Trees form the skeleton of any landscape. Their size and stature are what define your landscape. When designing a landscape, the trees are selected and put in place first. The selection and placement of the other plants are governed by the mature size, aesthetics and placement of these trees. As a result, the loss of a tree, especially a large shade tree, would create an obvious void in your landscape.
The loss of a large shade tree would affect more than visual balance and composition of your landscape. It could lead to the decline and eventual loss of other plants that depend on the tree(s) to create an environment in which they can thrive. If understory or nearby plants prefer shade to full sun, removal of the tree that’s been providing the shade that they need completely changes their environment, and not for the better.
Trees also contribute to the value of your property, increasing as they grow. One way to protect this valuable investment and the integrity of your landscape is to have your trees inspected at least once a year by a professional arborist. An arborist knows what signs point to problems and the action to take to make necessary repairs.
A tree inspection is like a physical for people. Our arborist will check the trunk for cracks and signs of decay, including conks or mushroom, which are the fruiting bodies of the fungi that cause decay. The presence of certain insects, birds and even small mammals indicate that they’ve found a home in the hollow of decaying trees. Our arborists also have instruments that help determine if there’s rot inside the trunk. From the inspection results, the arborists can determine if the tree can be saved or whether it’s hazardous and should be taken down.
Trees that are leaning indicate root rot and those that are healthy only on one side indicate the presence of girdling root. We have a tool that uses air to gently remove the soil around the roots so we can examine them close up. Removing a girdling root is a relatively easy procedure for a professional arborist. We can also easily determine whether the rotted roots can safely be removed without compromising the tree’s stability. The soil can then be replaced after the inspection is finished.
The arborists will also be on the alert for dead, dying, broken, crossing or rubbing branches, which they can remove. They will pay special attention to branches hanging over your house or close to electric wires. These should be pruned to provide clearance. Don’t try this yourself, though! Leave pruning to the professionals. They have the knowledge, training and specialized equipment to do the job safely, and we have arborists with the special training necessary to work near energized wires.
A landscape without trees has no real structure and no height. Even with the most beautiful, colorful flowers, treeless landscapes can be rather bland. Trees are large, complex, living organisms that need regular attention, beginning with an inspection by our professional arborists.
Trees may also be pruned to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. In most cases, mature trees are pruned as a corrective or preventative measure. Routine thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree.