Hire a Certified Arborist for Appropriate Tree Care

Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, improve air quality, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There are often times when an arborist is needed to help determine the best course of action for the tree.

There are many individuals who are involved in the tree care and removal business. Not all of these people are certified in the care of trees. Arborists are people who receiving routine specialized training in the planting, care, and maintenance of trees.

Certified arborists go through a voluntary certification process with the International Society of Arboriculture which means that they have at least three years of practical or educational experience and have passed a comprehensive examination developed by tree experts. A certified arborist maintains certification by attending regular training courses and following best management practices.

Certified arborists have the skills to properly prune trees and to help recover trees after storms. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension Escambia County

 

An arborist may also be a member of another organization which helps professionals stay up-to-date on tree care techniques and information. These include the National Arborist Association and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

Hiring an arborist to work on your trees is important for several reasons. An arborist can evaluate the tree and determine the steps necessary to create a healthy specimen. In regards to pruning, the professional will determine what type of pruning is necessary and remove branches properly.

 

Professionals will also perform tree care practices that are recommended by University research. A few practices that the arborist would not perform include topping trees (see top picture), using climbing spikes on trees which are not being removed, and making flush cuts against the trunk.

Flush pruning cuts remove important chemicals that help trees resistant decay organisms. These cuts can lead to trunk issues in the future. Photo by Beth Bolles, UF IFAS Extension, Escambia County

 

Finally arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently prune or remove trees. This includes personal and property damage insurance and workers compensation insurance.

Next time you need tree work or advice, hire a professional for the job. It will definitely be worth the investment.