If you’re considering tree work, hiring a licensed arborist will save you money in the long run. Arborists are tree care experts with specialized training. Arborists provide many of the same services other tree care companies offer. However, their knowledge, care, and training surpass regular tree service companies. Licensed arborists offer care and maintenance with the proper equipment to more safely and efficiently carry out the work you need to have done for your trees. Furthermore, arborists take a scientific approach to detect and diagnose tree disease and damage and take the steps necessary to rectify the situation.
If you’re looking to add to the value of your property by planting trees, arborists can assist you in finding the best trees suited for your location and how to best maintain and care for the trees. Arborists understand the best spots on your property for trees and how to plant them properly. Furthermore, arborists have extensive soil knowledge, including soil aeration, fertilizing, and ph balancing techniques. This mastery far exceeds that of others in the tree industry who are not certified arborists.
Arborists are master tree pruners. Pruning removes damaged or diseased limbs and branches to prevent the disease from spreading to the rest of the tree. It also may be done so that tree limbs don’t interfere with other structures or buildings on the property or to prepare the tree for harsh New England weather. Pruning trees has many benefits, including deterring pest infestation and promoting healthy growth. Pruning especially helps young trees develop a strong structure. Importantly, pruning should be left to the professionals.
Any tree industry professional, with the right tools, can prune trees. However, having your trees pruned by anyone other than a licensed arborist can lead to irreversible tree damage. A flush cut happens when a tree limb is cut too close to the trunk. A flush cut removes the branch collar. The branch collar is needed to form a seal over the pruning cut. Since the branch collar is removed in the case of a flush cut, the tree cannot heal the wound and is left vulnerable to pests and disease.
On the other hand, improper pruning practices can lead to too much of the dead branch remaining. This is known as a stub cut. When a stub is left, the branch collar cannot grow wound wood over the end. In time, the dead wood will decay down the stub and make its way into the trunk, leading to tree death.
Hiring a licensed arborist ensures that your trees are taken care of skillfully, with knowledge backed by experience in the tree industry. Contact us today for your free estimate!