Do I Need To Consult An Arborist

The benefits that trees provide us are amazing when you think about it. Not just good for oxygen, trees also help to prevent soil erosion, provide shade to keep us cool and are aesthetically appealing to pretty much all of us humans. Similar to us, trees need to be looked after and require nutrients in order to remain healthy. Although it’s clear to see that there are many benefits to trees, a tree that’s not looked after or left untouched can begin to cause problems. For example, it can overgrow into a property as well as affect overhead power lines, or contract one of many kinds of tree diseases. In severe weather conditions trees can also collapse as well as cause power outages. The job of an arborist is to provide the specific care that a tree needs.

Below we will list the different ways an arborist looks after and maintains trees. After reading this, you should have a better understanding of when you should consult an arborist for your tree needs. 

Planting 

It is important that a tree is planted in the correct place in order for it to remain healthy. An arborist able to tell you where a tree should be planted and can also help you with planting trees correctly. And yes, there is a correct way to plant a tree! 

Removal

If there’s no other option an arborist can remove a tree if necessary. An arborist would have the correct tools and skills necessary to ensure that any tree removal is carried out as safely and as easily as possible. Find out the cost of tree removal from a number of arborists to ensure that you get a good price.

Tanks

If your arborist does not have access to water, you may need to get an external company that offers spray tanks. Failing that, a water delivery service may be able to supply enough water for an arborist to complete their work. This is particularly useful in remote areas. Your arborist may have contacts for these services already but it is worth consulting them before they start any work. 

Emergency care

Severe weather such as strong winds and storms can damage tree limbs or the whole tree itself. If a tree causes damage to local properties or power lines, an arborist will be contacted so that the situation can be dealt with appropriately. 

An arborist is also able to help in other situations such as insect control, lightning protection and they can also spot if there’s any parasite or disease-ridden trees. An arborist would be able to provide you with any necessary support and advice and if needed, remove any damaged trees.

Pruning

An arborist is able to recognise what pruning is required for each different tree species. By pruning a tree, you protect the tree from insects, remove any dead wood on the tree and also help to create healthy growth. 

Before contacting an arborist 

Before you let anyone come and deal with any of the above aspects with your trees there are some things that you should do and bear in mind:

  • First of all, make sure that the arborist you choose is certified. Don’t just use someone who knocks on your door and offers to trim down your trees for you. A reputable arborist won’t need to knock door to door to look for customers, and in fact, those that are knocking door to door may in fact not be arborists and just happen to own a pickup truck and a chainsaw. You may feel like you’ve got yourself a really good price, but it may cost you in the long run when you tree begins to decay.
  • It is not necessary to prune your trees every 3-5 years, but it is worth removing any dead wood and particularly if this wood is over 2 inches in diameter.
  • Contact your arborist during off seasons as you are more likely to get a better price. If you get a quote in the spring, it is worth asking the arborist what the price would be in winter. Arborists can be quiet in the winter so it’s likely that you may get a better deal at this time.
  • Avoid placing garden bark and garden mulch around any tree as mulch can prevent moisture from escaping, which means the root and the trunk of your tree is more prone to rot. 
  • Don’t think that you are being ripped off when you are quoted a price. The equipment that an arborist has and uses is expensive and if more than one arborist comes out they all need to be paid for the work they are involved in.
  • If you spot any fungi or mushrooms growing on your tree or if a large part of your tree falls off in bad weather, then it is worth consulting with an arborist. All of these aspects could be a sign of bigger issues so it’s worth having your tree inspected. Another aspect to look out for is if your tree goes up in a straight line and does not flare out at the bottom. This could mean your tree is in trouble. 
  • Remember to ask if the arborist you choose has workers compensation and liability insurance. It is also worth asking to see copies of any certificates as if you encounter any issues, you can avoid any lawsuits.
  • Avoid trees that grow fast as they are more likely to suffer with issues related to decay and tend to be weak wooded. Fast growing trees are also more likely to have limbs that come on off in the ice and wind.
  • Avoid an arborist who offers to top your tree off. Topping is no longer acceptable and can be severely damaging to a tree. 
  • If you have a tree that looks healthy to you but an arborist tells you it needs to come down, it is worth getting a second opinion before you go ahead and pay money for something that may not be necessary. 

Before you go and consult an arborist for your tree’s needs, be sure that you read and take the following advice onboard first! 

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