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Being an Arborist: Our Step-by-Step Approach on Your Properties

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When working as an arborist, we are commonly asked what processes we take when receiving a call, performing a consultation, and what choices we make regarding our tree treatment, seasonal practices, and the preservation of trees. We have always stood by the fact that we will do everything in our power to ensure a tree does not have to be cut down and replaced. With ethical practices, a standard system to consultations, and discovering the health defects of trees, we would like to share our processes with you.

Arborist Techniques for Preservation of Trees

As stated before, being an arborist, or looking for a Certified Arborist job near you, we will do everything in our power to maintain the health of a tree. The preservation of trees can be as challenging as it is rewarding. When we first step foot on a property, and there has been inquiring around tree removal, being an arborist, we will not instinctively suggest tree removal.

We don’t typically hoist ourselves up in trees on the first visit – rather we understand how your trees coexist within your landscape. We will then provide recommendations based on the landscape we observed, and a management plan for the individual situation. Arborists techniques will then potentially consisting of further assessing your tree’s health which may include groundwork or detailed inspection of the tree and its branches.

The Different Ways to Look at Properties

It is important when working as an arborist to never assume a situation. This is primarily when receiving calls from homeowners and jumping to conclusions. While common arborist techniques the initial process is taking notes, it can never be assumed what the actual issue with the tree is until we are on the property and take a closer look.

Most trees typically have common symptoms that we know of just due to the nature of this area and the historical symptoms trees are exposed to. For instance, the Emerald Ash Borer would not be an example of this, as it was an invasive species that, being Certified Arborists, challenged us to understand this insect, what it was doing to the trees, and how to treat those trees. With research and knowledge on the side effects of the insect, we were able to fully treat Ash trees. 

On the contrary, working as arborists, we will typically see crab apples lose their leaves in the middle of summer, which is the first indication of apple scab. Apple scab is caused by the ascomycete fungus, Venturia inaequalis that attacks the leaves and the fruit grown by the tree.

However, when crap apple trees lose their leaves, apple scab is not always the only cause. Crabapples, Linden Trees, and Birch Trees alike are threatened by the Japanese beetle feeding at the end of summer. Japanese beetles feed on the leaves of trees and shrubs; and while not deliberately killing these plants they do threaten the risk of secondary pests and diseases from occurring.

Our Process After a Call

Typically, upon receiving a call from a homeowner, we will schedule an onsite visit (consultation) with you where we will ask real-time questions and will create a tree healthcare plan based on your landscape and the health of the tree.

Upon giving you a recommendation list, we will then ask you to simply choose what you would be willing to move forward with. Working as arborists, we understand the hardy cost of a tree care system, which is why we offer several options.

It is important to note, that while we provide you with options to treat your tree, these options will not always rid your tree of all its issues. What we recommend is based on a consultation mixed with typical arborist techniques, however, underlying issues are very probable. For instance, if a treatment does not take on your tree, that does not mean the treatment didn’t work, rather there is something else your tree must be treated for.  

Finally, being arborists, we understand better than anyone the importance of catching a tree at the right time and preserving that tree. Seasonality is important to us, as humans because it alters our mood, our activity, and our overall ability to adjust. Trees are the same way. Some treatments are specific to certain seasons, and some trees’ reactions to treatments are varied based on the season, as well as the treatment. While you may want to treat your tree right away, understand the importance of patience and the importance of knowing when trees are going to fully accept treatments.

Being a Certified Arborist is a job that we enjoy on a day to day basis. We hope that you consider scheduling a consultation, with us and trust us to assess and understand your landscape. 

2020-07-16T09:54:20-05:00 July 16th, 2020|