If you have trees on your property, it’s best to have some type of plan in place for their care and maintenance. There are a number of scenarios that might occur where you will need to secure the services of a qualified professional to assist you in the care and maintenance of your tree or trees. You will need to hire an arborist.
What is an arborist?
An arborist is a person who is certified to work on trees and other wooded plants. They have a wide variety of roles and responsibilities that fall within the scope of their training. Not only are they qualified to work in basic areas of tree care, such as fertilization, watering, and pruning, they are prepared to deal with more complex issues as well. An arborist can diagnose problems with trees and make recommendations for their care. Having done that, they can also take steps to administer that care and solve those problems. They can also set up plans to protect trees from infestations, storms, or other hazards that they may face. Here are 3 scenarios that you may face as a tree owner where the help of an arborist would benefit you:
- A Sick Tree
There are dozens of unique diseases and infestations that can befall trees. Which diseases, and the amount of harm they are capable of doing, depend on the type of tree, climate, and a variety of other factors. If you notice your tree is ailing in some way – for example, if the leaves are yellowing, possibly due to a condition called chlorosis – then call in an arborist to diagnose the problem and recommend treatment.
Chlorosis is caused when the leaves in trees cannot synthesize all of the chlorophyll they require, and can be caused by many different things. An arborist will be able to figure out what it might be. It may be a bacterial infection, or it might be a mineral deficiency in the soil. Once they have discovered the source of the problem they can go about fixing it.
Other problems that can befall trees are infestations from harmful insects, the removal of which is often a delicate process. Once again, an arborist can help you figure out what type of insect is plaguing your tree – it could be ants, it could be termites, or something else entirely – and deal with the problem with minimal intrusion.
- A Dead Tree
If a tree on your property has died, it’s important to call a trained professional as quickly as you can. Left standing, dead trees can pose a threat to the safety of your family as well as to your property. The removal of a dead tree can be a difficult and, to an untrained person, a dangerous process. A specialist will be able to bring in equipment designed for the safe removal of the branches, limbs and trunks of a hazardous tree. The job generally requires the use of guiding ropes to excise limbs in a direction that points them away from property, as well as chainsaws, log splitters and potentially other unique equipment as well.
Trained arborists will work quickly to decide if the removal of a tree is the best course of action – often it’s a last resort – and if necessary, begin the process of doing so. This process, in addition to being a slow and dangerous one, is extremely messy, often leaving sawdust, wood chips, and fallen branches to be disposed of. An arborist will also handle the removal of this debris for you, where otherwise you’d find yourself dealing with the huge hassle of trying to take care of it yourself.
- A New Tree
Whether you’ve had a tree removed and want to replace it, or you want to add a new tree in a spot where there wasn’t one before, an arborist can help you. Planting a tree, as you can imagine, is not a simple process. Before it can even be attempted it requires careful planning, such as making the choice of exactly what species of tree to use for your particular climate and part of the country. After making a recommendation tailored to your location, your arborist can test the health of the soil to ensure optimum growth for your tree and then make recommendations as to where on your property to place the tree to reduce the risk of hazards to your property in the future.
Arborists will make recommendations as to the best time of year to plant your tree – this can vary depending on the species and its needs, as well as the climate you live in – and then see to it the tree is planted securely and safely. As the new tree grows, they can periodically prune it as needed and see that it is healthy and well adapted to its environment.
Besides these scenarios we’ve mentioned, there are a wide variety of other ways an arborist can help you with the trees on your property. Whether you are interested in caring for a tree that you currently have, placing a new tree, removing an old tree, or removing an infestation of parasites, arborists can help.