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A tree inspection (also called a tree risk assessment) is an evaluation of a tree with a specific goal: to identify any dangers or problems that may make them unsafe to you or your property. We look for all the signs and symptoms shown in our article, “Reading a Tree for Risks and Hazards." We use our ears, knowledge and “sixth sense” based on years of experience to identify areas of concern, including those that our customers may have missed.
When hazards are present, TreeInspection.com will make recommendations about how to correct for them. If a tree near your home is sick and cannot be saved, we will probably recommend that you take it down. If the tree’s problems can be solved by you, a tree service, or by the tree itself, we will suggest remedies other than removal, such as mulching or pruning.
Some homeowners want us to evaluate all the trees on their property. If all the trees are near the home, this is a practical request. However, some large properties have trees that are in an area where they would not hit the house or other important structure if they were to fall. Keeping your wallet in mind, it often doesn't make sense for us to inspect all of these trees. When we arrive at your property, we can talk about what your goals are for the inspection.
Remember! TreeInspection.com does not perform tree work. We will advise you as to what’s best for you and your trees. We will also refer you to a reputable company if tree work is recommended.
If you take your dog or cat to a doctor for a health problem, you want to be sure that the person examining your pet knows what they are doing. A diploma from a veterinary school provides that assurance.
The same is true for a “tree doctor,” a Certified Arborist. This person is a professional who has been trained in the science and practice of tree care. To gain certification, he* has been active in the trade for at least three years and has passed a lengthy exam administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Once certified, arborists must keep up their education by attending classes; if they don't, they have to re-take the certification exam every three years to maintain professional standing. The people who inspect your trees for TreeInspection.com are Certified Arborists.
Our arborists are also tree risk assessment qualified (TRAQ). The ISA's TRAQ program is an advanced course which teaches Certified Arborists how to assess a tree methodically and systematically. Although our arborists have been inspecting trees for many years, we feel it is important to bring the most up-to-date skills to our customers.
Don’t entrust your trees’ health, safety, and care to quacks! Trees can add much beauty and economic value to your property, but they can also kill! Hire someone with proper training, tools, and experience to tell you whether your tree is sick or healthy, dangerous or safe. Have your trees maintained by a reputable company that cares about them, not someone looking to make a quick dollar by scaring you with a misdiagnosis and false information. Call a Certified Arborist whenever you have concerns about your trees.
* Throughout our website, we use the word “he” to include all arborists. Though the vast majority of arborists are male, there are also many female arborists.