Welcome to my blog. My name is Sarah, and right now, I can see my favourite tree from my window. A few years ago, it was ailing, but I learned everything I could about tree health and nurtured her back to abundance. In this blog, I plan to write all about tree care, from the basics you can do on your own to knowing when to call a professional. My love of trees grew out of my love for gardening and landscaping, and I may write about those topics as well. I hope that you like my blog and that it inspires you. Thanks for reading!
An arborist is a tree specialist, someone who knows about different varieties and species of trees and who can also diagnose problems trees may be experiencing with growth, damage, and the like. You may hesitate to call an arborist when you notice problems with your tree, assuming that the tree just needs to be removed once it starts to wither. However, an arborist can tell you how to salvage the tree, if it can be saved in the first place. Note when it's good to call an arborist for a tree on your property rather than just scheduling it to be removed.
1. When one side of the tree seems dead
If one side of a tree seems dead, an arborist can often note if there is a problem on that side of your property that is affecting the tree and which can be addressed. For example, the tree may be planted too close to a structure so that roots on one side are stunted, and that side of the tree is not getting needed oxygen that roots take in. There may also be a pest infestation that is affecting one side of the tree and this too can be addressed with treatments.
2. When a tree bought from a nursery doesn't thrive
Trees grown in nurseries are often grown in pots, so that the roots curl around the pot as the tree grows. When you take the tree home and plant it yourself, you may not have spread out the roots properly; this can also be a problem with landscapers who plant trees purchased from nurseries and who don't know to spread out the roots. In turn, these "girdled" roots don't take in enough moisture and oxygen so the tree doesn't thrive. An arborist can check the root growth of a tree and note if they need to be spread out for the tree to thrive.
3. If you've gone through a drought
If your area has gone through a drought or any such harsh weather and you notice that your tree seems to be dead or dying, call an arborist to inspect it. It may be that you can simply trim away some of the main branches that are taking up the most oxygen and water, or trim branches that are already dead, and this will save the trunk and roots of the tree. In turn, the tree can grow back to health soon enough and it won't need to be removed.