There are many reasons to hire a certified arborist. Their range of services is aimed at maintaining the health and aesthetics of trees. This includes tree removal, but it goes far beyond that. Tree pruning, tree trimming, tree risk assessment, bracing, staking, chipping and disease detection are all part of the service, and sometimes more.
What the arborist has more than a beginner is that he has specialized training. They have specialized knowledge in the development and maintenance of tree specimens. He can therefore make sound recommendations. Moreover, his actions ensure better results because he can anticipate their consequences on the arboricultural well-being, and thus act to preserve their health and appearance. He is also well aware of the precautions that will preserve the safety of your family or anyone else on the premises when he is working. Because he can predict the evolution of growth, he is able to suggest maintenance that will prevent potential impacts or, if it is too late to prevent, when it is necessary to cut down or if there is a way to avoid this ultimate operation. Finally, he can examine your trees and plan a multi-year intervention plan.
Should a tree be cut down? The advice of an expert is essential to determine this correctly. Moreover, a certified arborist will first ensure that alternatives are applied, when they exist. He concludes to cut down only when nothing else is possible and he is able to justify this decision. When the integrity of a construction is threatened by a large plant, cutting may be required. However, disease control measures can prevent this undesirable outcome.
Among the factors that damage trees are weather conditions. When a specimen is already compromised by old age or disease, bad weather, such as severe storms, can take its toll. For example, trees are uprooted by lightning, and the resulting fall can cause property damage or lead to dangerous situations from a safety standpoint.
Nature is not always kind to trees. Infestations of parasites or insect pests, such as the emerald ash borer, can cause considerable damage to plants. These bugs feed on the nutrients in the leaves or bark, which overwhelms the trees’ natural defenses. The result is usually death, unless an arborist is called in on time. It is therefore essential not to wait before contacting a reliable one to assess the situation. Quotes should usually be free. So you might as well get expert advice.
Tree roots can also become a nuisance. If they get near a septic tank, drain, artesian well, or soil, costly and even dangerous damage can result. Willow is one of the species at risk of having invasive roots. The arborist can determine if a tree must be cut down and help you select the appropriate species for your environment, indicating which ones should be avoided. He can also indicate the optimal planting sites and the distance from the house recommended for each species.
In short, an arborist is a partner to integrate in the landscaping of your property. This will save you time and money in the long run, by avoiding potentially costly situations. Plus, your specimens will look great.
So, as soon as you see signs of trouble on your trees, contact a certified arborist quickly so that he can assess the situation.