Aborists: Why Hire an Arborist?

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the basic needs of trees, and have acquired formal training in proper tree care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly (see How to Hire an Arborist). Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Arborists can provide a variety of services, and often specialize in specific aspects of tree care based upon their education, experience, and affiliation with specific businesses (i.e. consulting firms, tree services, tree nurseries, etc.).

Examples of services provided by professional arborists include:

  • preventive maintenance programs to keep trees in good health, so the tree is less likely to develop insects, and disease problems
  • pruning programs that maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees
  • cabling or bracing of trees to add structural support to branches with weak attachments
  • aeration to improve root growth
  • installation of lightning protection systems
  • spraying or injecting pesticides to control certain insect and disease problems
  • diagnosis of tree and landscape problems
  • insect and disease identification & management
  • expert witness & litigation
  • forensic investigation
  • hazard tree assessments & survey
  • tree, landscape and nursery appraisals
  • tree protection for construction projects
  • contract preparation & supervision
  • tree and plant inventories
  • municipal ordinance development
  • tree planting programs
  • tree management for arboreta, golf courses & nurseries
  • training and education