Water Oaks have long been one of the most dominant tree species in Athens which is attributable to its prolific acorn production, rapid growth rate, and adaptability to poor growing conditions. Aggressive planting programs in the first two decades of the 20th century also helped Water Oaks establish a firm place in the Athens Urban landscape.
Water Oak is located in Wilcox Triangle in Five Points in Athens. Wilcox Triangle is a small park area that New Urban Forestry adopted — we help care for the trees in this green space.
Another view of the Wilcox Triangle Water Oak. While it is not a Champion Tree, it is one of the larger Water Oaks in the county.
Time to look up! The trees are starting to bloom. While the temperature may currently be a bit chillier than we’ve seen this winter, spring is on it’s way, we promise. The first day of spring is officially next Monday, March 20th. We have already seen the first bud break on many of the trees in the area due to an unseasonably warm winter. That means your trees are trying to get your attention!
As the leaves and flowers emerge, now is the perfect time to look closely at your trees. Make sure to take note of any branches where the buds aren’t keeping up with the rest of the tree. Does your redbud look different from your neighbors? Have you failed to see blooms on previously healthy trees? Keep in mind that different species bud at different times.
Now is also a good time to look for insects or pests that weren’t affected by the winter (or lack thereof) conditions. Make sure to notice if there is any leaf discoloration as they peak out. Also, take note of any wounds or cankers on the bark.
As the cooler fall weather moves in and changes our landscapes from summer green to shades of yellow, gold, and orange; you may begin to see one persistent pest that refuses to give up the green. In fact, it refuses to give up at all. Under the cloak of your trees’ leaves, mistletoe has found itself a home. Whether it be on the humble Hackberry or your prized Texas Red Oak, it has been growing—pulling its moisture from the host.
One of nature’s most harmful “bird gifts”, mistletoe seeds, move from one landscape to another looking for that perfect arboreal environment. The two and three year old wood on Cedar Elms and Hackberry trees are prime real estate, but a few other local species will do in a pinch. Once the location is right, the seed germinates and a strange, opportunistic root-like structure finds an opening in the bark and taps in to the tree’s vascular system. Mistletoe becomes a tree squatter, ready to take the neighborhood.
English ivy, [Hedera helix], is an exotic invasive species that is popular for it’s ability to grow in dry shade. Unfortunately, the English ivy has become so successful that it is replacing native species, including trees! Mature English ivy has the ability to climb and cover the tree canopy, adding thousands of pounds of biomass weight totrees, girdling tree trunks, and shading sub‐canopy and canopy trees. This can cause trees to fail and fall on nearby structures and utilities. Although still recommended by landscape professionals because of English ivy’s resistance to disease, ability to grow where lawns fail, and its overall aggressiveness, English ivy carries many problems and issues with it. English ivy does not benefit native wildlife, but does benefit vermin, giving them places to hide.
We at New Urban Forestry Landscaping are committed to the removal and eradication of English ivy in our landscapes and replacing them with native plant species that benefit the wildlife and ecology of the site.
Ivy girdling is a technique that we employ to begin the process of saving the mature trees that English ivy is so adept at killing. We cut the ivy from the ground to around 3‐4 feet up the tree, being careful when removing the ivy from the trunk as to not cause damage. As the top portion of the ivy is severed from the nutrient providing root system, it dies and begins to fall off the tree, liberating the tree and ultimately saving its life.
Smothering English ivy is another technique that we at New Urban Forestry Landscaping use to control the ivy that runs rampant on the ground. We remove and cut as much of the ivy as we can, then we layer cardboard over the ivy debris that may sprout back, finally we cover the cardboard with a thick layer of mulch. Be aware that mulch is great for trees and shrubs, but you can have too much of a good thing! The maximum amount of mulch layer around trees and shrubs is 4 inches. Anymore than 4 inches and you run the risk of suffocating the plant roots and killing the plants that you worked so hard to save.
Although English ivy eradication may seem daunting at first, we like to prioritize the eradication efforts. The #1 priority is to save all trees in the landscape; #2 is to remove and smother ivy that tries to climb on structures and fences, and finally the last priority is to eradicate ivy from the ground by removal and smothering with mulch.
So the next time you are struggling with what to plant underneath your mature trees, before planting an exotic, invasive species, contact us at New Urban Forestry Landscaping and we will help you decide on plants that are beneficial to the ecosystem and will not harm your established landscape.
New Urban Forestry is excited to offer a customer referral program. We recognize that our success is based on your support. We would like to give back to those who have shared their positive experiences with their friends and neighbors about our services over the years. As a benefit to you, your friends, your neighbors, and the broader Athens community, we would like to offer a gift to show our gratitude.
We are aware that often you receive little in return when a tree is removed. We believe in the future of trees in Athens. We hope as a business to not only maintain the existing tree canopy in our community, but also prepare for the future tree canopy. For every tree that we remove, we hope that an additional tree is being planted to replace it. We’d like to help in this process by giving our customers a tree to plant.
How it works
If an existing New Urban Forestry successfully refers a new customer, New Urban Forestry will give the existing customer a thank you gift. Please let us know if someone has referred you.
What is a Successful Referral?
A successful referral is when a new customer mentions an existing customer by name and both customers have had work completed by New Urban Forestry.
What is the gift?
New Urban Forestry will donate to the referring customer one 3 gallon tree that is drought and disease resistant and appropriate for our region. If you do not have room for a tree, or do not need a tree, we will give you a t-shirt designed specifically for our customers. For each t-shirt we give away or sell we will donate $5.00 to the Athens Clarke County Community Tree Council to assist with area-wide tree plantings.
Thank you for your business and your support!
Why Use a Certified Arborist. Athens, Georgia. Watkinsville, Ga Tree Service. New Urban Forestry Tree Services:
Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
Tree Services that Certified Arborists provide:
An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Pruning techniques include removing limbs that:
• interfere with utilities or structures
• obstruct streets or sidewalks
• are dead, weak, or decayed and pose
• are diseased or insect-infested
• have been damaged by storms
• will increase light penetration and reduce wind resistance
within the canopy upon removal (thinning)
Other pruning techniques are used to maintain proper structure in young trees, improve tree shape or form, and reduce the likelihood of future damage during storm events.
Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be
removed. Removal is recommended when the tree is:
• dead or dying
• considered an unacceptable risk
• causing an obstruction that is impossible to
correct through pruning
• crowding and causing harm to other,
more desirable trees
• to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
• located in an area where new construction
Emergency Tree Care:
Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on other trees, structures, or cars. The weight of storm-damaged trees is great, and they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.
Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location. The wrong tree in the wrong location will lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth.
New Urban Forestry arborists also provide a variety of other tree care services, including:
• Plant Health Care or preventive maintenance to keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems
• fertilization and soil modification for improved tree health
• cabling or bracing for added support to branches with weak
• soil aeration to improve root growth
• installation of lightning protection systems
• applications to manage certain insect and disease problems
• consulting and legal expert services relating to trees
Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job:
• Check for membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting
Arborists (ASCA). Such membership demonstrates a willingness on the part of the arborist to stay up-to-date on the latest
techniques and information.
In late 2011, New Urban Forestry worked with the UGA architects and Landus Bennett of Watson Spring to provide the University of Georgia a large wooden disc to be placed in the floor of the new Special Collections library building. The design calls for the slab to be encased in a circle of black granite and a stain of the state of Georgia laid on top. This ‘cookie’ is a 45 inch diameter slab of White Oak taken from a pre-Civil war era tree that fell due to natural causes near Atlanta. Two slabs were brought back to Athens where they were cured to prevent cracking and breakage. A chemical called Pentacryl was used to preserve the wood and prevent it from cracking before it was dried further in a kiln and then permanently placed in the floor of the new library. The whole process ended up taking over a year, which was longer than initially planned for.
A water jet C&C router was used to make the slab perfectly round and approximately 3 inches thick. It will be coated in polyurathene to prevent damage just as other wood floors are treated. Two cross sections of the tree were cut from the tree about 12 feet up from the base in order to have a backup. The tree was hollow up until that point.
The Special Collections Library is located at 300 S. Hull St. in Athens. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Skilled Pruning of fruit and nut trees improves fruit quality and accessibilty. Tree pruning also improves the structure of the tree. Pruning reduces the chance of storm-damage and increases the lifespan of your favorite fruit trees.
New Urban Forestry has International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists with the knowledge and tools to prune yourPEACH, APPLE, PERSIMMON, PLUM, MULBERRY, PAWPAW, JUJUBE, and PEAR trees.
Nothing tastes better than fresh, ripe fruit directly from the tree. Learn how to harvest high-quality fruit without the use of fungicides and insecticides. Improve your soil without industrial fertilizers.
Winter is a great time for soil improvements and pruning by an ISA-certified arborist.