ROI on Trees? Make Your Tree Investment Count!

Trees are, without a doubt, one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. The environmental, social, and mental benefits are so great that hospitals are increasingly bringing in gardens and trees to help their patients’ state of mind and speed the healing process. (Check out Tree People’s impressive list of the Top 22 Benefits of Trees.)cash-1169650_1280

Another excellent and important benefit of trees, especially as they grow and mature, is the incredible financial benefit they can bring.

In addition to providing shade – thus, reducing energy bills – trees can dramatically increase a property’s curb appeal. The Arbor Day Foundation cites a study from Arbor National Mortgage and American Forests that says, “83 percent of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate’ impact on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increase to 98 percent.”

The foundation also provides statistics that estimate healthy and mature trees can increase property values anywhere from 10 percent (USDA Forest Service) and 20 percent (Management Information Services/ICMA)!

So, how do you go about protecting this great investment?

  • Research: First, if you don’t have trees already on your property – or, you would like to supplement the existing trees – do some research into what types of trees would be appropriate and advisable for you. You’ll need to take factors like climate (and, California, drought), nearby structures, soil, etc. into account.
  • Plant: It’s more complicated than dropping a few seeds in the ground. You’ll need to plant trees in the right place, at the right depth, and with the right irrigation if you’re going to set your tree on the path to health and longevity.
  • Preventive maintenance: Much like your own body, trees simply do better when they’re cared for properly and expertly – far ahead of disease!

Fortunately, you’re not left on your own. The ISA-certified arborists at Arbortek can help you with each phase of the process – call us to learn more about how you can nurture and protect your trees for the long haul, and bring the best ROI possible.

The Value of earning an ISA Certfication

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ISA Certified Arborist

By now we hope you have read why hiring an arborist is important for the longevity of your trees.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. In addition, healthy trees filter rain water to protect watersheds, absorb harmful gases to humans, moderate the effects of our climate, and reduce yearly heating and cooling costs year round.

Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. ISA Certification is a tool to help us as an employer in both training our personnel and selecting new employees.

At Arbortek we follow the ISA Code of Ethics seriously. 

To earn an ISA Certified Arborist® credential, you must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. An ISA Certified Arborist® must first meet all requirements to be eligible for the exam, which includes three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.

After the field work requirement is complete, the arborist can take the ISA exam. The certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession. The arborist will be tested in:

  • Soil Management
  • Identification and Selection
  • Installation and Establishment
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Tree Biology
  • Pruning
  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Protection
  • Tree Risk Management

(This certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024).

The benefits of the Certification Program include the following:

• Studying for and passing the exam, reaffirms to the arborist and their peers a thorough knowledge and dedication to arboriculture.

• Certification affords the public and those in government the opportunity to make an informed selection of services based on the knowledge that is represented by the certification designation.

• Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist, and maintaining the designation, provides incentives to the individual to continue his or her ongoing professional development in arboriculture.

Arbortek Trees proudly employs and supports the ongoing development and certification of our arborists. Are you interested in becoming an arborist? Make sure you partner with an organization that adheres the to ISA standards. 

Why Hire an Arborist?

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What is an arborist?

Let’s start with the definition first: Arborists are individuals trained in the science of caring for and maintaining trees.  Qualified arborists should be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Why should I hire one?

Trees are alive, just like us, and provide natural harmony in an urban environment. They require investment and care to provide the tree a long, useful life. Just a few benefits of healthy trees include:

Purifying Water Trees filter rain water and protect watersheds and aquifers.

Air Filtration We need to breathe right? Not to mention trees help absorb harmful gases to humans by its filtering capabilities.

Climate Control Trees can moderate affects of sun, wind, and rain.

Increase Property Value 5-20% actually…..well cared for landscapes with healthy, mature trees are more valuable than those non landscaped properties.

Cost Savings Trees reduce yearly heating and cooling costs by 2 billion dollars a year across the globe.

The answer should be clear! Trees have a valuable impact!

How do I hire the right arborist?

When hiring any vendor, assess their credentials and experience. Here’s what we mean:

  • Check for memberships in professional organizations.
  • Check for certifications in the respective field. As mentioned before, an arborist should be ISA certified.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Arborists must have personal & property damage coverage, along with workmen’s comp.
  • Does your vendor have the correct permits and business licenses to perform work on your property?
  • Ask for references!
  • Get more than one estimate. You may have to pay some arborists for estimates, but it will be worth the investment.
  • Get it IN WRITING. Does estimate include when work will start/finish? Payment terms? Who’s responsible for clean-up?
  • And last, be wary of door-to-door tree service providers. Reputable arborists are too busy to use this sales tactic.