How Does a Tree Service Technician Work?

A tree service technician is an individual who is trained specifically in identifying and treating trees and is skilled at removing excess limbs or dying branches to keep clear of trees or bushes that may be choking shrubs, blocking pathways, and blocking utility lines. He can also remove dead, diseased branches, limbs, or branches that are in danger of falling and blocking a driveway, entrance, or exit. If a tree is dying, the service technician can perform pruning, removing infected areas, removing roots and other debris that may cause future damage.

The job of a tree service technician does not just apply to houses or homes. Trees and shrubbery in parks, golf courses and on private properties need to be tended to as well. In a park, trees and shrubbery have been shown to help deter crime by deterring potential criminals by making them aware of the presence of a home or business. In addition, by providing cover from the sun, trees and shrubbery provide shelter and shade to animals and children, who will otherwise be exposed to the elements in a park.

Tree service technicians are trained to inspect any trees or bushes and can evaluate the condition of the tree. Once inspected, they will determine what type of services, if any, are required. There are many types of services that can be performed by a tree service technician such as:

Trimming – This is usually the first step when it comes to removing dead, diseased limbs, and has the highest level of risk to the tree itself. Trimming should only be done during the early spring when new growth is at its earliest, in order to prevent over-growing. During this stage, trees need extra attention and the help of trained technicians to prevent any problems down the road.

Removal – This is the most difficult step and can cause the largest financial loss to the tree service provider. While removing dead branches, limbs, roots, branches and other debris will greatly improve the look and health of the tree and overall value, removal should be the last resort and only performed by trained professionals. These professionals will use pruning, pulling, cutting or root cutting limbs from the tree in order to eliminate the root system which is the weakest link.

Replanting – This is the process of re-planting new growth into the tree which has been removed. It is a lengthy process and can take several years, but the end result will still look just like the original tree, with all the same characteristics, but in a completely different location. The process of planting a new tree in place of a tree which is being removed will not require the removal of old growth or even any of the new growth and will leave the tree and new growth in perfect unison. However, if a tree has already started growing back, then it will have a higher risk of falling due to the roots becoming rooted or damaged or killed.

Once the tree has been re-planted and the roots are established, the tree service specialist will plant it in the location where it was removed. This can be anywhere from the ground up, including over existing roots that were not removed during the removal process, or in a position above the original root system.

These steps should be followed by the tree service specialist in order to make sure that the tree can withstand the elements and still thrive. Trees with roots that are in poor conditions will not live as long and grow correctly.