WHAT THEY DO AND WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE ONE
If you have trees on your property, you know the many benefits they can bring: they provide shade, they help keep your home private, and they require very little input from you to grow tall and majestic. However, because they grow without input, they can sometimes get out of control. Trees are no respecters of property lines, nor of health and safety concerns. As such, you sometimes need to intervene and trim the branches or, in extreme cases, to cut the tree down the tree entirely.
When you do need to cut down a tree, there is the enduring question of whether you should hire a professional arborist to do so. A professional will not only have all the tools and equipment, as well as the expertise but will also be far safer at completing the job than an amateur. Working with trees can be extremely dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing.
According to OSHA, there are over 100 landscape and tree fall fatalities in the United States each year.
An arborist is more than just a self-designated label; it is a recognized profession, with a certification exam. The arborist exam is well known for being a rigorous examination of tree knowledge.
In addition, in order to become qualified as an arborist, an individual needs a minimum of three years of field experience. Qualified arborists are required to stay abreast of the latest developments in tree technology. Hiring an arborist means you are getting a true professional to work on your trees.
However, their role generally can be grouped into the following tasks:
Tree pruning is probably the most common task an arborist will do. When a tree has grown unchecked, it often needs a little pruning. This can involve small parts of the tree all the way through to entire limbs and large branches. Pruning promotes healthy growth for a tree, as it can remove deadwood. It’s also a great way to protect the tree as it can prevent a tree from becoming infested with insects or disease. An arborist will not only be able to advise on pruning but will be able to prune the tree themselves.
The role of an arborist is usually to save a tree, and do whatever it takes to prevent a tree from needing to be removed. However, in some circumstances, a tree may be beyond saving and you will need tree removal service. Alternatively, you may simply want the tree to be removed. An arborist is trained on how to remove a tree in the safest and most efficient manner possible.
Having a professional plant a tree for you in the first place is a great way to ensure that you have the right tree for the conditions, that it is planted in the right place, and that you give it every chance to grow into a strong and healthy tree. An arborist will be able to advise on every step of the process (including actually doing the planting themselves). Arborists are also able to advise on how to grow trees and plants symbiotically, therefore ensuring a healthy ecosystem on your property.
Emergency Tree Care
- If you have a damaged tree on your property after a storm or heavy winds, it’s time to call an arborist for emergency tree removal. A storm can cause major damage to a tree, leaving it standing but precarious. If a branch – or the entire tree – falls unexpectedly, it can cause major damage to your home or power lines around your home. After a heavy storm, an arborist can examine your trees and determine whether they are still safe – even if they still look safe.
These tasks include the following:
However, there are wider reasons why it is important to take care of your trees, rather than leaving them relatively neglected.
These include the following:
They will often be able to do this work at a cheaper price than a professional arborist. However, cutting corners here is a false economy, and is not recommended. There are many reasons why hiring a certified arborist is important.
These include the following:
Hiring a certified arborist ensures you hire someone who is insured. This protects you financially against any damage they may incur while on your property (either injury leading to medical costs, or direct damage to property). Licensed arborists must carry workplace safety insurance as well as liability insurance. Ask to see any certificates before work starts.
The International Society of Arboriculture is one of the certifying bodies for arborists. They not only require an arborist to pass a qualifying exam but provide ongoing training in the latest techniques and knowledge. This ensures that an arborist will be able to safely work on your property based on the most up-to-date knowledge.