About the Industry
A Certified Arborist has been recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. The skills that are employed daily by these professionals range from human resources to time management, technical skills associated with performing the work to mechanics, and top it off with a healthy dose of customer service and sales. The job requires a special kind of person who has dedicated countless hours to perfecting his or her craft; this should be evident after some discussion with your certified arborist.
About our Tools:
Since our work is so diverse and specialized so too is our equipment. Depending on the task at hand the crew could have a wide range of gear or equipment. We employ the use of heavy equipment more and more as the trade progress’, things like large cranes and bucket trucks as well as skid steers with grapples and large chippers to handle material quickly. Often times it is not possible or advisable to access our work with these big tools and so it gets done manually with climbers in the tree who use the latest in safety harnesses and specialized ropes and rigging tools. Since preservation is such a large component of our work we often use high pressure spray rigs to deliver the product to the trees and help protect and preserve trees. All of these tools are specially designed for our applications and are extremely costly to purchase and maintain.
Plant Health Care:
When a certified arborist recommends a plant health care program it should be based on a need for highly skilled observation of your trees. This product or service can easily become a tool for increasing sales based on unethical or unnecessary works. BUT, when the need is present this product can be the difference between life and death for your trees. A well trained and experienced Plant Health Care Technician can and will catch issues like insect infestation and pathogens that will cause ill effects on your trees. This is a skill that takes a lifetime to refine and maintain, the arborists who do this type of work should be held in high regard for their dedication and passion for preserving our trees.
This is a bone of contention between municipal government and our customers. We as professionals should never deviate from the laws as they are in place for a reason, our willingness to cooperate and facilitate these laws will support our professionalism as an industry and our ethics as business people and tax payers alike. Links to municipal bylaws can be found on our Links page.
Safety and Accountability:
Arboriculture work can be very dangerous for untrained and inexperienced personnel, when we as professionals account for this with each piece of work we tackle the outcome can be a safe one. Accountability needs to be at the fore front of our decision making process and our problem solving, when we put accountability first safety is sure to be the first topic of discussion. Let’s all remember that every decision we make is going to be for someone’s brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter.