It is that time of year again. Backyard barbeques, poolside parties and dinners on the patio become weekend events. Having healthy and well-maintained trees this summer can add to the quality of your outdoor entertaining space, and protect them from summer storms or searing heat. Younger trees especially need extra attention, as they usually do not show signs of stress until it is too late. Read more to find out how your yard and trees can remain protected this summer.
Evaluate Your Surroundings
Hiring a professional tree service to take a look at your yard can ensure your trees are staying strong and healthy. An expert can assess the condition of your trees for insect infestations and diseases, suggest treatments and offer advice on how to correct any issues.
Calculate Any Risks
Summer storms and droughts are no joke, especially here in Georgia. If you have trees that are close to your home or where you park your cars, weak limbs or dead trees can cause major damage. An arborist can come and examine your property, as well as point out limbs or trees that may cause an issue should a gusty storm occur. Having limbs braced or cabled, offering preventative care, and removing dead trees are options when protecting your home and family from downed trees.
Summer pruning does more than make your landscaping look nice. It also is important for the health of your trees. Trimmed branches encourage healthy growth into the fall season by allowing more sunlight to reach low bushes and grass.
Make a Plan
Making a plan can help your trees thrive during Atlanta’s hot summer days. Mulching with oxygen-rich products can retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth. Fertilizing with slow-release fertilizer will lock in nutrients until the fall, and watering should be done slowly during the evening or early morning. If water restrictions go into effect, consider using rain barrels or researching other methods of irrigation. A professional can walk you through the details of a long-term tree maintenance strategy.
Only Hire a Professional
As with any home maintenance project, you should always hire a well-trained and knowledgeable professional. For tree care especially, only hire someone with a certificate of insurance and with the proper credentials. Knowing what equipment will be used and having a detailed estimate will also eliminate any surprises and help you understand the scope of the job. Lastly, ask for references. A reputable company will definitely have many happy customers willing to share their experiences.
Taking care of your trees takes planning and professional care; however, many times having to remove a tree or having a tree come down in your yard is an unavoidable circumstance of weather, disease or neglect. Knowing when to remove a tree before it potentially falls is imperative to avoid damage, and having a professional manage the tree removal process will assure the procedure is completed correctly.
Looking for Problems
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recommends having mature trees professionally inspected annually; however, there are signs your trees will demonstrate beforehand that show they are in need of care. If a tree that blooms did not have leaves sprout in the spring, there are mushrooms growing on the tree, or there is loose or missing bark, it could be a sign of bigger problems. A professional can come to your property and suggest procedures to save the tree, or remove dangerous parts of the tree which is preferred. Yet, sometimes the entire tree cannot be saved after these measures and needs to be taken down.
Removing the Tree
Tree removal is a dangerous and specialized job, and should only be completed by a trained and certified professional. There are several different methods in tree removal, and each should be examined with your contractor. Damage to property, cost, clean-up and the equipment used should all be carefully considered. Oftentimes, the decision to remove a tree is not solely the homeowners. Many cities and homeowners associations require inspections and permits before a tree can be taken down. Lastly, ask about the different options for removing stumps and lumber, and make sure this service is included in your final cost estimate.
Fallen trees can cause monumental damage to your home and property. If a tree has fallen on your home, evacuate, call the police and your insurance company. If the tree has collapsed on power lines, keep a safe distance and contact the power company right away. For trees that have plunged on the ground, without causing damage to property, it is still imperative that professional tree removal experts handle the situation.
Unfortunately, not every tree in the vicinity to your home or car is on your property. If you feel that a neighbor’s tree may be posing a hazard to your property, it is recommended a certified letter asking for the removal of the tree be on record, as this could help if an insurance claim is ever filed. If a tree on your property falls on your neighbor’s home, you could be subject to a lawsuit if you are deemed negligent about possible disease in the tree. Having a professional inspect your trees can avoid unnecessary stress in the aftermath of a fallen tree.