Tree Service FAQs

Why hire a professional arborist?

While there are many people offering tree services, only ISA certified arborists should be trusted. By studying and working towards certification, these arborists know how to correctly trim trees while considering structural integrity and safety issues. Professional arborists also provide experienced insight on risk assessment, which determines potential tree failure and damage to property and environment. Arborists also have in-depth knowledge when it comes to tree species, which gives them the ability to assess every situation through a different lens. By understanding a tree’s growth habit, root system, defects, etc., a professional arborist ensures quality work by approaching each job scientifically.

Why topping hurts trees?

Despite over 25 years of research, the practice of tree topping is still commonly used. However, “topping,” or “heading,” is extremely harmful to the health of trees. When trees become too large for a property, people resort to this practice in order to eliminate risk. That being said, topping brings tremendous stress to trees which can result in over a 50% loss of leave production or even death. This practice can starve trees and force them to overwork by compensating. Topping can also lead to other issues like tree decay and sunburns on tree tissues, which can be detrimental to the health of your tree. Something else to consider about topping is the resulted abnormal appearance. Instead of a natural and beautiful tree, topped trees appear disfigured and bare. This can result in a loss of property value as potential buyers view this as a potential expense rather than an asset.

How to prune mature trees?

Pruning can increase the health of trees by increasing light and air penetration. However, when pruning, one must be careful as each cut has the potential to alter the growth of a tree. Over pruning can hinder growth by removing energy reserves and putting the tree under significant stress. Proper trimming techniques include cleaning, thinning, raising, and reduction. Pruning, especially on mature trees must always be done by experts in order to reduce putting a tree into risk.

How to assess tree risk?

Trees offer amazing beautiful aesthetic and a connection to nature. However, when trees become very large, one must always be aware of the risks at hand. These risks include injury to peoples, damage to property and to the tree itself. No tree is considered completely safe from risk so it’s important to consider many aspects. When we assess tree risk, we consider the following questions; are there large dead or detached branches in the tree? Are there any rotting cavities? Is the tree leaning? Is the tree experiencing any stress internally or externally? If you aren’t experienced with trees, we recommend that you request the help from an arborist that is ISA Risk Assessment qualified. Only then will you be sure that your tree and your property are safe.