Mar 05, 2015

Don’t wait until thunderstorms arrive. It’s far better to be prepared ahead of thunderstorm season.

The first step is to assess your trees. Are they vulnerable or at risk? You can do some of this yourself. Some signs are obvious – branches overhanging a roof, others almost touching window panes. Trim such branches back and keep them out of contact. Thinning helps because it allows the wind to pass through trees limiting damage. Longer branches are more prone to failure. Reduce long branches using proper pruning technique.

Bare branches at the top of the tree might be a sign that a tree is in poor shape. Look near the base of the tree. If roots are mostly on one side this could indicate that the tree could be in danger of eventually falling over to that side.

Any dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury to property or person must be removed with a sense of urgency. Leaning trees are at higher risk of failure. 404-CUT-TREE can help with all this and with issues beyond the average home owner’s ability to detect. 404-CUT-TREE can provide expert advice on the health and condition of the trees around a property.

An Arborist can develop a strategy for tree care, establish which trunks, branches and limbs need attention, and when, and recommend and implement correct maintenance procedures.

In preparation for violent weather, such as a thunderstorm, the International Society of Arboriculture has recommended specific actions. These include looking for cracks in the trunks and major limbs, identifying aged or decaying trees, looking for evidence of root rot, and checking for branches that are uncomfortably close to power lines.

This is not a job for a homeowner, regardless of confidence, ability and equipment. When climbing and ropes come into play, that’s when it’s time to defer to the experts. Tree work near power lines requires attention by professionals with specific training: remember, tree branches can conduct electricity and electrocution is a genuine threat. It’s a cause of injury and sometimes death among DIY tree removers. Don’t attempt it, please.

In some cases, it may already be too late; a particularly destructive storm may have caused extensive damage and a customer may need to take swift action. We’re very experienced in performing sophisticated and difficult tree removals in an emergency and it’s common to see our fleet of instantly recognisable yellow trucks in and around the Atlanta area in the wake of a storm. We offer affordable and reliable tree Removal services in Marietta, Roswell, Decatur, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and all surrounding areas in The Metro Atlanta Area. For a free evaluation, for Marietta tree removal, contact us now at 404-288-8733.

If you have an after-hours tree emergency, you’ll be reassured to know that an operator answers our phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An Arborist will be located and will contact the customer, and come out to check and assess the extent of the damage. After that assessment, if there is a need for immediate work an after hours team can be dispatched. It may be that the damaged tree can be stabilised by a small crew after hours – in the middle of the night, for example – and then cleaned up completely the following day.

To have the condition of your trees examined, call us at 404-288-8733 or complete the online query form on our contact us page, which is here.