Ways to Repurpose an Old Tree Stump

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Ways to Repurpose an Old Tree Stump

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If you have a tree stump or stumps on your property, Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts can remove them for you quickly and professionally.

But instead of simply discarding these natural remnants, why not transform them into useful objects that can give them a second life inside or outside your home? Here are several projects that can turn a tree stump into a piece of décor for your property. Click here to read more »

Physical Signs of Hazardous Trees

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Trees can provide you with shade and boost your property value, but having hazardous trees on and around your property can put you and your home at risk. Since the Atlanta area can get hit with severe weather during the late winter months, it’s important to know how to spot trees that might need to come down before storms hit.

Physical Signs of Hazardous Trees

Trees that are unhealthy and possibly hazardous typically show it through one or more physical signs. When checking the trees on your property, look for the following indicators that they might be a danger this winter:

  • Dead branches: These branches are usually bare or have brown leaves. On pine trees, look for branches with brown needles. Since it can be hard to determine whether your trees have dead branches during winter, consider having a professional inspect them. When these branches are left on trees, they can fall during wind or ice storms.
  • Cracks in the trunk: Cracks or split wood in a tree’s trunk don’t always indicate that it should be removed, but it’s important to have the tree’s overall stability evaluated. Cracks can develop in sick trees from insects or fungus, which can raise the risk of them becoming hazards during severe weather.
  • More than one stem: Some trees develop multiple stems, which increases potential points of weakness. These stems can become separated due to high winds, making it important to have them inspected. If the tree is healthy overall, cables can be put in place to ensure proper support and stability for the stems.
  • Trunk decay: A decayed trunk can pose a serious risk of having a tree topple over during a storm. Check for signs of decay, such as mushrooms or other fungus on the trunk or near it.
  • Root problems: Trees can easily fall over when they have problems with their roots. In some cases, trees with root problems lean slightly. Look for evidence of root problems, such as soil that is raised on the opposite side of a leaning tree.

Determining Risk Levels

When you have trees that show signs of decay or other problems, you’ll need to assess their risk level. Trees with a few dead branches might not need to come down once these branches are removed, but trees with more widespread or severe problems usually need to be cut down for safety reasons. Professional tree experts can inspect any potentially hazardous trees on your property and determine if their risk of causing harm can be minimized or if they need to come down.

If you have dangerous trees on your property, Yellow Ribbon Tree experts can safely remove them before they cause any harm.

How to Remove a Tree Stump by Yourself

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If you think you might need to remove a tree stump from your yard, you have two options: call a professional or try to remove it yourself. Tree removal can be dangerous and removing the resulting stump is quite difficult. It’s best to call a professional, but if you’d like to give it a go, here’s how:

How to Remove a Tree Stump by Yourself

  1. Cut down the tree – Cutting down the tree is the first step towards removing a stump. Keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of space and consideration for surrounding property before this avenue is pursued. If you’re questioning your ability or carry any self-doubt whatsoever, the best (and safest) bet is contact us at Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts and let us handle it for you.
  2. Drill holes into the stump – To begin the stump removal process, you’ll want to drill a few 12-inch deep holes that are at least 3 to 4 inches from the rim on top of the stump. After that, you’ll want to do the same by drilling 12 inch deep holes on the side of the stump. Try to make sure that the holes you’re drilling on the side intersect with the holes you’ve drilled on the top of the stump.
  3. Fill the holes – Filling the holes is your option, which relies on whether or not you plan on burning, chopping, or simply letting the stump rot for removal.
  4. Remove The Stump – Since this relies on the method for how you planned on removing the stump, there are few precautions that should be followed. If you’re only using water to soften the stump, grab an axe and start chopping. If you’re using stump rotting product, surround the stump with chicken wire so that kids or animals don’t interfere with the stump rotting process. If you happen to be burning the stump, do the same with the chicken wire as the stump will remain a burning ember until the stump is completely gone.

If the information above sounds like a lot of work or a little more than you can handle, have no fear as Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts are here to solve your stump problem. Yellow Ribbon is professional, reliable and ready and willing to remove your stumps without chopping away at the funds in your wallet.

How to Tell if Your Tree is Sick, Dying or Dead

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Determining whether you have a diseased, dying or dead tree doesn’t have to be a guessing game. In fact, you can find out if a tree is healthy simply by performing a few simple visual tests.

It’s important to check the health of the trees on your property regularly; it’ll help prevent decaying or dead trees from falling and causing damage to your home and other structures.

How to Tell if Your Tree is Sick, Dying or Dead

Assessing the Bark

The first step is to inspect the bark of the tree. If you spot a “wound” in it — a spot that looks carved out or is exposing the inside of the tree — this can be a sign of decay or tree rot. Furthermore, if you notice fungus, this is definitely a sign of a rotting — and dying — tree. Are there visible cracks in the bark of the tree? This is a sign that the tree is becoming unstable in the current weather conditions. A tree that shows signs of instability, rot or decay should be removed from the property immediately.

Testing the Twigs and Branches

Twigs and branches can also be observed to determine the health of a tree. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Remove a small twig from a branch and break it open.
  2. Look at the inside. What color is it? If it’s bright green, it’s extremely healthy. If it’s a dull green, it’s still alive, but it’s showing signs of aging and poor vigor. If it’s brown or black, the branch you took it from is dead.

If the twig broke easily from the tree and feels lightweight, the branch you took it from is considered to be deadwood. Deadwood is an indication that the tree is dying. To determine the extent of the damage, break a few more twigs from various spots of the tree and perform the same test. If a large number of the branches are brown and break easily, the tree is already dead and should be removed from the property.

Performing the “Scratch” Test

If you have a large tree with out-of-reach branches, you could perform the “scratch” test instead. Simply scrape away enough of the bark to reveal the wood beneath it. Again, check the color of the wood to determine if the tree is in the process of dying or if it’s already dead.

If you have a tree that has multiple trunks, though, you’ll need to check each trunk to determine the health of the tree.

Tree Removal Services in Atlanta

If there is a dying, dead, or structurally compromised tree on your property, don’t try to cut it down yourself. Call a professional to remove the dead tree from your property. Hiring a certified tree removal specialist in Atlanta will ensure that the tree comes down without harming you, your family, or any of the structures on your property.

Here at Yellow Ribbon Tree, we know how to remove trees without causing bodily harm or damage to your property. If you live in Atlanta and need a tree removed from your yard, call us at (770) 512-TREE for a free estimate today.

Yellow Ribbon Provides Atlanta Storm Damage and Disaster Recovery

The late summer months can be particularly harsh on Atlanta trees and shrubs. As the temperature cools and the weather becomes a bit more unpredictable, the important landscape pieces are not always equipped to handle the stresses that come with the transition into winter. Because of this, it is incredibly important to address any storm damage to your trees before they become a potential danger to yourself or others.

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Why You Should Keep Your Trees Pruned

If you have trees and shrubbery on your property, you should know why to keep them properly pruned. It’s important to take care of the flora and keep your landscaping healthy and looking kempt. Your plants and your neighbors will thank you. Read on to learn more about why it’s a good idea to keep your Atlanta trees pruned.

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How Keeping Your Trees Trimmed Can Keep Your Land Safe

Trees with poor root systems, dead spots, dead limbs and disease can pose a hazard to your home and your land. The windy winter months can cause dead limbs to break and fall, and they can be damaging to whatever they hit. Small branches can cause damage, but larger limbs and trees can cause major destruction. Even healthy trees can have dead limbs and they need to be removed for your safety and the safety of your property.

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Atlantans Rejoice! Studies Show Living Near Trees is Good for Your Health

A recent study by researchers in Toronto points out what most of us already knew: trees are beneficial for your health in more ways than one. Adding trees to the city’s urban areas actually improved the resident’s health and emotional outlook, according to the study. We’re a long way from Toronto, but making sure you are surrounded by trees can give you and your family the same benefits!

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7 Tips for Planting Trees Better

Planting is usually associated exclusively with the spring time when the winter frost melts away and the spring sun warms the ground. However, the best time to plant your trees and work in your yard is actually the fall. The soil is still warm enough through the winter months that the roots are able to grow. By the spring time, the roots are ready to take in the reserve of water and you won’t have to deal with transplanting your new tree. While fall planting is a great hidden gem of knowledge in the gardening world, here are 7 more gardening tips to help you plant your trees better this year:

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What is a Seasonal Needle Drop?

Every year, evergreens will experience what is known as a seasonal needle drop. This needle drop is a normal part of its cycle. Needles of conifers have different life spans and don’t remain on the tree indefinitely. Many evergreen needles will turn yellow and brown as they age and later drop off. The change can be gradual, or with some tree species, it can be fast. The seasonal needle drop can cause concern to homeowners who aren’t familiar with this regular occurrence.

When a drought occurs, needle browning may be more noticeable because needles are shed due to the lack of water. White pines will especially show a dramatic needle drop. In mature species, the number of yellow needles dropped can outnumber the season’s growth. White pines typically keep needles for about three years, but in fall, those needles will change colors and later drop.

Red pines drop its needles in their fourth year. Fir and spruce needles turn yellow and drop too, but their change is less noticeable as their older needles are thinned out over time, which makes the experience more gradual and less drastic. It’s important to check your plants regularly for growth. If your current season’s growth is wilted or discolored, your tree may be suffering from disease or an insect issue and should be diagnosed properly.

Ultimately there is no control required with this natural process. You can take precautions to prevent any injury to younger trees to keep them looking their best for a long time. This means irrigating the tree thoroughly before the ground freezes, which will help to minimize the possibility of injury during winter weather. As long as the needle drop occurs from older growth and isn’t overly excessive, the needle drop is a natural process. Always follow practices to keep your tree healthy throughout the entire year and its lifetime.

For more information on how to care for your tree, contact Yellow Ribbon, a trusted tree expert. We can help you understand what is normal for plants and trees at different times and help diagnose any potential problems with your plants.