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Small towns with quiet forests and picturesque tree-lined sidewalks need Arborists. Not to mention any historical park or nature reserve will require arborists as well. People have a strong tie to the trees in their area and Arborists do everything they can to keep their nature in your area healthy and thriving.
The Tree and Arborist Relationship
Trees have many redeeming qualities that can solidify their value in any community. Trees can:
Arborists lobby for using trees and other natural elements to create a desirable environment for the entire city or town. They advocate for the use of trees to reduce the heat-island effect in cities and to create wind barriers in areas prone to wind-storms.
An arborist with work with a private company, the city or with the state to:
Why Hire an Arborist?
Keeping trees thriving is hard, and in nature, there would be a natural cycle of a tree decaying and new life spawning up afterward. Unfortunately, this cycle isn’t pretty and can put homeowners and pedestrians in danger.
Homeowners need arborists to care for sick trees, maintain tree health by trimming or controlling pests and in some cases, homeowners need trees removed.
Trees are hazardous to work around, and the situations that call for tree trimming, or removal require the use of specific equipment. The process is physically demanding, but that doesn't stop people every year from trying to handle these issues on their own and getting hurt in the process. Arborists go through training and certification to maintain and care for trees.
What Do Arborists Do?
They offer services including:
Ideally, you’ll call an Arborist as part of a basic home maintenance plan for regular pruning to ensure your trees are thieving. However, if you notice insects or unwanted pests you may have an infested or diseased tree. Arborists handle all of these aspects of tree and bush care.
Trees take care of our community and us in many ways. Aside from freshening our air, trees protect our homes from all sorts of weather including rain, snow, wind, and even heat in the summer. As we watch our city grow trees are also the solution to the heat-island effect that happens in large cities that abandon vegetation. Healthy trees can keep our city air cleaner and keep our temperatures within reasonable ranges too.
For property managers trees with a lot of vitality can create calm environments and inviting office spaces. But property managers should know that caring for trees is also a way to avoid costly lawsuits from injury claims.
Home managers are often familiar with the risks of exposed stumps or dead branches. But trees that appear perfectly healthy need maintenance too. We care for healthy trees to keep them healthy and increase vitality. Trees can naturally grow out of shape and begin to break down because of unevenly distributed weight. Primary tree care includes pruning, spraying and managing the soil to ensure they get all the nutrients possible. Arborists, or tree care professionals, can spot many signs of decay or disease that most others would miss. Regular inspections from an arborist will include checking for trunk decay, mottling, discoloration, dead leaves, and unsafe branches. They will also evaluate the tree structure to identify the best pruning patterns and to promote upward growth.
Tree care goes outside of the general growth patterns of the tree and can begin to interfere with utility lines or even a home. Proper tree care will ensure that your trees protect your home, not cause damage to it. Regular maintenance will ensure that your trees never grow too close to utility lines, your home, or your neighbor’s homes. In many cases, unmaintained trees that are close to homes or utility lines can cost tens of thousands of dollars in property damage. Particularly with New England winters, snow and ice buildup on branches hanging near homes or utility lines can cause weak limbs to fall.
You wouldn’t think it most of the time, but trees are serious hazards, especially when they’re near a home or business. Every year people are hurt from falling branches or fallen trees. Damaged trees result in tragic accidents, deaths, and substantial amounts of property damage. Because of the risks associated with having trees some businesses or homeowners call for complete tree removal. That’s not always necessary and it could event detract from your property value. Trees have many benefits. They help keep your air fresh, can act as barriers for your property in storms, and are visually appealing too. But, in some cases, the only option is tree removal. Sometimes the need for tree removal is easy to spot, but other times you need an arborist for an in-depth look at the health of the tree.
Apparent Warning Signs
If you see any of these signs, then you need to call an arborist immediately and schedule for tree removal.
Hardly ever do trees grow completely straight, so take a step back and try to see the entire tree from base to the top of the crown. Is it leaning? You may notice that it takes a turn partway through the trunk or it may bend from where it meets the ground. If you’re not sure, contact your local tree service company in Lowell, Massachusetts. A leaning tree could fall at any time. Leaning trees often carry a disease or are already dead.
Visible or Damaged Roots
Most trees should have completely submerged root systems, and if you can see any part of the root system emerging from the ground near the base of the tree, you need professional help. Trees that have poor structural support will not be able to handle the crown’s weight and will fall. If you can't see the roots at all, that's a good sign, but you should also consider looking closely towards the base of the tree if it has space between where it meets the ground than there is possible structural instability.
Cracks, Cavities, and Crevices
Every tree has its nooks and crannies but a crack, split or a cavity can be the one sign that something is wrong with the tree internally. The need for tree removal is high if the trunk's internal structure can't support its weight. Large pieces of missing bark and insect infestations are the signs that there is a cavity or crevice’s and that the tree isn’t sound.
A healthy tree is a huge bonus for any property, but like humans, trees can also get sick. It can be helpful to know some of the diseases and symptoms that trees can have so you can be aware of the health of your tree. Today we’re going to look at a couple of tree diseases and some of their symptoms.
When a group of fungi attacks twigs, leaves, fruits and flowers on a tree they can cause a disease called anthracnose. Anthracnose is mostly found in trees in North America. This generally leads to branch dieback, defoliation and even the death of the tree in question.
Crabapple trees are susceptible to a disease called apple scab, where the leaves start darkening and molting. This is mostly an aesthetic condition, however, and generally doesn’t mean your tree is in real harm. It can be dealt with by using fungicide applications.
Cedar rusts are a disease common to crabapple and hawthorn trees. You can recognize it in rust-colored or orange speckles that show up on the leaves of the tree. This disease can result in twig cankers and dieback. Proper pruning paired with fungicide applications will efficiently rid your tree of cedar rusts.
Diplodia is a disease common to pine trees. It starts and the bottom of the tree and works its way up, expanding the pine needles till they die. You can spot diplodia in dead shoots with needles only half elongated and lots of resin. You can also find black fruiting structures on cones and between needles. Prune well and apply fungicides to avoid diplodia.
A fungal disease causing premature defoliation in old trees is called dothistroma needle blight. It’s common in pine trees all over North America, but can’t be found in pine trees in the central Rocky Mountains or the western Great Plains. The main symptom of dothistroma is tan or yellow bands appearing on the tree’s needles in fall.
Palm trees in Texas and Florida are often victims of lethal palm yellowing. You can normally find this disease in date palms, coconut palms, and Canary Island date palms amongst others. This disease of ten results in tree death.
There are many more tree diseases that show up in American trees, but with some of these tips you might be able to get ahead of your tree diseases in time to save them.
If you believe your tree might have a disease, contact us at our Tree Service Company in Lowell today for a free quote on having it treated or removed.