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Why You Need an Arborist

Trees are living organisms that provide us with many benefits: they clean the air we breathe, reduce noise pollution, and help reduce the temperature of our cities. However, trees aren't always easy to grow in cities. Urban areas have harsh environments that are not always ideal for trees.


● What is an Arborist

● How Can an Arborist Help?

○ Identification and Diagnosis

○ Treatment

○ Preventive Care

● Why Is It Important to Call An Arborist

● Complete Tree Care Service

The harsh environments of downtown urban areas have been proven detrimental to a tree's health and life expectancy. Trees planted in urban areas have been known to live up to 13 years, which is shockingly short when compared to the average lifespan of trees in rural areas, which is up to 100 years or more. ("Planting and Maintaining Trees in Urban Areas." Center for Watershed Protection, June 24, 2019.

This sad reality about the difficulty of keeping trees healthy in an urban setting is one of the most important reasons why city-dwellers need to double down in tree care. And, the best way to do this is to enlist the help of a certified arborist.

What is an Arborist?

Arborists are experts in tree biology and care; they are like the doctors of the plant world. They diagnose problems, perform surgery (in this case, tree surgery), and help you figure out how to keep your trees healthy and happy.

They usually have a two-year degree in forestry or thousands of hours relative work experience and take continuing education courses. Some states require arborists to be licensed by the state or local government, but others don't. For example, Texas has no state licensing board for arborists. Instead, an arborist can get an arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to establish credibility.

The ISA is the premier authority on tree care certification and education. And a certification from them proves the arborist has the knowledge and the experience to do professional tree care. The certification also demonstrates that the arborist has mastered other critical areas of tree care, such as disease prevention and treatment, pest control, and tree risk assessment.

How Can an Arborist Help Treat Your Sick Trees?

An arborist has the knowledge and tools to diagnose and treat your sick trees. They will identify and diagnose the problem and recommend necessary treatments to make your trees healthy again.

Identification and Diagnosis

An arborist can identify the symptoms of a sick or dying tree, including discoloration, wilting, dieback, insect damage, and others. Once they've identified what's wrong with your tree (or trees), they'll recommend a treatment plan that best suits your needs and budget.


The arborist will look at the tree's overall health and determine what kind of treatment you need. They may recommend annual pruning or fertilizing, or they might perform a more extensive procedure like cabling and bracing. They'll also help you decide whether or not to do tree removal, which is an option that should only be resorted to after careful consideration of the tree's overall health and value.

Once the arborist has determined the best course of action, they'll begin treating your tree. They'll prune out dead or diseased branches, fertilize to encourage new growth and prevent disease, and brace weak limbs with cables or rods to keep them from failing in high winds.

A good arborist will make sure that your trees are healthy and well-maintained so they can live a long life.

Preventive Care

The arborist will also give you a plan for the future so that you can prevent problems from arising again. They'll recommend specific steps to take each year, such as pruning dead branches or fertilizing young trees.

Preventative care is the most efficient way to fight disease, as it is much less costly than trying to fix a sick tree once it begins. Preventative care can also save you money in the long term because it prevents your trees from getting sick in the first place. Most arborists recommend maintenance checks once or twice a year if there are no problems in between.

Why Is It Important to Call An Arborist When You Suspect Your Tree Has A Problem?

When you suspect your tree has a problem, it's important to call an arborist immediately. If you delay calling an arborist, the condition of your tree could worsen and become more difficult to treat. For example, if you have a sick tree with big branches that could fall during a storm and cause damage to your home or even injury to passers-by, you should take this precaution.

Hiring an arborist to treat a sick tree can be more effective than do-it-yourself care. You may be tempted to try and care for your sick trees yourself, but when it comes to tree care, it's always best to go with the professionals.

An arborist has extensive training and experience in diagnosing tree problems and will be able to identify what's causing your problem. They'll recommend the most cost-effective solution for solving your issue and can even help you save money by recommending preventative measures.

So, to ensure your trees are healthy and safe, have them inspected by a professional arborist. If you're in Waco, Robinson, Woodway, Hewitt, or the surrounding areas, you might want to give 3rd Day Tree Service a call. Our team is led by an ISA Certified Arborist with years of experience in tree care and maintenance.

Complete Tree Care Service

Tree service can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. But with the 3rd Day Tree Service at your side, you don't have to worry about anything.

We provide a complete tree care service that includes everything from inspecting your trees for signs of damage to pruning and removing dead or dangerous branches.

We also offer stump grinding services for any leftover stumps after removal and stump injections for larger stumps that need additional help decomposing naturally.

3rd Day Tree Services is committed to providing the best tree care in the area. Call us anytime at (214) 497-6226 if you need advice on tree care or if you want to explore your tree care options with us. We offer free estimates for our tree care services and are ready to answer any questions you may have about your trees. You may email us at for more information or to schedule an appointment. We are excited to help your trees thrive.

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