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WHAT IS AN ARBORIST

Arborists are professionals specializing in the art and science of planting and maintaining individual trees. Many of the arborists in and near Lyme, CT work for tree services, but arborists may also work for a city, town, the federal government, or be self-employed as consulting arborists. Some of the arborists and tree services in Lyme are members of professional tree care organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). While membership in a professional organization doesn't guarantee quality workmanship, it does indicate a certain level of commitment on the part of the arborist or tree service to stay abreast of changes in the tree care industry and provide proper tree care services. It's not uncommon for arborists and tree services in Lyme to also maintain membership in local or regional tree, lawn, or landscape maintenance organizations.

Some arborists in Lyme are ISA Certified Arborists. The ISA Certified Arborist designation and test is administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Individuals wishing to take the Certified Arborist test must have at least three years of hands-on experience in the tree care industry or have a degree in horticulture. If he/she passes the extensive examination their ISA Certified Arborist designation remains in effect for three years. During those three years they must maintain their certification by having at least 30 hours of continuing education related to the care of trees.

Tree Services Provided By An Arborist:

Tree Pruning

The most common service requested of arborists in Lyme is tree pruning. Proper tree pruning can improve the appearance, health, and safety of your trees. Arborists in Lyme are often called up to:

Prune dead tree branches.
Prune rubbing tree branches.
Trim or remove diseased tree branches.
Trim back branches that are blocking signs.
Raise tree branches over sidewalks and streets.
Prune young trees to establish proper tree structure.
Prune trees to increase light penetration to the lawn.
Trim trees to reduce wind resistance and storm damage potential.
Prune back tree branches near buildings, chimneys, gutters, roofs, windows, or wires.

Tree Removal

Most arborists in Lyme prefer to save trees, but in some cases there is no other option but tree removal. Tree removal is dangerous work and hiring an arborist or tree service should be considered even for small tree removals. Even small tree removals generate a lot of brush and wood and tree services have the equipment to efficiently dispose of tree brush and wood. Tree removal may be necessary for:

Hazardous trees.
Dead or dying trees.
Insect infested or diseased trees.
Building an addition on your home.
Making room for new landscape trees.
Trees that are crowding other trees in the landscape.

Emergency Tree Service


Mother Nature can wreak havoc on trees in Lyme in both summer and winter storms. Removing storm damaged trees is the most dangerous work performed by arborists and tree services in Lyme. If you hire a tree service to remove storm damaged trees it's important to make sure the tree service is properly insured. Emergency tree service usually involves:

Removing fallen trees.
Removing trees from houses or cars.
Removing fallen or broken tree branches.
Removing trees blocking driveways or roads.

Insect & Disease Control

Trees and shrubs planted in a landscape setting are inherently in a foreign, and often hostile, environment. Landscapes with lawns, compacted soils, and parking lot islands are not natural settings for trees and shrubs. These conditions cause plants to become stressed and more susceptible to disease and insect pests. Arborists and tree services in Lyme can help by:

Add soil amendments for improved root growth.
Spraying trees to control disease or insect pests.
Inject trees to prevent damage from insects or disease.
Fertilize trees to maintain or improve their health and vigor.

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Tree Planting

An arborist is the best person to ask when trying to decide what type of tree to plant. Quite frankly, arborists have seen all the mistakes made by landscapers planting the wrong tree in the wrong place. Arborists in Lyme are familiar with the trees that will do best in any given location and can let you know if the tree is going to require a high or low level of maintenance. Some arborists and tree services in Lyme provide tree planting as one of their services.

Other Tree Care Services

Arborists and tree services in Lyme sometimes offer other tree and landscape services such as:

Shrub planting.
Flea & tick spraying.
Perimeter pest control.
Removal of girdling roots.
Mosquito spraying service.
Shrub pruning or shrub removal.
Tree valuation & consultation services.
Installation of lightning protection in trees.
Soil aeration for improved root growth in compacted soil.
Tree cabling & bracing for trees with weak branch or trunk structure.

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