Tree Inspection in Farmington Hills, MI

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Tree Inspection Near Farmington Hills, MI

Getting a professional tree inspection is one of the most important things a homeowner can do.

With many years of experience, the arborists of ours know exactly what to look for to assess the health and structural integrity of your trees.

Unhealthy or structurally unsound trees can pose serious risks to your home or property if problems go undetected.

Our ISA-certified arborists will perform a professional tree hazard evaluation, ground to crown inspection, and visually examine your trees from several angles. We look for signs of disease, decay, cracks, weak branches, deadwood, and other issues.

We also evaluate the trees roots for signs of girdling roots that may choke the tree or make it unstable.

Using tools like mallet sounding, probes, and increment borers, we can detect hidden signs of decay and cavities. And we perform on-site diagnostics and measurements to assess structural stability and hazards.

With tree inspection, prevention is the key. We can often detect issues early before they escalate into costly emergencies.

Then we can recommend appropriate treatments or risk mitigation if hazards are discovered. Routine inspections every 1 to 3 years are recommended, especially for aging or high-risk trees near structures or power lines.

Our arborists take detailed inspection notes and document significant findings to create a prioritized maintenance plan.

We provide a full inspection report with our professional recommendations so you know which trees need attention. This allows you to budget properly for needed tree work. Protect your investment and avoid preventable tree damage on your property.

Process We Follow for Tree Inspection

Initial Site Evaluation

When performing a tree inspection, our first step is an initial site evaluation. We walk the property and take notes on factors like:

  • Location of trees on the property
  • Proximity to structures, power lines, roads, or sidewalks
  • Number of trees
  • General characteristics of the landscape and tree species present

This initial evaluation helps us determine inspection priorities and identify any glaring issues needing immediate attention. It also allows us to educate you on your existing trees and talk about your objectives. Understanding the “big picture” is crucial context for the detailed inspection.

Detailed Ground Inspection

Next we begin meticulously inspecting each tree from the ground up. Subtle clues near the base and roots can signal issues within the entire tree. We look for:

  • Evidence of mushrooms or fungal growth
  • Dead or dying roots
  • Signs of erosion, grading issues, or root severance
  • Rodent damage or bore holes
  • Nesting cavities or cracks
  • Bulges or swelling on the trunk
  • Sap oozing from the bark
  • Poor leaf color/density

Insects, diseases, and site disturbances can leave telltale signs near the soil. Our arborists have the detection skills to spot these subtle warnings. We also evaluate the trunk and branching structure.

Crown Evaluation

The tree crown holds many insights. We look at the upper branches with binoculars to assess:

  • Twig and leaf density
  • Deadwood or broken branches
  • Structural defects like weak forks and splits
  • Falling leaves/premature autumn color
  • Evidence of pests like tent caterpillars

Dieback and asymmetry in the crown can reveal disease or damage. A thinning crown is a symptom of declining health. And structural flaws above compromise the safety of the tree.

Tree Measurements

Various measurements provide metrics to judge the health and hazard potential of trees:

  • Diameter at breast height (DBH)
  • Crown spread
  • Height
  • Live crown ratio

We also use tools to measure wood hardness and detect internal decay. These metrics help us determine the overall vigor and structural integrity of your trees.

Diagnostic Testing

Where abnormalities are found, we often conduct further diagnostic tests:

  • Aerial inspections for a bird’s eye view of the crown
  • Drilling into trunks/branches with an increment borer to check for decay
  • Acoustic tomography to find hidden cavities
  • Lab testing of wood, soil, leaves, or pests to diagnose specific problems

By pinpointing specific diseases, pests, or structural flaws, we can give precise treatment recommendations to save your trees.

Risk Assessment

All data gathered is analyzed to determine the overall risk rating for each tree. We consider likelihood of failure, size of defective parts, and targets that could be damaged. Available risk mitigation options are also noted.

You will receive our professional judgment regarding the priority level for any recommended actions. We help you determine appropriate risk tolerance and make informed tree management decisions.

Comprehensive Reporting

After thoroughly inspecting your property, we compile all findings into an easy-to-understand report. It will include:

  • Summary of significant findings
  • Itemized work recommendations
  • Prioritized risk ratings
  • Treatment options
  • Cost estimates
  • Detailed diagrams and photos

The report provides a roadmap to proactively maintain the health and safety of your landscape. We will walk you through the findings and answer any questions you have.

Cost of Tree Inspection in Farmington Hills, MI

Professional tree inspection provides immense preventative value and peace of mind. Our pricing is very competitive for the level of expertise and analysis we provide. Here are the main factors that influence cost:

  • Number of trees – More trees equals more time spent inspecting. We will survey the entire property and can inspect any tree reachable by a standard extension ladder.
  • Tree size and complexity – Large, mature trees with complex branching structures take more effort to thoroughly inspect top to bottom. The inspection process is also more extensive for high-risk trees.
  • Site accessibility – Trees in difficult-to-reach spots, on steep slopes, or that require special equipment to access safely will add labor costs. But we are committed to inspecting your entire landscape.
  • Diagnostic tests – Advanced assessment tools like an increment borer, sonic tomography, or aerial inspection provide useful extra insight but do add incremental costs. We will discuss using these with you in advance.
  • Reporting – A more detailed report with photos, diagrams, and charts takes additional time to prepare but provides maximum value to the homeowner.

Other factors like travel distance and crew size may affect pricing as well. We provide free estimates for your tree inspection after assessing your individual property and needs. Our pricing is very competitive for a service backed by ISA Certified Arborists with over many of experience inspecting trees.

Investing in periodic tree inspection saves money over the long run by detecting issues early when treatment is less costly. It can prevent expensive emergencies. And maintaining your valuable landscape adds to the beauty and value of your home. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection!

Examples of Our Tree Service Projects in Farmington Hills, Michigan

Great Reasons to Choose Us

Quality Services

Our ISA-certified arborists use industry best practices to ensure safe, high-quality tree care.

Licensed & Insured

We are licensed, bonded, and insured for your peace of mind.


Our flexible scheduling makes it easy to book tree services when it’s convenient for you.

Free Consultations

We provide free estimates and consultations for all new customers.

Customer Satisfaction

Excellent service and fair pricing result in happy customers. See our 5-star reviews.

Affordable Pricing

As a local company, we offer very reasonable rates on all tree services.

FAQs About Tree Inspection in Farmington Hills, Michigan

How long does a standard tree inspection take?

For a typical residential property, we need 2 to 4 hours to thoroughly inspect all trees and prepare the full report. Large properties with lots of trees may take a full day.

What is your experience inspecting trees in Farmington Hills, MI?

Our ISA Certified Arborists have performed thousands of tree inspections in Farmington Hills over the past many years. We know the common tree species and issues in this region.

Do you inspect the entire tree including the crown?

Yes, we visually inspect every part of the tree from the roots to the crown using binoculars and aerial inspections as needed. Advanced tools also detect hidden signs of decay.

How can you tell if a tree is rotting on the inside?

We use tools like mallet sounding, probes, and increment borers to check for hidden decay and cavities within trees that outwardly appear healthy. We detect subtle external signs as well.

Do you provide a written tree inspection report?

After thoroughly inspecting all trees, we provide a detailed report documenting significant findings, ratings, recommendations, photos, diagrams, and cost estimates. This information helps guide proper tree care.

What are signs that a tree is high risk and needs removal?

Major defects like advanced decay, severe lean, exposed roots, or hazardous branches can make a tree high risk. Proximity to structures also raises the risk rating. We assess all factors.

Should I get a tree inspection before a big storm?

Storms can reveal hidden flaws, so inspection prior to storm season provides useful information to identify and correct hazards proactively, minimizing potential damage.

How often should tree inspection be done?

We recommend every 1-3 years, with higher frequency for older trees or those near structures/power lines. Annual inspection may be warranted for high risk trees showing significant defects.

Do you need any special equipment to access my trees?

Our arborists carry extendable ladders and pole pruners to reach high branches. For taller trees, we can provide aerial lift or climbing inspections. We will discuss any access needs with you.

Will you hurt my trees during inspection?

We use non-invasive methods first and only do minor techniques like increment boring on a very limited basis where useful information is needed. Our goal is to gather info while preserving tree health.

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This is the best tree service I have ever used! They were able to save a tree I thought was a goner. Their arborists really know what they are doing. The prices are very fair too.
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I highly recommend this tree service company. They pruned and shaped my trees and did an excellent job. They were on time, worked efficiently, and left my yard looking great. 
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I used this tree service for routine pruning and maintenance on the trees on my commercial property. They did high quality work on schedule and on budget. I will continue to use them.
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