If you’re in need of tree removal services in Watkinsville, you should always look for companies who are eco-friendly. Here are a few reasons why from the green thumbs at North American Tree Service.

Prevent Disease

No matter what age, all trees are susceptible to various root, trunk, and insect-borne diseases. The sooner you can identify a disease, the greater your chances of saving the tree. Some diseases, however, like Armillaria and black root rot, are difficult to spot and even more difficult to treat. By the time you do identify it, it has already spread throughout the root system, affecting the soil and other nearby foliage. Verticillium alboatrum, or Verticillium wilt, is one such disease that starts in the soil, infecting the roots.

It's highly contagious and affects elm, maple, catalpa, and stone fruit tree species. In addition to turning the tree leaves a sickly color, the soil around the affected tree will also become contaminated, killing other plant life in the vicinity. Insect-borne diseases, like sooty mold, are easily spread from one tree to the next. In some cases, the removal of the affected tree is the best course of action in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Eco-conscious tree service companies make every effort to preserve and protect your trees, only removing them as a last resort.    

Control Root Systems

A healthy tree is usually the sign of an expansive root system. The average root system can cover an area approximately four times the size of the tree’s crown. That means that tree you planted in the backyard 10 years ago now has a root system that could spread 30-40 feet from the trunk. Although slow-moving, tree roots are also powerful. They can easily force their way through concrete walls, underground pipes, and even septic tanks.

If a root causes a crack in the sewer line or septic system, this can cause harmful chemicals to seep into the ground, contaminating the groundwater. Unfortunately, when a root system compromises septic lines, tree removal is usually the only option. It's necessary to preserve and protect underground water sources from septic contamination. In cases where the tree is healthy, it's possible to simply relocate the tree. An eco-friendly arborist can help you determine the best course of action for both you and the tree.

Eco-Friendly Chemicals

Until recently, much of the landscaping industry relied on caustic chemicals to treat diseases and kill the insects that spread them. These chemicals can wreak havoc on your yard and smaller foliage. If you have small children, pets, or livestock, you must take considerable precaution and restrict backyard activities when these chemicals are in use. Unlike other landscaping companies, an eco-conscious tree service company relies on safe and environmentally friendly chemicals. Whether you're treating a disease, encouraging growth, or removing a tree, the chemicals used in the process won’t damage nearby foliage or harm foraging animals.

How to Find Eco-Friendly Tree Services

How do you know if your landscaping or tree service company is eco-friendly? Before you request treatment services, ask to see the safety data sheets for their chemicals. OSHA regulates the use of chemicals in industries across the nation. The safety data sheet is required for the identification of all chemicals in the landscaping industry. Also, ask about their professional affiliations. When you’re shopping for tree services in Watkinsville, ask if they're members of the organizations like the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). These organizations set the standard for landscaping sustainability and environmental protection.