Healthy trees are valuable for the ecosystem benefits and natural beauty they provide. Regular tree inspections and maintenance can help your trees weather storms, lower your energy bills, and increase your home’s value by as much as 15 percent.

Are my trees healthy?

To keep access and track tree health, homeowners should keep a photo log of their trees and conduct periodic self-surveys. Make a note of:

  • the location and species of each tree in your yard
  • changes to its structure over time, such as small or discolored leaves, premature leaf loss and the presence of mushrooms or fungus
  • wounds from lawnmowers
  • leaning
  • decayed wood
  • wood splitting or cracks
  • large dead branches
  • cavities
  • damage to roots from construction or trenching
  • soil mounding at the base
  • ivy or vines growing on the trees
  • changes to the environment
  • other trees in the vicinity

How can I keep my trees healthy?

Basic maintenance required for optimal tree health includes:

  • watering
  • pruning
  • mulching
  • fertilizing
  • always use a certified arborist to perform pruning, removal, and clean-up work on your trees.

Homeowner Resources

Check out these resources for maintaining your trees, how to select an arborist, search for certified arborists and more.

TitleDescriptionDocument Type
Assessing Soil Water Resource SpaceTrees require high quality resources in the correct proportions to perform best. Water, and the soil volume which holds water, are critical to great tree growth. PDF
Certified Arborist DirectoryCertified arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. Check this list for your city or county arborist if you have questions or concerns about street or park trees in your neighborhood.Page on GFC Website
Georgia Arborist AssociationA resource for tree care professionals and the public to protect and care for Georgia's trees.External Website
Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives ResearchTake care of the forest, and it will take care of you. As research is being conducted and becoming available, findings reinforce what much of the urban forestry community already knows — that trees have a positive impact on human health. Check out research on why Healthy Trees make Healthy Lives.External Website
Homeowner’s Role in Maintaining the Urban ForestDownload this guide to get tips on maintaining trees, selecting an arborist and a homeowner tree survey checklist.PDF
How to Plant Trees – A Homeowner’s Guide"How do I plant a tree?" This is a common question, and tree planting and establishment guidelines have changed considerably over the past 20 years. Learning how to plant a tree and following proper practices when planting trees can lead to long term benefits from well established plants. PDF
How to Water Your TreesSummer heat often prompts us to wonder how our trees can survive when too little rain falls to keep the grass alive. There are important tips to follow for proper watering and maintenance. PDF
Managing Storm Damaged Trees: Do’s and Don’tsCheck out this resource for the Do's and Don'ts on how to manage damaged trees from a storm. Includes: how to hire a professional for clean up, chainsaw safety, pruning and maintenance for damaged trees and more.PDF
Save Energy – Plant Trees!This video provides insights into the value of planting trees.Video
Trees and DroughtDrought is a main contributing factor to shade tree decline. Extended drought can influence the health of shade trees by the loss of absorbing roots.PDF