Interested in trees and the outdoors? Becoming an arborist could be for you!
Arborists are people who are experts in tree maintenance and health. Arborists are armed with a strong, wide knowledge of trees and the best way to care for them and help them thrive. Some of the duties arborists are responsible for are trimming and pruning trees, diagnosing and treating pests and other diseases, tree removal after a natural disaster, and growing and transplanting trees. If you’re interested in becoming an arborist, there are several steps to become certified.
Certification is voluntary, but it will provide you with a competitive edge. The International Society of Arboriculture, or ISA, provides a multiple choice test to gain certification. You will not need to attend a class, but they do provide booklets to help you study for the exam. To pass the test, you will need to make a grade of 72% or higher.
As a certified arborist, you will work with trees in public areas to make sure that they are healthy and not a risk for people. This may involve trimming the trees, or removing them entirely if they pose a threat. It’s important to have basic knowledge of knot tying and rope climbing, as you will need this to access tree branches higher up. Physical strength and balance are important, as well.
As an arborist, you may be put in charge of overseeing larger projects, such as planting trees in a public park or preparing an area for scheduled maintenance to ensure the safety of the trees and the crew. You may also be required to do administrative work for projects and work as an in between person for the client and the crew.
Keeping up with your tree education is important, but having a vast knowledge of gardening and horticulture in general is a great way to increase your value as an arborist. Specific knowledge of fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides are very important when working with trees and the public, and knowing what bugs are good for the trees’ health and what pests can harm the tree will come in handy. Classes and other certification on how to operate spray and mist blowing equipment may be available in your community.
Whether you’re interested in working in public parks, or as a private groundskeeper, obtaining certification is a great way to become a valued arborist.
When you move a tree from one place to another, this can be a rude awakening for your tree. Trees develop roots that are made to stay in one place for a very long time, so it’s natural that they may have difficulty adjusting to a new environment. There are several things you can do to minimize the effects of transplant shock and help your tree adjust to its new environment.
With any tree related issues, if the problem persists, contact a local tree expert to help your tree thrive.
When deciding on the best trees to grow in your yard, there are a few deciding factors. You, of course, want a tree that will be different and stand out, but it’s important to plant a tree that will thrive in the Houston weather. Consider the amount of space the tree will have and the soil and water requirements for your tree. Here’s a list of the top trees to plant this year.
Whichever tree you decide, be sure to contact your local arborist to check out your yard to provide you with the best information in figuring out which tree will do best in your yard.
Checking your trees for pests is an important part of tree health. Pests can burrow their way into the trunks of your trees and cause infections or even death. Spending just ten minutes of your day checking your trees for pests could be all you need to help your trees. There are several different types of pests to watch for, and many options to help keep these pests away from your trees.
While there are hundreds of pests to look out for, there are certain pests that are more common in South Texas.
Checking for signs of pests can vary from pest to pest, but there are some common signs to look for when checking your trees. Check the leaves for signs of damage, discoloration, abnormal leaf size, or fewer leaves that usual. Signs of infestation on branches could include holes on the trunk, stunted growth of the branches, and lifting roots.
If you suspect that your tree has become infested, try to take a picture of the damage done to the tree, and a picture of the pest itself. If possible, capture one of the pests and freeze it so that it can be identified by a certified arborist. Your arborist may suggest that it is reported to the state department of agriculture for further examination.
Early detection of the first signs of pests is the best way to protect your trees from serious damage. If you suspect that your tree may have the early warning signs of pests, contact your local arborist immediately.