Whether you’ve just moved or are looking to improve your home’s landscaping, planting trees is an excellent way to boost your home’s value and curb appeal. But, despite the tales of Johnny Appleseed, planting a new tree isn’t as easy as throwing a seed in some dirt. Luckily, a trained and licensed arborist can help you select trees that best fit your needs, provide tree planting services, and teach you to care for them long-term.
What an Arborist Can Do for You
Even if you’re a seasoned gardener with two green thumbs, it’s essential to note that planting and caring for a tree differs significantly from a home garden. Most trees’ size alone makes them a different challenge. Still, even a sapling will have different needs from most shrubs, flowers, or other plants.
A licensed and insured arborist will first help you by determining when, where, and what type of tree you should plant. Certain tree species will work best in specific geographic areas and places on your property.
Arborists know which trees will thrive in your area and where’s the best place to plant them to give them the greatest chance to grow and mature. Giving your tree a healthy start is essential to this maturation and will ensure you receive all its environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Additionally, an arborist can teach you important lessons, including:
- How to fertilize your tree and which kind of fertilizer will work best.
- What kind of pests are known to attack the type of tree(s) you’re planting.
- How to best care for your tree to ensure its long-term success.
What To Look For in an Arborist
Once you know you want to hire an arborist to help you plant and/or care for your trees, you must choose one. Here’s what you should look for when selecting your arborist:
Membership in a Professional Organization
Membership in professional organizations such as the National Arborist Association or the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) requires arborists to keep up with current best practices on tree care. So, if your arborist is ISA-certified, you know they have passed the ISA’s thorough examination on all tree maintenance and care aspects.
Proof of Insurance
Ask your prospective arborist for proof of insurance — liability and worker’s compensation. This insurance is necessary for potential accidents or personal property damage while working on your trees.
References and Reviews
Like a contractor, plumber, or electrician, references help validate the quality of your arborist’s work. These references can reinforce the caliber of the arborist and assure you’re hiring the right person for the job. Similarly, reviews on sites like Yelp or Google My Business can help supplement these references.
Whether you need a tree planting service in Dallas, pruning, removing, or maintaining your tree, North Texas Trees can help. We staff North Texas Trees with licensed and insured arborists with more than 30 years of experience. So, when you use North Texas Trees, you can do so safely, knowing an expert is working with your trees.
If you need tree service in Dallas or the surrounding area and want a licensed and insured arborist, contact us online or call 972-423-8733.