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How to Evaluate a Tree



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Authored by: Megan Tierney, Agricultural and Natural Resources/Horticulture Extension Agent, York/ Poquoson, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Meghan Mulroy-Goldman, Community Forestry Specialist, Blackwater Work Area, Virginia Department of Forestry; Andrea Davis, Agricultural and Natural Resources/Horticulture Extension Agent, Virginia Beach, Virginia Cooperative Extension

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This publication is designed to help tree owners and Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers evaluate tree health. Collecting information and identifying potential tree health issues will lead to more informed tree care decisions. Evaluation information can be used in many ways including: by the tree owner to guide their direct actions, to support discussions with landscape contractors, to identify situations where a Certified Arborist is needed, to support municipal arborists or foresters or Master Gardener volunteers in making tree care recommendations.

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Publication Date

May 19, 2021