This young blackgum or tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a tree species native to Georgia, was beginning to sprawl into Euclid Avenue and the adjacent sidewalk. With the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes coming up, Tree Watch wanted to do some light pruning, fearing that someone would inadvertently damage the tree by ripping away a branch.
Rather than remove an entire branch or branches — this prize needs to photosynthesize! — we opted for a series of reduction cuts.
We get asked all the time by Inman Park residents to recommend a tree service. We always say: whoever you choose, be sure to ask whether that company’s arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Also, please note that every reputable company has workers trained in how to climb trees using ropes and safety harnesses. Even when a very large tree must be removed, it may be possible for the workers to start at the top and remove the tree in sections, lowering them to the ground with their ropes. In sum, although the use of a crane or cherrypicker is sometimes unavoidable, often it isn’t. And as you would guess, the price difference may be substantial.
Tree Watch member Ken Taber likes to call the overgrown, neglected corners of Inman Park — with their tangles of wisteria, privet, leatherleaf mahonia, thorny olive, tree of heaven, and other invasive plants — “snarls.” They look something like this:
And for physical activity, Ken likes nothing better than charging his battery-powered chainsaw and strapping on the holster of his handsaw for an afternoon of reducing Inman Park’s snarl problem.
The only problem with planting 1,000 trees in 15 years is that it takes a lot of work to keep them alive and healthy. Here’s how Inman Park Tree Watch does that.
A young tree benefits from skillful pruning to ensure that it develops sound structure. Tree Watch also prunes trees to keep branches out of our sidewalks and curbside parking areas, to correct problems in older trees such as co-dominant leaders and crossed branches, and to remove invasive, non-native trees from greenspaces. This tree in the Poplar Circle section of Freedom Park displays evidence — in the circles of woundwood that have developed over our pruning cuts — of Tree Watch’s maintenance efforts.
Spreading organic mulch over the roots of a tree provides essential benefits. Mulch keeps the soil moist and cool, inhibits the growth of grass and weeds, and ultimately decomposes to furnish the tree with nutrients. Have you seen one of our younger trees without mulch? Contact us!