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Why you should hire an ISA certified Arborist


As a local tree care company serving Surrey and the lower mainland, we at Arbor Solutions understand the importance of proper tree care and maintenance. Trees not only add beauty and value to your property, but they also provide numerous environmental and health benefits. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your trees are well taken care of. And one of the best ways to do that is by hiring an ISA certified arborist.

But before we dive into the benefits of hiring an ISA arborist, let’s first talk about what the ISA is and what it means to be ISA certified.

What is the ISA?

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of arboriculture. Arboriculture is the science and practice of cultivating and caring for trees. The ISA was founded in 1924 and has become a leading authority on all things tree-related.

To become ISA certified, arborists must have a combination of education and experience in the field, as well as pass a comprehensive exam. This process ensures that ISA certified arborists have the knowledge and expertise to provide the best care for your trees.

Why hire an ISA arborist?


Expertise and knowledge

ISA certified arborists are highly trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of tree care. They have a deep understanding of tree biology and know how to properly care for and maintain trees. This expertise allows them to provide the best recommendations for your trees and ensure that they are healthy and strong.


Tree care can be a dangerous profession, and it’s important to hire professionals who know how to properly handle the equipment and techniques involved. ISA certified arborists have been trained in safety protocols and are equipped to handle the challenges of tree care.

Proper techniques

Proper tree care techniques are crucial for the health and longevity of your trees. ISA certified arborists have been trained in the most up-to-date and effective techniques, ensuring that your trees receive the best care possible.

Environmental responsibility

ISA certified arborists are dedicated to the health and well-being of trees, and they understand the important role trees play in the environment. They use eco-friendly techniques and practices to ensure that your trees are well taken care of while also minimizing any negative impact on the environment.

When do trees need to be pruned?

Tree Pruning is the process of removing dead or damaged branches from a tree to improve its structure and promote new growth. Proper pruning is crucial for the health and safety of your trees, as it helps to prevent potential problems such as disease, insect infestations, and structural issues.

But knowing when and how to prune can be complex and requires specialized knowledge. An ISA certified arborist will be able to assess your trees and determine the appropriate pruning techniques to use. Here are a few general guidelines for when trees may need to be pruned:

  • Dead or damaged branches: Removing these branches will help to prevent further damage and promote new growth.
  • Overgrown trees: Pruning can help to shape and control the growth of your trees.
  • Structural issues: Pruning can help to improve the structure of your trees, making them more stable and less prone to damage.
  • New tree planting: Pruning during the early stages of tree growth can help to shape and promote healthy growth.

When do trees need to be removed?

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, tree removal may be necessary due to health, safety, or structural issues. An ISA certified arborist will be able to determine if this is the case and provide a plan for removal in a safe and efficient manner. Here are a few reasons why trees may need to be removed:

  • Diseased or decaying: If a tree is severely diseased or decaying, it may pose a risk to the surrounding area and need to be removed.
  • Structural issues: If a tree has structural issues such as a split trunk or leaning heavily, it may need to be removed for safety reasons.
  • Obstruction: If a tree is blocking views, causing damage to structures, or creating other problems, it may need to be removed.
  • New construction: Sometimes, trees may need to be removed to make room for new construction or landscaping.

It’s important to note that tree removal should always be a last resort and should only be done when necessary. An ISA certified arborist will consider all options and provide the best recommendations for your specific situation.

How to know when your trees need to be assessed for health and safety

Regular tree assessments are important for the health and safety of your trees. An ISA certified arborist can identify potential problems and provide recommendations for treatment or maintenance to keep your trees healthy and strong. Here are a few signs that your trees may need to be assessed:

  • Dead or damaged branches: If you notice dead or damaged branches on your trees, it’s a good idea to have them assessed.
  • Leaning or unstable: If you notice that your trees are leaning or unstable, it’s important to have them assessed for safety reasons.
  • Signs of disease or decay: If you see signs of disease or decay such as discolored leaves, abnormal growth patterns, or fungi on the trunk or branches, it’s a good idea to have your trees assessed.
  • Storm damage: If your trees have suffered storm damage, it’s important to have them assessed to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of action.

How to get a free tree care estimate

In conclusion, hiring an ISA certified arborist is the best way to ensure that your trees receive the expert care and attention they need. At Arbor Solutions, we are proud to have ISA certified arborists on our team who are dedicated to providing top-notch service and ensuring that your trees are healthy and strong.

If you have any concerns about the health or safety of your trees, don’t hesitate to call us for a free tree care estimate. Our team is here to help you with all of your tree care needs.