13 Things Your Arborist Won’t Tell You
If you’re looking to keep your trees healthy, read through these 13 things you might not know to keep them lush all summer long.
1. Routinely Pruning Your Trees Is Not Necessary
Pruning every three to five years is not required. It is a good idea to prune the a tree if there is dead wood, especially if the dead branches are 5 cm in diameter.
3. I’m Not Ripping You Off
When you get the estimate for the work and you think we’re gouging you, remember this: A three-man crew probably has more than $200,000 in equipment on your property, each guy is probably making less than $20 an hour, and we pay 33 percent in worker compensation, one of the highest rates of any industry. We probably aren’t making a big profit.
4. Ask A Few Questions
If you get a high price in May to take a tree down and the job isn’t time-sensitive, ask, “What would the winter price be?” That’s a ghost time for us, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we’re more likely to cut you a break.
6. “Fast Growing” May Not Be Your Best Choice
Trees advertised as fast-growing typically are weak-wooded and decay-prone, and they often have limbs that break off easily in wind and ice.
7. Don’t Let Anyone “Top Off” Your Tree
If someone offers to do this to make it safer, kick him off your property. Topping was accepted 45 years ago, but science has since shown that’s the worst thing you can do to a tree. Another bad sign: someone who wants to sell you fertilizer without testing your soil first.
9. Always Get A Second Opinion
Always get a second opinion if someone tells you a healthy-looking tree needs to come down, especially if he wants to charge several thousand dollars.
10. Be Wary Of The Door-To-Door Sales
Be wary of people who knock on your door and say they want to trim your tree. Good arborists don’t need to canvas neighbourhoods looking for customers.
12. Go Easy On The Mulch
If you pile mulch up against the trunk of the tree (we call that a mulch volcano), the moisture can’t escape, and the trunk and root can rot more easily. Make sure there’s a mulch-free doughnut shape around the base.