WGST Advises Homeowners to Inspect Their Trees

Following Sunday night's strong winds across Atlanta , radio station WGST interviewed Susan Granberry of the Georgia Forestry Commission . The main question posed to Susan was: "what should people do if they are worried about their trees?" Susan's answer? Simple. "Homeowners should immediately inspect their trees following a storm." Excellent idea! We like that. In fact, we recommend regular tree inspections so that a property owner is prepared before any storms. If you have vary large trees, you should have them professionally inspected at least every 3 years. If you have never had your trees inspected, now is the time. A basic inspection costs less than the yearly maintenance inspections of your furnace - and a furnace is not likely to damage anything if it falls during a storm.

Tree Removal - Atlanta procedures

Prior to making the decision to remove a tree, it is critical to determine whether the tree presents any kind of risk to your home or property. These steps are recommended to assure you are spending your money wisely and not wasting a valuable natural resource: Have your entire property inspected by an unbiased arborist. You should pay to have this service completed. A consulting arborist is going to be concerned with assessing risk, and not selling you tree removal services. It is worth every penny. Evaluate the impact the tree removal will have on your property. How will it change your landscape? Will it increase sunlight, open views, or create erosion problems? Will you need to spend additional resources in cleanup, landscaping, or replanting? Investigate the local laws concerning tree removal. The Atlanta area has many municipal ordinances that regulate tree removal on private property. Contact your local office of Community Development or City Manager. Don't forget to refer

Will trees, limbs, and branches break from the snow?

The risk is high when heavy, wet snow accumulates on the tree, the snow has a snow-water equivalent ratio of between 6:1 and 12:1, and weighs in excess of 10 pounds per square foot. This risk is greater when the trees have full leaves or are not adapted to snow. Light powdery stuff is much less likely to cause problems. Source:

Atlanta receives Municipal Arborist Accreditation

From the Georgia Urban Forest Council - The City of Atlanta is the latest community to join a prestigious group of municipalities to be accredited by the Society of Municipal Arborists . SMA Accreditation is the highest national honor for municipal urban forestry programs. SMA Accredited programs have a certified municipal specialist on staff, have an approved Local Forest Master Plan, are Tree City USA growth award recipients, show private contract preference for accredited tree care companies, adhere to industry standards for safety and performance, and adhere to SMA’s Code of Ethics. “The SMA accreditation is yet another example of the City of Atlanta’s commitment to excellence,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “I commend the members of the city’s Arborist Division and the Office of Parks for their dedication and willingness to sharpen their skills and achieve the highest professional standards for the benefit of the citizens of Atlanta.” The City of Atlanta is the first municipality to b

City of Atlanta Updates its Arborist List

This map is current as of September 2, 2010 NW: Michael Franklin, 404.330.6079 NE: David Tachon, 404.330.6077 SW & SE: Stan Domengeaux, 404.330.6078

Trees and the Atlanta Storms

An interesting chart regarding the April windstorms has been posted at the OnebarkBlog .

Atlanta Storms

I've begun a series of short articles regarding the recent Atlanta storms on the Onebark Blog . Check it out; I'll be posting installments over the next week.