Arborists ensure the health and longevity of trees. They use several techniques to maintain and care for trees, shrubs and woody plants of all sizes and ages. This includes pruning, plant health care (PHC) and removal.
Pruning improves tree health and reduces hazards. It requires the use of specialized climbing techniques and equipment, including chainsaws, handsaws and aerial lifts to gain access to taller trees. Brush is often reduced by using chippers.
PHC treatments enhance the health and stability of trees. More specifically, cabling and bracing for support, nutrition and fertilization applications, and monitoring for pests. These treatments are also applied to younger and smaller trees and shrubs to ensure future stability and growth.
Removal is a last resort when a tree becomes a safety issue for people and infrastructure. Tree removals may be simple enough to require the use of just a chainsaw. Additionally, it can require the use of specialized rigging techniques with ropes, pulleys and engineering concepts. Also, equipment such as grapple trucks and cranes, to eliminate damage to nearby structures and dangers to people. Chippers are then used after removals.
Simply put, arborists love trees and want to make sure they’re healthy and happy (kind of like a doctor for trees!). The work is physically demanding, but has so many benefits. Benefits such as, working outdoors, giving back to the community and not to mention the ability to climb in your career!