Is it Time to Finally Remove that Old Tree?

Do you have an old or diseased tree that needs removal? While it is easy to put this task off due to the extra cost, you may want to move it to the top of your to-do list. A damaged, diseased or rotten tree can be a hazard that could cost you much more than what a tree service will charge to remove it from your property. Here are a few excellent reasons to schedule a tree service to finally remove that old tree.

  • Property damage. When the next big storm hits, will your old tree stay intact? Whether it is a wind storm or a blizzard, Mother Nature’s wrath can send old trees flying into other objects. Branches can fly through windows or roofs, land on cars and take out fences.
  • Injury. Even worse than property damage is the possibility of injury from your old tree. If it falls on an occupied car or a person walking near it, it could cause serious injury, even a fatality. This puts your family and friends in danger and also puts you at risk for liability of injury.
  • Aesthetics. An old, broken tree is not an appealing object to have in your yard. It will help improve the aesthetics and curb appeal of your home by removing a diseased or dead tree.
  • Firewood for the winter. If you have a wood stove or fireplace, the extra benefit of removing your old tree is that you’ll have plenty of logs for the fire next winter.

Don’t put off removing that old tree any longer. Call your local tree service to finally have it removed for good.

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

Have You Had A Hazard Assessment of Your Trees?

While some homeowners may consider doing a hazard assessment when evaluating their homeowner’s insurance; most, however, would never even consider the possibility when referring to the trees on their property. Certainly, you don’t go looking to create a problem where there isn’t one, or doesn’t appear to be one. But, it is wise to note that damaged or defective trees can become hazardous, resulting in damage to people and property, at potentially major expense. 

Your local tree service company should be able to accurately evaluate your trees’ risk for failure, as well as handle any necessary tree repair. There are actually several tree defects that can be common indicators for the possibility of future damage to surrounding property or people. Notable defects would include poor tree form, dead wood, weak branch unions and cracks. Most of these are the result of frequent storms, unhealthy growing conditions or bad pruning, all of which can cause the tree to become structurally defective, and lacking in strength. A branch larger than several inches in diameter, if weakened by a crack, is potentially dangerous and can cause a lot of damage. Furthermore, wounded, diseased or decayed trees (look for missing bark, dead wood, or fungus growth) are at a high risk for falling over. 

Make sure that your trees are not creating a high-risk situation on your property. Avoid unnecessary risks and the potential for expensive repairs or liabilities by having a tree hazard assessment performed by a professional tree services company. Then, when that next big storm arrives, you can relax with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your trees can safely handle the wind.

How to Identify Tree Hazards

Trees add beauty to our homes and are a vital part of the environment.  They provide homes for wildlife, shade for our homes, improve air quality, and help lower summertime temperatures.  However, trees can pose a hazard to people and property.  A falling tree or large branch can seriously injure or kill  a person and can do severe damage to your home.

In addition, trees that fall and take down power lines have additional consequences.  In addition to power outages, the downed power lines pose a very serious risk of electrocution and even been known to start fires.  A tree that poses a threat to a power line is a serious hazard that should be corrected.

Property owners should be aware of the condition of the trees on their property and learn to recognize signs of potentially hazardous trees.  If any of these signs are observed, you should have the tree evaluated by a reputable tree service or professional arborist.  A tree professional will be able to determine if the hazardous condition poses a significant threat and make recommendations for corrective action such as tree removal or tree pruning.

Some conditions to look out for include large dead branches, branches hanging in the tree, large cavities in the trunk, cracks or splits where large branches attach to the trunk, a strong lean, presence of nearby dead trees, nearby fallen trees, recent changes to the area around the tree that may have affected its roots such as construction, grading, and installation of roads, sidewalks or underground utilities.

Call a certified arborist or experienced tree professional if you think there are hazardous trees on your property.