If you are looking to start growing trees in your yard or to start adding to the existing trees in your yard, you may not think you need a professional to do it for you. Many homeowners plant, maintain, and even remove trees by themselves, right? It seems easier to have a DIY yard rather than to hire someone else to help care for it. But we urge you to think differently. There are many reasons to hire an arborist in Portland, Oregon, rather than doing projects yourself. Here are five of the best reasons we recommend utilizing an expert arborist to maintain and care for your yard and trees.
1. Proper Equipment and Training
You cannot just use the pair of scissors you have in your kitchen drawer when your tree becomes overgrown; you need the proper equipment. That equipment doesn’t just include the tools needed to prune, trim, or plant a tree. It also includes all the things needed to safely reach the problematic branches. Sure, you may have a ladder in your garage or basement, but that isn’t always enough. Harnessing equipment is also highly recommended and used by professional arborists when they are working on your tall trees. Plus, the proper equipment can be expensive and typically isn’t just things you have laying around the house.
2. Safety for You and Your Trees
With using the appropriate equipment for the job comes proper training to use that equipment safely. Arborists train to become certified and then gain hundreds of hours of experience on the job. They’re not only experts when it comes to tree care but also experts in tree care equipment.
When it comes to DIY projects, especially large ones such as planting, pruning, trimming, or removing a tree, safety is a big concern. These tasks require many sharp tools, including chainsaws and clippers, that may need to be operated while the user is high up in the air. If you aren’t trained properly on how to use these tools, you are putting yourself, others around you, and even your tree at risk of harm. People have received severe injuries while trying to take on these tasks by themselves.
If you’re planting, you may harm the tree in transport to the spot you are looking to plant it in or underestimate how heavy the little tree is and lose control of it. This could cause damage to other property. An arborist will know how to safely transport the tree to your home and to where you wish it to be planted for healthy growth.
At Mr. Tree, safety is top priority. Our arborists understand safety and the best way to perform jobs with the smallest number of issues. We are also an OHSA-approved, drug-free workplace.
3. Insurance Against Liabilities
Accidents happen, no matter how careful you are. If you are doing the work yourself and lose control of the tree and it falls onto your house, or if you cut a branch a bit too deeply and it falls into a neighbor’s property, you are solely liable. But if you hire a professional arborist, you can have peace of mind knowing that if any accidents such as property damage or harm happen, you will be covered, and you will not have to deal with the fault. These kinds of accidents are also less likely to happen when work is completed by professionals.
There are different kinds of insurance that can cover tree services, and professional arborists should be happy to show you proof of all their insurance information as well as the details of what’s covered. At Mr. Tree, we are licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection, and we are happy to show you proof.
4. Maintenance of the Health & Beauty of Your Trees
Planting a tree in the wrong type of soil or in the wrong area for needed sunlight can stunt the tree’s growth from the get-go. Additionally, pruning a tree incorrectly, such as cutting off too much, can cause irreversible damage to the tree. If the damage is severe enough, it can lead to the tree’s death. Every different type of tree has its own requirements that will allow it to be at its healthiest and to live a long life. Arborists know what these requirements are and can make sure your trees are planted and maintained properly.
Arborists can also maintain the health of trees by spotting disease before it has a chance to spread. As they are trained to look for changes in your trees, during regular maintenance, they can observe any potential threats and treat them before they worsen, helping to preserve your tree and the trees around it.
5. Protects and Can Increase Your Investment and Property Value
It’s no secret that having a beautiful yard filled with lots of aesthetically pleasing, healthy trees can increase your property value. A way to ensure that your trees always look beautiful, always at their healthiest, and don’t look overgrown or sloppy is by having an arborist take care of them.
If you aren’t an expert and you choose to maintain the trees yourself, you could accidentally plant them improperly, not know how to prune them correctly or fully, or not know if or how to use fertilizer. Mistakes such as these, intended or not, can result in your tree becoming ill or infested or dying and needing removal. The cost of caring for sick or dying trees, tree removal, and then replacing the trees will add up, likely more than what it would’ve cost you to hire an arborist in the first place.
We strongly encourage you to hire a professional arborist rather than trying to tackle your tree care tasks on your own. If you’re looking for an arborist in Portland, Oregon, look no further. At Mr. Tree, we have over 30 years of experience working in this area and can meet all your tree care needs. Contact us today, and we will be happy to learn more about your yard and provide our services.