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Wood Products and Saw Mill Services

Wood Products and Saw Mill Services

Acorn Tree Care can provide you with a variety of saw mill services. Read on to learn more.

Portable Milling on Your Property

We can come to your home with a portable sawmill to turn storm-damaged branches and limbs into usable lumber. Instead of taking it to a landfill or chipper, you can take advantage or our services and turn your wood into something you can use in the fireplace, to build with, or for constructing your own furniture.

Rough Cut Lumber

This is wood that has been cut from a awmill from a large log. Whenever a log is sent through our portable sawmill, it is cut into pieces that can be used as boards, veneers, or dimensional lumber - can be used for framing homes or other types of buildings.

Furniture Grade Woods

Each tree has a different grade when it comes to the wood it can produce. If you have species on your property that can be used to build furniture, we can provide you with our portable milling services. You can make chairs, couches, tables, stands, shelves, and so on.

Live Edge Slabs

This kind of cut wood will give your home a "rustic" look. The slabs are rough, and feature the naturally-thick texture of the tree they came from. This wood can be used in furniture construction, or to make decorative pieces for the home.

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Tree Cabling

Tree Cabling

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Tree cabling was said to have began during the early 1900s as an alternative to cutting down historic and cherished trees. Tree cutters discovered that common steel utility wire, strung betweem branches could help keep wind and heavy ice from peeling trees apart, often isolating damage to above the cable. in time, this process became increasingly popular as an alternative to removing middle-aged "oddle-shaped" trees and, as a sort of insurance policy for nearby structures.

Tree Cabling in Georgia

Tree cabling is the practice of tethering two or more limbs together, not to keep unhealthy trees from “falling apart,” but to assist healthy, odd shaped trees in resisting the stresses of extreme weather (wind and ice). Incredibly, since its discovery, tree cabling materials have changed very little. Although strong and cheap, steel wire used as dynamic restraint has virtually no capacity to absorb shock loading that occurs when mass moves against restraint. Just one example of this phenomenon requires that mariners dock their boat with rope instead of wire. The result of using wire could be devastating in the wrong conditions. Cobra dynamic cable is an easy to install rope-like material that has excellent shock-absorbing properties. Made up of UV protected materials Cobra delivers restraint characteristics that mimic the tree’s natural reaction to wind. In a gust, tree limbs usually collapse upward and then out in an exaggerated manner. Cobra is installed relatively loose in a manner that doesn’t interfere with light wind exercising of growing wood tissue, but is there to halt excessive flailing that might cause over-stress to a limbs crotch.

Take the time to watch trees react to wind and we think you’ll agree that dynamic cabling materials like Cobra are the best answer to a more natural supplemental support system. According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), tree cabling should be monitored annually. Such inspection should be performed by a knowledgeable professional upon notification by and at the expense of the property owner. Inspection is necessary to manage potential hazards such as broken branches entangling cable or cable becoming stressed by the growing tree. In the US there are currently 3 choices for cabling mature trees that meet ANSI standards.

 

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Benefits of Growing Healthy Trees

Seven Essential Benefits of Growing Healthy Trees

We all have the tendency to take the grandeur of nature for granted. But did you know that trees protect our most precious and necessary resources like air and water? As a matter of fact, growing healthy trees protects us in ways you might have never imagined.

1. Trees clean our air and provide additional oxygen.

We’ve all heard of The Green House Effect, where heat from the earth gets trapped in the atmosphere from high levels of carbon dioxide. However, did you know that one mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and release enough oxygen to support two people?

2. Trees protect the water we drink.

Trees are natural pollution filters for our water. When it rains, their canopies break the fall of rainwater and lessen surface runoff which takes pollutants to streams. Trees use these potential water pollutants, like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as nutrients.

3. Trees conserve energy.

By properly positioning one tree in the landscape, the average homeowner could save 58% on daytime air-conditioning. Applied nationwide, the shade could reduce our country’s consumption of oil by 500,000 barrels per day. (American Forests, “The Case for Greener Cities”) Trees lower local air temperatures, shade buildings in the summer and block winter winds, all of which result in lower energy costs.

4. Trees increase traffic safety.

Tall trees lining a street give the illusion of a narrower street, and if they are spaced closely together, the perception of speed. This causes drivers to slow down and improves traffic safety.

5. Trees improve a region’s economic stability.

The first impression a traveler gets of a town is often based on the quantity and condition of the town’s trees. Trees attract tourists, and tree-lined streets cause people to linger longer, which is a boon to merchants. Apartment complexes filled with trees rent faster, as do wooded business complexes.

6. Trees increase real estate value.

Trees can increase the value of real estate property 5-15% when compared to properties without trees.

7. Trees increase social benefits.

Trees reduce noise pollution in urban areas, and have the potential to reduce violent crimes. University of Illinois research concluded that the presence of trees can reduce crime like domestic violence and child abuse, and therefore decrease social service budgets. Influenced in part by this research, Chicago city government spent $10 million to plant 20,000 trees.

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Dieback Trees

Dieback Tree Disease

Dieback Tree Disease
Dieback Tree Disease

Are You Looking For Buds In All The Wrong Places?

Right now our deciduous trees in Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, and Cumming are starting to leaf out and one of easiest ways to get an indication of their vitality is to visually look for die back or decline in their foliage. This means to look for limbs or sections of a tree that don't have leaves. Dieback is defined as a condition in which the ends of the branches are dying. These sections are generally located at the limb tips, but can also be entire limbs or sections of the tree where there are no leaves.

For example, when you look at your trees this spring and see that the buds are starting to leaf out with the warm weather, you may see an entire section or a large limb that is not leafing out like the rest of the tree. This is most likely an indication that something is not right with the whole tree. Another indication of stress can be large amounts of water sprouts or sucker growth on the interior of the tree. A water sprout or sucker growth can be described as small shoots growing directly from the trunk or larger limbs of the tree. Don't be mistaken if you see leaves on the sucker growth, this is still an indication of overall tree stress.

If you find that your trees show some of these signs keep in mind that when they are stressed, they become much more susceptible to secondary offenses associated with insect infestation or disease that once sets in can kill trees. If you start to see smaller limbs and twigs falling down from the extremities of the tree, the tree is letting you know that it is stressed! If you start to see many larger limbs, starting at 3'' to 4" in diameter or even large sections falling from the tree, the tree is more than likely in an advanced stage of stress.

Having a Healthy Tree

When the bark of your once healthy tree becomes brittle, spongy, and even starts to fall off, it may be too late to save your tree. If you are concerned with any of the trees on your property, this is usually an indication that you have noticed something that is not right. The sooner you contact an arborist, one who is educated to assess your tree(s), the more cost effective it becomes for you. Talk about going green! Some of the situations that may cause your trees to not grow green this spring are as follows. Insect infestations, tree diseases, construction impact, and the accumulative drought are all factor.

Surprisingly, trees can feel the effects of construction impact and droughts indefinitely which in turn, makes them more susceptible to the tree diseases and insect infestation. Keep in mind that massive amounts of development have highly stressed and killed many of our trees. In fact, many times families purchase a specific lot in a development over another because the lot is wooded or at least has some trees, only to have these trees become severely stressed or die from the impacts associated with construction.

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Facts About Trees

Trees & the Environment
  • Trees continue to keep our air supply fresh by soaking up carbon dioxide and generating oxygen.
  • The volume of oxygen made by an acre of trees each year equals the amount consumed by 18 people yearly. One tree generates almost 260 pounds of oxygen each and every year.
  • One acre of trees eliminates up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
  • Shade trees will make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler during the summer.
  • Trees decrease air temperature by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The cottonwood tree seed is the seed which stays in flight the longest. The little seed is encompassed by ultra-light, white fluff hairs which will carry it in the air for a few days.
  • In a single year, an acre of trees can take in as much carbon as is created by a car driven approximately 8700 miles.
  • Trees supply shade and shelter, decreasing yearly heating and cooling expenses by 2.1 billion dollars.
  • Trees decrease air temperatures by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The typical tree in a city area survives just about 8 years!
  • A tree doesn't get to its most fruitful stage of carbon storage for about ten years.
  • Trees decrease noise pollution by serving as sound barriers.
  • Tree roots strengthen the soil and stop erosion.
  • Trees enhance water quality by slowing and filtering rain water in addition to protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • Trees shield you from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail in addition to reducing storm run-off and the potential for flooding,
  • Trees supply food and shelter for animals.
  • Trees situated alongside roads behave as a glare and reflection control.
  • The death of one 70-year old tree would return over 3 tons of carbon to the atmosphere.
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