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Monday, February 1, 2016

When Should You Call An Arborist?

When it comes to tree care, some jobs better left to the professionals. The rule of thumb when deciding to hire an arborist is unless you can work with both feet on terra firma, you should hire a professional tree service.

Working at height requires proper training and protection due to a number of risky variables such as electrical wires, wildlife, nearby fences, buildings or homes.

Third-generation arborist and STIHL spokesperson Mark Chisholm also recommends calling in an expert if:
  • A tree has large limbs that are broken or hanging and it requires overhead chainsaw work, it could be very dangerous to handle alone.
  • A tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. A chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "springpole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
  • Branches are too close or touching utility lines. In this case you should call your local utility company – NEVER attempt to move them on your own.

In general, when there is any task you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable taking on, call for a professional opinion. To find a certified arborist near you, visit treesaregood.org.


  1. I have a tree that is starting to grow beyond the borders of my yard. One branch is definitely hanging over the roadway in front of my house. The last thing I want is for the branch to fall or be too low for a tall vehicle to go underneath it. Since the tree is on my property, am I responsible for having it removed?

  2. Very informative post! It's important to know when an arborist is necessary and when the tree is fine how it is. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you very much for this information. I've got some really tall trees in my backyard that need some serious trimming because they are getting dangerously close to utility lines. I don't have a lot of experience with tree trimming, and I'm nervous about being up so high. It would probably be best to hire an arborist for this particular job.

    Susan Hirst | http://www.agilitytrees.com.au

  4. If you ever are wondering when you need to call an arborist, this article tells you exactly when you need there tree service. We have a tree that has a branch hanging over our house so I am thinking we have to call someone to cut the branch down so it does not fall on our house. I just want to make sure to hire the right person to do the job for me. http://www.cornerlandscaping.com

  5. Thanks for sharing this useful information with us about the very important question of everyone that is when to call a professional arborist, You must continue your writing. I am sure, you have a great reader's base already!

  6. Thanks for sharing! It is vitally important to know the right time to hire a professional. Knowing who to call and when will save headaches and prevent potential disasters down the road.

  7. Thank-you Mark Chisholm. Several years ago you taught me just about everything I know. Now my son is a second generation arborist. I have never looked back and neither has my son.You sir are a rock star

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