Jun 02, 2015

Falling trees cause damage, destruction and, tragically, sometimes even injury and death. When violent weather strikes, the risk of trees being uprooted is high – we can all remember recent hurricanes, tornados and ice storms, which have resulted in significant problems throughout Atlanta and north Georgia.

But while gale force wind and extreme weather is usually the trigger for a tree to uproot, the root cause is often something else. And the clue is in the pun: the weakening of a tree’s roots is frequently behind its instability and collapse.

In recent years, there has been a reduction in the volume of rainfall in Atlanta, causing a drought, which has had an adverse effect on trees’ root systems. Trees have very fine, almost hair-like roots which gather water and nutrients from the soil around them.  These thin roots also work together to create enormous surface tension with the soil, which is what prevents the tree from toppling over. They provide balance and strength. During a drought, these fine roots often are damaged, the surface tension is lost, and the stability of the tree is compromised. The even-worse news is that it takes years for these important roots to grow again and regain their former strength.

At the other end of the weather range, too much rainfall leads to another problem. Saturated soil, which doesn’t drain properly, can create a situation in which fungus is able to grow, causing root rot. Roots lose their strength this way, making the tree particularly vulnerable when it is then exposed to wind. The worst situation is high wind occurring when the root-damaged tree is carrying its leaves and standing in water-saturated soil.

It is almost impossible to detect trees with root problems; however, we estimate that of the hundreds of storm-felled trees we have cleaned up, about 70% of them could have been identified as risky PRIOR TO THE STORM.  Our advice is that if a tree could potentially reach your property were it to uproot, it’s best to get it looked at now to decide whether you should be considering tree removal or tree trimming of heavy upper branches.

Call 404-CUT-TREE for pre-storm assessments, emergency Roswell tree removal, or simply peace of mind. Call us at 404-288-8733 or, if you prefer, complete the online query form on our contact us page.