The Art of the Ar­borist

Kapiti News - - Letters To The Editor -

So of­ten I turn up to a prop­erty and the trees have been at­tacked by some­one, with lit­tle to no knowl­edge of the needs of the tree. Un­for­tu­nately, this can se­verely de­crease the life ex­pectancy of the trees. Tree prun­ing is both an art and a sci­ence. An ar­borist’s job is to as­sess trees on their in­di­vid­ual merit and de­ter­mine what ap­proach is needed for each tree. The art of prun­ing means an ar­borist can im­prove a tree’s aes­thet­ics, whilst mak­ing the tree safe and man­age­able. When on a job, there are oc­ca­sions where I do ad­vo­cate that a tree needs re­mov­ing, ei­ther be­cause it has been pruned poorly in the past, or the tree would need se­vere prun­ing to reach the own­ers de­sired out­come. The sci­ence be­hind tree prun­ing draws on knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise to en­sure that tree health re­mains a top pri­or­ity. Every tree needs to be pruned dif­fer­ently, for ex­am­ple, you can’t prune a Maple the same as you would an Oak. Some­times there are op­tions avail­able rather than sim­ply top­ping a tree. An ar­borist may sug­gest el­e­vat­ing the lower canopy to let light in un­der­neath, or pos­si­bly end weight­ing (re­mov­ing weight) from se­lected limbs. My favourite clients are the ones that ask me if it were my gar­den, what would I do to the trees.This gives me the free­dom to im­merse my­self in the gar­den and get the best re­sult for the client. Of­ten, I like to do the pri­mary work (ob­vi­ous work) first, and then the sec­ondary work be­comes more ap­par­ent. Con­sult­ing an ar­borist or tree sur­geon and in­vest­ing in your trees can add value to a prop­erty, not to men­tion en­joy­ment to the owner. Al­ter­na­tively, trees that are poorly looked af­ter could have the po­ten­tial to be­come a li­a­bil­ity for the owner.

Bryce Robb is Di­rec­tor/Head Ar­borist of Beaver Tree Ser­vice

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