Why it's Important to Hire Licensed & Insured Tree Service

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Liability

In the tree care industry it is easy to mistake a reputable company for one that has all of its certifications, and is also licensed and insured. It is important to carefully select the company that will be working on your property because if they are not insured, you could be liable for any damage or injuries that occur on your property. Some homeowners are just looking to save a couple bucks by paying the less reputable companies cash, however they quickly find out it ends up being much more expensive.

Unnecessary Removals

In addition to the risk of being liable for any injuries and damages, the lower scale tree companies will not have as much experience or the resources as the higher level companies. Having a certified Arborist on staff is also a very important thing that homeowners should consider while choosing the right company. If a company’s sales team has no background in tree service or tree care, how would they even be able to properly diagnose your beloved trees? Unfortunately, it there has been many instances that we have arrived to an estimate only to find hundreds of trees that are alive and well marked up with orange paint signaling the removal. Every day companies of all kinds go out to estimates and tell homeowners trees should be removed just to pocket the money. This is simply unjust. Saving the tree is always our priority. Removals only occur based on the homeowners preference or if the tree is completely dead and cannot be healed.

So how can you protect yourself and your home?

VERIFY INSURANCE COVERAGE

An insurance certificate dated for a full year of coverage can be easily obtained with one down payment.  Don’t settle for a piece of paper.  Call the insurance company directly to verify CURRENT coverage.  Liability and especially worker’s compensation insurance in the tree care industry is very expensive.  It is also required by law.  This is the dividing line between a professional tree service company and a “fly-by-night” operator.  An uninsured tree care company often provides the lowest estimate, but at what cost to you as the homeowner?

CALL REFERENCES

Ask for a list of references from local satisfied customers and BE SURE TO CALL. 

 

ASK ABOUT THE COMPANY’S SAFETY POLICIES

Tree trimming and removal involves the use of chainsaws and chippers and is extremely dangerous.  Ask about the use of safety equipment (hardhats, chaps, safety glasses, etc.).  What are their policies about drugs in the workplace?  Ask for and verify professional affiliations the company might have, such as membership in the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) (toll free 1-888-472-8733) or the Better Business Bureau.   

LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING WARNING SIGNS:

Disreputable companies tend to:

  • Solicit work door-to-door.

  • Sell jobs without producing a written estimate or work order.

  • Offer prices good only for immediate service.

  • Demand payment in advance.

There are many different credentials a company can carry to prove their dedication to providing safe and effective tree care, some of these are listed below:

  • TCIA Members - TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) is a respectable accredidation program that requires companies and employees to carry a certain set of standards through tree care to become members. They are dedicated to educating homeowners of the proper care of trees and training employees to incorporate safe business practices. They have been striving to improve the tree care industry since 1983.

  • ISA Certified Arborist’s - To become an ISA Certified Aborist, you must be extremely knowledgeable in every area of arboriculture. You must also have a minimum of three years work experience in the industry, as well as a degree pertaining to any field of arboriculture. To be ISA Certified, you must take a very long extensive test that requires dedication and months of studying.

At North American Tree Service, we have been licensed and insured with workers compensation since we started back in the 90’s. We have a staff of certified Arborist’s who can properly diagnose and treat your trees the correct way. We have always put the homeowner and our employee’s safety first, as this is a very dangerous line of business. Our employees and customers feel safe knowing that if any injuries happen while on site, everything will be completely covered by us.

Call today for a free estimate!

(770)554-9406

North American Tree Service

The Dangers of Sick Trees

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If you have trees on your property in Athens, Georgia, eventually they could be subjected To disease or decay for a number of reasons. While sick trees can be a pest, it is very important that you call North American tree service to assist you before the problem becomes bigger. The longer the decay continues, the more dangerous the tree becomes.

Pests

One of the main problems caused by dead and dying trees on your property, is the potential housing for a number of pests and creatures. Termites can actually invade a tree and eventually make its way to your home if it is close enough. This can cause some major damage and can easily be prevented by calling a tree care service in Athens, Georgia. We have a staff of certified Arborist that service Athens and surrounding areas Providing free estimates for you and your property.

Damage

One of the most unsettling issues with dead or dying trees is when they have an actual target underneath them. They target consist of cars, houses, Burns, shades, a dead or dying tree on your property will not show any mercy to any of your belongings underneath. Also, storm damage tree removal is much more costly and dangerous than removing the decayed tree in the first place . North American tree service also helps our customers in Athens Georgia by providing fertilization to the trees that are or could be diseased or damaged. This provides an opportunity for the tree to actually repair itself before completely removing the tree. Another problem is if the tree is leaning towards a neighbors house. Any tree on your property in Athens, Georgia is your responsibility to maintain. If your tree is leaning towards your neighbors house, and decides to fall and hit anything in their yard, you will be 100% liable for the damages caused by that dead or dying tree.

Soggy Soil

In Georgia or weather is very much unpredictable. This season we have gotten an absurd amount of rain that was very Unexpected. The problem with all this rain, other than septic tank issues, is when the rain overloads the soil and causes it to become extremely soggy. Dead and dying trees hate soggy soil because it prevents their root systems from being able to hold And distribute weight evenly. What this means is that One heavy rainfall could result in a tree uprooting and landing on your home, or any of your other valuables underneath. Unfortunately, it happens more often than not and is much more expensive than dealing with the problem when it first arises. If you have any dead or dying trees please give us a call today!

Spreading Disease

If you suspect that a tree on your property is disease it is very important that you take care of the problem immediately. There are some diseases that can actually in fact all of your other trees and leave you with a much larger problem. Disease, decade, or sick trees need Attention immediately. This is why you should contact a professional, reliable, tree service that services Athens Georgia and surrounding areas for a free estimate by one of our highly educated certified Arborist on staff. The estimate is 100% free, so there is no reason to wait until the problem is much more extensive. Call us today for a free estimate!

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Benefits of Fertilizing your Trees.

Fertilization is something that is widely recommended and also largely over looked. A common misconception is that only sick or dying trees benefit from fertilization. This is not the case at all! Trees love fertilization just as much as any of your plants do. There are many benefits of fertilization listed below :

Stabilize the Soil

Unfortunately, soil is not a ”one size fits all” thing. It contains many different elements and minerals such as boron, chlorine, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, sulphur and zinc that are vital to the health and survival of your trees and shrubs. At North American Tree Service, we always have our certified technicians take a proper soil test to determine exactly what your soil is lacking and where it can improve. This way, we avoid adding too much of the wrong element to the soil, which could end up killing the tree! This is why it is so important to make sure you hire a certified arborist to asses your trees. We have four certified arborists on staff that are prepared to diagnose your tree and make a plan to keep it healthy!

Can Cure Dying Trees

While unfortunately this isn’t always the case, usually a deep root fertilization done by a certiifed technician on a tree that looks sick or unhealthy, can sometimes reverse the effects and bring it back to life! By providing the tree with a maximum amount of nutrients, it can help the tree to become strong enough to completely fight off some infections. Now while fertilizer is a great thing for a dead or dying tree, it can also maximize the problem and kill the tree if the wrong type of fertilizer is used. North American Tree Service has a staff full of tree care industry experts that are able to determine exactly what route to take when deciding what type of fertilizer is safe and should be applied to your tree.

Save Money Over Time

By making the initial decision to fertilize your trees, you were actually making a long-term decision to not have to remove them. This in turn will save you money as tree removal is much more costly and dangerous than tree fertilization. We recommend our customers get ahead of the problem before it starts by contacting one of our certified arborist today for a free estimate on any of your tree care needs.

Helps the Grass

Fertilization can help strengthen the roots of the grass in your yard, allowing them to absorb more water more quickly preventing large mud holes every time it rains. If you have an area in your yard where the water just seems to collect every time it rains, you might want to do a fertilization just to prevent any further soil damage or potential root root for the trees! Did you know heavy rain is the most dangerous element for a dead tree? Even a tree that looks completely healthy on the outside could be hollow all the way up. This means as soon as it rains, especially if you have water collecting at the base of the tree, it could cause it to uproot completely. Give us a call today if you have any questions about the trees in your yard and are located in any of our service areas listed below.

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4 New Years Resolutions for your Landscape!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed all this time off with your loved ones as much as we did! With the new year right around the corner its time for some new year resolutions for your landscapes.

Landscaping is not an easy task by any means but it is so important to maintain the health of your trees and shrubs for so many reasons. Small additions to your lawn, or simply maintaining the plants and trees you already have can add so much to your property value. Also, did you know that anxiety and stress is drastically lowered when trees are visible in homeowners yards? Crazy, right? But true! Here are a few things you can do to your lawn to bring in the new year right.

  1. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

    Something so important is so easily forgotten or disregarded. Your trees love mulch just as much as your flower gardens do! All that sweet composted organic material helps to conserve water at the base of your tree, adds nutrients to the soil, prevents erosion and so much more! At North American Tree Service, we recycle ALL of our trees into mulching products available to the public at a wholesale price! We also carry red, black, and brown colored mulches that are 100% safe to use in any garden beds you would like. Give us a call today for quotes on delivery! Our mulch site is www.lifemulch.com.

  2. Proper Pruning

    Notice the emphasis on PROPER? Improper pruning can actually lead to the death of a tree. Leaving large gash wounds too far away from the branch collar can prevent a tree from being able to actually repair the wound and continue to grow properly. However, proper pruning promotes LOTS of healthy growth to your trees. Pruning is usually something we perform in the winter while the tree is dormant to ensure optimal growth and repair in the next growing season. Make sure to give us a call for any pruning needs. We have many pruning specialists on board with us that are well equipped to maintain your most beautiful trees!

  3. Fertilization

    Your trees need love too! A lot of people are under the misconception that all trees will be fine without fertilization. While this might be true for some disease resistant species, it doesn’t stand true for all. You will find if you ever decide to grow any type of fruit tree that within the first year it will be covered in disease and pests that will potentially kill the tree and all the juicy fruit that comes with it! At North American Tree Service, we perform routine fertilization for all your trees to ensure longevity and prevent any pests or diseases.

  4. Tree Planting

    There are hundreds of beautiful species to add to your landscape! A few of our favorites are maples, magnolias, river birch, and crepe myrtles. Every tree comes with certain maintenance issues, so it’s important to do your research and figure out which drawback would be a deal breaker, whether that’s large roots, pesky droppings or diseases. North American Tree Service always try’s to save the tree before removal and we love to give back to the environment by replanting what we take out! If you have any questions about certain species or tips on planting, please give us a call today!

At North American Tree Service, we specialize in tree and plant care and would love to assist you in your next project! For any questions or concerns please give us a call -

(770) 554-9406

North American Tree Service

5 Unique Ways to Dispose of your Christmas Tree

Christmas is right around the corner and as much as we all hate it, the Christmas decor has to go. Now if your anything like us and prefer your Christmas trees real, you never know what to do with your tree after Christmas! We have come up with a couple of very useful Ideas to help.

  1. Cut the trunk into coasters - Safety is always first in our book so if you haven’t ever operated a chainsaw, please don’t hesitation to come by our office and we can cut it for you. We are located at 2601 Ivory Road Loganville, Ga 30052. On the other hand, if you or someone you know is familiar with how to work a chainsaw, start by taking all the branches off. Make sure you cut them as close to the trunk as possible, as you don’t want big stubs hanging off the sides of your coasters. Finally, just slice the trunk in very small, thin coasters, spray with a polyurethane to finish and let dry. Walla!

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2. Use the pine needles as mulch - Mulch is the #1 way to keep your garden plants & soil happy year round. You can simply peel the needles directly off the branches of you Christmas tree and apply them straight on top of the soil to provide an Eco-friendly upgrade to your garden beds!

3. Use the twigs as stakes - Who has the time or the money to afford stakes for your veggie garden year after year? We have all been guilty of using common household items to hold up things such as beans or tomatoes. This is no different! Simply peel the needles off of the branches and use them as stakes for any of your plants that need it! Simple, yet effective!

4. Have a bonfire - What better way to have an after Christmas get together than a bonfire? Everyone can bring their tree, throw it in the pit to toast to a new year! Just be sure this is only kept outdoor, as the branches of a Christmas tree are a little too flame frisky to have in an indoor fireplace.

5. DIY wreath - Finally, you can take the cuttings off of the tree and use them to wrap around a wreath or as home decor around small items on shelves. If you buy the wreath base and just get some wire at the hobby shop, you can take the cuttings and simply attach them to the wreath. Add a couple of bows or other trimmings and there is a cheap alternative to buying those 30$ wreaths!

Or, you could bring it to our office December 26th - 29th and we will recycle it for you for FREE!

We are located at 2601 Ivory Road Loganville, Ga 30052

Come by anytime 7am - 3pm!

(770) 554-9406

North American Tree Service

Top 5 Trees to Plant for Curb Appeal

One of the most difficult things about landscaping is figuring out what your going to plant and where. The best advice ever told is “don’t plant trouble”. That means, no trees too close to the house that will eventually have to be removed by a qualified tree expert. Also, checking the type of tree and what it needs is a must. Otherwise, you might plant a bristlecone pine in the middle of Ga. and call us wondering why it hasn’t grown an inch and looks dead. We are in hardy zone 8 which means we have very high heat and high humidity as well. A soil test is a good idea before planting anything, just to make sure it will thrive in that specific soil. But, if thats too much of a hassle, we have listed out five of the best trees to grow in Ga. for curb appeal, no soil test necessary.

  1. Japanese Maple - These beautiful trees are often found as the focal point in landscapes. Though they are a bit slow growing, only 1 to 2 feet per year, it will be worth the wait. They have many different cultivars so it is important to do your research on which kind you like. They also have dwarf varieties that are a little more like a shrub, and are great bonsai specimen.

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2. Crepe Myrtle - Another beautiful species offering showy flowers in summer along with a great fall color. They are truly a great year round tree. These look great placed closer to the house but always 10 feet distance, along with some yearly pruning.

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3. Red Maple - Another member of the maple family, they are one of the most beautiful trees that have a display of red through all the seasons. Though they are very common, they are known for their buds in winter, flowers in spring, leafstalks in summer, and bright, beautiful foliage in autumn.

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4. Magnolia - Often used as a privacy tree, as they grow up to 80 feet tall and 40 feet wide, these trendy trees are a great addition, when properly planted and spaced away from the house. There is something to love about these trees in every season. Even in winter, they hold their dark, shiny green leaves until late spring, when the beautiful fragrant white flowers emerge.

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5. Weeping Cherry - Something about weeping trees is just so calming for the landscape. Weeping willows prefer lots of water, so we chose the weeping cherry instead. They grow about 20-30 feet and bloom bright pink or white blossoms during spring. After the blossoms fall, the dark green leaves shower the tree until late summer.

These are just a few of our favorite trees to plant for curb appeal in Ga. If you have any questions on maintenance, fertilization or tree care in general, please feel free to call our office at (770)-554-9406 and we will be happy to connect you to one of our Arborists! Also, if you have any comments, suggestions or questions, there is a comment box at the bottom of this blog, please feel free to use this feature! We are always looking for new ways to improve at our business :)

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Identifying Common Diseases

 

Common Tree/ Shrub Diseases and Fungus

 

Whether they are indoor/ outdoor plants or trees, they are all very susecptible to all different kinds of diseases. The good news is that if you can identify the issue as it is just beginning, we can most likely get one of our arborist’s to come out and fix the problem. There are quite a few of the more commonly seen diseases, listed below.

  • Oak Wilt - Also known as Bretziella fagacearum or Ceratocystis fagacearum. This problem can spread very easily between healthy trees. It is most commoly seen in red and white oak trees. There are many symptoms, though the easiest way to tell is the shedding of all leaves. The leaves on live oaks will have yellow veins that eventually turn brown. appearances An important thing to remember when trying to avoid oak wilt is to avoid pruning these trees between April 15 - July 15, this will greatly reduce the chance of your tree contracting this disease. If you have any questions about the health of your trees or notice leaves dropping out of its regular dormant period, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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  • Sooty Mold - This usually affects the ornamental plants such as your azaeleas, crepe myrtles and laurels. Black spots will cover the leaves and trunks of the trees it has infected. However, even though it looks like something terrible, it usually does no harm to the plant its feeding off of. Usually just a cosmetic issue, but sometimes it can cause the trees leaves to yellow up or block the sunlight from getting to the tree.

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  • Powdery Mildew - A powdery, white coating on the leaves of its host, this fungus loves high humidity and lots of shade. Unfortunately the only way to prevent it is to choose resistant varieties. Eventually the leaves will be distorted, turn yellow or red and drop.

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These are just a few of the diseases that can affect your trees and shrubs. There are many, many more that can have much worse symptoms, so if you notice anything funky going on with your trees, be sure to give us a call for a free estimate by one of our certified arborists!

Call now! (770) 554-9406

North American Tree Service

Increase your property value with these helpful tree care tips!

Increasing your property value can be done in a number of ways. Marble countertops, renovating bathrooms and adding hardwood floors are all great things to add to a home, but what about the landscape? A beautiful landscape can increase the value of your home 6-15%. That means REMOVING all the dead trees and taking care of the healthy ones. No one wants to buy a house with a huge liability in the front yard when that tree decides to fall over.

Here’s a few things you should look out for when determining whether your property is sell ready.

  • Are there any dead tree’s in the yard? First, and foremost, let’s remove the biggest liabilities and then worry about the smaller stuff. Dead trees are like ticking time bombs, you never know when they are going to go off! Tree removal is a must for any dead trees.

  • Are there signs of disease/decay in my trees? Diseases can sometimes be treated if found early and depending on what type. However, decay, is tricky. Decay lies on the insides of the tree trunks and sometimes won’t show any signs or symptoms until its too late! Mushrooms around the base of a tree is NEVER good and always an indicator that there is some form of root rot/decay that needs to be addressed. Diseases come in all different forms including cankers, slime, fungus, etc. In a nutshell, if it looks funky, it most likely IS FUNKY.

  • Is my tree too close to my house? Improper planting is becoming a very common thing these days. Before deciding to purchase a tree to plant, always look up the ID card online to make sure your not putting an 80’ mature tree right next to your front porch, as you’ll likely need tree removal later on down the road. If you don’t have access to the information on the tree or simply cannot identify it, a general rule of thumb is nothing within 20’ of the house. Even trees with a narrow form can still have HUGE roots protruding out 20-30 feet from the base. This can mess with water/gas lines or anything underground.

  • Are my trees leaning towards a target? If a tree is leaning in a huge field with open grass, fine. If a tree is leaning towards the beautiful house of your dreams you just purchased, run. This is a huge liability as storm damage usually is alot more expensive than taking the preventative measures on your trees to begin with. Please give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms and think you may be in need of tree pruning.

  • Do you notice any dead limbs or leaves? Dead limbs aren’t always a good indicator of the health of a tree. Some usually just need a good prune. However, it’s best to have tree pruning performed as soon as you see them as the health of the tree is under stress trying to repair the dead/broken limb. The more routine pruning on your tree is performed, the better.

  • Call us today for a completely FREE inspection by a certified Arborist!

    (770) 554-9406

North American Tree Service