Loblolly Pines = Danger for Yankees in Georgia!!!

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When we bought our "own place in paradise" there were Loblolly Pines, allLoblolly Pines of Georgia over the place. The Loblolly Pine is a tree that grows 100 feet or taller and is used for pulp wood and to build houses. 

Shortly after moving in we discovered that all of those pine trees were a big mess, so we removed about 80 of them since we moved in. It seems the trees are susceptible to a disease know as "Pine Bark Beetles" which destroy a tree in a couple of weeks and turn all of the pine needles brown. The beetles drill holes in the bark and allow all of the sap to be removed from the tree, with "death" following close behind. During a dry, hot Summer, these little pests multiple like rats and move from one tree to the next, they are capable of killing all of the pine trees in an acre in about 14 days.

We had six 100 foot pines left, all too close to the house, and then it happened, one of the 120 footers got the blight (pine bark beetle) and died, Mama said "Get someone out here to get rid of that tree and all of the others while they are here". So being a wise man, I called a couple of Tree Removal Services, they come out to give me an estimate to "drop" the trees. No clean up, no cutting up the logs, no nothing, just drop the tree. I would "handle the rest ".

The first guy to come out was afraid of the dead tree, didn't think someone should climb it to take it down in section. He was not interested in just "Dropping the Tree". The Second guy talked about all of these nimble people climbing up the tree, cutting off sections of the tree and then hauling it all away. How about just "dropping the trees", I said. "Nope, have to take them down one section at a time". I said "let me discuss your quote with the Mrs., and call you back". Then Engram Tree Service arrived, looked at the job and said they could do it, but getting the equipment in to "chip the lumber" would be a problem. I said, no problem, just drop the trees, that's all I want. So we struck a bargain.

Not only did they drop the dead on, they got five (5) others that were too close to the house. Engram Tree Service arrived at 2:00 PM this afternoon, and left at 4:00 PM, six trees on the ground, exactly where they said they would fall. There was minimal damage to the landscaping and none of the "good shrubs" were destroyed.

My recommendation is, if you have tree work that need to be done in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia, call Engram Tree Service for a professional job at a fair price.

This is a first for me, I have not done a written recommendation for any service before, I did find these folks are pros. In addition to cutting down trees, they do pruning work. stump removal, chipping and just about anything else there is to do with trees. You can reach Engram Tree Service at 770-442-8700 or email emgramtree@alo.com for more information.

Thanks for reading my rambles and have a successful year.


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Stephen Sainte-Martin
Realty Direct Boston - Boston, MA


It seems like you have a lot of energy, cutting down so many trees, but I will say is it always good to have a reliable service (Arborist) who can do the job, that you have confidence in referring.


Aug 30, 2010 05:34 PM #1
Elizabeth Baklaich
Virtual Assistant to Steve Baklaich RE/MAX Realty Source MN - Saint Cloud, MN

Hi Ted, I hate taking down trees, but occasionally it has to be done, especially when leaving them threatens other trees and is a safety issue. I have run into this with a HUGE maple and found a great tree service here too. It is really nice to know who will do the job right and for a fair price, I have since had to refer them to 2 different clients and both were very happy. Glad to hear that your home is safe and you now have healthy trees.

Sep 01, 2010 12:27 PM #2
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