Time to Trim and Prune Your Trees

Once the leaves have fallen from your trees, it is a perfect time to get to work trimming and pruning. Fall is a great time to remove limbs that are showing signs of disease or thin out branches that have become too dense. Before the colder, more volatile weather of winter hits, take the time to give your trees the trimming they need. Here are a few good reasons why:

  • Dead branches and “widow makers” should be removed before a storm hits. Those branches are likely to come loose and fall during a storm, possibly causing injury or property damage.
  • Thinning the crown of the tree can help reduce pest problems. Thick branches can make a safe haven for insects and other pests; reduce the thick branches for increased health.
  • Remove any branches touching your home. Not only do these branches pose a risk for damage during a storm, they give pests access to your house. This includes fungus and mildew that can damage your siding or roof.
  • Pruning can improve the health of your trees while helping monitor their growth. Expert pruning can enhance the shape and beauty of your trees.
  • Improve your view by removing branches that are blocking your line of sight. This includes aesthetic views as well as views of your driveway and other access points to your property for security purposes.

Trimming and pruning trees can benefit your trees and your property, but it should be done by a professional. Removing large limbs can be hazardous and you want to ensure you are not harming your trees accidentally. Call your local tree service to perform your fall pruning for your safety and the health of your trees.

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

Spring Tree Limb Removal

Winter storms may have left your yard a mess of branches, leaves and other debris. With summer just around the corner, now is the time to spring clean your yard. While raking up the debris may be easy enough, it is not just the branches on the ground that you need removed. Above your head, there may be branches and limbs just waiting to come crashing down in the next storm.

Inspecting Your Trees for Damage

The last winter was severe in many regions, with colder temperatures and more storms than average. This extreme weather may have compromised some of the branches and limbs on your trees, leaving many of them ready to fall. It is important to inspect your trees to identify any branches that may be hazardous and have them removed before they cause damage or injury.

When doing spring yard clean up, inspect all your large trees for dead branches. Look for limbs that are separated from the tree, yet still entangled in other branches. Also inspect for limbs that are no longer producing needles or leaves; these may be still attached even though they are no longer alive. Dead branches can break loose in a storm and become very dangerous if they become air borne.

Tree limbs can be very heavy and need professional assistance to have them removed, especially when they are still partially attached. Your local tree service can safely remove these dead limbs and branches, plus many offer yard debris clean up and removal. This is also a good time to have them inspect the health of your trees to look for signs of infestation or disease, ensuring your trees are healthy for the summer ahead.

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

Best Times to Start Pruning Your Trees

Pruning trees is important to their health and safe growth. Regular pruning can, when properly performed, remove dead branches with the potential to fall and cause damage to your property, as well as enhance the beauty and growth of your trees. However, some times of the year are better for pruning than others, depending on the tree and what you’re trying to achieve. As spring approaches, now is the time to start planning your tree pruning for the year. 

Late Winter Pruning

Most trees can safely be pruned in late winter, usually between February and March, without affecting their health. This is generally the ideal time to prune, since spring will promote new growth and will help the tree heal from the pruning. It’s best to wait until the coldest months have ended, right before the weather starts warming for spring.

Spring and Summer Pruning

In some cases, spring or summer pruning can be beneficial. To direct or dwarf growth, pruning in the summer is best, after the blooming period of spring. To increase blooms, either prune after the tree blooms in early summer, or in early spring for trees that bloom in the summer.

Avoid Fall Pruning

In most cases, fall is the time to avoid pruning your trees. Cutting branches right before the winter can leave them open to damage from frost or freezing temperatures.

If you have a wide variety of trees in need of pruning, they may need to be done at different times of the year between late winter and mid-summer. Contact your local tree service professional to find out the best time to schedule a tree pruning appointment for all of your trees this year.

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

Preventative Tree Limb Removal

As the winter storms roll through, there’s bound to be some damage done to trees in your area. There are countless numbers of trees that come crashing down during the winter, some causing extensive damage to homes, or worse, resulting in injuries. Often, limbs are only damaged in one storm, waiting for the next to hit and send those damaged limbs flying. In between storms, homeowners can protect their home and family from tree limb damage or injury with preventative tree limb removal. 

What to Look For

After a big storm, there’s usually a mess for homeowners to clean up. Scattered sticks and patio ornaments may be strewn across the lawn, along with large tree branches. When you’re cleaning up ater a storm, don’t just focus on the ground; take a moment to look up and determine what damage may be lurking in the trees above. 

Often, tree limbs will be completely severed from the tree to which they belong, but still caught in the surrounding branches. It only takes one big wind storm to throw these branches from the tree, sending them hurtling into your roof, car or child. Instead of waiting for the inevitable, take preventative steps to remove those dangerous loose limbs before they cause any damage. 

Keep in mind, many of these larger limbs can weight hundreds of pounds, and may be hazardous for you to remove on your own. For your own safety, call in a tree removal specialist to discard of large branches. They can safely remove all loose limbs and inspect your trees to ensure they can safely withstand the next storm. The cost of preventative removal is a fraction of the cost of repairing property damage resulting from a broken tree limb moving at high speeds in strong winds, certainly worth the investment. 

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

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

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

What You Need To Know About Hiring A Tree Service

If you have a tree that needs to be removed, you will most likely need to hire a professional to handle the job. In many urban areas, you need permits to remove trees, even those on your own property. Before hiring any tree removal service, you need to make sure the company you contract is equipped to do the job. While price is always a factor, hiring the cheapest guy you find may end up costing you more in the long run. 

Three Things Your Tree Service Should Have

Although there may be many contractors who offer to remove trees at a low cost, if these contractors do not have the right credentials, you could be putting yourself at risk. Felling trees is a dangerous business, which if done incorrectly, can end with serious injuries or damage to your property. Before you hire a tree service, there are three things you should ask for: 

  • License. Ask for the companies license number and check with your local authorities to ensure they are currently licensed.
     
  • Insurance. Is the company properly insured? Make sure to check if they have the insurance required to cover injuries to their workers, as well as any damages to your property. If not, you could be liable for damages, including to their workers if they are on your property.
     
  • Permits. Ask for to see permits before allowing them to begin work removing your tree or trees. Many municipalities require certain permits to cut down trees so make sure they are obtained. 

A reputable tree service company will be more than happy to provide you with any of this information before you hire them. It is worth the time and effort to ensure that the company you hire is a true professional tree service that will do the job right at no risk to you.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Spring Tree Care

Getting ready for spring means deep cleaning and home organization to most hoemowners, but it should also be a time of lawn and landscaping care. In preparation for the growing season and heavy rains that spring brings with it, you should set aside a bit of time for paying special attention to your trees. Trees do tend to be the most low-maintenance aspects of most landscaping designs, but that doesn’t mean that they require no attention at all. 

If you just couldn’t bring yourself to face the frigid temperatures of deep winter to remove the last few strands of holiday lights, this is the time to do it. Forgetting about them will increase the risk of girdling tree growth, which can be very damaging to your trees. Remove any protective wraps used during the winter months, and rake the last of winter’s debris away to prevent fungal diseases. 

Trees that have been in the ground for ten years or less will need a layer of mulch in order to retain moisture and suppress weeds. It’s certainly acceptable to mulch older trees, but it isn’t as crucial to their health as it is to younger ones. Be sure that you don’t push mulch around the base of the trunk, however, as piles of mulch in the root collar area can actually boost the chances of diseases and failure to thrive. 

When the soil thaws completely, you should deeply water any trees that might have been affected by salt and other de-icing materials. Should you notice any signs of stress, weakness or possible signs of disease, it’s time to call a professional arborist or tree service contractor in order to get a diagnosis and determine the best course of action.

Hazardous Tree Management

If you have hazardous trees on your property, have them evaluated by a certified arborist.  An arborist can help assess the extent of the hazard and recommend alternatives for managing the hazardous condition.  Don’t automatically assume that any hazardous tree has to be removed although in some cases, removal will be the best option.

Your arborist will be able to provide suggestions, but one alternative may be relocate the target that is threatened by the hazardous tree.  This is not an effective solution for homes, power lines, and other permanent structures but it can be a good solution for landscaping features, cars, outdoor furniture and other moveable items.

Pruning the tree may be a way to reduce or eliminate the hazard.  Removing branches can directly reduce the threat of large falling branches and stabilize the tree.  In addition, in some cases pruning will allow a weak tree to become stronger and healthier.  Pruning should be handled by your arborist. If pruning is improperly done, the hazardous condition is likely to get worse rather than better.

Bracing the tree or tree branches with cables and other devices can help stabilize a tree enough to minimize the hazard and avoid having to remove the tree.  This is a particularly appropriate technique when the tree has the capability of naturally growing stronger and more stable over time.  Bracing gives the  tree the opportunity to stabilize while protecting you and your property.

In some cases, simply providing routine care for the tree will reduce or eliminate the hazard.  Finally, if there is no other alternative then removal of the tree may be necessary.