A Day in the Life of an Arborist

We stand by the fact that we will do everything in our power to ensure that trees are not felled and replaced. When we work with an arborist, we are asked about the process we go through when we receive a call for advice and the decisions we make with regard to tree treatment, seasonal practices and tree preservation. As mentioned above, arborists are always anxious to confirm that their tree service job is to do for you what we do within our powers to maintain the health of the trees. Due to the ethical practices, standards and consultation system for detecting health damage to trees, we would like to share our process with you.

When we enter a property and inquire about tree removal as arborists, we do not propose tree removal. We will not jump on a tree on our first visit, but we understand that your trees must coexist peacefully with your landscape. Preserving trees can be challenging, but also rewarding.

Tree care techniques consist of assessing the health of your trees, including the preparation and detailed inspection of your trees and their branches. We make recommendations based on the landscape we observe and management plans for individual situations.

When working with an arborist, it is important not to accept anything in any situation. This is especially true when you receive a call from a homeowner who has made hasty conclusions.

A common arboriculture technique is to take notes during the initial process, but one should never assume that there is an actual problem with the tree until we are on the property and take a closer look. Most trees have common symptoms, and we know the nature of the area and the historical symptoms to which the tree has been exposed. For example, the emerald ash drill is not an example of a common symptom, but we know it is an invasive species, and certified arborists challenge us to understand what it is, what it has done to the tree and how to treat it. With the research and knowledge of the side effects of the drill, we were able to treat ash trees successfully.

Apple scab is caused by the ascomycetal fungus Venturia inaequalis, which attacks the leaves and fruits of trees. In contrast to the work of arborists, we rarely see crab apples in the middle of summer losing their leaves, which is a first indication of apple scabs. Even crap apple trees lose their leaves, but apple scab is not the only cause.  For more information about tree service care, click here.

Crabs, lime trees and birches are also threatened by Japanese beetles, which feed in late summer. Japanese beetles feed on leaves of trees and shrubs, killing them not only, but also threatening the risk of secondary pests and diseases that can occur.

After a call from the homeowner, we can arrange an on-site appointment for a tree service consultation with you, where we will ask questions in real time and create a tree health plan based on your landscape and tree health. After we have presented you with a list of recommendations, we ask you to choose what you want to do.

When working with an arborist, we understand the robust cost of the arboriculture system and offer several options. It is important to note that while we give you the opportunity to treat your tree, this will not rid your tree of all its problems. For example, a treatment that does not apply to your tree does not mean that it does not work or that your tree should be treated. We recommend, based on advice, a mix of typical arboriculture techniques if an underlying problem is likely.

Seasonality is important to us humans because it changes our mood, our activities and our general adaptability. As arborists, we know how important it is to catch trees at the right time to preserve them.

All trees are the same in this way. If you want to treat your tree, understand the importance of patience and the importance of knowing when the tree will accept treatment. Treatments are seasonal, and the response of the trees to the treatment can be varied according to the season.

As a certified arborist, this is a job that we enjoy every day. We hope that you will consider consulting with us and trust that we will appreciate and understand your landscape.