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.

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.

Dieback Trees

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.

Facts About Trees

  • 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.

Planting Recommendations

Planting recommendations for specific locations:

(A lot of the trees below also are listed above as well; some are added due to their tolerance for challenging growing areas.)

EVERGREEN SCREENING TREES (very little canopy when fully grown): Per ordinance, spacing requirement is 15 feet on center, between both existing and replacement trees. Screening trees are eligible for partial recompense credit (based on 15 ft. spacing) ONLY where location conditions do not permit planting of overstory or mid-canopy trees.

  • Cryptomeria Cryptomeria japonica
  • *Holly, American Ilex opaca
  • Holly, Fosters Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’
  • Holly, Savannah Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’
  • Holly, Yaupon Ilex vomitoria
  • Magnolia, Southern ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Alta’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Alta’
  • *Pine, Virginia Pinus virginia (5-gal. size best)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
  • *Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

COLUMNAR TREES FOR NARROW SPACES: (Various canopy sizes with columnar growth patterns).

  • Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
  • Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (height up to 100 feet)
  • Deodar cedar Cedrus deodara
  • English Oak Quercus robur ‘Rose Hill’
  • European Hornbeam
  • Hornbeam betulus‘Fastigiata’
  • * Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR DETENTION PONDS AND WETLANDS:
(See categories above for size of tree.)

  • Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
  • * Blackgum, Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica, Nyssa aquatica
  • Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • Ironwood Carpinus caroliniana
  • *Red Maple Acer rubrum
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR ROAD FRONTAGE AND PARKING LOTS:

Overstory

  • *Oak, Georgia Quercus Georgiana (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Nuttall Quercus nuttalli (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Overcup Quercus lyrata (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak Shumard Quercus shumardii (soil area > 5 ft. wide)
  • *Oak, Willow Quercus phellos (soil area >5 ft. wide)
  • *Sweetgum Liquidambar styaciflua’Rotundiloba’ (fruitless)

Midstory

  • Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
  • *Blackgum (Tupelo) Nyssa sylvatica
  • Elm, Chinese (Lace Bark) Ulmus parvifolia
  • *Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
  • *Hornbeam, American (Ironwood, Blue Beech) Carpinus caroliniana
  • Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus
  • *Maple, Chalk Acer leucoderme (parking lots too hot)
  • *Maple, Red Acer rubrum
  • *Maple, Southern Sugar Acer barbatum
  • *Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

Understory

(Understory trees do not meet parking lot planting requirements under the ordinance because they do not reach 40 feet in height at maturity).

  • Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis
  • Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica (Single stem, non-dwarf cultivars)
  • *Maple, Trident Acer buergerianum
  • Parrotia, Persian Parrotia persica
  • *Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis
  • *Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea or laevis

* Asterisk denotes tree is native to the Piedmont region of Georgia (which includes Atlanta).

PLANTING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS:

(A lot of the trees below also are listed above as well; some are added due to their tolerance for challenging growing areas.)

EVERGREEN SCREENING TREES (very little canopy when fully grown): Per ordinance, spacing requirement is 15 feet on center, between both existing and replacement trees. Screening trees are eligible for partial recompense credit (based on 15 ft. spacing) ONLY where location conditions do not permit planting of overstory or mid-canopy trees.

Cryptomeria Cryptomeria japonica
*Holly, American Ilex opaca
Holly, Fosters Ilex x attenuata ‘Fosteri’
Holly, Savannah Ilex x attenuata ‘Savannah’
Holly, Yaupon Ilex vomitoria
Magnolia, Southern ‘Little Gem’ or ‘Alta’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Alta’
*Pine, Virginia Pinus virginia (5-gal. size best)
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana
*Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

COLUMNAR TREES FOR NARROW SPACES: (Various canopy sizes with columnar growth patterns).

Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides (height up to 100 feet)
Deodar cedar Cedrus deodara
English Oak Quercus robur ‘Rose Hill’
European Hornbeam
Hornbeam betulus‘Fastigiata’
* Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana
TREES SUITABLE FOR DETENTION PONDS AND WETLANDS:
(See categories above for size of tree.)
Bald Cypress Taxodium distichum
* Blackgum, Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica, Nyssa aquatica
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Ironwood Carpinus caroliniana
*Red Maple Acer rubrum
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana

TREES SUITABLE FOR ROAD FRONTAGE AND PARKING LOTS:

Overstory

*Oak, Georgia Quercus Georgiana
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Nuttall Quercus nuttalli (soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Overcup Quercus lyrata
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Oak Shumard Quercus shumardii
(soil area > 5 ft. wide)
*Oak, Willow Quercus phellos
(soil area >5 ft. wide)
*Sweetgum Liquidambar styaciflua’Rotundiloba’ (fruitless)
Midstory
Baldcypress Taxodium distichum
*Blackgum (Tupelo) Nyssa sylvatica
Elm, Chinese (Lace Bark) Ulmus parvifolia
*Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
*Hornbeam, American (Ironwood, Blue Beech) Carpinus caroliniana
Hornbeam, European Carpinus betulus
*Maple, Chalk Acer leucoderme
(parking lots too hot)
*Maple, Red Acer rubrum
*Maple, Southern Sugar Acer barbatum
*Redcedar, Eastern Juniperus virginiana

Understory

(Understory trees do not meet parking lot planting requirements under the ordinance because they do not reach 40 feet in height at maturity).

Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis
Crapemyrtle Lagerstroemia indica (Single stem, non-dwarf cultivars)
*Maple, Trident Acer buergerianum
Parrotia, Persian Parrotia persica
*Redbud, Eastern Cercis canadensis
*Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea or laevis

* Asterisk denotes tree is native to the Piedmont region of Georgia (which includes Atlanta).