Arborist Consultation Services
At Gilbert’s Tree & Landscape, our team of certified arborists provides expert tree consultation services. During our consultation, we conduct a thorough assessment of your landscape, taking inventory of the plant species in your yard.
Our assessment includes:
- Diagnosing tree issues
- Assisting with insurance claims
- Evaluating potential tree hazards
- Identifying insect infestations
- Checking for diseases
- Offering tree preservation recommendations
- Analyzing soil health
- And much more!
Following our assessment, we provide a proposal and suggest additional services as needed. Our aim is to develop a tailored action plan and management strategy that aligns with your priorities and budget.
What Is a Consulting Arborist?
Consulting Arborists are recognized authorities in tree health. Our consultants are highly trained and qualified to provide comprehensive evaluations of the health, safety, and condition of your trees, shrubs, and other vegetation. This involves conducting tree inspections, assessing risks, creating arborist reports, and recommending treatments for pests, soil issues, and diseases.
We serve a diverse range of clients, including:
- Commercial property managers
- Landscape architects, engineers, and developers
Our ISA Certified Tree Experts Offer the Following Services
The majority of our expert consultants are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). To attain ISA certification, individuals must possess over three years of professional tree care experience or hold a degree in arboriculture, pass a rigorous 200-question exam, and re-certify every three years.
ISA certification is a globally recognized standard for arborists. Our consulting arborists offer a wide array of services, including:
- Tree protection
- Nursery and tree appraisals
- Expert witness services
- Insect and disease management
- Development of municipal tree ordinances
- Tree risk assessments
- Tree planting programs
- Tree inventories
*Please note: We cannot guarantee that all Gilbert’s Tree & Landscape employees will have an ISA Certified consultant on staff. Please contact your local team for more information.
Comprehensive tree inventories are crucial for developing effective
urban, construction, and forestry management plans. Tree inventories
gather essential data about tree size, species, and locations.
During a tree inventory, we document:
- Total number of trees
- Health status of each tree
- Potential hazards
- Presence of diseases or infestations
- Maintenance recommendations
This information proves invaluable when evaluating the benefits and
drawbacks of prospective landscaping, construction, urban planning, and
forestry projects. In the event of damage, this inventory can be
essential for filing claims.
Tree protection inspections are vital safeguards to prevent construction projects from negatively impacting nearby trees. Unregulated construction activities can pose various threats to landscapes and surrounding vegetation. For example, soil compaction resulting from construction can reduce the underground oxygen supply to a tree’s root system, leading to decreased water absorption and premature death. Our arborist consultants can assess your site and provide guidance on protecting trees and plant life during construction processes.
Tree Risk Assessment
One of the primary reasons for consulting with an arborist is to assess potential tree hazards and recommend preventive measures. By weighing the risks against the benefits, we can help determine whether a tree should be removed or retained. Every tree carries some level of risk, and our goal is to evaluate a tree’s structural integrity and potential for failure. Understanding the severity of unsafe tree conditions enables informed and proactive decision-making. When a tree is identified as defective and hazardous, we offer professional recommendations to mitigate the associated risks.
Tree Failure Assessment
When a tree collapses or dies, our consultants can assess the causes of tree failure using standardized methods.
This thorough inspection includes examining:
- Thinning canopy or declining crown health
- Diseased, dehydrated, or infested branches
- Fungus growth
- Weak crotch systems
- Soil heaving near the root plate
- Unstable, overextended, broken, or weak branching patterns
- Cracked and decaying tree trunks
- Decaying or exposed roots
Tree root systems serve as the literal anchor and foundation for trees and provide essential nutrients for growth. During the winter, tree roots store nutrients for spring foliage production, and in spring, they transport water and minerals to the tree. Therefore, maintaining their health is crucial. Regular arborist consultations help you stay informed about the condition of your tree roots and receive preventive tips to avoid root diseases and failures.
Our tree root appraisal covers:
- Soil compaction: Heavy clay subsoils and soil compaction can limit oxygen and water uptake, harming or even killing trees.
- Soil depth: Adequate soil depth is essential for proper root development, anchoring, and oxygen exchange. Altering soil depth can threaten a tree’s root system.
- Overwatering/underwatering: Both overwatering and underwatering can harm tree roots, affecting their health and leading to issues such as root rot.
- Fertilizer balance: Proper fertilizer application is critical to prevent overfertilization, which can harm tree roots, or under fertilization, which can deprive them of essential minerals.
- Trenching, construction, and digging: Soil excavation and heavy machinery work can pose significant threats to root systems.
We Offer Consulting Arborist Services to:
If you oversee a large community, public park, golf course, cemetery, outdoor entertainment venue, or private development, you likely have a significant number of trees on your property. Our consultants can provide tree inventories and assessments to help you create short and long-term maintenance plans, aiding in budgeting and cost reduction.
Homeowner Associations play a key role in managing community landscaping and resolving conflicts. We assist Homeowner Associations in developing cost-effective maintenance plans, recommending safe and durable tree species for shared spaces, and conducting assessments to proactively prevent tree damage and loss.
Property Management Companies
Property management involves ensuring your property remains safe, attractive, and affordable. Landscaping is a crucial aspect, and our consultants can help you establish landscaping budgets and protect your property from tree collapses. We provide comprehensive assessments of tree-related risks and hazards and offer treatment advice for pest infestations and diseases.
Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents may require expert arborist guidance for property assessments and inspections. Informed homebuyers will want to understand any tree-related risks, infestations, root damage, or diseases on the property. Consulting with our experts provides you with an informed appraisal, thorough assessment, and professional advice.
Tree Service Providers
Many tree service providers may lack the in-depth knowledge of an ISA Certified arborist. Drawing upon years of experience and education, our arborists provide expert advice on tree structure, health, and safety, enabling you to make the best decisions.
Landscape professionals aim to maximize value while minimizing disruption. If you have concerns about the potential dangers and hazards of planting specific tree species or sizes, we can assess the area to help you make informed decisions. Our arborists can also assist with supervising work near trees, conducting root mapping, and providing land planning guidance. When faced with the choice of preserving existing vegetation or clearing the land, we offer detailed assessments to support your decision-making.
Public trees require regular maintenance and assessment to ensure safety. If a hazardous tree threatens structures or pedestrians, we strongly recommend remedial action. Additionally, for historically significant trees posing challenges to municipal projects, we can help assess their preservation value or find ways to work around them.
Our goal is to provide professional estimates, assessments, and advice on all matters related to trees. We may recommend nutrient application, pest control, site remediation, pruning, or immediate removal to mitigate hazards. Our services cater to property owners in a wide range of industries.