Magazine article Sunset

Choosing a Caretaker for Trees

Magazine article Sunset

Choosing a Caretaker for Trees

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A good arborist offers a wide range of services, including pest and disease control, pruning, bracing, and fertilizing. If the trees in your landscape show signs of stress or disease, an arborist can diagnose the problem and often help correct it.

Since replacing a tree can cost thousands of dollars (to say nothing of its sentimental value), it pays to shop carefully for the right caretaker. Here are a few suggestions to help you find a competent arborist.

* Don't be swayed by door-to-door solicitation. A good reputation is the best indicator of quality work. Talk with neighbors and nurseries to get recommendations. If you have a city arborist, call for referrals.

* Check the person's previous work for yourself. If possible, visit the homes of an arborist's former clients.

* Get at least three estimates. Talking with a variety of candidates will give you a better understanding of the tasks at hand, the capabilities of each individual, and reasonable prices. …

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