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Tree Inspections – Why do you Need Them

Maureen Sexsmith-West

ISA Certified Arborist, PR4600A

What is a Tree Inspection?

It’s common knowledge that prevention is the best medicine. This applies to trees and shrubs too.

We are often called to assess a tree once a tree is exhibiting symptoms noticeable to a tree owner. Quite often, the contributing problem is well advanced. Sometimes it is too late to save it, or the cost benefit of the remedies just isn’t viable.

A tree inspection can tell you whether your trees are in good health or decline, and whether they are safe or unsafe. A good assessment will look at the tree from the roots to the shoots.

For this reason, one of the most valuable services we offer is expert visual ground inspections of trees and shrubs. When necessary, additional testing and analysis are utilized to make an accurate diagnosis or prognosis so we can develop of a remedial program.

Different kinds of inspections? Risk Assessments. It is important to identify and address problems as soon as possible. When major problems arise, there may be remedies OTHER THAN removing the tree. Removal is permanent and the lost benefits trees provide may take many years to be realized again. We can advise you as to the best course of action. We have formal training in Tree Risk Assessment and years of experience in our area. Plant Health Issues. Our arborists are well versed in tree health care issues and can help identity pest and disease issues in the early stages. To care for mature trees. Mature trees require special care and attention. We can tell you how to preserve mature and dearly loved trees to ensure they are safe and healthy. To identify and protect trees at risk from construction activities. Employ the services of our Certified Arborist to ascertain if a proposed construction will impact trees. We will review your building plan and recommend a tree preservation plan to protect trees before the start of any home renovation projects. Landscape & Warranty. We work with you and your contractor to ensure trees are healthy and planted correctly. They are inspected at the time of planting and again prior to the end of your warranty period.

Prospective homeowners should have the trees on a property inspected before closing on a new home. It is not uncommon for new property owners to discover a sick tree or be faced with an unexpected and expensive tree issues. Banks and mortgage companies often require house inspections. A tree inspection is just as important! Learn and be pro-active about your own yard. Ladybug Arborists love to educate about best management practices. We review threats to your landscape, explain early warning signs and suggest preventive measures. We work with you through out the process of prevention, detection and recovery. Our experience as an aftercare professional can prevent you from making decisions that will result in higher costs or other issues. We offer on-site pruning lessons for do-it-your-selfers.

For more information or to book an inspection in the Lethbridge, Alberta area contact:

Ladybug Arborists

Benefitting Your Urban Oasis

403 – 634 – 3062


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