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What Is An Arborist? Why Might You Need One.

August 15, 2019

If you live in Gig Harbor, Lakewood, or the greater Tacoma area, it is more than likely that you have heard the term “arborist” spoken in casual conversation — and for good reason! Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a lot of trees. Pair the explosive tree populations and the humid climate, and you get rapid growth. So if you have heard someone talking about local arborists, they were likely talking about it because they needed to hire someone to perform tree services on their residential or commercial property. 

As arborists ourselves, here at Apex Tree Experts, we thought that it might be fitting for us to discuss what a certified arborist really is, as well as why you might want to think about reaching out to one for tree services.

What Is A Certified Arborist?

A certified arborist is a highly-trained tree care professional that has had a minimum of three years of full-time tree care experience. Some arborists have degrees from higher-education and others have more formal training, but regardless of the level of training that they have, their purpose is simple — to care for and maintain trees in such a way that they thrive. 

Arborists are highly-trained tree specialists that are trained in a number of different services ranging from tree and stump removal, tree trimming and pruning, and general tree care ranging from deep-root fertilization to disease control and pest control. 

Essentially, if you have a tree care issue, a certified arborist is the person to call. But what are some of the more common reasons that you might get in touch with a certified arborist?

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need an Arborist

Tree Removal

There are a number of different reasons that you might need to remove a tree, and there are even more reasons that you shouldn’t try to remove the tree by yourself. Among the reasons that there are to have trees removed, most fall under two main reasons — the tree is dead, diseased, or infested, or because the tree is a hazard to people and other trees. If a tree is a hazard or if the tree is affected by an ailment, it is time to contact your local Gig Harbor arborist.

Tree Trimming/Pruning

When people think of tree trimming, they typically think of cutting the tree for aesthetic values. While yes, a certified arborist can trim your tree to shape it and make it more visually appealing, the main reasons that trees need to be trimmed are because they are partially dead or are affecting the growth of other trees and structures around it. Pruning is similar to tree trimming, but it is done so in a way that can prepare the tree for a healthier growth cycle.

They Provide Services Safety and Efficiently

It can be tempting to trim back a few branches on a tree that needs some aesthetic maintenance, or even try to remove a dead tree on your own, but DIYing these tasks can be dangerous and time-consuming. An arborist has the experience, knowledge, and specialized equipment to do the job safely and efficiently. There won’t be any damage to nearby property, the tree won’t be inadvertently damaged, and the job will be done quicker.

An Arborist Offers In-Depth Knowledge

With advanced training and education, an arborist can provide invaluable information about how to properly care and maintain the trees on your property. Whether you’re planting a new tree, trimming a growing tree, or removing a dead tree, there is a wealth of knowledge that a professional arborist has, and this can be just what homeowners need to protect their landscaping investments.

Tree Planting

In some cases, certified arborists can do more than just manage the trees that you already have. Instead, they can also help you plant new trees or advise you on how you should plant new trees. Being that all variations of trees grow differently and require different care, a certified arborist can help you establish the new trees in such a way that will be most conducive to their healthy growth.

Contact Your Local Gig Harbor Arborist Today!

If you have a yard that you are proud of (and want to continue to be proud of it) you might want to speak with a certified arborist. Not only can an arborist trim and prune trees to maintain their aesthetic value, but they can also treat the tree to protect it from disease, protect it from pests, and to influence tree growth positively. Deep root fertilization and watering are also among the general tree care services that an arborist can provide to you.

At Apex Tree Experts, we provide the Gig Harbor, Lakewood, and Tacoma areas with tree care services that are second-to-none. Our experienced team of tree care professionals is well versed in all aspects of tree care and is passionate about protecting trees and ensuring their optimal growth. 

So what are you waiting for? Contact a member of our team today for a free tree care services quote. We look forward to hearing from you.