip for a person to fall and be seriously injured. 

Homeowners that have trees that they want smaller should consult a professional tree service for advice on the best way to prune their tree. Instead of topping the tree and possible killing it or injuring themselves, hiring a tree expert to trim and prune the tree is a much safer option for most homeowners.

Posted on behalf of Absolute Arbor Care

Don’t Wait For Lightning To Strike To Trim Those Trees

Summer is a wonderful time of year; however, with the summer also comes the summer storms. This can be a hot and humid thunderstorm, combined with the ultimate tree destroyer, lightning. While there is little you can do to prevent your trees from being struck by a bolt from the sky, you can take the initiative to remove weak or dying branches before they come crashing down in the next big storm. 

Preventive Tree Trimming And Pruning

There is always a risk that a tree can become a victim to a violent storm, regardless of how healthy and strong a tree may seem. Tree branches in particular are vulnerable to high winds and lightning strikes. However, with some professional trimming and pruning, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home and property. 

Of course, you want to maintain the beauty and health of your trees. When done correctly, tree trimming and pruning can actually be beneficial to your trees. Take the time to inspect your trees and look for areas of concern that should be remedied. 

–        Branches overhanging structures or power lines

–        Top heavy trees near buildings or structures

–        Dead branches 

With professional tree pruning or trimming, you can remove some of the high risk branches that are most likely to fall and cause damage during a storm. The best way to be sure is to have a tree service come out and inspect your trees for weak branches that can be safely removed. While they are there, you can also have an annual tree treatment performed to keep those nasty, tree-killing insects and diseases away from your trees. With a little preventive maintenance, your trees and your property have a better chance of surviving the summer storms and other maladies without any damage.

Published on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Preparing Your Trees for Hurricane Season

One of the biggest concerns when a hurricane strikes is the possibility of a tree falling on your home or, worse, killing or injuring someone. But the truth is, your trees should be taken care of long before that first tropical depression appears on the Doppler radar. In fact, you should inspect your trees well before hurricane season, which runs from June 1 until November 30, and hire a professional tree expert to perform a tree hazard assessment and prune or take them down if necessary. 

The University of Florida’s Horticultural Department recommends the following for healthy, hurricane resistant trees: 

  • Plant trees that are native to the area as they will grow strong and healthy, and be less prone to damage in high winds.
  • Never top, or over-prune, a tree because it will cause the tree to decay.
  • Never allow a tree to grow multiple upright leaders as this will weaken the tree over time.
  • Horizontal branches, those that are at a 45 degree angle or greater, are better than upright branches.
  • Allow trees to develop a canopy, but thin if it becomes too dense.
  • Avoid damaging the tree roots, which allow the tree to receive proper amounts of water and nutrients for optimum health.
  • Remove trees that are dead or diseased; prune broken branches and remove “hangers” that could fall or break off during a heavy storm. 

Officials say it’s important to remember that when a hurricane does strike, relatively few trees do fall and even fewer actually fall on structures. They also advise that if a tree does topple on your property, you should consult a professional tree service to have the debris removed safely, without causing further damage or injury.

Hiring an Arborist to Prune Your Trees

Trees often need to be pruned for many different reasons.  Trees may need to be pruned to remove weak or dead branches, to allow light and air to penetrate the crown, or to eliminate hazardous branches. 

If you need tree pruning services, you can try to do the work yourself, but the better alternative is to hire a professional arborist to handle your tree pruning needs.    This is particularly true if the work will need to be done off of the ground or will involve the use of a chain saw.  Pruning can be dangerous work.  In addition, improper pruning can jeopardize the health of the tree.  Arborists have the training and experience to know how to safely prune your trees while preserving the health of the tree as much as possible.

Although many arborists work for tree services that also handle tree removal, there is a difference between an arborist and a person skilled at tree removal.  An arborist is a person who has special training and skills in caring for trees.  They are skilled at pruning, disease control, and other tree care techniques.  A tree removal expert has the skills to safely remove a tree. 

Some people are skilled arborists and have tree removal expertise, but if your trees need pruning, make sure it is done by a certified arborist.  As always, be sure the arborist has workman’s compensation insurance and liability insurance.  Tree pruning involves an element of risk and no matter how skilled your arborist may be, accidents can happen and you don’t want to be held liable for any injuries or damage.