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Why Hire An Arborist?

 In Inexpensive Tree Care Blog

When big projects demand our attention, it’s best to call an arborist who has experience handling the biggest jobs. For tree services in Portland, that means Inexpensive Tree Care.

We know it can be tempting to “hire a guy” or ask a landscaper to prune your tall trees or see if anybody in your office knows anybody who’s done tree work before. And although this may from time to time work out in your favor, there are too many variables at play for it to be a reliable approach. Most of the time, homeowners and property owners don’t even know what to ask to ensure that “the guy” they’re hiring is qualified to do the work.

For example: Is he a certified arborist? Is he experienced? Is he licensed, insured and bonded? Can he perform any and all work that needs to be done now while also recommending necessary changes to prevent problems likely to crop up in the future?

If he doesn’t have answers to these questions, then it’s time to hang up the phone and dial Inexpensive Tree Care. We’re staffed by certified arborists — and a certified arborist is the only person you should allow on your property to take care of your trees.

Why hire an arborist? Let us count the ways!

4 Reasons To Hire An Arborist

  • To be an arborist is both an art and a science.

The science includes knowledge of trees and tree diseases; being trained and equipped to work safely for the right job at the right time; how to prep for possible storm damage; how to examine the health, appearance, and safety issues regarding damaged trees; and knowing that tree care is an investment in the future.

The art includes knowing that trees are attractive, fundamental pieces of our urban canopy that must be treasured and cherished based on seasonal changes and the property owners’ own sense of beauty and aesthetics.

  • Safety is No. 1.

Tree health care can be a dangerous profession. We work at great heights and must be aware of the dangers inherent in climbing through a tree canopy. A certified arborist knows and understands the rules regarding tree care. And, as mentioned above, arborists can provide valuable feedback about your property and its trees in order to prevent problems before they arise.

  • Their knowledge is deep and broad.

Arborists have both the technical ability and the knowledge to diagnose problems on your property. Think of how many plants and tree species there are on even the smallest plot of land. Now add in the seasonal changes, the prevalence of invasive species, and all the insects and diseases that can harm your trees.

Arborists are your resource for the best and latest info on tree maintenance and tree care. They’ve been certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) via a rigorous process that includes training and certification exams. Arborists are experts in a wide range of disciplines, including proper tree care, soil management, tree biology, urban forestry, and more.

  • They’re not landscapers.

Although some of the duties of a landscaper can be done by your friendly neighborhood arborist, these two jobs are quite different, and shouldn’t be considered the same. Arborists are like tree doctors: specialists in the pruning, trimming, and removal of trees.

Landscapers cut your grass and trim your hedges. They should never be tasked with difficult jobs, such as high-tree trimming or tree relocation.

This type of work is dangerous. It usually requires a city permitting process, which one does not need just to cut the grass. (Click here to see Inexpensive Tree Care’s tree service permits.)

Those are just a few of the reasons to call an arborist at Inexpensive Tree Care. We’ll take care of you and all your tree service needs. We want to be your trusted resource for tree removal, tree pruning, tree trimming, and more.

Give us a call today at 503-679-1410. Or contact us for a free estimate.

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