Arboriculture is the study of trees. It is all about nurturing and cultivating trees and woody vegetation. Modern practices include tree risk assessment, fertilizing, pruning, removal, insect and disease management, growth regulation, soil management, cabling & bracing, lightning protection, root pruning and tree inventory using satellite technologies. It is most essential to introduce and incorporate arboriculture in areas of urban development especially in gardens, parks, streets or other populated urban settings. Proper tree care is a must for any new project and property owner. Well cared for trees not only enhance the beauty of the landscape but also increase the value of the property. Arboriculture is therefore related to, but distinct from agriculture, horticulture, urban forestry, forestry, dendrology, and silviculture.
An Arborist is a professional who is well trained and equipped to take care of the trees encompassing everything from diagnosis to treatments
An arborist who climbs trees using safety gear for pruning, amenity or inspection purposes is called a ‘climbing arborist’ or a ‘tree surgeon’. On the other hand, providing advice and solutions tree planting, assessing tree health for identifying risks & hazards associated with it, tree protection strategies etc. are few of the many specialised services provided by a ‘consulting arborist’ or an ‘arboriculture consultant’.
Horticulturist develops and takes care of greenery, gardens, golf courses, parks and all other forms of landscaping. They have an expert knowledge on the environment that plants would do best in, the soil that they need to thrive, and how big that plant will be later down the road. Arboriculture on the other hand is a more specialised subject focusing on trees. Arborists have in depth knowledge on how to take care of trees, their health, diseases and treatment.
Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property and the environment.Poorly maintained trees on the other hand can be a significant liability. It is also important to understand that arborists are not magicians who can undo the problems associated with the trees. Arborists are mainly focused on highlighting the issue, identifying potential risks associated with it and apprise the tree owner about the situation and possible mitigation solutions. The tree owner is then in a better position to decide what action to take, if any, to reduce the identified risks to an acceptable level.
Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a certain level of knowledge in the science of tree care by passing a comprehensive examination developed by world’s leading expert on tree care.
  1. Pruning: An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees.
  2. Tree Removal: Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed.
  3. Emergency Tree Care: An arborist can assist in performing emergency tree care in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.
  4. Planting: Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location.
  5. Plant Health Care: Recommends preventive maintenance to keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems.
  6. Other services: Consulting, tree risk assessment, cabling and bracing trees, etc.