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Arborists are tree care professionals who can help with the selection, maintenance, care and removal of trees and shrubs in residential, commercial and public landscapes. They are trained in all aspects of woody plant health and care, including diagnosis and treatment of diseases, insect infestations and environmental problems. They can safely climb up into tall trees to prune limbs, and will cut, chip and remove all of the brush. They can recommend and administer watering, fertilizing, pesticide applications and other cultural programs to help maintain the long-term health and beauty of landscapes. Arborists are licensed by the State of Connecticut, and are required to stay up-to-date with the rapid advances of tree biology, care and treatment.

 

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Trees provide a multitude of often overlooked benefits. Our forests and woodlands are valuable natural resources which produce oxygen, filter air pollution, hold soil from eroding, give food and cover to wildlife, and furnish fuel to heat many of our homes. In more suburban and urban situations, trees can provide the same benefits and, if properly located, can significantly reduce the cost of heating and cooling our buildings. In addition, some studies have found that well-landscaped yards with mature, healthy trees can contribute as much as 10 to 50 per cent to a home’s real estate value.

 

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Although fairly self-sufficient, trees occasionally become diseased, grow old and decay, or experience damage due to storms or other types of environmental impacts. Landscape trees often suffer from a lack of nutrients and minerals due to environmental influences including lack of natural re-fertilization by decaying leaves and competition from landscape grasses and other plants. Sometimes they become too large or need to be removed for other reasons. When a tree is in trouble, an arborist is the person to call for advice and tree care services.

 

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During the initial visit, an arborist should walk around the property and discuss your needs and the services he or she can provide. The arborist will be able to answer most of your questions, but may not have all of the answers immediately. Tree health is a complicated field of study, and no one knows it all. A good arborist will collect samples, consult other experts and references when warranted, and base recommendations on the proper diagnostic procedure.