Tree Removal

Concrete Lady tree service safely and completely removes all types of trees from both commercial and residential properties in and around the metro Atlanta cities and counties. It is sometimes necessary to remove a tree when it becomes diseased or otherwise damaged, thus compromising the tree's ability to safely support itself. The tree will eventually come down; the question is, "Where will it come down, and will it come down safely?". It is sometimes advantageous to remove trees due to overcrowding, thus ensuring the safe, long-term growth of neighboring trees.

 !WE SPECIALIZE IN HAZARDOUS / HIGH-RISK TREE REMOVAL

Tree Pruning

Pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Pruning is often desirable or necessary to maintain safety, improve tree structure and health, satisfy customer goals, and make the tree aesthetically pleasing. While pruning each cut must be made with the understanding of how the tree will respond. Improper pruning can cause damage that remains for the life of the tree and will affect future growth. 

Stump Grinding

There are several methods for removing stumps. Mechanical grinding is the quickest method. The mechanical method involves the use of stump grinding machines which systematically reduce a stump to sawdust. Mechanical stump grinding is fast, efficient, and well worth the investment. The resulting mulch can be distributed as compost or can be hauled away for an additional charge upon request.

 

What Causes a Tree to Fall?

A hazardous tree is defined as having a significant structural defect that may cause the tree or a portion of the tree to fall on someone or something of value.

Some tree failures are unpredictable; however, most can be prevented by properly inspecting your property for red flags. It’s especially important to inspect your trees before and after storms and heavy snowfall. Large trees are more likely to be hazardous than smaller trees.

During your inspection, pay attention to:

  • Tree health

  • Tree defects

  • Improper pruning

  • Site conditions

  • Targets

Tree Health

The overall health of your trees can indicate structural problems. Factors to look for include foliage color (typical or atypical?), foliage density (are there bare spots?), infection (are there signs of disease?), and vigor (how does the tree look compared to other trees of the same species?). Large, dead branches, thin leaf cover, unusually shaped leaves, and fungus are all warning signs that should be taken seriously.

 

Tree Defects

When looking for defects, inspect your tree from the crown, down the trunk, and to the roots. An obvious sign your tree has a problem is deadwood in the tree’s crown. Dead branches in a tree’s crown are commonly referred to as “widow makers” because they pose a great threat to those below. Dead branches can fall even on a calm day, for seemingly no reason, with disastrous results.

Cracks or splits in the tree’s trunk – or trees with multiple trunks – have a high potential for failure. Trunk defects are relatively easy to spot and require a call to a certified arborist for further inspection.

A tree’s roots are perhaps the most important factor in terms of structure, but root defects tend to be difficult to spot. Even a tree that appears healthy can have serious problems below the ground. Look around the base of the trunk for evidence of root defects. Mushrooms growing near the base of the tree or cracked or heaving soil can all point to root defects.

Improper Pruning

Improper pruning and lack of maintenance can also lead to the decline of a tree. Tree topping, especially, sets the stage for weak branches that can become a hazard.

Site Conditions

Construction and trenching within a tree’s root zone is a leading cause of hazardous trees. Roots extend at least two times the height of a tree, and when damaged, they lose their ability to support the tree.

The planting location can also have a great impact on a tree’s health and longevity. Large trees planted too close to structures or under power lines, in an area that retains water, or in soil poorly suited to the species can become hazards.

Targets

The term “target” is used to indicate the people and property that would be injured or damaged by a hazardous tree. A tree is usually only considered hazardous if its failure would impact someone or something. A tree located next to a driveway, near a sidewalk, or leaning over a child’s play area, for example, would have a higher hazard rating than one on the outskirts of a property.

Fallen tree branches on the street.

 Know the Signs

There are some telltale signs of tree failure. If your tree exhibits any of the below warning signs, it’s time to call your local arborist.

  • Your tree is leaning. Many trees don’t grow completely straight, but a tree that leans suddenly indicates a problem.

  • The canopy appears sparse, unbalanced, or has several dead branches.

  • The trunk has cracks, cavities, or decayed areas. Large pockets of decay can mean structural problems. Two vertical cracks on opposite sides of the tree can indicate root injury and are extremely dangerous.

  • There are multiple trunks. Trees with multiple trunks are prone to breaking if one or more trunk is weakly attached.

  • The soil at the base of the tree is buckling, cracking, or heaving. This could mean a root problem.

  • Fungi (mushrooms) are growing at the base of the tree. This is a sign of root decay.