Be a Georgia Tree Know-It-All: American Hornbeam

Get to know Georgia’s beautiful array of trees and how you can take care of your own! Each month, we feature some of the most popular trees in the state. For August, we are showcasing the American Hornbeam. At a mature state, The American Hornbeam can grow between 20-30 feet. Learn more information about the American Hornbeam below!

American Hornbeam

Strike a Pose: Learn About Six Famous Celebri-Trees

With roughly 3 trillion trees on Earth, it’s hard to single out just a handful for appreciation. Here are six of the world’s most remarkable trees, each for its own unique reasons.

1) Certainly one of the most picturesque and recognizable trees on the planet, Pebble Beach’s Lone Cypress, stands noble guard on a granite hillside overlooking the rocky shoreline of California’s northern coast. Located along the scenic 17-mile drive, this much-photographed Monterey Peninsula icon is thought to be approximately 250 years old. For many decades, half-hidden steel cables have secured this venerable symbol of the idyllic West Coast in place.

2) Named for the beloved Siberian husky that belonged to the professor who discovered it in 2004, Old Tjikko, at approximately 9,558 years young, is the world’s oldest known Norway spruce. Found growing on Fulufjället Mountain in Sweden’s Dalarna province, Old Tijikko is not one individual old tree but a clonal tree that has regenerated new trunks, branches, and roots over time.

3) Believed to be the world’s oldest known living non-clonal organism for many years, Methuselah is a 4,850-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree. Growing in an undisclosed location somewhere between 9,500 to 9,800 feet above sea level in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California’s Inyo County, Methuselah’s estimated germination date of 2833 BC was bested in 2013 by the discovery of another bristlecone pine in the same region with germination in 3050 BC.

4) Standing alone on a hill in the Arabian Desert surrounded by miles of sand, The Tree of Life is a miracle of nature. Bahrain’s solitary mesquite tree is believed to be at least 400 years old, and the only explanation for how it continues to grow without a clear source of water is attributable to deep root systems capable of reaching deep beds of underground water.

5) When you stand before the General Sherman Tree in California’s Sequoia National Park, you’re saluting the world’s largest tree, measured by volume. Standing 275 feet tall and coming in at over 36 feet in diameter at the base, this tourist favorite is approximately 2,000 years old.

6) Discovered in 2006 by a pair of amateur naturalists who named it, Hyperion claims the title of world’s tallest known living tree. The exact location of this nearly 380-feet-high coast redwood is not revealed in an effort to protect it, but it’s found somewhere deep in California’s Redwood National and State Parks.

Here at Premier Tree Solutions in Atlanta, we love all trees — famous and infamous. We’re experts at trimming, pruning, storm cleanup, tree removal, stump grinding, and many other services. Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.

Timber! Four Dangers of Not Trimming Your Trees

Regular tree trimming serves many purposes. If this essential landscape practice is not performed regularly and correctly, homeowners often find themselves having to deal with some potentially dangerous and costly repercussions. Let’s review four.

1) Bodily Harm

Trimming and pruning help maintain a strong tree structure to ensure that massive pine in your front yard doesn’t drop a heavy branch on a jogger in a windstorm. Proper trimming helps keep the tree’s roots strong. This prevents the 50-year-old oak in your backyard from toppling when the next torrential downpour soaks the ground, posing a risk to your children and pets.

Proper trimming keeps low-growing branches away from sidewalks and driveways where they might come in contact with skin and eyes, and it helps keep slippery debris off the ground that could cause a pedestrian to lose footing.

2) Property Hazards

Trimming a tree eliminates weak wood and provides more nourishment and water for the healthy parts of the tree. Removing co-dominant leaders at the tree’s top helps prevent branches from splitting and breaking in bad storms, threatening to take down power lines along with wreaking havoc on your home’s roof, windows, skylights, and gutters.

Promoting a healthy tree by trimming back dead branches and shooters is also very important for protecting your family, pets, and home from fire damage.

3) Disease and Infection

It’s crucial to quickly remove damaged, diseased, and dead branches and limbs from trees to help prevent predatory, wood-boring insects from entering. These tiny creatures can harm not only the infected tree, but also pose a threat to the health of other nearby vegetation. You’ll have far fewer disease problems if you regularly thin a dense canopy on a tree, increasing exposure to air and sunlight.

4) Aesthetically Unappealing Landscape

A well-maintained landscape says a lot about the people who inhabit a house, and keeping trees neatly trimmed shows you take pride in your home. This is especially important when it’s time to sell. Potential homebuyers might never make it through your front door if they’re first greeted by an overgrown, unkempt front yard.

A sickly looking or misshapen tree can reduce your home’s value. An overgrown tree throws too much shade on your lawn and flower garden, depriving those vital parts of your landscape the sunlight needed to bloom and thrive. If your home overlooks a valley or has a clear view of the sunset, keeping your trees neatly trimmed showcases the beautiful vistas that surround your home.

Do your trees need an expert’s touch? Premier Tree Solutions, based in Atlanta, can help with trimming, pruning, storm cleanup, tree removal, stump grinding, and many other services needed to maintain a safe and beautiful yard. Give us a call at 404-252-6448 or contact us here.