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What Is The Purpose Of An Arborist?

Dec 27


Tree care is something you likely already know if you have trees in your yard, whether it's for personal use or commercial purposes. You ensure your tree receives enough food, water, and sunlight each day. You might even have done it yourself to trim the trees several times.


Trees are complex organisms that can be prone to many problems, depending on their species and climate. They will eventually need specialized care.

Portland, Oregon, is home to many different tree species. Each one has its requirements for maintenance and care. This guide can help you find an arborist who is qualified to care for trees you already have or plan to add to your property.

What's an Arborist?

An arborist can be described as a tree surgeon in its simplest form. Arborists have been specially trained to be licensed and can perform all aspects of tree care: from diagnosis and treatment to pruning and evaluations to maintenance and repair.

Arborists not only look after the trees on your property but also ensure safety for those who live or work there. Professional arborists are trained to perform dangerous tasks such as climbing up trees to remove large branches that could become unstable.

Am I going to need an arborist? Why can't I care for my tree by myself?

There are many responsibilities for an arborist that cover every aspect of tree care. Arborists are trained to spot problems that a layperson might miss. Arborist are trained to safely handle these issues without causing damage to the tree, property, or their safety.


Large branches should be left to professionals. They must be removed if they are in danger of falling. It is not easy to remove a large branch. You need to be able to safely climb into trees without damaging the trunk or healthy branches and to safely cut the limb. To avoid any injury, the limb must then be safely guided to the ground.

This task is difficult and requires special training, special equipment, and insurance. You should leave this job to professionals. Portland arborists will provide hard hats, ropes, as well as all the necessary cutting tools, to ensure that the job is done safely.

Tree seems to be in serious condition

Arborists are trained to diagnose and treat tree diseases. It's important to inspect the tree regularly, even if it appears healthy. You should also schedule regular check-ups of your tree.


An arborist will examine the bark, leaves, branches, and bark of the tree to check for any signs of injury, malnutrition, or pest infestation. The arborist will inspect the bark for signs of termite infestation. They will inspect the leaves for black spots, which could be a sign of a fungus that blocks nutrients from reaching the leaves.


They can immediately take action to address any infestations or infections if they are able. This may involve pruning affected areas or using a natural insecticide that is safe for the tree and beneficial insects as well as birds.

Removing a Tree

Sometimes, it is necessary to remove a tree from a property if it is too sick or damaged by weather or other circumstances. It is difficult and time-consuming to remove a tree, including its stump.


The tree must be first cut down and the fall of it guided safely to not cause any damage to nearby properties. After the tree has been cut down, it will need to be removed safely. The stump must be removed after all that has been done. This is another job an arborist can do. They may use cables and a truck to lift the stump from the ground. Other times they might need to be more careful. An arborist can use chemicals to soften the stump so it can be pulled out easily. Or they can let it smolder until it can be removed.

How about planting a tree?

Arborists also specialize in the planting of new trees. An arborist can help you plant your first tree, or replace a dead one.


Portland's climate is perfect for many tree species. Some are native to the area, but others are not. An arborist can help you determine which tree species will thrive on your property. Different tree species respond differently to different soil conditions. Some prefer acidic soils, while others require partial shade. After you've chosen the tree that you like, an arborist will help you plant it and care for it in its early months.