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

Inspecting Your Trees After a Winter Storm

Winter brings volatile weather and severe storms that can damage your home and property. You may think that once the weather clears after a big storm that the danger has passed but you may have more damage than you know. Although you survived this storm without damage, there may be trees on your property that were injured by the storm, posing a risk in the future. After any big storm, take the time to inspect your trees for possible storm damage.

Winter storms are notorious for bringing down trees, often causing damage to homes, garages and vehicles, even fatally injuring people. But it is not always the current storm that is to blame for the fall. A previous weather occurrence may have damaged the tree to make it ready to fall the next time any wind, snow or ice came its way. In many cases property damage or injuries could have been avoided if the property owner would have inspected their trees after the last big storm.

Once the storm is over, take a walk through your yard and pay close attention to your trees. Are their broken limbs that are hanging precariously among the branches or major damage to the trunk of the tree? Are the roots exposed on any trees, possibly leaning due to soil erosion? These all can be signs of damage to your trees that could cause problems the next time there are high winds or heavy precipitation.

When you notice damage to your trees, call your local tree service. They can remove any dangerous limbs and even entire trees if needed. It is worth the investment to prevent possible damage to your home, or worse, a severe injury to someone in your family.

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

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


Assessing Tree Hazards

Trees add beauty, shade, and offer other benefits, but they can dangerous due to falling limbs or entire trees.  A fallen tree or large tree branch can severely injure or kill a person and cause serious damage to homes, vehicles and other property.  Trees can fall into power lines causing outages and possible starting a fire. To this extent, trees are considered liabilities.

Homeowners are responsible for trees on their property.  Managing trees to reduce the liability involves assessing whether a tree poses a hazard and taking the steps necessary to minimize the hazard.  This can include pruning the tree, adding stabilizing equipment, improving the health of the tree, or removing the tree.

Evaluating tree hazards is a job for a Certified Arborist.  They are the professionals in the tree care industry and have the training and experience to evaluate whether a tree poses a hazard.  Tree hazard assessment is both an art and a science.  Without the necessary training and experience, homeowners are not equipped to accurately assess the hazards of their trees.

A skilled arborist will assess the tree and take remedial measures to minimize the hazardous condition.  Certified arborists know what to look for and how to evaluate the health of the tree.  Reducing the risk associated with hazardous trees protects homeowners and others from being injured or killed by unsafe trees and also protects the homeowner from liability.

If you have trees on your property, contact a professional Certified Arborist for a tree hazard assessment.