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  • Writer's pictureRussell Fey

When Does My Tree Need Surgery?

Florida Tree

As a homeowner, you likely realize that a landscape is an integral part of the value of your property, yet few people invest time and money into landscape maintenance and tree care until we see a visible problem. The fact of the matter is, a healthy landscape and trees can add significant value to your property; even if you're not trying to sell, you must maintain your property to prevent future issues.

A look at your trees

How do you assess your trees' health to determine what is needed for optimal growth and health? If you are not an arborist yourself, consider hiring a professional to assess the current health and vitality of your trees. What does a sick tree look like? What is required to return ailing foliage to health? Read on to see more about the process of tree surgery, and when it might be needed for better health and optimal growth.

What does a tree surgeon do?

A tree surgeon assesses tree health and growth patterns of your trees, making recommendations for care and intervention, if necessary. He may prune dead growth, relocate and plant trees, and treat issues like disease and infestation to bring your tree back to life once more. A tree surgeon may use specialized equipment to perform these processes; attempting to perform this work yourself without the use of these tools could have consequences for both you and your foliage. Tree surgeons are trained to perform these services and use this equipment safely and effectively.

Is there a difference between an arborist and a tree surgeon?

An arborist and tree surgeon are terms that are used interchangeably. An arborist does hold a specialized degree that allows him/her to diagnose and treat all sorts of conditions related to tree health. Both individuals are an integral part of tree care, and both can assist you in creating a healthy, beautiful landscape.

What kinds of services does a tree surgeon provide?

Just like humans, trees can contract diseases and infestations that compromise their health and growth. A tree surgeon/arborist will often look for these things when assessing the health of your trees:

  • Fungal infections

  • Pest infestations

  • Damage caused by humans and natural phenomena

  • Bacterial issues

  • Soil deficiencies

  • Growth abnormalities

Depending on what is assessed, your tree surgeon will make a care plan that addresses each of these known concerns with the intent to return your tree to health and proper growth once more. For the most part, you will be a spectator in this initial process of assessment and treatment. However, you will need to maintain your trees properly to keep additional issues from developing. Talk with your tree care professional to determine what will be required to keep your trees healthy and strong.

Focusing on preservation, but sometimes removal is necessary

Often, despite our best attempts at saving a tree and treating life-threatening conditions, it cannot be saved. Tree surgeons are well equipped to deal with the pruning and removal of diseased and dead trees that can compromise healthy foliage nearby. Using specialized equipment, they go to work felling trees and safely removing them from your property without doing damage to your home and surrounding landscape. While this is not a preferred method of dealing with landscaping issues, it is often the best way to preserve surrounding trees and foliage.

How can I tell if my trees require care?

At some point in their life cycles, all trees will require maintenance and care to prevent critical issues from forming. Trees should be regularly assessed and maintained as a natural part of the growth process, and your tree surgeon/arborist is more than qualified to provide all of your tree care and maintenance needs. Fey and Sons, LLC is a group of professional tree care enthusiasts who specialize in all aspects of tree care, and they are committed to providing you with services that preserve and protect your trees, your landscape, and your home. Contact us today to see what we can do for you and your property; visit for more information.

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