A great deal more is now understood about the trees we see all around us, and as our understanding has grown, so has our knowledge on proper management of tree growth and how best to trim and prune without causing unnecessary damage to the tree. There was a time when you would see someone up a tree with a chainsaw, quite literally taking the top off the tree, a process known as lopping. This has become seriously discouraged, as by removing the foliage on the crown of the tree, you remove the tree’s ability to generate food and leaves its trunk exposed to too much sunlight. You may have wanted to simply trim a healthy, but overgrown tree and end up killing it, leaving you with another more expensive job of removing the dead stump.

Professional Tree Management or Arboriculture

Trees are absolutely essential for us. They take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and provide us with the oxygen that we need to breathe. They also prevent erosion of soil, while providing habitat for a number of creatures. Trees also provide us with building materials, fruits and nuts, and provide a source of fuel for many people, so it is important that we understand them and care for them as well as we can.

Arboriculture, is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants and can be said to have its modern day origins, in Nebraska on April 10th 1872. This marked the very first Arbor Day, which encouraged people to go out and plant trees. Around a million were planted in Nebraska that day. Knowledge has steadily grown, showing us the best ways to nurture, care for and trim our trees to keep them healthy and safe.

International Society of Arboriculture

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), is a membership association for the tree care industry. Companies tree trimming in Perth follow their professional practices for best tree care practices. ISA is involved with research and education to spread information   within the tree industry, helping members and the public develop their knowledge and skills and expertise to help provide proper tree care.

Dealing with a tree that is causing a problem

While trees are very beneficial to us, there do come times when a tree starts to become a problem. Maybe it is dangerously tall and in close proximity to property and people, maybe it has been struck by lightning and is in a dangerous condition, or maybe just becoming overgrown and in need of a little pruning. Before you get out the chain saw and start cutting, it is advisable to discuss the best course of action with people who really know how a tree functions, and can advise you knowledgably on how to proceed.

Yellow Pages or the Internet will help you locate Tree professionals in your area. ISA members will offer the most informed solutions, whether you need some simple pruning, crown reduction or assessment of more complicated situations. The industry is pretty competitive, but make sure the company you choose offers a full range of services to meet your precise needs.

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