Keeping your Trees Maintained

Tree, Fall, Fall Colors, Fall Leaves

As a homeowner there are lots of reasons you might find yourself in need of tree service. You may have a dying willow, a large stump, or unruly foliage, which has started to take over your lawn. Whatever the reason, you’ve determined the task is best left to the professionals. Once you have opted to get in touch with an expert you may wish to ensure you are requesting the correct service. In addition to this, after you have made contact, foreign terms may be thrown out, and you may want to be knowledgeable about what the arborist is talking about.

Tree service encompasses a variety of tasks. Following are a few key terms to help in a smooth interaction between you and the arborist.

Down only v. standard removal: Down just, is the elimination of the tree with no clean up.

In contrast, grinding, involves cutting pieces of the stump off and then placing them into a grinder.

Cleaning v. thinning: both techniques involve the removal of branches and other foliage. Cleaning removes dead growth that is inhibiting new growth. Thinning allows for more light and air movement inside the canopy.

Elevation v. reduction: Both actions change the height of the tree. Elevation eliminates lower branches to allow for more clearance at the underbrush. Reduction, however, reduces the canopy by forming its height and spread.

Other important items to know:

Emergency removal: Many tree service companies will offer a 24 hour line to contact them in the event of an emergency. Emergencies may have a tree that has fallen and caused damage in a storm. In some instances the company will offer a temporary patch until it’s possible to install a permanent fix.

Cabling: This process will assist in preventing damage. If you believe harm is about to happen as a result of unsteady foliage, cables will be put to stabilize and prevent injury from occurring. Cabling provides time to ascertain the most appropriate course of action.

Evaluation: An evaluation can be given for any and all services. An evaluation can also be done to set up a maintenance plan for care.

Being mindful of the proper vernacular is imperative in any area. Should an emergency arise understanding the proper language when talking to a certified arborist can help save time, money, and stress.

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