There are tree trimmers, and then there are arborists. The difference is a bit like the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist or a tree trimmer. But to be a dietitian or an arborist, you have to meet special certification requirements. A tree trimmer may be able to handle things when all you need is a dead branch or two removed, but often, calling a certified arborist is the better choice. Here are four signs your tree needs help from a real, certified arborist.
Your tree is showing signs of disease.
The most common signs of tree disease are the following:
- Spots on the leaves
- Cankers (black, infected holes) on the trunk or branches
- Brackets (which look like mushrooms) emerging from the trunk, exposed roots, or branches
- Leaves dying or tumbling to the ground before autumn arrives
If you have any reason to suspect that your tree has a disease, you absolutely need to call an arborist. They will figure out what's wrong with your tree to make sure it is treated in the right way for its diagnosis. They will also know how to keep the disease from spreading to other nearby trees, whether that means sanitizing their shears, spraying other trees with fungicides, or removing the infected tree entirely.
Your tree is precariously placed near your house or another structure.
Does your tree have a branch hanging over your roof, or is there a branch that is dangerously close to a window? You don't want to take your chances with just tree trimmer. Hiring an arborist means hiring someone who will know how to balance the tree's health with the safety of your home and other nearby structures. This will reduce the risk of a branch falling through your roof or window as the tree is being trimmed.
Your tree needs a large number of branches removed.
The more growth you remove from the tree, the more risk you are putting it in. If a tree needs to have a large percentage of its growth removed for any reason, you should really hire a professional arborist. They will be best equipped to determine which branches can stay and which should go without having to remove anything extra.
Hiring a certified arborist like Phoenix Tree Service is a safer option than going it alone, especially when dealing with particularly dangerous or possibly infectious trees.