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

Protecting Your Trees From Insects And Disease

Trees offer beauty and shade for your home, making them an important part of your property. However, even the most majestic tree can be brought down by the smallest of creatures. Insects and disease are a constant danger to trees, in extreme cases causing death. What is worse is that if one tree becomes infected, your other trees may also be at risk. Prevention and early intervention are the best way to protect your trees from these tiny destroyers. 

Preventing Insect Infestation And Disease

The best cure is always prevention when it comes to trees. Most dangerous insects and diseases can be kept at bay by professional tree treatments. These treatments are available through most tree services and can be preformed annually to keep insects and disease at bay. Since each region and type of tree has its own small enemies, always consult a professional to get the right treatments for local insects and tree disease control

Identifying Signs Of Tree Infestation

Unfortunately, sometimes prevention is not an option if your trees have already become victim to infestation. If one or more of your trees has a disease or insect infestation, the best thing you can do is to act fast before it spreads. Depending on the problem, it may not be too late to save the tree, or at minimum, remove the problem. Signs that you may have an infestation of disease or tree killing insects include: 

–        Dead branches or peeling bark

–        Discolored or prematurely dying leaves

–        Holes in the bark

–        Rotten wood or hollow trunks 

At the first sign of any problems with your trees, call in a professional to have them inspected. If you are having annual tree treatments performed, your tree expert can inspect your trees for any sign of insects or disease.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts

Stump Grinding

Removing stumps after tree removal is necessary for many different reasons.  Stumps that are left behind in your yard can be unsightly, but also can become dangerous.  Children and adults can unknowingly fall over the stumps and suffer personal injuries, stumps can become havens for bees, wasps and termites, and can take up valuable yard or garden space.

Stumps that are left untreated in your yard will eventually decay.  This process may take years, though, depending on the size of the stump.

The most efficient way to remove stumps after a tree is removed is through stump grinding.  Most professional tree removal services also offer stump grinding.  Professional stump grinding involves applying a machine similar to a chipper to the stump.  This grinding action will chop up the stump, as well as remove the root bed from the stump.  A small pile of wood chips remain after the grinding process.

The entire stump grinding process takes less than 15 minutes for a moderately sized tree.  The tree service may first need to remove larger portions of the stump with a hand held chain saw or ax.  This will depend on the size of the stump.  Most stumps will require grinding to about a foot below ground level.  This hole will be covered with mulch and wood chips, and can easily grow grass or other gardening items soon after.

If you have stumps in your yard that need to be removed, or if you are planning on having some trees removed, contact your local professional tree service.

Atlanta Wind Storms

This past week in metro Atlanta, several tornados were spotted, and high winds were noted throughout the area.  High winds can cause severe damage to trees, tree limbs, and existing structures. 

Even the healthiest of trees cannot withstand sustained high winds.  Branches may break and fall to the ground or on your roof,  or they may break only half way, posing a further danger to your home and individuals in the area.  After every major storm, you should walk your surrounding property looking for loose limbs, fallen branches, and trees that appear structurally damaged.  A loose limb or smaller fallen branches indicates that the tree has suffered damage and needs immediate pruning from a certified arborist and tree expert.

A high enough wind can make any tree fall over.  But even smaller gusts of winds such as those associated with thunderstorms, hail storms, or the occasional winter weather can cause damage to your trees.  Trees that are pruned regularly have a better chance of withstanding storms.  Trees that have lower centers of gravities also tend to withstand storms better. 

In Atlanta, trees with lower centers of gravity include oaks and magnolias.  Crepe myrtles and holly trees also have strong wind resistance.  Trees that are surrounded by other trees are also more likely to survive storms.  Trees such as pines have a higher center of gravity and are more likely to be damaged in a wind or other storm.

If you experienced high winds in your neighborhood this past week and need emergency tree removal, call a certified arborist today.

Tree Removal

There are many different reasons why you may need to have a tree removed.  You could have had an unfortunate lightening strike that damaged a tree, or a wind or ice storm may have passed through the area causing damage to your tree.  Your tree could also be dying from other causes or reasons.

The first step in having trees removed is to hire a professional tree service.  You want to retain the services of a company that has experience in tree removal, and who retain the services of a certified arborist.  Using a company with an arborist will help ensure that trees are removed appropriately and correctly, and allow for other trees to thrive in your lawn.

The American Safety Institute has standards that should be maintained during tree removal.  Prior to hiring a company, ask about the steps they will take to not only provide for the safety of your home, but also to make sure that workers are also safe and protected from falling limbs or trees. 

Find out about removal of the tree and the stump.  Most professional services can do both for you.  If you want to retain the tree (for example, for firewood) determine if this is an option with the tree service.  Some professional services will even split the wood for you, and leave it in a designated area.

Tree removal should not be done by those with no experience.  It can be dangerous, and cause damage to homes, power lines, or individuals.  Trust your tree removal to a professional tree service company.

Hiring a Tree Service

It’s time to have someone look at the trees in your yard.  One or two are tall, and need pruning, or perhaps you think one might be dead.  With winter right around the corner, you need to have any loose limbs removed and dead trees taken care of to save damage to your home.

Your best bet is to hire a certified arborist.  A certified arborist is a professional who specializes in trees and tree care. 

When hiring a tree service, consider the following:

  • Ask if the arborist is certified, and if they are members of professional organizations like the International Society of Arboriculture.  Individuals who are certified are more likely to be current in the latest standards. 
  • Ask to see a copy of the professional liability insurance.  You do not want to be responsible if a tree falls on your home, or a worker is injured when employed by the tree service.
  • Find out if the tree service will obtain the necessary permits and permissions from the county, homeowner’s association, or other municipalities before beginning work.
  • Never be afraid to ask for references.
  • Always ask for an estimate prior to work beginning.

One of the most important things to remember is that the lowest bid is not always the best bid.  Be very cautious of tree services that ‘knock on your door’.  These services are often fly by night organizations, and will be gone before the work is completed.

If you need to have tree work done at your home, contact a reputable local professional tree service company today!

Hiring an Arborist

A certified arborist is a specialist who has been educated and trained in the planting and care of trees.  Consideration should be given to hiring a certified arborist if you are planting new trees or maintaining an existing landscape.  Your arborist will be able recommend the right type of tree that will grow on your property giving consideration to space, surrounding plants, soil, exposure to the sun, as well as proper grouping of your trees and other plants to ensure the best possible health of your landscape.   

Trees are a significant investment in your property.  An arborist can help you properly plan for this investment as well as educate you on proper maintenance so your investment keeps “growing” for years.

Cutting and pruning trees can be dangerous and lead to other expenses if not done properly.  Some trees are protected by state and local laws.  You may need a permit to trim your trees.  Some companies will perform cutting services without permits or insurance.  This could lead to lofty fines as well as compromise the health of your tree if the cutting was not done properly.  You may also be held liable if there is an injury on your property when the service is being performed. 

When choosing your tree service company, make sure you get a proposal in writing and check your state and local codes for cutting and pruning your trees.  Always ask for references and documentation of permitting, insurance and certifications.  A certified arborist will provide all of this for you and give you the peace of mind you need while trying to protect your landscaping investments.