trees are vital to the quality of our lives! They
shade our streets, enhance the appearance and value of
our homes, and improve the environment -- just a few examples
of the many significant benefits of urban trees.
Having trees in our landscapes is not as simple as planting
and watching them grow. Urban trees require plenty
of consideration and care for good health and safety.
Read on for in-depth information on key
topics in urban tree care and to find answers
to frequently asked questions
Topics in Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
Careers in Arboriculture Many opportunities
are waiting for you in the tree care industry. Learn
about the profession and how to prepare for a career in
Planted Trees--Strategies for Survival What
are the proper techniques for planting a tree? What follow-up
care is needed to see a tree through the establishment
Health Care--Managing Natural Changes Understand
the relationship between tree age and tolerance to environmental
and man-caused stress. Learn why and how trees eventually
Tree/Turfgrass Associations The common association
of trees and turf in landscapes is plagued by competition
for scarce water, nutrient, and sunlight resources. In
this article you will find an explanation of the problems
that arise from this incompatibility and how to overcome
them to achieve healthy, attractive trees and turfgrass.
Damage Assessment--Trees and Sites Trees often
incur damages during construction or other site-altering
operations which cause decline 1 to 2 years later.
In this publication from the University of Georgia, learn
how to predict and deal with tree response to site changes.
Trees of South Carolina A searchable registry
of nearly 200 state record trees.
do I find an arborist with the proper qualifications
to evaluate and treat my trees?
is a very involved profession which requires education
and years of practice to master. Hiring someone
with a pickup truck and chainsaw may be sufficient for
simple tree removals, but beware of the advice and service
of such a person for trees you care about! In
all cases, be sure the person you hire has liability
insurance. The two of you should settle on a written
contract describing the service to be done and the price
agreed upon. Your best assurance of getting quality
tree care is to use an ISA Certified Arborist.
These arborists have passed a comprehensive written
exam, have at least 2 years of experience, and regularly
update their knowledge base through attendance of workshops
and seminars. You can learn more about the International
Society of Arboriculture's arborist certification program
a certified arborist in your area through the ISA
web site. Some states conduct their own arborist
certification programs. The State of South Carolina
has no such program however, so beware of an individual
who claims to be "state" or "board"
two terms, arboriculture and urban forestry, seem to
be used interchangeably. Is there a difference?
and urban forestry are two terms commonly associated
with the care of urban trees. While the two fields
have much overlap, as a general rule arborists are professionals who evaluate and treat trees on an
individual basis, while urban foresters deal more often with larger-scale urban ecosystem management