Why Use an Arborist?

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Arborists are specially trained in tree care and maintenance. They are knowledgeable in tree health and properly equipped to provide suitable care. Hiring an arborist can be a difficult decision. Check out our FAQs about hiring an arborist to help make the decision a little easier. Your trees represent a substantial investment. Proper care including pruning, fertilizing, and disease control can protect your investment, property, and family.

Proper Tree Care Techniques

A professional arborist can make decisions about how to properly prune and trim your trees including:

  • Removing weak or damaged branches
  • Eliminating branches near power lines
  • Get rid of branches touching structures, walkways, or other hazards
  • Improve tree structure for wind and storm resistance
  • Training young trees for better maintenance and longevity
  • Thinning for better light penetration
  • Aesthetic restructuring
  • Removing dead or dying trees without damaging surroundings
  • Relocating trees to a more appropriate environment or placement
  • Preventative maintenance
  • Bracing or cabling for support
  • Soil aeration for root health and development
  • Fertilization and feeding
  • Disease and insect management

Rigorous Certification Process

A certified arborist has been educated and trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual and groups of trees. The process is not regulated by the government, but is a voluntary certification for those who wish to document their knowledge and expertise. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides certification in the form of rigorous testing and ongoing education. Therefore, certified arborists will tend to be more up-to-date on the latest techniques. Learn more about certified arborists at the ISA website.