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Tree Care

Professional Tree Care Services

Freeman’s Tree Care personally inspects your property and provides the best professional and personalized service for both residential and commercial sites.

Emergency service is available 24 hours a day. Despite the best efforts of a regular tree maintenance program, no one can prevent the kind of tree damage caused by Mother Nature’s wrath of severe thunder storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy ice and snow.

Once the damage is done you can count on us for prompt professional help. It’s reassuring to know that Freeman’s crews are well trained to work in these hazardous situations.

Our main office is available 24 hours a day/seven days a week at:

770-442-1480.

When do you need a Professional Tree Care Specialist?

Look for any of the following:
  • Presence of dead or dying trees
  • Presence of dead limbs
  • Insect and disease problems
  • Trees hitting a building
  • Branches rubbing on the roof
  • Beginning construction near trees
  • Storm clean-up
  • Maintenance to prevent storm damage to trees
  • Visible signs of decay or cavities in the trunk or branches
  • A history of falling branches
  • Any fungal fruiting bodies attached to the trunk or branches
  • Any cracks or splits in the trunk or branches
  • Any signs of termite activity
  • Unseasonable leaf drop or flower production
  • Large heavy branches that don’t taper off in thickness towards the end
  • Any unusual swollen areas at the base of the trunk
  • Any root damage in the last ten years
  • Any dead branches hung up in the canopy
  • Any signs of branches dying back in the canopy

Tree Surgery

Tree surgery covers three basic fields: cabling, bracing, and cavity filling. Cabling and bracing of weak trees will help prevent them from splitting in high winds and causing serious damage.

  • Cabling is when a cable is installed in the tree to help reduce stress to a limb crotch area. Cables need to be installed in the proper location and with the proper material. More harm can come from improperly installed cables than leaving the tree alone.
  • Bracing is when holes are drilled into the trunk, usually around limb crotch areas, and bolts are installed though the tree. Bracing assists cabling, bracing is usually done with cabling.
  • Cavity filling is just like what it sounds like. Cavities are cleaned, washed, and covered. They are usually covered with concrete but other material can be used. The purpose of this is to slow or reduce decay in the stem of the tree or limb. A side affect of filling is that the tree should grow over the cavity faster, leaving a better looking stem.

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Tree Pruning

Tree and shrub pruning will remove dead wood from trees and allow more sunlight to penetrate. Limbs that may be interfering with a building can be removed or cut back. Hazardous tree inspections are made for your safety. Our qualified professionals can help you to decide if a tree should be removed.

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Tree Removal and Stump Removal

Complete tree and stump removals can be done in a safe and organized manner.

Key Benefits

  • Improved light for other trees
  • Increased nutrients for other trees
  • Safety for homes, buildings, and people

Tree removal can be the hardest aspect of tree care because of the difficulty of removing large trees in tight places. We have mastered the problem of difficult removals. We have the ability to remove trees that other companies cringe when they see them, or simply walk away from.

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Tree Trimming

Tree trimming is one of the most important but under appreciated services that can be done to a tree. Trimming removes dead wood that can fall and damage property or persons. Trimming removes crossing limbs, cracked limbs, limbs with excessive decay, and sink limbs.

Proper trimming includes removing limbs at the branch bark ridge, therefore avoiding tear-down wounds and nub cuts that can lead to decay. Here the branch can heal over faster and easier. It’s important to remember that any wound paint or sealant is bad, very bad for the tree. Tree paint can lead to slow wound healing and decay.

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Tree Fertilization

Fertilization and aeration programs are available to promote proper growth of root systems in heavily compacted clay soils in urban environments

Key Benefits

  • Amends nutrient deficiencies in the soil
  • Increases Root Growth
  • Offers resistance to drought and disease

Trees that grow in a natural environment tend to be healthier. The main reason for this is because the organic layer that covers the forest floor is undisturbed. The organic layer is a giant compost pile. The compost is used by the trees for nutrients. The organic layer also fights soil compaction by spreading the weight of any traffic over a wide area.

Trees that grow in our yards often have a nutrient deficiency. The deficiency is caused by removing the organic layer and introducing competition. The organic layer is removed during construction to allow the soil to compact better. Competition comes from grasses, shrubs, and flowers. The tree now has lost the compost pile and must compete with other plants for the nutrients that are not being replaced naturally.

Trees might need a general fertilizer or a special micro-nutrient fertilizer to corrects certain deficiencies. A licensed tree surgeon will be able to tell what needs done. Trees can be fertilized several different ways. Different methods are listed below to give you an idea of what your tree may need.

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Vertical Fertilizing\Mulching

Vertical fertilizing is one of the most popular methods of fertilizing trees. This method uses an auger to drill holes into the soil in a grid pattern. The holes are drilled to a depth of between 12 and 18 inches deep. At this depth, grass roots can’t reach the fertilizer. The purpose of the pattern is to cover as much of the root area as possible.

A fertilizer that incorporates macro and micro nutrients is the best for feeding trees. A fertilizer for trees should be of a 3-1-1 or a 3-1-2 ratio. (i.e. 12-4-4 or 12-4-8) This method amends nutrient deficiencies in the soil.

Vertical mulching incorporates mulch and\or mychorrhizae fungus into the soil. Mulch is used to lessen soil compaction. Mychorrhizae fungus is a beneficial fungus that aids the tree in uptake of nutrients.

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Liquid Soil Injection

This method uses the same pattern and depth as vertical fertilizing. The only difference is that a liquid fertilizer is used instead of a dry granular. Liquid fertilizers tend to leach faster than granular. This method also amends nutrient deficiencies in the soil.

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Tree injection

This method uses a liquid which is forced into the vascular system of the tree. This method does not amend the soil and will not correct soil deficiencies. Tree injection is best when used with soil amendment. Tree injection can be harmful to the tree if improper done. Tree injection should be used when the tree may become too stressed or die before it can absorb soil fertilizer.

Tree fertilization can only be applied by a Georgia State Licensed Tree Surgeon. This law is in force to protect you and your trees. Fertilizers can cause burning, dieback, and death of roots Over fertilization can harm a tree beyond repair and possibly cause death.

At Freeman’s Tree Care, we use vertical mulching\fertilizing and\or tree injection to correct nutrient deficiencies. Call today for a quote on this valuable service.

770-442-1480

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Cabling and Bracing

Cabling is when a cable is installed in the tree to help reduce stress to a limb crotch area. Cables need to be installed in the proper location and with the proper material. More harm can come from improper installed cables than leaving the tree alone.

Bracing is when holes are drilled into the trunk, usually around limb crotch areas, and bolts are installed though the tree. Bracing assists cabling, bracing is usually done with cabling.

Cabling and bracing is also a part of tree surgery.

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Lightening Protection

Lightening rods are used to protect trees and people from lightening strikes. They also help protect the contents of nearby buildings. Large trees that stand alone are most vulnerable to lightening strikes. Large trees in parks, on golf courses, within ten feet of structures and those with great historic or economic value are good candidates for protection.

Lightning strikes are unpredictable and hazardous. Every year numerous stately trees are lost as a result of a devastating lightning strike. A properly installed lightning protection system creates an umbrella of protection to reduce the chance of damage due to a lightning strike. Freeman’s Tree Care can evaluate your lightening protection needs.

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Detention and Retention Ponds

Freeman’s Tree Care has a wide array of equipment capable of clearing even the most overgrown ponds and terraces.

Diagnosis and Testing

A comprehensive inspection is usually all that’s needed to determine what’s wrong with a tree. However, more intensive analysis may be required for rare or more challenging conditions. Freeman’s Tree Care has an arsenal of tools and testing at our disposal including:

  • Root Excavation: Excavation is used to determine the health of the roots, identify signs of insects and disease and check for root injury. The structure and strength of the roots can also be evaluated.
  • Tissue Testing: If we are uncertain of the exact nature of the insect or disease, samples of the tree’s roots, trunk, branches, leaves and buds can be analyzed in a laboratory.
  • Soil Testing: Soil is a critical factor in tree health. Soil samples can be studied to determine the levels of key micro and macro-nutrients, Ph and the soil’s ability to hold moisture and transport nutrients to the tree. Depending on the results, aeration, adding nutrients, grading and adjusting the Ph are just a few of the possible actions.

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Evaluation

Tree evaluation is when we look for possible tree health and structural problems. We follow set rules to find and locate the problem. We give a written statement concerning our findings and recommend remedies. We can also apply the remedies to the tree and soil.

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Consultation

Consultation is key to avoiding tree injuries, reducing tree stress, and helping the tree recover from construction stress. Tree consultation involves structure or utility construction. We are called in to minimize damage and stress to trees in the area.

During construction, we try to reduce the stress placed on the trees though several different practices. After construction, we strive to return the tree to the same health state as before the construction or as close as possibly.

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For additional information:

  • Call us – Freeman’s Tree Care770-442-1480

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