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Attractive, healthy trees can add a great deal of value to any property. They also represent an added ecological and health value to the community which they are planted in. On the other hand, poorly maintained, overgrown trees can quickly become a serious liability and even a hazard. But to ensure your trees are in optimal shape, hiring professional tree care is sometimes essential. While the added expense may seem off-putting at first, don’t worry; it is an investment that can lead to considerable returns. Investing in your trees makes them healthy and beautiful but also comes with significant returns in community and ecological benefits.

Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Pruning or removing trees, especially large, established trees, can be hazardous work. If performed incorrectly, tree work poses a risk to both the tree itself and the person(s) performing the work. That is why this type of work should be left strictly to trained professionals who are equipped to work safely with trees. Arborists are sort of tree doctors specializing in the care of individual trees. They are experts concerning any of your tree needs and are equipped to provide them with necessary care.

What Is A Certified Arborist?

By definition, an arborist is someone who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. An ISA Certified Arborist is an individual who has been trained to have in-depth knowledge and understanding of trees’ needs, and how to care and maintain a tree in a way that enhances its health, beauty, and structural integrity. The ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary course taken by individuals to demonstrate their degree of knowledge. To become ISA Certified Arborists, individual candidates gain knowledge through experience and much successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

What Services Can Arborists Provide?

From planting, pruning, and removal to appraisals, expert witness, and emergency tree care, ISA Certified Arborists help maintain your tree through a variety of professional services. Here are some examples of what an Arborist can do for your trees:


An ISA Certified Arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance and safety of trees. Pruning your trees may be recommended to achieve any of the following:

  • Train young trees to improve structure
  • Remove damaged branches and limbs
  • Thin limbs to improve light-penetration and airflow through the canopy
  • Remove limbs that cause damage to or interfere with other parts of the tree
  • Cultivate a better shape in case of damage
  • Remove dead, diseased, or weak limbs
  • Create optimal structure to protect against potential storm damage
  • Remove excessive weight from the ends of branches

Tree Removal

Though it is largely regarded as the last resort, there are circumstances when removing a tree is both necessary and warranted. An arborist will help determine when a tree needs to be removed. Frequently, ISA Certified Arborists also hold an additional Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. These individuals are uniquely skilled in leading a risk assessment and providing you with appropriate solutions, including tree removal. Arborists are skilled and equipped to remove trees safely and efficiently. That being said, a tree may have to be removed if it is any of the following:

  • Dead or dying
  • Deemed irreparably hazardous (by a qualified arborist)
  • Being replaced in favor of a more appropriate variety of plant
  • Causing harm or crowding other trees
  • Located in the middle of a construction or development site

Emergency Tree Care

Natural disasters such as storms or earthquakes can cause heavy limbs or entire trees to fall – potentially on people, other trees, structures, or vehicles. Fallen trees are extremely heavy, making them especially dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can safely perform emergency tree care to reduce any risk of further damage to people or property. However, extreme cautions should be taken around trees and limbs if they are entangled in utility lines. Trees can carry electricity if they’re in contact with live utility wires and can be life-threateningly dangerous. Therefore, if and when power lines are involved, the first things you should always do is call your local power provider.


If you’ve ever planted the wrong tree in the wrong location, you know it almost always results in problems from limited space, light, pests, diseases, or just poor growth. If you’re in the market for new foliage, arborists can recommend the right tree, the right place and the right technique for planting your trees. In addition, planting a large tree requires special skill and equipment. An ISA Certified Arborist can offer that, plus a consultation on proper planting depth and general care to help the mature tree recover from the replanting process.

Plant Health Care

Preventive plant health care and maintenance guarantees the proper structure and overall wellbeing of a tree. Providing it with proper care will help the tree defend itself against insects, diseases and site-condition problems such as poor soil or the stress from urban settings. An arborist can recommend the following health maintenance measures:

  • Preventive evaluation for health and safety of the trees
  • A program to help control certain insects or diseases
  • Aeration for improving or promoting root growth
  • Cabling or bracing to offer support for weak branches
  • Corrective pruning
  • Fertilization
  • Seasonal irrigation

Other Arborist Services

Haven’t found the service you are looking for? Arborists provide a variety of other tree care services as well, including:

  • Appraisal to determine the value of a tree
  • Hazard tree assessment
  • Installation of a lightning protection system
  • Protection plan for existing trees on development and construction sites
  • Stump grinding

Why Hire An Arborist In Memphis?

Lastly, are you needing to hire an arborist for your next tree project? Contact us today.