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Time for Tree Removal? Signs Your Home Is Threatened

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Trees add beauty to the landscape and cast refreshing shade. They also provide habitat for wildlife. Unfortunately, tree removal is sometimes necessary for metro-Atlanta. This occurs when large trees, best grown in open areas, are planted too close to homes.

When a large tree grows tall and becomes unstable, the plant can threaten the integrity of your home and property. A tree planted in the wrong place can also cause problems for nearby landscapes. Weak trees are susceptible to falling during storms.

Large Trees Best Grown in Wide Open Spaces

Some commonly planted trees grow tall and wide when mature. This occurs even if they’re grown in tight spaces. Here are some large trees often planted in Atlanta yards. The feet indicate height at maturity. Many of these trees also have wide canopies.

Ash: 50 to 80 feet

Bald Cypress: 60 to 100 feet

Black Walnut: 75 to 100 feet

Hickory: 100 feet

American Holly: 20 to 50 feet

Maple: Some species can grow 120 feet

Oak: 40 to 100 feet

Southern Magnolia: 60 to 80 feet

Sweet gum (Liquidamber): 80 to 100 feet

Yellow Buckeye: 110 feet

Signs a Tree Threatens Your Property

If you can spot that a tree might fall or lose a limb, you can call in an arborist for tree removal before disaster strikes. Here are some signs that a tree is compromised.

  • Dead wood – A small amount of dead wood is normal. When you see a lot of dead wood, that’s a sign of tree failure. Dead wood is brown, dry and brittle. Dead branches won’t bend.
  • Decay – Fungi will attack trees and can cause decay. Signs of fungi include conks and mushrooms that often appear at the base of the tree. Other signs of decay are deep cracks and hollowed out portions of the trunk or branches.
  • Weak branch unions – The tree has a problem if a branch or branches seem loosely attached to the trunk.
  • Cankers – These are localized areas on branches where the bark appears to be missing or is sunken. Cankers are caused by disease or wounding.
  • Root problems – Disease in the roots causes off-color or smaller than average leaves and excessive twig die-back. A leaning tree is also a sign of root failure. Roots may also grow into your home’s foundation creating another dangerous situation that requires tree removal.

Replant With Small Trees

A wide variety of trees exist that are appropriate for small Atlanta yards and tight spaces. Replant with trees that grow 15 to 30 feet. Some good options for Atlanta include crabapple, white fringe tree and sourwood.

    Call in a Professional

    Protect yourself and your home by calling in a tree professional. An arborist can determine if a tree is indeed threatening nearby structures and people. Such an expert will also be able to safely remove the tree from your landscape.

    If you feel that your roof has been adversely affected by a tree, contact Findlay Roofing for a free roof analysis.

    Planting and Trimming Trees: What Homeowners Should Consider

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    Are you planting new trees or thinking about what to do with an old tree? Consider how trees affect your home first! Here are several things to keep in mind:

    Tree limbs and roof damage

    There are two reasons to avoid planting a tree too close to your house – fire hazard and property damage. The first issue is fairly obvious, but let’s talk about the second problem: A nearby tree is almost always bad for your roof. It may look beautiful, but it can still cause roof damage.

    Dead tree limbs are a common cause of roof damage, because when storms hit, they can fall or whip through the air and crack shingles or tiles. If you see damage like this, contact Findlay roofing for a quick fix before leaks develop.

    However, even healthy tree limbs can damage your roof, gutters and siding if the tree is planted too close to the house. When new homeowners plant a sapling without thinking ahead, it ends up growing against the house in a few years, a very common mistake. Planting a tree takes careful planning, as well understanding how large that tree will grow.

    If you already have a nearby tree, it’s important to always 1) remove any dead or dying branches and 2) remove any branches that overhang or touch your house.


    Squirrels and large pests

    Squirrels are bad for rooftops, and they love a nearby tree. A tree is like a highway for squirrels, and even branches several feet away can serve as launchpads that give squirrels free access to your roof. Other large pests, like raccoon, may also enjoy these branches – another reason why branches should be trimmed away from the house.

    Bugs and small pests

    Bugs love a good tree, especially a deciduous tree. This is a particular problem for Georgia, where the climate favors pests like box elder bugs. Some of these pests cause home damage, some cause tree damage and some are just annoying. All of them are good reasons to keep branches away from your home and to choose trees that are naturally resistant to local pests.

    Trees and House

    Leaves and debris

    All plants create debris – even most evergreens – will drop piles of needles as they grow. The leaves, dirt, pollen and needles all add up, clogging gutters, trapping moisture against your roof, and encouraging the growth of moss and mildew. Choose new trees that don’t shed as much, and – once again – keep old tree branches away from your roof.

    Trees aren’t permanent

    Trees may feel like a permanent fixture, but they aren’t. Sometimes you need to get rid of them via a professional tree removal service. An obvious example is when the tree is hollow or dying out, but there are many good reasons to remove a tree from your yard when it becomes a problem. Don’t be afraid to face the expense and say goodbye.

    When it comes to maintaining trees around your house, a little preventative planning and trimming can make all the difference. If you think before you plant, make tree-trimming part of your seasonal maintenance and keep an eye on the overall health of all the trees in your yard, your roof will thank you for it.

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