Tree inspection is an evaluation tool to call attention to any change in the tree’s health before the problem becomes too serious. By providing regular inspections of mature trees at least once a year, you can prevent or reduce the severity of future disease, insect, and environmental problems.
What Happens during an inspection?
During a tree inspection, our arborists examine four characteristics of tree vigor:
- New Leaves or Buds
- Leaf Size
- Twig Growth
- Absence of Crown Dieback (Gradual Death of the Upper Part of the Tree)
A reduction in the extension of shoots (new growing parts), such as buds or new leaves, is a fairly reliable cue that the tree’s health has recently changed. To evaluate this factor, our arborists compare the growth of the shoots over the past three years and determine whether there is a reduction in the tree’s typical growth pattern. Further signs of poor tree health are trunk decay, crown dieback, or both. These symptoms often indicate problems that began several years before. Loose bark or deformed growths, such as trunk conks (mushrooms), are common signs of stem decay. Any abnormalities found during these inspections, including insect activity and spotted, deformed, discolored, or dead leaves and twigs, should be noted and watched closely. If any problems are found, our ISA certified arborists will be able to recommend treatments.