“Trees, for example, carry the memory of rainfall. In their rings, we read ancient weather—storms, sunlight, and temperatures, the growing seasons of centuries. A forest shares a history, which each tree remembers even after it has been felled.” ― Anne Michaels.
Trees are fascinating plants. Some can even live hundreds of years. Once you cut one open, you can look at the rings to see how old it is and the estimated weather and temperature of each year. While it may seem simple to take care of a tree, it takes more than just watering it. Trees can still die without the proper care and maintenance, and some can even take over your property. That is why it is important to talk to an experienced tree expert. That is why we created this guide on why you need to hire an arborist consultant.
What is an arborist consultant?
An arborist consultant is an individual who is an expert on trees. They bring an objective yet comprehensive perspective on trees to their clients and potential customers. Anyone can hire an arborist consultant as long as they have a tree. However, the most common clients include homeowners, business owners, designers, architects, attorneys, contractors, construction workers, landscapers, insurance professionals, municipalities, engineers and other arborists. Anytime you have any questions or concerns about a tree, the first person you should contact is an arborist consultant.
Do you want to find ways to keep your trees healthy?
You paid money and spent time planting the trees. So, of course, you want to keep them healthy. While many trees survive without human intervention, especially older trees, many trees still need that golden touch. Arborist consultants spend many years studying everything about trees, including general features as well as specific things. Many of them can tell if something is wrong with just a few glances.
Are you unsure if you should prune or remove?
Before deciding if you should prune or remove a tree, you need to know the difference between the two. Pruning is the action where you remove specific parts of a plant. Typically, dead areas, long branches, damaged areas, unproductive sections and diseased areas need pruning. Trees continue to grow and survive after this action. Removal is where you completely dig up the tree, including the roots and any seeds you find. People remove trees if they are in the way, damaging property, dead or aesthetically not pleasing.
Unfortunately, a common mistake people make is removing a tree that needed pruning instead. An arborist consultant can tell you if your tree or trees needs to be taken out or not. If there are areas that need pruning, they can also indicate where and how to do so.
Does your tree look unhealthy?
If you are not an expert, you will have a hard time discovering if your trees are healthy or not. Unlike human beings, where we express how we feel through woods and actions, trees do not have the same luxury. Instead, they have more subtle reactions when things are not going right. For example, leaves or branches may start to droop, the bark may change colors or shed, or your tree may stop growing.
To the normal eye, you may not be able to spot these signs. Then over time, your tree will eventually die. We do not want that to happen. Instead, an arborist consultant can tell you what is wrong with your tree and also give you tips and advice on how to bring it back to optimal health.
Are you planning a construction project?
Do you have an upcoming construction project that you need help with removing or planting new trees? While it is easy to remove or plant a tree, you have to keep in mind the tree’s surroundings. For example, removing a tree may disrupt the ecosystem surrounding it — other plants, insects and other animals. Many animals have gone extinct or endangered thanks to people digging up trees. Removing trees can also cause issues with the soil. If there are things wrong with the area’s soil, it can cause issues for your new building’s foundation.
Issues can arise when planting new trees as well. You can plant a tree wrong or even plant a tree that will not survive in the environment. If you plant trees too close together or too close to buildings or parking lots, you can also cause significant damage to not only the trees but items and concrete. Never underestimate the strength of a tree’s roots. Therefore, before you start removing or planting trees, you need to bring an arborist consultant to the site to determine what would work best.
Now that you know why you should hire an arborist consultant, it is time to find the right one. Mulheron Tree Experts have been helping people with their trees since 1990. For more information, contact us today.