First-Aid Kit: How to Treat an Injured Tree

There’s a handful of ways a tree can be damaged during their lives on this earth. Bad storms, human equipment, bugs, and fire are just a few of the most common reasons trees might find themselves with injuries. The good news is that, whether it’s a fallen branch or a gash on the trunk, once a wound pops up, trees are usually able to heal themselves.

However, certain injuries may require us humans to step in. Keep reading below to learn about tree injuries and how and if to treat them!

What Happens When a Tree is Injured?

To understand how to heal an injured tree, it’s important to understand the science behind what happens when a tree is injured.

There are two ways a tree responds to an injury. The first is called compartmentalization, when the tree seals the wound with specialized callus tissue that it creates. This tissue is essentially new wood that the tree grows around the wound to form a protective boundary so that the decaying tissue of the wound won’t affect the other existing tissue of the tree.

The second way a tree protects itself from a wound is called barrier zones. It’s similar to compartmentalization, but this time the new wood entirely closes around the wound, swallowing it whole, with chemical and physical barriers. There is a chance that the tree will not be successful in its efforts, meaning that the wound will continue to grow and affect the rest of the tree. The good news is that most of the time, active and young trees are usually successful with barrier zones.

However, we, as tree caregivers, can help the tree speed along these healing processes.

How to Care for these Trees

There are several things you can do to assist a tree that might be wounded on your property:

  • If you notice the wound is looking ragged, grab a knife and cut off the sharp edges. However, be careful not to remove any of the healthy bark. If you do that, you’ll be exposing more living tree tissue than necessary.
  • Sometimes pruning is necessary for trees. Some branches could be dead and in the process of falling, threatening the safety of everyone nearby. In cases like that, pruning is vital. However, it’s worth noting that when trees are pruned, it can cause a good deal of stress to the tree. That’s why it’s so important to use proper pruning techniques to trim your trees and assist with the healing of wounded branches. You can click here to learn more about the skills our expert team offers for pruning services.
  • You might have heard about dressing a tree wound before. After all, humans get their wounds dressed so why not trees? Current studies show that dressing tree wounds can actually get in the way of the tree healing itself. Let the tree do it’s thing and back away with the dressing.

Trees are fantastic at healing their own wounds. They’ve been doing it for centuries without humans help, so take comfort in knowing that there’s not a lot that we can do to help our trees that might be injured. So sit back, relax, and trust the tree to fix itself.

Accidents happen to everyone, even trees. It’s not the end of the world if any of their beautiful trunks or branches get hurt since they will repair themselves. If you have any more questions about how to repair injured trees, the experts at Premier Tree Solutions can help! Click here to contact us today.

Today’s Lesson: Tree Removal 101

If you have a lot of trees in your house, then it’s a high probability that one day you’ll walk outside and notice that you might need to consider tree removal. Maybe you can see some of its branches are threatening to fall on top of your house, or maybe you can tell the tree is dying by the gray color of its bark.

Situations like these are common for most houses with trees, and usually it means it’s time to have the tree removed. For most people, the idea of having a tree removed is a very daunting task, and they might not know where to begin.

To help lighten the burden of kickstarting that process, we’re answering some of the most common questions about tree removal below.

1)  What is tree removal and why is it important?

The removal of trees is a lot like what it sounds like, but it’s a term used to describe multiple methods of removing trees. Whether it’s cutting down the tree and allowing it to fall down safely or cutting the tree down by sections, it’s also important to keep in mind the crew members’ safety and the preservation of the yard from where the tree is being removed.

Just like the definition of tree removal is multi-faceted, so is the reason why you need to remove a tree. Usually the most important reason is a dead tree that is harming the safety of your family and your home. However, sometimes people also have trees removed for yard cosmetic reasons or because the tree might be sick and could spread disease to other nearby trees.

2)  How much does it cost to take down a tree?

This largely depends on factors like what your insurance covers, what services you are receiving, and which company you use. Generally speaking, the average tree removal costs anywhere from $150 to $1,500, but sometimes the price increases from there. You’ll be able to receive an estimate from a trusted company before you agree to pay anything.

3)  Do I need a permit to cut down a tree in my yard?

While they are a few exceptions to this rule, most cities do require that you get a permit before removing any trees. This for a lot of different reasons, including safety, HOA requirements, and even the environment. However, this also depends on what kind of tree you’re removing and what services you require.

4)  Is there a best time to remove a tree?

No – Anytime is a good time!

If you have any more questions about tree removal, click here to learn about our services we offer. Premier Tree Solutions has been providing quality, professional tree services to the metro Atlanta and surrounding areas for ten years. If you’d like for our expert team to assist you with tree removal, click here to contact us.