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Tree Winterization Tips For Winter 2014: Part 6

While prepping your trees for winter, you will want to keep disease, insects, and safety in mind.  Here are some notes to keep in mind while you’re developing your game plan:

Look for insect problems. Egg masses of tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, and tussock moths are often visible on tree branches in winter. Remove them by hand or prune out to control insect damage in the spring.

Look for signs of disease. While closely inspecting branches, take the opportunity to check for unusual swellings, open lesions, or darkened areas that could be symptoms of canker and disease.

Disinfect your tools. Although not as critically important as during the growing season, cleaning tools with a 10 percent solution of rubbing alcohol and water (approximately 2 tablespoons of alcohol to 1 cup of water) helps prevent the spread of disease from cut to cut as you prune.

Remember safety. Wear some kind of eye protection when you prune; it is easy to get poked in the eye. And know your limits. Tree work can be dangerous. If you need to prune large trees or use a chainsaw, you may wish to seek professional help from a certified arborist.

Keep in mind that having trees on your property comes with a little bit of maintenance. With just a little maintenance, you can prevent most major pitfalls. You won’t have to be worried about trees causing property damage or even worse, personal injury. We look forward to discussing your tree maintenance needs. We have trained arborists in the Tri-Cities that are professional and that can answer any questions you have.

Why You Should Hire An Arborist. Part 6

Learn about services that arborists, provide criteria for selecting and arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist from Benton City. We will continue our series in why it’s important to hire an Arborist. Continuing with the selection of the right Benton City arborist:

Certification is not a measure of standards of practices. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance.

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts in tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they are most likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

Be an Informed Consumer
One of the best methods to use in choosing an arborist is to educate yourself about some of the basic principles of tree care. ISA offers several other brochures in this series, which discuss many of the basic principles of tree care. Your local garden center, extension agent, or city arborists are also excellent sources of information if you should have further questions. They may also be able to refer you to an ISA Certified Arborist of the Tri-Cities.

Keep in mind that having trees on your property comes with a little bit of maintenance. With just a little maintenance, you can prevent most major pitfalls. You won’t have to be worried about trees causing property damage or even worse, personal injury. We look forward to discussing your tree maintenance needs. We have trained arborists in the Tri-Cities that are professional and that can answer any questions you have.

Why You Should Hire An Arborist. Part 5

Learn about services that arborists, provide criteria for selecting and arborist, and the benefits of hiring an ISA Certified Arborist from West Richland. We will continue our series in why it’s important to hire an Arborist. Continuing with the selection of the right Kennewick arborist:

Get estimates in writing. Most reputable arborists have their clients sign a contract. Be sure to read the contract carefully. Don’t be afraid to ask questions such as:

  • When will the work be started and completed?
  • Who is responsible for clean up?
  • Is this the total price?
  • What are the terms of payment?
  • If I would like more work done, is there an hourly rate?
  • etc.

What is a Certified Arborist?
After all of this, the questions still remains. What exactly is a “certified Tri-Cities arborist?” An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. An ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. It operates without mandate of law and is an internal, self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

We will continue with our series of why you should hire an arborist for all of your Pasco tree maintenance needs. Continue to Part 6.

Keep in mind that having trees on your property comes with a little bit of maintenance. With just a little maintenance, you can prevent most major pitfalls. You won’t have to be worried about trees causing property damage or even worse, personal injury. We look forward to discussing your tree maintenance needs. We have trained arborists in the Tri-Cities that are professional and that can answer any questions you have.

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