How to Remove a Tree

tree removingKnowing how to remove a tree from your property helps you avoid any unforeseen destruction of property or personal injury. Imagine a tree falling on your house or your neighbor’s property, or you or someone else getting injured by the tree or falling branches? Though it may look like a simple and common practice, the decision to fell a tree shouldn’t be taken lightly. In fact, we recommend not doing a tree removal job on your own. We recommend investigating any company plan to hire so you can make sure they have the certifications from an accredited tree care association. For example, if you are looking for tree removal in Jacksonville, FL then make sure the tree company is a member of the Florida ISA chapter. If they are in Atlanta, check with the Atlanta chapter. You really need to hire a reputable tree service that has the experience and proper insurance to complete a job of this magnitude. If you are determined to do it yourself then you must take the following precautions:

1. Maintain a Safe Perimeter
Though you may have done the right calculation and have the right experience, there is always the possibility of the tree falling the wrong way. This may be caused by strong winds, internal tree weakness, or a sloppy gradient. You need to make certain the tree will fall away from the fence, another tree, overhead wires, your house, garden and other things.

2. Check the Tree’s Condition
A tree may look strong and solid from the outside. However, it may be have been eaten internally by woodworms, white ants (termites), or may be rotten or hollow. Such a tree may easily collapse even before you have fully chopped off its base. A closer examination will show any symptoms and you will need to switch to a safer technique; for instance, chopping small pieces at a time.

3. Identify Atleast Two Escape Routes
A falling tree will be expected to fall on the side that has minimal obstruction. The space will be much larger and will put-up with the impact from the falling tree. Nonetheless, it always helps to identify at least two routes where the tree can fall. Considering that trees especially large ones don’t fall perfectly, it’s recommended to maintain an angle of at least 45 degrees.

4. Protect Yourself
Before stepping out to cut down the tree, you need to be fully protected against the risks. Falling branches and twigs may hit you on the head and body, or dirt, dust and other debris may enter inside your nostrils, ears and eyes. You may also accidentally hit your toes or foot on the stump or roots. To avoid these risks, you should wear protective clothing, head gear (helmet), eye glasses (goggles), gloves and heavy-duty shoes/boots.

Following the above steps shortens the time taken to remove the tree while safeguarding people and property. However, before you attempt to do this, you should ensure that it doesn’t affect nearby property, power lines or the environment. If it does, you need to seek authorization and approval from the relevant bodies to avoid disputes or legal action. In addition to enhancing your compound, knowing how to remove a tree reduces any possibilities of property damage or injury to people. If you considering removing the tree yourself during the winter we recommend watching the video above for more tips on safely removing a tree or visiting

What Does An Arborist Do, Exactly?

certified tree care expertWhen it comes to removing trees it is always best to hire a tree care professional. So, if one is interested in getting rid of the unwanted or dead trees, the best thing to do is hire a certified arborist. An arborist is a professional who has the expert knowledge about cultivation of trees, plants and shrubs. At times, they are also known as arboriculturists. Though some people have a notion that such people are only working to the extent of forests, saving trees and studying the plants in such regions alone, the truth is otherwise. These people are skilled in cultivation as well as management of trees. As much as people think it is a simple task to get rid of trees there is more to it then simply cutting down a tree. A lot of effort goes into the cultivation of trees and much like when you are removing them, there are many aspects that need consideration. Not many are aware of the fact that there are dedicated services for cutting or removal of trees. Most professionals in the tree care industry will insist that you let the job be handled by experts.
Moreover, one can seek advice from an arborist as far as maintenance or designing a landscape is concerned. Regardless of what kind of property it may be, as long as trees are involved, a knowledgeable arborist will always be the best option. Tree care specialist are determined to do the best they can to retain the trees and cultivate as many as possible. Given that people are willing to go green and doing their own bit to save the planet, not everyone is aware of the right methods of cultivation and maintenance of trees.

arborist exam handbookIn order for a tree care professional to earn an ISA Certification the individual must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture and tree care. ISA Certified Arborists must first meet the requirements to be eligible to take the certification exam. This includes a minimum of three as a full-time employee of a certified organization or a degree in one of the following fields: arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry and this must be from an accredited educational institute.

A job arborists do on a regular basis is tree removal and you won’t find someone more prepared or qualified. They utilize the best equipment and strategies to minimize all the risks. There are a lot of fundamentals and factors that can internally damage the trees. This aspect is not understandable by anyone other than the arborist. Therefore, calling them for a regular visits to inspect your tree has it’s advantages. This way, the trees would be getting the desired aid and the property owner who probably loves trees wouldn’t have to worry about anything. Moreover, at times, the trees are already so damaged that there is no point in letting them be because in turn they would pass on the damage to the nearby trees. Therefore, the arborist reads the signs and ensures that the by removing one tree, the remaining trees are saved. Some people who love trees, and know not much about the science of trees, they feel every tree should be saved, but such a thing is not possible all the time.

Take a quick peek at the video above if you are interested in learning more about the daily routines of arborists.

How And When To Fertilize A Tree

How exactly can I make the tree in my yard to be as stout as the famous General Sherman tree in California? Or the sprawling Ashbrittle yew in Britain? Is it possible for my tree tobe as imposing as the Jackson Oak? A tree that a general could give a speech from while perched on it’s limb and the speech be long forgotten but the tree remembered?

fertilizing an orange treeWhile growing a tree to match the impressive stature of the trees described above is unlikely, it is possible to give your tree the best care that will enable it to grow to its full potential. The marvels that can be achieved by showing a tree a little care is amplified by the survivor tree of the 9/11 bombing. It is difficult to imagine that the tree was once charred and under tonnes of rubble. After reading this article, you will be slightly more knowledgeable about caring for your tree. Fertilizer is at most times the most you can give to your tree, that and protecting it from drunk drivers. They usually end up crashing through tree trunks a sad case in point is the L’Arbre du Ténéré in Niger. It was a picturesque acacia in the desert, and at 250 miles from any other tree, the most isolated tree in the world.

Do Trees Need Fertilizer?
Fertilizer is usually a mix of some of the most essential nutrients that plants need. These nutrients are; nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These are usually applied in different proportions depending on the soil deficiency. Trees that are growing in their natural habitat have no need for the addition of fertilizer. The continuous life cycle that involves death is responsible for putting back nutrients back into the soil. In urbanized areas, this cycle of nutrients like nitrogen is disturbed and the soil will soon become deficient in these nutrients as they are being consumed by the plants. Urbanized areas include your lawn and farms. These nutrients are essential for the plant to be able to fight off diseases, pests and growth. Lack of these nutrients results into sickly looking trees with a poor leaf color and low growth rate.

tree feeding applicationWhen To Fertilize A TreeWhen planting new trees, fertilizer is mixed wit soil between two and five times the diameter of the dig out. The back-fill soil should not be mixed with fertilizer. This is because contact with the roots usually results in burning. If any fertilizer needs to be mixed with the backfill, only natural fertilizer like manure can be used and only when the tree is sickly. The fertilizer used here should be high in Nitrogen, this is usually the first set of numbers in the fertilizer description, eg the brand Osmocote given as 18-16-12 means a percentage of 18 for nitrogen.

Mature trees are fertilized at least once a year but the timing is usually dependent on the region and season. Regardless of the region, fertilization is most effective when trees are dormant, preferably in the late fall season. The soil around one and a half times the branch spread should be made lose. Fertilizer with nitrogen percentages of 12-30%, phosphorous an approximate 3% and Potassium an approximate 12% should be used. The fertilizer should be spread evenly on the surface and the total amount of nitrogen used must not exceed three pounds for every 1000 feet. If your tree does not respond within one season, take a soil test to figure out exactly which nutrient your tree is lacking.

How To Care For Trees In The Winter

storm tree damageWe know that trees play a vital role in our environment, trees that vary in sizes and shape, quality, and have the ability to adapt. Trees flourish during the spring after a longer period in the winter some might call “hibernation”. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness about different things you can do during the winter months to promote healthy tree growth.

One of the ways is pruning, this actually involves the long term cutting off top leaves and branches of a tree or plant, it is known to mostly enhance the beauty and shape of the plant, it prevents the tree from infections by diseases, it reduces the loss of limbs or other structural failures during the winter. Mulching is another way in which grass or decaying leaves are placed around the trunk of the tree. This is done to protect the roots but also to improve the quality of the soil and prevents weeds from growing. You may wish to consult a certified arborist and have them inspect your trees so they can identify any existing problems and point out any on-going maintenance that may be required.

cabling intended for strengthing treeAnother way on how to care for trees in winter seasons is by cabling and bracing, this is mainly done by utilizing supportive materials for the trees such as steel cables. This helps the tree maintain it’s stability and they become firm and rigid to withstand storms. This in turns prevents tree loss because many weak trees tend to fall during strong winds and storm, not only weak but even strong huge trees can be knocked over by the wind. If you intend to implement tree cabling, however, it’s important to note that this method requires regular check ups to ensure the cables and braces are always strong and firm. Preparation before damage could also be a good way of caring for trees in winter, this includes, regular checking of weak branches and trees, in such cases when one finds weak branches or trees, it is necessary to cut them off to prevent them from falling on other trees and damaging them. It is also recommended that you regularly check for pests and diseases since it is believed that diseases spread mostly during winter, when one finds infected tree or pests, then one may use pesticides or if the pests and diseases are beyond control, then one is advised to cut off the affected area of the tree.