Arbor-Tech Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?

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The ideal time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season in the fall after leaf drop or early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth. However, trees properly cared for in the nursery or garden center, and given the appropriate care during transport to prevent damage, can be planted throughout the growing season.

Proper handling during planting is essential to ensure a healthy future for new trees and shrubs. Before you begin planting your tree, be sure you have had all underground utilities located prior to digging.

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What should I do if I think my tree has insect or disease problems?

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As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. Insects and diseases can threaten a tree’s health. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding the causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and take appropriate actions for treatment.

You should contact an Arbor-Tech Tree Service professional for assistance immediately.

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What type of tree should I buy?

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Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions for a homeowner. First, examine the location conditions of where you want your tree to be planted. Take the following into consideration before selecting the tree species you want:

  • Amount of space
  • Clearance from overhead and underground utilities
  • Weather conditions
  • Tree functions you desire
  • Exposure to sun and wind
  • The quality

Then, utilize the information you have gathered and select the tree species that works best with the conditions. For assistance, contact your local ISA Certified Arborist, tree care professional, or garden center to plant the right tree in the right place.

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What is the ISA?

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The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) was founded in 1924 and has served the tree care industry for over seventy years as a scientific and educational non-profit organization. ISA supports tree care around the world and is dedicated to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees.

This organization continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of society. Aligned on many fronts with other green organizations, ISA is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers.

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What is the difference between an arborist and a certified arborist?

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Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

Arborists are trained professionals that are knowledgeable and equipped to provide proper tree care. They are specially trained to provide a variety to services to maintain trees. ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques.

ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture, and therefore, cannot guarantee or assure the quality of performance.

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What is an arborist?

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An arborist (or tree surgeon) is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, the management and maintenance of trees.

Work may also include care of shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. An arborist is distinct from a forester, or from a logger. Those professions may have much in common, but the scope of work is different.

Arborists frequently focus on health and safety of individual trees, or wooded landscapes, rather than managing forests or harvesting wood.

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Why are trees beneficial?

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Trees provide a variety of benefits besides environmental, such as social, community, and economic. Trees provide an array of benefits, including:

  • Cost Reduction? reduces yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
  • Increase Property Value? well-cared landscape properties are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped estates.
  • Privacy and Scenery, aesthetic values.

The following facts are results from studies conducted by UIUC Human-Environment Research Laboratory:

  • Fewer Crimes? apartment buildings surrounded by trees and greenery are dramatically safer than buildings devoid of green.
  • Improves Concentration- children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are relieved after contact with nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.
  • Sound Barrier- acts as sound barriers and provide protection against crowding, noise, and danger, which all can contribute to mental fatigue, and can help inner-city residents cope with the many poverty related-stresses.

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Why should I hire an arborist?

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Trees restore natural harmony in an urban environment, giving scale to human life. Trees are alive, like us, and require an investment and continuous maintenance in order to provide the maximum desired benefits.

Some benefits include:
- Air Filtration? filters out particulate matter and absorbing harmful gases,
- Purifies Water? slows and filters rain water and protects aquifers & watersheds,
- Cost Reduction? reduces yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars,
- Climate Control? obtained by moderating the effects of sun, wind, and rain,
- Increase Property Value? well-cared landscape properties are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped estates.

For a healthy and long life, trees need the proper maintenance. Therefore, in order to provide proper tree care, you should refer to a certified arborist at Arbor-Tech Tree Service.

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How often does my tree need care?

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The type and frequency of tree care depends on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree’s growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a life long process, and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-term commitment, not just a one time deal. Contact us for your professional tree care assistance.

For more information on proper tree care, please visit "Trees are Good" for a wide-range of quality arboriculture information.

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How should I plant my tree?

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Location conditions are extremely important and vital to a tree’s health. Be sure to examine the tree location conditions and follow these steps when planting your new tree:

  • Dig a shallow, broad hole: only as deep at the root ball, but 3x’s as wide in diameter
  • Identify the trunk flare: this is where the roots spread at the base of the tree. This should be partly visible after planting.
  • Place the tree at the proper height: majority of the roots should be within 12” of the soil.
  • Straighten the tree in the hole
  • Fill hole, gently but firmly
  • Stake the tree, if necessary
  • Mulch the base of the tree
  • Maintain with follow-up care

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How do I find information about tree care?

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You may obtain additional information from your local ISA Certified Arborist at Arbor-Tech Tree Service.

Contact us for a wide-range of tree-related topics.

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How do I obtain a free quote?

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To obtain a free quote, simply submit a request using our contact form located on our Contact page and let us know when the best times would be to contact you.