Certified Arborist

According to the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), “Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification and adhere to a Code of Ethics. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.” At Down To Earth Landscape & Irrigation, we have ISA Certified Arborists on board to care for all tree-related needs.

There is more to tree care than meets the eye. Well-maintained trees can significantly add to property value. If trees are not maintained properly, they could cause property damage. Therefore, all tree-work should only be handled by professionals who are trained and equipped to work safely and correctly with trees. A certified arborist can help with tree planting, tree maintenance, emergency tree care and tree removal while keeping in mind the health of the tree and the health of the landscape.

Frequently Asked Questions

An arborist offers various services. They decide on the type of pruning each tree requires to improve its health and shape while keeping the safety of the pruning process in mind. They also prune trees to remove any parts that have been damaged by storms and pose a safety risk. 

Arborists make sure the right tree is planted in the right location to prevent future problems like disease, pest infestation and restricted growth space.

In case a tree is damaged due to a natural disaster or is in the process of dying due to disease and cannot be revived, arborists provide tree removal services in a safe way that does not cause property damage.

The first thing when hiring an arborist is their certification. Make sure the arborist is ISA certified, as this is proof of the arborist’s knowledge and skill, and that they will follow best practices. When comparing a couple different arborists’ services, keep in mind that the cheapest option does not often lead to the highest quality of work. Budgeting for quality service and understanding the different levels of service each company provides is always important when making hiring decisions.

A good arborist does not use spikes or spurs to climb a tree as these wound the tree and leaves it vulnerable to disease and pest infestation. A knowledgeable arborist does not recommend drastic options for pruning like topping a tree and instead suggests other methods while keeping the health of the tree in mind. Good arborists offer a full-spectrum service like tree-planting, pruning, fertilizing, bracing and pest control. They never remove a living tree and always consider other possibilities as tree-removal is only a last resort.

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