Frequently Asked Questions

TROZZO TREE CARE FAQ

 
WHY HIRE AN ARBORIST?
An arborist is a specialist in the art and science of caring for individual trees. Certified arborists are trained to understand the needs of trees, and to provide the care and maintenance necessary to enhance tree health, beauty and structural soundness. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Beautiful, healthy trees are an investment with substantial returns in community and ecological benefits; conversely, poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability, even a hazard. An unqualified person may not have proper insurance, leaving a liability burden to the customer that could run into thousands of dollars. Tree work performed incorrectly may damage not only to the tree itself, but may be potentially dangerous to the person performing the work. Tree work should be performed only by those trained and equipped to work safely and correctly in trees, to ensure professional attention to safety and good results.
HOW OFTEN DOES MY TREE NEED CARE?
The type and frequency of tree care depends on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree’s growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a life long process, and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-tern commitment, not just a one time deal.
WHY ARE TREES BENEFITIAL?

Trees provide a variety of benefits besides environmental, such as social, community, and economic. Trees provide an array of benefits, including:

  • Cost Reduction – reduces yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars
  • Increase Property Value – well-cared landscape properties are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped estates.
  • Privacy and Scenery – aesthetic values
WHAT TYPE OF TREE SHOULD I BUY?

Tree selection is one of the most important investment decisions for a homeowner. First, examine the location conditions of where you want your tree to be planted. Take the following into consideration before selecting the tree species you want:

  • Amount of space
  • Clearance from overhead and underground utilities
  • Weather conditions
  • Tree functions you desire
  • Exposure to sun and wind
  • The quality

Then, utilize the information you have gathered and select the tree species that works best with the conditions.

WHAT IS A TOPPING TREE?

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role.

Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree. Trees can be reduced but should be only by a trained arborist.

CAN TREES BE HAZARDOUS?

Trees are essential to our world, offering a wide range of benefits to our environment. However, trees become hazardous liabilities if they fall and injure people or damage property. Proper constant maintenance will help prevent and identify when a tree becomes dangerous.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY TREE HAS INSECT AND/OR DISEASE?

As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. Insects and diseases can threaten a tree’s health. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding the causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and take appropriate actions for treatment. You should contact a tree care professional for assistance immediately.

CAN I CUT BACK OVERHANGING BRANCHES FROM MY NEIGHBOUR'S TREE?

Three main points to remember when dealing with trees on adjacent private property are that:

  • You cannot trespass onto your neighbour’s property;
  • You cannot damage your neighbour’s property (in this case a tree); and
  • You have the right to maintain your property in a safe condition

It is therefore best for property owners to come to an agreement between themselves with respect to trees overhanging property lines.

If you are unable to reach an agreement with your neighbour and want to determine your legal rights, you should contact a lawyer.

A qualified tree expert should always be retained to carry out tree pruning.

DID YOU KNOW CALGARY TREES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO REGION SPECIFIC INSECTS AND DISEASES?

 

In late spring or early summer, homeowners should regularly inspect trees for signs of damage or colonies of feeding larvae. If you have a problem, we have the solution.