The Critical Importance of Hiring Skilled Tree Professionals
The longevity and overall health of your tree is equal to the quality of care you provide for it. When hiring a service to trim your tree, you can have your tree either lopped or pruned. The average home-owner may not recognise the distinction, but the service you choose can make difference between a tree that enjoys healthy, even growth, and a tree that is neglected, mismanaged, and allowed to wither from disease.
Pruning is the proper term for strategic trimming of branches that are overgrown or dead. This encourages the tree’s productivity and improves the tree’s health. In order to give your tree the proper pruning that it needs, you must select someone who has the professional skills to handle your tree gently and effectively.
Lopping is the mere removal of unwanted branches, potentially without the proper tools or the skills needed to protect the tree while doing the trimming. If trees go unprotected during trimming, or if disease and pests go unnoticed, the tree will then be allowed to founder, reducing in attractiveness and dropping more dead leaves and branches, until you finally realise there is a problem and call in a professional.
An arborist is no mere tree lopper. He has been certified and trained in the skills necessary to prune and cut trees with the health and well-being of the tree in mind. Not only that, but an arborist knows that each type of tree has different needs, and is trained to address each tree on an individual basis. By retaining an arborist to service your tree, you can be assured that your tree’s health will improve as a result of the professional care it receives.
A tree lopper is someone (potentially any regular person wielding a chain saw or trimmer, since 99% of tree loppers are uncertified) who is merely there to cut off the branches you want removed. Typically they do not have any training in tree health, pests or diseases, and are not able to correctly assess the state of your tree’s health. He may cut off the dying branch you want removed, and never realize that the branch is dead because the tree has contracted some kind of disease, or is infested with pests.
Special Care Situations
The risks aren’t inherent only to the tree, either. Since most trees in the city are located near homes, schools, or down town areas, any tree trimming can pose a threat to the safety of people or structures. An entire tree doesn’t have to fall to cause a loss of property or life. One mere branch falling at the wrong place or time could be catastrophic.
A responsible home or business owner will often call in a professional tree agency to handle such delicate circumstances. The agency will be committed to providing high quality service, sending out a professional team consisting of arborists, technicians, and landscapers to make sure that all elements of the situation are taken into consideration before any work begins. These agencies have the highly skilled, trained professionals and the requisite equipment and to safely and effectively remove limbs or trees as needed, dramatically reducing any risk of damage or injury. In the unlikely event that an accident happens, such agencies are fully insured to cover any liability issues.
Tree loppers don’t have that kind of manpower, and if an accident occurs, it is usually a tragic outcome. They are not trained for emergency tree situations. By dealing with a skilled arborist or a professional tree agency, you can rest assured that your tree, your property, and the safety of anyone nearby is being handled with the utmost of care.
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