9 Reasons to hire an Arborist

In a day in age where “Do it yourself” is treading, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional to look at your trees:

Professional arborists know a lot about trees that most people don’t. Here are some great reasons to hire a professional arborist to care for your trees to ensure their health and vitality.

1. Avoid injuries and accidents 
This should always be the top priority when considering how to undertake tree work. Even though your neighbour offered to lend you his chain saw and ladder, this might not be the right option for the job. The risks of falling and being electrocuted must be taken very seriously when climbing a tree with nearby utility lines. The risk of a branch swinging back once cut needs to be considered. Professionals have extensive training that permits them to execute these tasks safely without harming the arborist or your surrounding property.

2. Maintain the desired appearance of your trees
An arborist will know the best way to maintain the natural appearance of your trees. By effectively pruning and thinning your trees, the arborist will not only avoid cutting unnecessary branches, but will also ensure that trimming is done right to help the tree stay healthy and happy and continue to grow.

3. Increase property value
Curb appeal! Well-maintained trees give character to your property and enhance your overall property value. Taking care of your yard, the same way you would your home, is an excellent investment. Ask any realtor, buyers almost always prefer a street with beautiful mature trees.

4.  Detect diseases or insect infestations and prevent damage they might cause. 
Arborist’s are able to  detect diseases or insect infestations and are familiar with the diseases that affect trees and also know how to care for these problems to prevent a spread. If an issue is discovered they can provide the appropriate treatment to prevent further deterioration so that your tree can flourish.

5. Prevent your trees from falling

During high winds, a fragile tree is more likely to uproot or break and fall. If you’re unsure, an arborist can check on the health of your trees and take steps to prevent this from happening. Ottawa is full of manitoba maple trees that tend to grow like weeds. They grow top heavy, the often fall when not pruned and thinned properly.

6. Select the right kind of tree
The right tree can be hard to find for your region. Don’t just rely on your personal taste when it comes time to plant a tree. Not only should your chosen tree please you; but it should be able to grow without damaging any underground or above ground structures. The tree should also be suitable for your region’s climate.

7. Have the right equipment
Companies that specialize in tree maintenance use professional high-end equipment that you may not have and can’t afford on your own. That’s worth thinking about! Ever looked into renting a wood chipper? You might be better off hiring an arborist.

8. Avoid costly mistakes
Just like any home service, it could cost you more money to fix your mistakes than to call in an expert in the first place. If you decide to perform the tree maintenance yourself, keep in mind that you could risk damaging, weakening or even stunting the growth of your trees. While painting your house yourself could save you money, you may want to consider hiring other professionals to avoid injury and error.

9. Save a tree from being chopped down or dying unnecessarily
An arborist can find solutions to all kinds of tree-related problems. A tree that seems dead, sick or fragile can sometimes be saved. Since the survival of trees is very close to an arborist’s heart, they can often find a way to help your keep your trees.
When you hire a professional arborist to care for your trees, you can rest assured that they have the knowledge and tools to ensure your tree remains healthy and vibrant for years to come. Servicing the Ottawa region since 2005, Tim O Tree takes pride in helping you with all your tree care needs. Call today for a quote. 613-327-7989

This photograph shows a typical end for a Manitoba Maple. The tree matures, gets top heavy or grows at extreme angles and its weak wood cannot support itself. Fortunately no one was hurt in this example
This photograph shows a typical end for a Manitoba Maple. The tree matures, gets top heavy or grows at extreme angles and its weak wood cannot support itself. Fortunately no one was hurt in this example