Storm damage

Feb 29th, 2012 | By | Category: Everything Else

Have you ever wondered how much that tree in your yard might be worth?

Check out this neat online tree calculator at http://www.treebenefits.com/calculator/!

Did you know that for every $1 invested in a tree in Western Washington, approximately $2.70 is returned in benefits (ranging from air quality, carbon sequestration to aesthetics)?

“It’s too early to tell the extent of the damage from the recent storm in terms of canopy cover.  Though it was extensive, I don’t think the end result is a significant percentage of city-wide coverage,” said Ramie Pierce, City of Tacoma Urban Forester .  “However, it’s the post storm-removal (folks overreacting out of fear and confusion and particularly susceptible to “door –knockers” looking for work capitalizing on the fear) that could have a much greater impact.
Tips for hiring a good arborist:

  1. Hire a tree firm that is bonded, licensed and insured.
  2. Ask for ISA Certified Arborist credentials.
  3. Check for current membership in professional organizations such the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA).
  4. Ask for references and check them.
  5. Get bids or estimates from more than one tree care firm.
  6. Don’t rush into a decision. Be sure you understand the work that is to be done and the cost of the services.
  7. A good arborist will rarely recommend topping a tree or other drastic pruning practices that are injurious to trees.
  8. Never allow a tree worker to cvlimb your trees using spikes or spurs.
  9. Beware of door-knockers, flyers or cold calls
  10. Good tree work is not inexpensive.

The February storm left trees damaged but before you cut down that tree the City of Tacoma's Urban Forester recommends a few steps.



The PNW-ISA has a searchable online directory at their website to assist you in locating a Certified Arborist in your area in order to provide your trees with the best possible care to ensure a long, healthy, beautiful life. The searchable database also allows you to locate consultants and practitioners with specialized skills such as hazard tree evaluation, tree health assessment, and specialty pruning practices, as well as confirm the certification credentials of firms and individuals.

 


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