Monday, October 23, 2017

The Arborist Difference: From Culpepper Tree Service -- You’re Tallahassee Tree Care Specialists

Q: What is a certified arborist?

A: By definition, an arborist is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. ISA Arborist Certification denotes a documented base of knowledge; it is a measurable assessment of an individual’s competence in providing proper tree care. Continued education is required, meaning that a certified arborist is up-to-date on the latest arboriculture techniques.
Q: Why hire an arborist?
A: They’re specialists. You wouldn’t go to your primary care physician to have a tooth extracted; the same logic applies to arboriculture. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Healthy trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Conversely, poorly maintained trees can pose a significant liability. All Culpepper arborists are fully insured and completely trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
Q: What services does an arborist provide?
A: Arborists provide a variety of services to help maintain your valuable investment. They are a vital part of our Tallahassee tree service. Services include:
  1. Pruning – An arborist determines the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of your trees. Techniques utilized include:
    • Eliminating crowding branches
    • Removing limbs that interfere with wires, building facades, gutters, roofs and chimneys.
    • Removing dead or weak limbs that pose a hazard or may lead to decay.
    • Removing diseased or insect-infested limbs.
    • Creating better structure to lessen wind resistance and reduce the potential from storm damage.
    • Training young trees
    • Removing limbs damaged by adverse weather conditions
    • Thinning or removal of unnecessary branches
    • Improving the shape or silhouette of the tree 
  1. Removal - As a premiere Tallahassee tree service, we treat tree removal as a last resort. Our arborists make educated decisions about tree removal, which is recommended when:
    • The tree is dead or dying, considered irreparably hazardous, or is causing an obstruction impossible to correct through pruning.
    • The tree is crowding and/or causing harm to nearby trees.
    • A more suitable specimen is slated to replace the tree.
    • New construction dictates the need for tree removal. 
  1. Emergency tree care – Storms may result in limbs or entire trees landing on homes or cars. The weight of storm-damaged limbs and trees is great; they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist from Culpepper Tree Service will eradicate the risks involved and remove the threat.  
  1. Planting – Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend what species are appropriate for specific locations. The wrong tree placed in the wrong location can lead to future problems due to limited growing space, insect damage, diseases and poor growth. 
  1. Additional services
    • Preventive maintenance
    • Fertilization
    • Cabling or bracing for added support
    • Aeration to increase root growth
    • Installation of lightning protection systems
    • Spraying or injecting to control certain insect and disease problems 
Q: How do I select the right arborist?
A: As a Tallahassee tree service provider, our knowledge as arborists proves invaluable. When choosing an arborist to care for your trees, consider the following:
  • Take a look at designations. Does the arborist advertise himself as “ISA Certified?” If so, he has passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. 
  • Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) denotes an arborist’s dedication to staying up to date on the latest techniques and advancements in arboriculture. See our links tab to check out their websites. 
  • Ask for proof of insurance – and then call the insurance company to double-check. A reputable arborist carries personal and property damage insurance, as well as workers compensation coverage. Do not hire an uninsured individual who claims to be a “Tallahassee tree expert” but does not provide documentation. 
  • Check references and/or visit other worksites where the company or individual has done tree work. Remember, tree care is a substantial investment. You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive – don’t trust your trees to someone who isn’t qualified to care for them.  
  • Beware of non-accepted practices. A true arborist will not top a tree, remove an excessive amount of live wood, or use climbing spikes on trees not scheduled for removal. 
  • Get more than one estimate – and don’t always accept the lowest bid. Examine all of the credentials and determine the best person(s) for the job. 
Contact Culpepper Tree Service to speak with a qualified arborist. We are Tallahassee and North Florida’s Premier full service tree care company