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.
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!
- It is known as City Cemetery and was sold in 1897 during the Spanish-American War to the government to create a training base for soldiers. They built an army hospital on the site.
- In 1898 the government sold the land back to Athens, which then dubbed the hospital “The Pest House.” It was a TB hospital.
- Part of the hospital was moved in 1914.
- All that is left are 30 graves, most near-identical with square, concrete headstones. Some of the graves may have been covered up by the H.T. Edwards building.
- The cemetery has also been known at times as Pauper Ground or Poor Burying Ground according to some death certificates.
When I was in college at UGA one of my favorite things about living in Athens was driving into town late at night after Thanksgiving break, the end of a long drive back from visiting my parents in Virginia . Every year, I would drive down Clayton Street first thing, even if it wasn’t on my way, and I marveled at the sparkling lights in the trees, newly lit for the holidays. It was beautiful. And it reminded me of why I chose to live in Athens, so far away from my family.
Trees provide such a sense of place. My final year of college, I lived on the cobblestone portion of Finley Street, home to another famous Athens tree.
Would Athens even be on the map if it weren’t for the Tree that Owns Itself? (of course) That particular tree doesn’t just put Athens on the map for something other than music, but it also represents the spirit of the town.
When you plant trees, you might not be thinking about who will decorate them with lights in the future, or even if you want to leave your money to it when you die, but you are creating a history of the land and defining a sense of place for future generations to recognize as home.
As the climate talks in Paris come to a close, it’s hard to ignore the chatter about greenhouse gases, carbon footprints and emission levels. One method that some people are using to combat the rising level of greenhouse gases is through carbon offsetting through tree planting.
On a large scale, companies pay to have others, often non-profits, plant trees on their behalf in order to offset their emissions. According to an article in The Guardian, “Carbon offset schemes allow individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.”
But this leads to questions on an individual level — will planting trees in my backyard really have an effect? Or, how many trees do I really need to plant? Can I do my own carbon offsetting?
There are several calculators available like this one or this one which will calculate offset for you. So for example, if you drive a gas car that gets 26 mpg and on average 12,000 miles per year, this calculator recommends you plant 9 trees to offset the emissions from your car. This puts into perspective real tangible ways to help the environment. I can plant 9 trees. That seems feasible.
New Urban Forestry is not a carbon offsetting program, and we can’t tell you exactly how many trees you personally should plant. We CAN however help you to plant your trees. We can offer advice on the care of your trees and also which trees are sustainable in the Athens and surrounding areas.
New Urban Forestry often is called on to remove trees due to safety concerns; we are charged with removing a valuable resource from our local community. We want to be able to replant those trees.
Together we can continue to give Athens a unique sense of place, and also create a more sustainable world for our future.
Athens and Watkinsville Georgia Tree Service, New Urban Forestry, offers mulch for sale. We recycle all of our wood waste into mulch, lumber, and wood slabs. Please call: 706-521-4039 for details regarding our mulch products. All Available for Pick-up or Delivery
New Urban Forestry Hardwood Mulch:
– Double Ground Hardwood Mulch
– Made from Aged Wood
– Freshly Ground
Wood Chips for
– Economical Mulching Option
– We carry both Aged and Fresh Hardwood Chips
– Great for Application around Trees and Shrubs
The Benefits of Mulching
Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your yard because it suppresses weed growth, prevents water loss from the soil, and improves overall soil structure. Mulching wide around trees will help protect roots from weed-eater and lawn mower blades while giving your lawn a fresh look. Organic mulches mimic a tree’s natural environment and promotes plant health. Call us today for high-quality mulch produced right here in Athens.
New Urban Forestry, A local tree service based in Athens Georgia, is growing and offers its tree services to customers in Watkinsville, Georgia, and Oconee County. New Urban Forestry tree services is owned and operated by 3 certified arborists and specializes in tree health and tree risk assessment and tree management, including tree removal, tree pruning,tree cabling, and tree preservation services. New Urban Forestry also recycles its wood waste into mulch and wood products, including lumber and wood slabs.
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.