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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.