Tree Surgeon Cultural Practises


Though we may not realise it, tree surgery requires amazing skills both mentally and physically. We tend to focus on only the physical aspects, but there are intricate practices that tree surgeons put to use to better serve the environment. Tree surgeon cultural practices are not well known to most of us which is a shame since they are truly amazing.

Tree Surgeon Cultural Practises

Basic Practises

Everything that a tree surgeon (also called an ‘arborist’) does is for the health and safety of the trees.  Any and all tree surgeon cultural practises are found and put to use for the sole purpose of preserving the life of trees and keeping them from being cut down.  This is where tree surgeons differ from loggers; if a logger sees a problem, he simply removes the tree completely- a tree surgeon works to heal the tree.

Tree surgeon cultural practises that are put in to use for the benefit of humans include 2 practises called, “crown raising,” and “crown reduction.”  Crown raising is the practice of pruning a tree that has become overgrown so that people are able to easily walk under it.  If a tree poses a safety threat to people, it is at risk of being cut down.  Crown reduction is the practise of pruning the trees to keep them away from electrical wires, fences, building, or anything else that they may be growing into.

The important thing to remember about the tree surgeon cultural practises is that they are only done if it is in the best interest of the tree.  Therefore, pruning is only done for either of the above reasons, not simply for the sake of aesthetic pleasure.

Knowing Proper Cultural Practises

Many of the tree surgeon cultural practises used today are a result of the studies that have been continued throughout history.  For example, it has been found that many services offered by “tree trimmers” are in fact harmful and even detrimental to the tree.

One common practise is referred to as “tree topping” where entire tops of trees are completely cut off as well as the main branches.  This leaves nothing but stubs where the branches used to be and leaves the tree completely susceptible to insect and pathogen intrusion as well as making their re growth abilities incredibly weak.

Tree surgeons strive to remind people that everywhere you cut a tree you are wounding it. Trees are made up of live tissues, and the less you disturb it the better.  This is also why tree surgeons do not use spiked boots to climb the trees like many others do.  While it requires twice as much physical strain to not use the spikes, they cause holes in the tree wherever you insert them which leaves the tree wounded and susceptible.  Clearly not what a tree surgeon wants to do since they are working to heal and preserve the tree.

Specialty Practises

A major part of the tree surgeon cultural practises is the process of wound dressing, or the removal of infestation and decay.  Only very skilled tree surgeons do this because there is the possibility of doing more harm than good if you don’t do it correctly.

Recently it has been discovered that patching materials such as tar or paint can actually harm the tree and cause decay and fungi. Today’s tree surgeons have found that proper pruning and removal of branches at the exact right location can do much more for a tree than patching can.

Tree surgeon cultural practises also include chemical treatments to rid the tree of potentially harmful insects or disease.  This is done either through treatment of the soil, chemical injections into the branches, or spraying.

Tree surgeons know that the most important part of tree surgeon cultural practises is being able to properly assess and diagnose a tree to determine its overall health.  Modern technology has made their job easier through different advancements, but they are still expected to know how to effectively treat any issue a tree may have.

Tree surgeon cultural practises are an in depth science as well as an art form. Those who choose tree surgery as a career are truly dedicated to the environment and strive to conserve every tree they can; one by one.