Taking care of trees can be more work than many homeowners realize. While some basic tasks, such as watering, mulching, and evens some pruning, can be done by the homeowners, other tasks may require the services of a professional. Arborists are professionals who can take care of tree problems that are beyond the skills of the typical homeowner. However, sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether or not their tree services are required. Here are three situations where an arborist may be needed.
When Dealing With Large Trees
When it comes to large trees with high branches, even simple tasks can be difficult. Pruning large trees can be very difficult and dangerous for anyone who isn't a professional. Homeowners with large trees on their property should consider calling an arborist. Not only can they determine whether or not the trees are healthy, they can also prune and trim them as needed in order to keep them healthy. They can also remove limbs that may be a danger to nearby buildings and power lines. It can cost anywhere from $200 to more than $1,000 to trim trees that are taller than 60 feet.
When Dealing With Sick Trees
Just like humans, trees are also susceptible to disease. Trees that are growing fungus, have discolored leaves, bare branches, rotted areas, and other signs of distress often need professional help. An arborist can determine if the tree is diseased as well as whether or not it can be treated. In some cases the tree must be removed in order to ensure that it's not a danger. An arborist will charge somewhere between $70 and $170 per hour on average for their services.
When Dealing With Old Or Indigenous Trees
If a group of trees has been on a property for a long time or if they are an indigenous species, it may be necessary to get approval before having them removed. Whether or not this is necessary is highly dependent on the location of the property. However, in some cases an arborist report is needed before any tree can be removed. An average price to pay would be between $75 and $100 for a report on one to five trees with additional trees costing an additional $20 to $25.
Hiring an arborist is something that many homeowners find themselves doing. While it's not always necessary, there are plenty of occasions where an arborist can be a big help. It may be a good idea to hire an arborist when working with large trees, when the trees on a property become diseased, and when a homeowner wants to cut down old or indigenous trees.