When it comes to taking care of trees on your property, there sure are a lot of questions that can come up. Here we’ll try to get to the bottom of the top 5 questions we get asked to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about tree services. Keep reading for more information!
1. When Would I Need Tree Service?
There are many situations where a professional tree-cutting service can be of use, especially in emergencies. Here are some of the most common reasons to contact a professional tree service.
- Presence of dead limbs
- Presence of dead or dying trees
- Insect and disease problems
- Trees damaging a building/vehicle
- Branches rubbing on the roof
- Beginning construction
- Storm clean-up
- Maintenance to prevent storm damage
- Pruning and professional tree management (including proper tree selection and planting for a landscape project)
2. What is a Certified Arborist?
An arborist is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA Arborist Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.
Certification, however, cannot guarantee or assure quality performance, so you always have to compare companies in your area to get a better idea of the type of service you will be receiving.
3. Do I Really Need an Arborist?
Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees, on the other hand, can be a significant liability. If you do require any tree work that includes pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, always keep in mind that it can be dangerous work.
That is why certified arborists are also insured for your protection. This type of work should only be done by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
4. When is a Tree Considered Hazardous?
A hazardous tree is defined as any defective tree, or tree part, that poses a high risk upon its failure or fracture to cause injury to people or damage to property. A hazardous tree has one or more defects that decrease its structural integrity and gives it an increased potential for failure. These can include easily detectable signs including cracks, decayed wood, weak and dead branches, poor tree architecture, root problems, and more.
Not All Hazardous Trees Be Saved
A trained tree inspector implementing a hazardous tree management program can help make an unsafe environment reasonably safe again. There are guidelines and corrective actions to remedy identified hazardous situations. However, in many cases, a hazardous tree will have to be removed.
5. Why Do Trees Need Pruning?
Pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. Moreover, many of these pruning techniques are vital and include:
- Eliminating branches that rub each other
- Removing limbs that interfere with wires, building facades, gutters, roofs, chimneys, windows or obstruct streets or sidewalks
- Removing dead or weak limbs that pose a hazard or may lead to decay
- Removing diseased or insect-infested limbs
- Creating better structures to lessen wind resistance and reduce the potential for storm damage
- Training young trees
- Removing limbs damaged by adverse weather conditions
- Thinning or removal of unnecessary branches
- Improving the shape or silhouette of the tree
If you have questions about tree services, don’t hesitate to ask the professionals. We will be able to give you the answers and help that you need. Remember, it is important to get all of the information before making a decision. The five questions that were answered in this blog post are only a starting point. There are many other aspects of tree service that you need to consider before hiring someone. Do your research and then make an informed decision.