Tree assessment refers to the professional exercise of examining or scrutinizing a tree, so as to ascertain its health and structural integrity. It is recognized as one of the most important maintenance procedures required to keep a tree healthy. It is also known as tree risk assessment. The exercise is carried out by professional arborists (usually ‘consulting arborists’) who are equipped with the relevant equipment and experience for the job. It is expected that trees in home or commercial properties be assessed from time to time, and at certain intervals.
Some Important Purposes of Tree Assessment:
Safety of lives and property safe: When the limbs of a tree or the tree itself suddenly falls, it endangers the lives in the property, other plants, and may turn out to have heavy financial consequences on owners. Often times, fallen or accidental trees are caused by weakness or loss of structural integrity which often stems from pest infestation, cracked stems or branches, and etc.
Constant tree assessment helps to identify problems and to address them before they degenerate or result into a sudden fall. Home owners are advised to hire professionals to assess their trees before periods of tumultuous storms and rains, so as to ensure a level of safety.
To keep pests and insects at bay: When insects infest a tree, they do not pose a threat to the overall health of the tree, they also pose a threat to the property itself. These pests are likely to spread to other plants in the property and may soon spread into the nearby homes buildings on the property. At this stage, they can infest wooden furniture, causing damages to them. This is why homeowners are warned not to take pests likely at all. Periodic assessment exercises by professionals helps to spot and treat pest-infested parts of tree, before it spreads round the tree.
To control growth: Some trees can show the potential to grow beyond expectation. Hence, they may pose some danger to their environment by encroaching on other person’s properties, getting in contact with live electric cables, etc. Professional assessment helps to spot and address similar dangers before they cause any harm.
To ensure sufficient tree nutrition: One of the important purposes of tree assessment is to ensure that a tree is getting sufficient nutrition. If a tree is found to show signs like impeded growth, change of color and other symptoms that indicates lack needed nutrition, arborists respond by recommending effective ways to fix this.
To ensure beautiful landscape: The trees and lawns in a property play quite some important roles in its landscape. Any oddness from a tree or a couple of trees can disfigure the aesthetics of an environment. Poorly trimmed trees, for instance, can do more harm than good to a property. Constant tree assessment thus proves valuable. When professionals assess a tree, they can tell if it requires some pruning or some treatment whatsoever so that it appears beautiful, healthy, and perfectly fitting for the environment.
When is a Tree Assessment Necessary:
A few times every year: most tree experts warn that a tree should be accessed a minimum of two times in a year (once during the winter and once during summer), to ensure greater safety. However, depending on the peculiarities of each tree, it may be more.
After any accident or storm damage: Asides the general yearly plan for tree assessment, it is expected that a tree is examined after any kind of accident or storm damage. Irrespective of the extent of damage incurred on a tree after an accident, some assessment is required to ascertain a tree’s health.