5 Signs You Need to Consult an Arborist

Old growth trees provide exceptional shade, gorgeous foliage and an air of character to landscapes, yards and gardens. Protecting these trees while encouraging safe growth can be a difficult balance. If you need advice on whether or not to consult an arborist about your favorite tree or trees, then here are five scenarios that are worthy of reaching out to a professional.

New Development

Construction sites of any size have the potential to cause soil damage, limit aeration and leach unwanted contaminants into the soil or water. Certified arborists conduct pre-construction evaluations to determine if trees need to be removed, relocated or if they are capable of withstanding the stress of construction. While young trees can adapt to construction, older and established trees can suffer distress. To reduce the potential of tree loss, schedule a preconstruction evaluation as a precautionary measure.

Sap and Bark

If you notice foamy sap erupting from a tree’s base or in other areas of the tree, this indicates a bacterial problem. Certified arborists are able to provide trees with the nutrients they need to recover. Arborists can also inspect other trees in the area to determine the extent and cause of any damage. Foamy sap is normal for pine trees, but if your elm, oak or other hardwood tree is showing bark injury and foamy sap, then it is a good idea to contact a certified arborist.

Undergrowth Management

Shade trees can increase a property’s value by up to 15-percent, but too much shade can limit your garden’s growth. If your lawn is muddy, weedy or non-existent, then it is wise to consult an arborist. Arborists know the best ways to thin a tree’s crown and bring light to the understory without impeding the tree’s growth or causing any systemic damage.

Structure Concerns

Trees that are planted too close to structures have a tendency to outgrow their boundaries. Roots might find their way into septic tanks and foundations while branches brush against windows, power lines and front porches. Certified arborists evaluate your options. Trees may be pruned back for safety without compromising beauty. They may also be relocated or trained to grow in less invasive ways.

Thunderstorms and Lightening

In regions of the country that experience severe storms, trees are often victims of lightning strikes. If lightening damages a tree, whether through the root system, trunk or branches, certified arborists provide bark repair, water management and corrective pruning. If you are interested in taking a proactive approach, then installing lightning protection systems is another option.

Trees are vibrant and vital landscape features. Protecting your tree from harm and encouraging healthy growth can be achieved through consultations with certified arborists.

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