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WHY HIRE AN ARBORIST?


Bullard Tree & Garden - Tree Removal

Healthy trees serve many purposes in your local community. A way to ensure your trees stay healthy is by hiring an arborist. Professional, trained arborists know how to properly maintain trees for the safety of the public and the health of the tree.

 

Always look for the ISA logo: 

ISA Certified Arborist Logo

An ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge in the competencies needed for proper tree care. When a professional becomes an ISA Certified Arborist, they should be recognized by their peers and the public as a tree care professional who has attained a generally- accepted level of knowledge in areas such as tree biology, diagnosis, maintenance practices, safety, and other subject and practice areas within the tree care profession as identified through periodic job task analyses. They must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.


Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job

Check for an ISA arborist credential. ISA Certified Arborists and ISA Board Certified Master Arborists® are experienced professionals who have passed comprehensive exams covering all aspects of tree care.


Check for membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Associated Landscape Contractors Of Colorado (ALCC), or community organizations like BBB or a Chamber Of Commerce.


Don’t always accept the lowest bid. Examine the credentials and the written specifications of the firms that submitted the bids and determine the best combination of price, work to be done, skills and professionalism.


Be wary of people who go door to door and offer bargains.


ISA certification holders must follow a Code of Ethics and use industry-accepted practices and standards.


Get it in writing. Most reputable arborists have their clients sign a contract. Read it carefully and ask questions.


Check for insurance. Arborists should carry Liability accident insurance to protect your property. Ask for proof.

              

PRUNING

Arborists can determine the type of pruning necessary to improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Pruning may include removing limbs that:

●      Interfere with utilities or structures.

●      Obstruct streets or sidewalks.

●      Are dead, damaged by storms, weak, or decayed, and pose unacceptable risk.

●      Are diseased or insect-infested.

●      Other pruning strategies improve tree structure, and reduce the likelihood of future damage during storm events.


TREE REMOVAL

Arborists can help decide if a tree should be removed. Getting a second opinion is a great idea but beware listening only for what you want to hear. Hiring an arborist is recommended when the tree is:

●      Dead, dying, or considered an unacceptable risk.

●      Causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning.

●      Crowding and causing harm to other more desirable trees.

●      Doomed due to unmanageable pest, disease or environmental challenges.


PLANTING

Some arborists plant trees, and most recommend species that are appropriate for certain locations. Selecting the wrong tree can lead to future problems with growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth. Bullard specializes in planting native and hardy trees and shrubs. 


EMERGENCY TREE CARE

Removing or pruning storm-damaged trees can be dangerous, but an arborist can perform the job safely while reducing further risk of damage to people and property.


PLANT HEALTH CARE

This term includes regular maintenance such as FERTILIZATION and WINTER WATERING. Fertilization is important because non-native trees need the soil to be adapted to their requirements. Our soil contains high amounts of bentonite which retains water and becomes extremely compacted. Deep Root Fertilization and watering improve these conditions. Other plant health care services can include PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT PLANS.

 

OTHER SERVICES 

-LAWN AND MULCH COLORIZATION- 

Same-day beautification using spray pigments

-LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE- 

Refresh mulch and rock beds

-RAISED GARDEN BEDS- 

Same-day full gardens

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