Effective Noise Reduction Using Landscaping Trees

The perfect landscaping trees can add value and beauty to your property. They may be used as an environmentally-friendly method to establish boundaries surrounding your property by taking the place of a wooden privacy fence, and the overall environmental benefits that come from planting trees are well-documented. But there is another benefit of landscaping trees to consider. After all the investment and effort put into designing the perfect, relaxing landscape, shouldn’t you be able to enjoy it in relative peace? The very same trees you select to design your sanctuary may also be used to effectively reduce noise pollution by creating a buffer.

It is important to place the buffer as close to the source of the noise as possible. Depending upon the size of the property, tree buffers, and some additional landscaping considerations, can greatly diminish noise. For instance, traffic noise from roads which allow moderate speeds of under 40 miles per hour (mph) can be reduced when a 20 to 50 foot wide buffer is placed within 20 to 50 feet of the center of the traffic lane nearest the property. Traffic noise from roads which allow high speeds of greater than or equal to 40 miles per hour (mph) can be reduced when a 65 to 100 foot wide buffer is placed within 50 to 80 feet of the center of the traffic lane nearest the property.

By using these dimensions as a guideline, appropriate placement, or setback, for effective results is possible while still taking into consideration those factors for which you may have no control. For instance, safety of drivers is important. By placing the buffer within these dimensions, there remains a margin for error. Should a driver’s vehicle veer from the road, the trees included as a part of the buffer are not so close to the road that immediate impact is a problem. Additionally, the trees you choose to include in the buffer should include species able to tolerate weather conditions and actions taken as a result of them. For instance, should snow or ice impact the area, the trees need to be able to tolerate any clearing or de-icing actions the local municipality may take to make the roads safe and improve driving conditions. The effectiveness of the buffer is further amplified if additional setback exists between the house and the edge of the buffer facing the house.

Other considerations to make when establishing a buffer include using evergreens. Because they retain their greenery year-round, there is never a time throughout the year when their effectiveness is lessened. Consider placing them closest to the source of the noise. A buffer should also be created as densely as possible to increase both effective noise reduction and longevity. Although the purpose is to have a dense area of vegetation to drown out unwanted noise, there still may be times that it requires pruning, especially on the side of the buffer nearer the home. An Austin tree trimming specialist can assist you with this task, keeping your buffer both sightly and effective. Finally, natural features of the landscape may assist with the buffer. Don’t underestimate the value of a natural roll in the land, such as a gradient or even a small hillside.

If, at any point, sources of noise are diminished or even removed (for example, a road formerly near the property is permanently closed or relocated) and you wish to thin the barrier you’ve created, consult an Austin tree removal specialist, who can assist with the appropriate methods and equipment necessary for removing trees and other vegetation.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Drainage for Your Landscaping

A significant investment of time, energy, and money goes into making a landscape a beautiful, relaxing oasis.  It takes careful planning and, sometimes, considerable collaboration with a landscape designer to create the environment envisioned as the completed project.  Careful planning is also advised when considering drainage for your landscaping.  Be it from natural rainfall or an irrigation system, water that fails to drain can ruin your landscape.  Before you pursue creating your dream landscape, take some time to consider some information regarding drainage.

Without appropriate drainage, water can easily pool around any trees or other plants you plant.  Unless resolved quickly, the result may be death of the tree or plant.  This is because the pooled water acts as a barrier, which prevents absorption of the oxygen necessary for conversion to carbon dioxide.  For a tree, root rot is affirmation that damage has occurred due to improper drainage.  Like trees, the death of other plants, such as shrubs or flowers, will result if proper drainage is not managed.

Water that pools because of improper drainage may stagnate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  The presence of these pesky insects can quickly turn what’s meant to be a relaxing environment into a place of unrelenting discomfort and agitation, especially during the warmer months.

The natural lay of the property can be an ally in the pursuit of proper drainage.   One factor that may help with drainage is to plant trees on the more naturally sloped areas that may exist.  When water is applied, the tree receives the nourishment it needs to facilitate growth, but the slope on which it’s planted facilitates an organic runoff.  Quite simply, other than the planning and the planting, nothing else is required of the property owner.

For land that may not have any natural elevations, consider using mulch to create a berm around the base of the tree.  As with a slope, a tree is able to take in the water needed for its growth, but the berm helps to shed excessive water, therefore preventing accumulation at the base.  If there are no natural elevations on the property, consider consulting an Austin tree trimming specialist.  An experienced specialist can assist with grading to develop the slopes required for effective drainage.

Drainage may be cleverly disguised through the creation of a water garden.  With the addition of river rocks, a beautiful garden statue or bird bath, complementary flowers or shrubs, or any number of lighting options, the runoff of excessive water manifested as a water garden could easily take the appearance of an intentional design.

Taking a thoughtful, proactive approach in the designing of your landscape can prevent damage to your investment in the long-run if drainage, as well as how to accomplish it, is assessed.  Consult a professional to assist you with your concerns, and seek their expertise.  If proper drainage is not accomplished initially and a tree later exhibits signs of damage, root rot may be an issue.  An Austin tree removal professional can help you determine if the tree will need to be removed.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Using Your Landscaping to Support Wildlife During Winter

Most who take a vested interest in the landscaping of their lawns recognize the value of doing so. They carefully weigh the options for species of trees (or shrubs) to plant, the ideal location for planting them, and the efforts necessary to maintain them. With careful planning and maintenance, the end result is usually aesthetically appealing. With some extra effort, however, landscaping trees can serve a dual purpose. Landscaping can be environmentally friendly by supporting wildlife throughout the harsh winter months.

Because food for wildlife is scarcer during winter, consider adding trees or shrubs that bear food year-round. Consider crabapple or holly, which continue to fruit during the winter. These two trees provide food for wildlife during a time when many other tree species have stopped producing. Bear in mind that it isn’t just birds that are supported by winter-thriving landscaping. Other wildlife also benefit. Deer thrive on the fruit of American holly or hawthorn, or the nuts from oaks, hickories or beech. Wild turkey feed on the fruit of the highbush cranberry. Like deer, squirrels, too, can weather the winter months by feeding from nut-producing species.

Consider using your landscaping trees to support wildlife by buying or building a feeder and hanging it on the trees. Add wild bird seed to help them locate some easily attainable sustenance. Do online or library research, or consult a wildlife agency, in order to learn about the various seeds birds will eat, as well as recipes to make a homemade suet ball. To help feed any squirrels, or to keep them out of your bird feeder, consider making a feeder for them. It can be easily attached to a fence or, if you don’t have a fence, attached to a free-standing post. You can purchase squirrel feed at local department or pet stores or make your own homemade blend. Be sure to include dried corn, sunflower seeds, and some shelled peanuts.

Your landscaping can also support wildlife by providing them with shelter. Consider landscaping trees with cavities as an eco-friendly tree. The cavity provides a natural inlet of protection for trees or squirrels. Evergreen trees whose branches are low to the ground offer additional protection from winter’s bitter cold and winds. In fact, trees or shrubs of any species with dense branching offers this same protection to a multitude of wildlife. If, at any point, branches hang on the ground or too low for your personal liking, contact an Austin tree trimming specialist to assist you in making the tree more sightly. Also, if they exist, areas of your landscaping that may seem less than ideal can be beneficial to wildlife. Rock or brush piles which haven’t yet been attended to can be disguised by planting a shrub in front of it. Doing so hides the eyesore factor while providing shelter for wildlife to ride out the winter. A fallen tree offers the same winter protection. However, should you wish to remove a fallen tree when warmer weather returns, an Austin tree removal specialist can assist you.

If these natural sources of shelter are unavailable through your landscaping trees, consider purchasing or building a birdhouse to hang from your trees, add to a fencepost, or place as free-standing on your lawn.

These are a just a few ideas to consider to help maintain a beautiful landscape while supporting wildlife during a particularly critical time in their survival. For additional ideas about using your landscape to support wildlife, consult an arborist or local wildlife societies.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Oak Trees and Galls

There are many types of oak trees that are native to Texas and all of America, and there are many diseases that are specific to and affect oak trees.  Galls are one such form of disease that affects oaks.  However, before you think of worst-case scenarios regarding your oak trees, there are some interesting facts pertaining to galls that you should know.  Let‘s examine them here.

First, what is a gall?  A gall is a growth which can be found on several parts of trees, including the leaves, twigs, flowers, and roots.  This growth is produced when certain species of insects deposit their eggs into any of these parts of the tree.  (Galls may also be produced by fungi or bacteria).  Commonly known insects who do this include wasps, mites, and flies.  The galls are formed as a result of a chemical reaction between the larvae and the tree, and their onset is most commonly seen during the spring when budding begins.  Once the gall is formed, the larvae feed on the tissue contained within it until they are fully developed and emerge as adults.

It is difficult to say how to treat galls, as they can be produced by several variety of organisms.  Since they are well-hidden within the confines of the gall, identifying the organism residing therein is equally as difficult.  Some research indicates that preventative spraying may help.  However, the insects responsible for the galls may vary from year to year.  This can make knowing which chemical repellent to use equally as difficult. 

Another interesting and rather puzzling fact regarding galls is that although they are technically categorized as a tree disease, affected trees are generally unscathed by them.  In other words, the presence of galls will not typically kill a tree.  In fact, the presence of galls hardly warrants any efforts to control at all.  Perhaps the most common repercussion of galls is that a large number of them on a particularly weak anatomical location, such as a leaf or a small twig, may cause it to fall from the tree.  Often, it is the loss of leaves at an unconventional time that is one’s first indication a tree may be “sick.”  To reiterate, the onset of galls is typically during spring, and seasonal shedding of leaves is not common until autumn.  Once one takes notice of the falling leaves and investigates further, the galls, which typically appear on the underside of the leaves, are discovered.

Galls can be removed by hand.  They are also often easily removed by the elements, such as wind and rain, after the bulk of it is removed as a result of the larvae’s feeding and certainly after the organism emerges as an adult.  If the galls are particularly unsightly to you, consider contacting an Austin tree trimming specialist, who may be able to assist you aesthetically. 

Galls that are brown in color, hollowed, and dried out are so from providing nourishment to its inhabiting organism.  Once the adult has emerged, galls will contain small holes through which the adult insect emerged.  These are signs that the gestational cycle involving the gall is complete.

If you have a tree that you believe is affected by galls, but aren’t quite certain, contact an Austin tree removal professional.  If your tree is affected by galls, chances are any damage will be minimal.  However, if your tree is affected by something else, it is best to have a professional diagnose the disease as quickly as possible so corrective measures can be taken and your investment can be preserved. 

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Landscaping Trees and Root Rot

A beautiful, well-maintained landscape adds value to a home or business. Creating a landscape as such is quite an investment, requiring considerable time, energy, and money for establishment and maintenance. In order to maintain this investment, it’s important to become aware of the signs of problems with landscaping trees. Recognizing signs of tree diseases can prompt much needed interventions, which may reverse or cure the tree’s ill. This article will examine one such tree disease–root rot.

Essentially, root rot is as it sounds. The root of a tree begins to rot. Root rot is an effect. So what, then, is the cause? Root rot may be caused by two issues, both a direct result of overwatering. One possible issue due to overwatering is an overall lack of oxygen, without which a tree cannot survive. Another possible issue resulting from overwatering occurs when a previously dormant fungus in the soil is activated and attacks the root. The fungus will eventually cause root rot and likely kill the tree.

If trees inexplicably exhibit wilted or discolored leaves, begin to lose leaves, especially external to autumn, or have an overall poor or unhealthy appearance, then there may be an onset of root rot. Increased chances for this may exist if these signs became present following an incident, or repeated incidents, of overwatering. Overwatering may be the result of an intentional effort to sustain the tree by a homeowner or business owner or may be the result of poor drainage by natural waterfall, such as rain. Whichever the case, damage may be done.

It’s also possible that root rot may impact trees whose roots have been damaged by mower blades or have otherwise been nicked in such a way that roots can be directly and negatively affected.

If conks are present on a tree, then root rot is also present. Conks are shelf-like fungi that grow as a result of and flourish when there are rotting or decaying roots. The presence of conks is also a reasonable measure by which root rot damage may be estimated. For instance, the more conks there are, the more sizeable they are, and the more tree circumference enveloped by them, the more severe the root decay.

If the root system or bark of the lower part of the tree trunk is dark-colored, easily removed, or friable, root rot is likely. This may be the most obvious sign of a problem with root rot. However, if you are still uncertain, contact an Austin tree trimming
specialist, who can provide expert guidance about the health of your landscaping trees.

Because prevention of root rot is the best way to maintain healthy landscaping trees, it is quite important to recognize the signs of it. However, if you have a tree that you believe is indeed suffering from root rot, you can contact Austin tree removal specialist, who can assist you with determining the best course of action, especially valuable information and assistance if removal of the tree is the best or only option. They can advise regarding chemical treatment of the soil. An Austin arborist can also effectively speak to measures you can take to avoid wounding the roots of a tree in order to prevent vulnerability. If you decide for aesthetical reasons to replant in the same vicinity as a previously affected tree, be certain to contact an Austin stump removal specialist. It is imperative that all of the stump and roots from a previously affected tree are properly removed to lessen the chances that a new landscaping tree will suffer the same fate.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Ideal Times to Trim a Tree

Since landscaping trees are an investment and can add value to your property, keeping them viable is very important. If you are considering trimming your trees as a way to maintain that viability, there are some things to consider beforehand. For instance, you should consider that there are ideal times to trim a tree. This article will examine some of those ideal times.

If branches are low-hanging, they can be a risk to life or property. Pedestrians, joggers, or cyclists may inadvertently run into branches. Low-hanging branches may clog gutters or interfere with other sources of drainage. Even as a part of a large tree, a low-hanging branch may compromise rooftops, fences, or vehicles below.

Depending upon location, low-hanging branches may also affect a neighbor’s property. Unfortunately, the chances for low-hanging branches to become threats to life or property increase during inclement weather. The weight of snow or ice, heavy winds, or lightning can cause low-hanging branches to become quite dangerous. This can leave the property owner legally and financially responsible for any damages. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider trimming any problematic trees on your property as quickly as possible.

Deciduous trees are those that lose foliage at the end of the growing season. If you have any deciduous trees needing to be trimmed that are not an imminent threat to life or property and time will allow, consider trimming them during the winter months. This is because trees become dormant during cold weather. When a tree is trimmed at this time, chances are lessened that springtime budding will be negatively affected. Maintaining your landscaping trees by trimming them does not have to cost you your beautiful springtime blooms.

Another reason to consider trimming a tree is for better manageability. Sometimes the natural growth of a tree can cause branches to overhang one another. Ultimately, this can lessen the tree’s chances for survival. If overhang is a problem, this is another ideal time for a tree to be trimmed. However, it is best to do so when the tree is young and the overhang affects branches which are relatively new and small. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist for any inquiries you may have or to secure professional trimming services for your property.

Finally, you can safely trim a tree anytime the branches are dead. In fact, doing so lessens the risk of disease, termites, or other stressors which could impact the overall health of the part of the tree which remains viable. If, at any point, however, other parts of the tree become unhealthy or die, you can contact an Austin tree removal specialist, who can advise you whether or not the tree can be saved and can assist you with its removal if it cannot.

Taking these scenarios into consideration can assist you with your tree trimming projects. However, if you need further assistance with any questions you may have or any actions you may wish to take, contact a qualified arborist for support.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Options for Stump Removal

As valuable as landscaping trees may be to a home, there are reasons why some homeowners may choose to have a tree removed. Perhaps the tree is an impending danger to property or power lines. Perhaps it is in a spot where a home addition, storage building, or garden is to go. Perhaps the tree is dead or dying from the effects of inclement weather. If you have ever had a tree removed, whether intentionally or not, an unsightly stump may remain. If this is the case, there are several options for stump removal to consider.

Perhaps the most natural option for stump removal is to cover it with soil. This produces a natural decay (rot). It is a completely organic, environmentally friendly way to break down the stump. The potential drawback, however, is the length of time it takes for the process to take place. This can be reasonably estimated by the size of the stump to be removed. Typically, the larger the stump is, the longer it will take for it to decay naturally.

If waiting for a natural, organic decay is not an option due to any time constraints a homeowner may be facing, another possibility for stump removal is to use a commercial chemical to assist with the breakdown in a more expedient timeframe. Consistent applications according to the directions on the product can accelerate the breakdown process. Once the stump is soft enough, many attempt to remove it by burning it. However, there are several other considerations to bear in mind with this method.

First, even using a chemical in an attempt to accelerate the decay process, followed by a burn, may still take more time than the homeowner desires. Second, there are legalities to consider before burning a stump, such as acquiring a permit to burn and any “no burn” injunctions municipalities may enforce. Finally, there are safety concerns to consider. Would a burn somehow become uncontrolled? Is it near your home or that of a neighbor’s? Is it near other personal property, such as outbuildings, equipment, orlivestock? Is it near brush that could catch fire and spread easily? As this method certainly involves a certain degree of risk, it should not be approached with a flippant attitude.

The quickest method for having a tree stump removed is stump grinding. There is generally more expense involved with this method, but the equipment used by professionals is much more efficient than the other options discussed here. Consult an Austin tree trimming professional for more information regarding procedures and overall cost. Depending upon the size of the stump, in very little time at all, the stump can be completely removed. Of course, stump removal through grinding may be done for aesthetic purposes, but there is also some practicality to it. If a stump is removed by grinding below grade level, then new grass can grow and mower blades are less compromised. There is also a decreased risk for termites when a stump is removed.

When it comes to stump removal, these are some possibilities to consider. However, consulting an Austin tree removal specialist is a great idea before any action is taken. Solicit their expertise to become more well-informed about how to proceed. The information and intervention you receive may make the process less worrisome and time-consuming, especially when time constraints are an issue.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Benefits of Landscaping Trees

Trees play a significant role in our environment. This message has been highly touted by environmental activist groups for more than a decade now, and its popularity continues to grow, as does the group of those who ascribe to its valuable message. But trees need not only be a rural treasure. There are significant benefits to incorporating a notable tree population into urban areas, too. For this reason, many homeowners, community businesses, and municipalities set aside a portion of their annual budget to create and maintain landscaping. And as this practice has grown, benefits of doing so have been studied and brought to light.

From a practical standpoint, landscaping trees benefit the average homeowner in several ways. Trees planted on the eastern and western sides of homes shade and cool during the summer and provide a windbreak, keeping the home warm during the winter. This may reduce a homeowner’s heating and cooling bill substantially. Appropriately placed landscaping trees are an excellent means of climate control on private property. Given ample space, homeowners may choose to grow their own organic food by planting fruit-bearing trees or shrubs. And should they choose to sell their home at some point, a homeowner may find that well-planted, well-kept landscaping trees may increase the overall value of the property by as much as 15%.

Within local communities, the benefits continue. For instance, landscaping trees aligning concrete provide a cooling effect by reducing the amount of heat able to be absorbed by the concrete, as well as other infrastructure. This is known as the “heat island effect,” and it can be significantly reduced by environmentally-sound measures which municipalities can easily accommodate in their budgets. In addition to cooling the community at large, trees that align public sidewalks and other paved surfaces provide a layer of protection against the elements that may extend the life of the paved surface. The less money needed for this manner of upkeep means more availability of funds for other projects or needs, or the conservation of taxpayer dollars. Like those planted on personal property, strategically planted landscaping trees also provide a measure of climate control for community businesses, organizations, or local government buildings. They also provide privacy and reduce glare.

When it’s time to prune, however, contact an Austin tree trimming professional to help protect the investment made in community landscaping. Perhaps most interesting, research shows that roadways aligned by trees promote safety because of the perception by drivers of narrower roads. This is true, too, of closely-spaced trees aligning roadways, which cause drivers to perceive excessive speed and, therefore, slow down. Trees also promote safety by creating a barrier between drivers and pedestrians.

Environmental benefits of landscaping trees within urban and suburban areas include a natural reduction of carbon dioxide, as well as absorption of other environmental pollutants. Trees reduce erosion, as well as control flooding by breaking rainfall and water drainage paths. Flowering trees provide food for wildlife. And noise pollution is lessened by landscaping trees.

Studies indicate that sociological benefits of landscaping trees in urban and suburban areas include creating a feeling of relaxation for onlookers, while other studies show that patients in hospital rooms whose view includes trees typically recover faster than patients whose rooms do not include such scenery.

If the unfortunate need to have a tree removed ever arises, an Austin tree removal specialist can certainly assist. However, there are numerous reasons to plant and maintain as many trees as are possible and compatible within any given populated, urban area. The benefits are quite expansive and rewarding.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Recognizing Disease in Your Landscaping Trees

Many homeowners place as much value in the outward appearance of their home as they do the inward appearance. For this reason, landscaping is quite important to most homeowners. Each year, much time, effort, and money are invested in the upkeep of residential landscaping. To protect that crucial investment, it is to the homeowner’s advantage to educate himself or herself about continued, proper care of their landscape. Learning to recognize signs of disease in landscaping trees is an important first step in the education of proper care. Any previously unnoted abnormality may be the first sign that a tree is diseased. You should consider the following information to make a determination.

First, it is important to know the species of the tree in question. Because some diseases are specific to only certain plants, this is a crucial means by which to rule out, as well as rule in, what the possibilities may be. If you do not know the species or cannot identify it by conducting online research or using book and picture references, consult an arborist for reliable assistance.

Next, you should compare the tree to other trees in the immediate, surrounding area and, especially, trees of the same species. Are other trees experiencing any of the same signs? If so, are those trees the same species? Are they different species? Consider, also, if there have been any commonalities between the trees. Were they recently exposed to some manner of pesticide (for example, municipal mosquito spraying)? Could their roots have been wounded by municipal mowing of road shoulders? Are there drainage issues at or near the location of any questionable trees? Conversely, are there any drought-like conditions at or near the location? Is there any nearby construction that could be affecting the root system?

Follow up by examining the overall appearance of the tree. Note the color of the trunk. Is it lighter in color and brittle? This could indicate insufficient water to facilitate viability. Is the trunk dark or black and moist and perhaps easily removed? This could indicate too much water or root rot. Is the tree affected at the top or bottom? Only on one side? Or, is the entire tree affected? Are the leaves wilted or curled in on themselves? This information can help to determine if, or further confirm that, the tree is diseased and what the cause of the disease may be.

Because landscaping is such an important investment, once you’ve gathered this information, it’s most advantageous to contact a professional Austin arborist or Austin tree trimming specialist, who can assist you with making the correct diagnosis for your affected tree, as well as determining the best course of action to restore its health. If necessary, call a professional for Austin tree removal or Austin stump removal so that disease doesn’t spread. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, it’s quite possible that your landscaping trees can be salvaged and continue to be an asset, contributing to the overall value of your home. However, if there is no treatment available to restore the tree to full health, consult an Austin tree removal specialist for safe, and professional removal of the tree.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Selecting an Arborist

The landscaping of any residence can make or break a first impression of its outside appearance. Because time and effort are essential to maintaining a home, time and effort should also be essential when making decisions regarding landscaping. When it comes to making any landscaping decisions you may be facing, contacting an arborist can make those decisions much easier.

By definition, an arborist is one who specializes in the care of trees. They provide numerous landscaping services, such as tree and stump removal, pruning, spraying, and bracing and cabling. A qualified arborist can be an asset to your landscaping needs and objectives. So, what characteristics should you look for that make an arborist qualified?

First, check with friends who’ve used arborist services or in your local yellow pages. Those arborists who are reputable through word of mouth or who have taken the time to advertise their services and contact information in local phone books are likely legitimate. While researching arborists to determine if they are the right fit for your landscaping needs, you might consider asking them for other local references whose projects required services similar to those you will need. Any qualified arborist should be accommodating and welcome the affirmation of his or her work from other clients.

You should also make certain that the arborist is fully insured, as any qualified arborist should be. Fully insured includes maintaining insurance coverage for personal and property damages. You may also wish to inquire if worker’s compensation is provided to company employees, who would likely assist the arborist with your landscaping project. Having this information is all for your benefit and protection, as you could be legally implicated as financially responsible, for some or even all damages, for any accident that may occur on your property if the arborist is uninsured or underinsured while working there.

Inquire about any professional memberships or certifications the arborist may hold. As with any other career field, professional memberships or certifications are indicative of a motivation for continued learning and knowledge advancement, heavy involvement in the field of interest, and a commitment to providing the best possible service to prospective clients.

Consider seeking insight from several arborists. Aside from the obvious cost comparison doing so provides, this also allows you to garner understanding of the process for completing the project from several perspectives and explanations. For instance, arborists can assist you with understanding Austin tree trimming techniques and costs. Armed with this understanding, you can compare and contrast the information. Hopefully the information provided you by prospective arborists will be similar. However, if there are major differences in explanations, perhaps the credentials of those providing them should be looked into further.

Finally, use this time to also ask your specific questions of the arborist. If an Austin tree removal service is a part of your landscaping project, inquire if the tree stump will be removed and how. Find out about debris cleanup. Inquire about acceptable methods of payment and payment arrangements. You may find that these considerations factor as much into your satisfaction with a potential arborist as the overall project cost.

By looking at these criteria and carefully considering each, you can easily narrow down choices and determine the most qualified arborist who best fits your landscaping project needs.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.