What is an Arborist?
An arborist, sometimes called a tree surgeon, is a professional with knowledge and training in arboriculture, the cultivation, management, and study of trees, shrubs, vines and other woody perennial plants. Arborists focus on health and safety of individual species rather than forests or wood harvesting.
A Certified Arborist has over three years of verified experience and passed a rigorous exam from the International Society of Arboriculture.
A Certified Arborist can help you with practically anything related to trees. Trees are living organisms and they require monitoring and maintenance to keep them healthy, safe and suitable for property owners. Arborists can help you maintain your trees by providing a variety of services including:
- Planting & Transplanting
- Prevention and treatment of phytopathology, parasitism, grazing, and predation
- Structural support
- Installing lightning protection
- Removing vegetation deemed as hazardous, invasive, diseased or a weed.
Why would I need an Arborist?
Trees in an urban environment are subject to all sorts of disturbances. Some are man-made and others are natural. Some occur above ground and others occur below the ground. These disturbances often require the care of a Certified Arborist to improve the tree’s chance of survival and to ensure its health and safety. Arborists can provide appropriate solutions, such as: pruning trees to ensure a good structure and for aesthetic reasons; crown raising or elevating, which is the removal of lower limbs giving enough clearance for people to walk under or mow around a tree; crown reduction, which is a technique used to reduce the reach of limbs to avoid interference and damage to power lines, fences and buildings. The timing and methods used by an arborist depend on the species of trees and the purpose of the work being done. Knowledge of local species and environmental factors are crucial to completing any of these services in a way which ensures the tree’s health and safety.
Does having a Certified Arborist really make that much of a difference?
There is often a huge difference between the techniques and practices of a Certified Arborist and those of an inadequately trained tree worker who simply “trims trees”. Some services commonly offered by these types of services are considered unacceptable by modern arboricultural standards and can seriously damage, weaken or even kill trees. Tree topping or lopping is one such practice. Tree topping is when the entire top of a tree is cut off leaving behind only the trunk creating a “hat-rack” appearance. Trees that manage to survive this treatment are plagued with all sorts of problems which include unhealthy off sprouting and instability as well as vulnerability to diseases, pest and parasitic plant growth.
We have the skills and equipment to handle even the most hazardous of jobs with ease. Our team is fully licensed and insured so you will have peace of mind in knowing you have chosen a reputable and dependable tree care provider.
Therefore, when you are faced with a tree-related concern, your best option is always to consult with a Certified Arborist. No one else will have the knowledge and skills to lay out all of your options and to execute them in a way that ensures the health and safety of your trees for years to come. If you are concerned with a tree around your home, give Mike a call. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and he is always happy to answer any questions you may have. He even provides free estimates on all tree care services. So don’t wait until it is too late. Give Mike’s Tree Service a call today and ensure the health and safety of your trees for tomorrow.