What Does a Tree Cutter Do?

An arborist is an arboriculture practitioner who is professionally trained to grow, manage, care for, and rehabilitate trees and shrubs. Learn more about what they do.

What Does a Tree Cutter Do?

An arborist, also known as a tree surgeon or tree pruner, is an arboriculture practitioner who is professionally trained to grow, manage, care for, and rehabilitate trees and shrubs. They have studied arboriculture and are licensed to prune and remove trees in any state or city where they hold the correct credentials. A small tree pruner or arbolist performs basic tree care, such as cutting dead branches and reducing the volume of trees. They also carry out tree control, tree disease control, and work related to road safety and tree protection. Loggers, on the other hand, cut down large areas of trees to produce wood.

Their specific tasks include felling trees with hand-held power tools, cutting logs into required lengths, separating logs by species, operating machinery that pulls logs to a landing area, and sorting logs by size and straightness. Both occupations involve aerial platform work and use special safety harnesses to climb tall trees. While there are no universal standards for tree pruning, there are two sets of guidelines for the tree service industry that we at Texas Tree Surgeons follow. The first is from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The ISA is the leading international accreditation and membership organization for the tree care industry. In addition to establishing the Certified Arborist and Board Certified Master Arborist credentials, the ISA provides a wealth of resources for tree owners.

The ISA guide to tree pruning (they use the term “pruning”) covers the basics of how to properly maintain mature trees. In addition to the ISA, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) oversees tree service providers in the United States. In collaboration with the American National Safety Institute (ANSI), the TCIA has developed comprehensive guidelines for the care and management of trees. These guidelines provide the basis for all our work proposals and cuts. Compliance with these guidelines is the best way to care for trees of all types, and all of our certified arborists are equipped to evaluate individual trees and determine the best and healthiest way to care for them.

Arborists may be hired by a member of a dispute to identify factual information about trees useful to that member of the dispute, or they may be hired as expert witnesses who provide unbiased scientific knowledge in a court case. If you have trees with branches that are high in the air, you will need a reliable tool to trim them. A Tree Care Safety Professional Certification from the Tree Care Industry Association can help employers. Trees can also be evaluated by arborists to determine health, structure, safety, or viability within a landscape and in close proximity to humans. It won't be awkward to hold these tree cutters, so you'll always have the best possible experience. Trees in urban landscape environments are often subject to disturbances, whether human or natural, both above and below ground.

Performing work on protected trees and hedges is illegal without express permission from local authorities and may result in legal action, including fines. Use axes or chainsaws to cut down trees, using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control the direction of the fall and minimize damage. Tree trimmers work for arborists, power companies and municipalities across the United States, while loggers work for loggers and sawmills. An example of this is tree crowns, cuttings or racking of hats, in which entire tree crowns or main stems are removed, usually by transversal cutting of the main stem or stems, leaving large unsightly stems. In addition, any tree in the UK may be covered by a tree conservation order and it is illegal to perform any work on a tree, including logging or pruning, before permission is sought from the local council. Chemicals can be applied to trees for insect or disease control by application to soil, stem injections or spraying.

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