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When Should I Call an ISA Certified Arborist?

by | Jul 8, 2020 | Blog | 0 comments

Trees provide a valuable service to us. They bring shade, beauty, and structure to our landscapes. Like humans, however, trees require care. A healthy tree still requires maintenance, and a sick tree may require disease diagnosis, limb removal, disease treatment, or even total removal. Diseased or poorly maintained trees can present a significant liability due to structural instability. An International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist is a tree expert who possesses the training and experience to recognize tree problems and manage the maintenance of individual trees.

How to know if your tree is sick

Often, symptoms will present slowly. You may notice leaves budding later than usual or falling sooner than normal. Some limbs may be bare, with splitting, peeling bark. Leaves may present as off-color, spotted, or asymmetrical. Fungus around the base and mushrooms emerging out of the trunk can be signs of a fungal infection and/or decaying wood. Sometimes, an infected limb may be removed from the tree, sparing the rest of the tree from disease, or at least slowing its spread. Other times, however, no treatment will save the life of the tree, and the best course is removal. An ISA Certified Arborist will work with you to consider the best course of action.

Why call Hildebrandt Tree Tech?

At Hildebrandt Tree Tech, we hire professional arborists with the distinct certification of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). We recognize that ISA certification elevates our professional arborists to an accreditation level that demonstrates their commitment to both trees and the clients they serve. ISA Certified Arborists are held to a high standard of ethics, safety, and public awareness. These arborists maintain their certification by attending conferences and training sessions. This training translates into a tree care team that is up-to-date with the most science-based and field-tested management of your trees. Our ISA Certified Arborists have the training, knowledge and experience to safely perform your tree care with expertise. You can be sure that the advice you get is at the cutting edge of the arborist profession.

What to expect when you call Hildebrandt Tree Tech

When you call Hildebrandt Tree Tech, our ISA Certified Arborists can meet you at your property to evaluate your tree concerns. While some tree diseases are easy to diagnose, others can be deceptive. Often, as with humans, multiple conditions will present with similar symptoms. The causal agents of disease in trees are not always apparent and may require laboratory analysis for proper identification. Thus, while we may be able to make an immediate recommendation, we may need to take a sample from your tree or nearby soil to send it to the lab. A small fee may be incurred when a sample needs to be outsourced to a lab for identification, which we will disclose up front. Rest assured, our goal is to do whatever is best for the tree, and we will work with you to formulate a treatment plan once we have identified the pathogen.