There are lots of ways you can take care of your trees on your own – watering, mulching, monitoring – this can all make a huge difference in the health of your tree. However, sometimes circumstances call for the help of a professional to get things done in a safe and proper manner.
How do you know when it’s time to call in an arborist? Follow these tips to help you decide when to make the call!
- Do clip out small dead twigs that are reachable from the ground, but any other pruning should be left to a professional arborist.
Improper pruning can be VERY harmful to trees. An Arborist will evaluate the pruning required for your tree and will execute the work safely and to Arboricultural standards.
- If you see mushrooms or fungus at the base of the tree – this is a sign of decay, and you’ll want that checked out by a professional ASAP
- If you see any broken, hanging, or cracked limbs in the canopy – an arborist can remove these limbs safely, and assess the tree for safety from up in the canopy.
- If you have an infestation of insects like aphids, caterpillars or scale – certain treatments for these pests need to be done by a licensed technician.
When in doubt, it’s always best to call in a professional. They can stop by and provide an assessment of your trees and put together a plan that works for your specific needs!
Be good to your trees.
Kristie Nairn, MA, MMst
Cohen & Master Tree and Shrub Services Ltd.