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 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.