Tree Workers Near Me
Tree workers or arborists are professionals engaged in arboriculture, which entails the cultivation and management of various species of trees, vines, shrubs, and woody plants.
The scope of work of a tree worker is different from a logger or a forester. Although working on trees is their common denominator, tree workers do not manage forests because they focus more on managing the health and safety of individual plants and trees.
Most often, an arborist deals with huge and complex trees, which may require constant monitoring not only to ensure its health but also to maintain safety in the community.
A tree worker’s job description also includes planting, transplanting, pruning, maintaining its health by preventing or treating phytopathology, preventing predation, and making sure the trees are free from toxic vegetation, invasive weeds, species, or diseases.
When we hear about tree workers, what easily comes to mind are workers on harness climbing up big trees, but the truth is not all tree workers climb trees. Other tree workers stay on the ground to map out plans, do consultations or write reports in the office.
Tree workers have various specializations in the disciplines of arboriculture, while some focus on the paperwork, most of them deal with diagnosis and treatment, and the whole gamut of maintenance and care services for trees.
Although all disciplines in arboriculture are inter-related and while some tree workers are adept in all aspects of working with trees, not all of them are trained to practice each discipline.
Tree workers who climb adopt a variety of ways to get to the top of the tree. Ascending by rope is the least invasive and the most common technique.
Other climbing methods are Single Rope Technique and Double Rope Technique. Tree workers sometimes use spikes, otherwise known as ‘spurs’ for safety, when they need to remove a tree. The spikes are attached to their chainsaw boots to help tree workers ascend.
Tree workers have to pursue formal certification to be able to do their tasks. Certifications for arborists are available in some countries. Certification programs for tree workers involve rigid trainings to improve their skills and techniques.
In France, a certified tree worker must have a certificate in Management of Ornamental Trees while tree climbers must have a certificate in Pruning and Care of Trees. Tree workers attain these certificates from the French Ministry of Agriculture.
In the United Kingdom, qualifications are achieved from college-based courses as well as higher education courses ranging from foundation, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
Meanwhile, in Australia, tree worker’s education and training can be attained through the Australian Qualifications Framework.
In the United States, an arborist is deemed a professional if he has over three years of documented and verified experience and passed the exams at the International Society of Arboriculture.
When selecting the right tree workers near you, always verify their credentials if they are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, check necessary permits before the tree workers start his job, and lastly does a background check to see to it that your tree worker is reputable.
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