Basic Arborist Consultation
A basic Arborist consultation is performed while on the
ground and it includes: visual inspection for obvious trunk damage, root damage, evidence of grade changes
or any soil disturbance of the critical root zone (CRZ) of the tree.
Note: CRZ is defined as the area under the canopy surrounding the trunk of the tree.
Another part of the visual consultation is inspecting the crown for an
overview of the general health of the tree, i.e. lack of new growth shoots which may indicate stress.
This service includes looking for dead, decaying or dying limbs or
branches and twigs.
Also checking for crossing branches or any limbs that may be rubbing
against one another, which can cause injury to the tree potentially leading to additional stress, disease
or infection of the tree.
In summary, the on-ground visual inspection should include a close examination of the
root system, the health and vitality of the crown of the tree, and should always include a full
360° walk-around (looking at the tree from all sides).
Advanced Arborist Consultation
Advanced Arborist consultations are above
ground inspections which actually involve climbing the tree. Again, these should always be
performed without spikes. This will allow the Certified Arborist a greater opportunity to examine the crown
of the tree for a more detailed analysis.
Often times, the extent of damage within the crown of the tree can only be observed while in the
tree. This can also be performed with a bucket truck, i.e. a cherry picker. This type of
consultation is often more expensive than your "on-ground walk-around" consultation. However, it's the only way to
positively identify a potential problem with your tree.
A good tip that any homeowner can perform at little or no cost is a soil test. The first step in
plant health care is knowing the pH and quality of your soil.
For example, pine trees love acidic soil, and your soil test results come back positive for
alkaline then this is a starting point for understanding why your pine trees may be stressed.
Other good examples are River Birch or Weeping Willow trees. They grow best in wet
Soil and water are primary factors to consider in the overall health of the tree.
To get a soil test kit ... contact your local county extension agent for detailed soil sample
tests. Typically this is provided free of charge.
By definition ... treatment without diagnosis is malpractice.
If you need some tree advice - call today to schedule a consultation with an ISA Certified