Proper tree care is essential when it comes to preventing the loss of native trees like the Douglas Fir, Red Alder, Bigleaf Maple, Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock in Whidbey Island. As a homeowner, it’s also your responsibility to care for your trees by keeping them structurally sound and free of disease to ensure their health and safety while preserving the scenic beauty that makes up Island County. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following reasons preventative tree care is important and why you should hire a certified arborist.
Tree Care Pruning
With regular pruning, homeowners have the ability to control the way a tree looks and grows. By hiring a certified arborist to carefully configure a tree’s branches and limbs, you will ensure your tree has a safe and robust structure while eliminating the dangerous possibility of falling deadwood. Pruning will also balance a tree with proper weight distribution to help them hold their ground better to reduce the chance of it falling over due to excessive foliage.
Windsail reduction is a common tree care practice used to reduce wind resistance in a tree’s canopy. By selectively removing branches throughout the crown of a tree, a certified arborist can reduce a windsail effect by increasing wind penetration through a tree. This, in turn, will make a tree less likely to bend or fall during heavy wind storms that occasionally sweep through the Pacific Northwest.
However, windsail reduction is never a DIY job. Improper thinning of a tree’s canopy can easily cause expensive, and irreversible damage to your tree and landscape. That’s why it’s important to hire a certified arborist who is trained in all aspects of arboriculture and preventative tree care techniques.
Anytime you spot dead branches in your tree, it’s important to call a certified arborist to have them removed. Deadwood can often indicate a problem like disease or infestation. Deadwood is also a safety concern as dead branches can fall unexpectedly causing injury to nearby people and property. That’s why it’s essential to have deadwood removed in order to improve the health of a tree while increasing its safety in the process
Hazardous Tree Removal
While a tree can look healthy on the outside, problems on the inside can often go undetected. Trees can be deemed hazardous due to a variety of factors like disease, infestation, and decay. Warning signs of a hazardous tree can include cavities in the trunk, deep cracks, missing bark and mushrooms around its base. Because it’s hard to spot many internal issues, it’s important to schedule regular evaluations with a certified arborist to ensure the health and safety of your trees. At Westcoast Tree Care we will inspect, trim and maintain your trees to help them grow properly while keeping them disease and insect free.
Out of the many things we love about the Pacific Northwest, storms aren’t one of them. While your trees may seem strong and healthy, they can become damaged due to high winds, rain, and heavy snowfall. If a tree takes a beating and you find it’s fallen over, leaning or has broken branches after a severe storm, it’s imperative to call a certified arborist as soon as possible to prevent any safety hazards or property damage. Even if a tree appears to stable, it can still pose a serious threat to your property and loved ones.
Westcoast Tree Care
If you would like more information on preventative tree care and reasons to hire a certified arborist to care for your trees, contact Westcoast Tree Care. We can provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. As the leading tree care provider in the Pacific Northwest, we’re confident you’ll choose us for all your tree care needs.
Contact us at 1.800. 767.8733 today!