City Views Article: What Makes A Tree and An Arborist So Special?

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Trees are a vital part of the urban infrastructure and the homeowners’ landscape. Besides offering tangible benefits such as shade, air filtration and erosion control, trees also restore natural harmony in an urban environment, giving scale to human life. Trees in urban areas enhance the aesthetic quality of the environment where people work, live and play. Trees are alive, like us, and require an investment and continuous maintenance in order to provide the maximum desired benefits. For a healthy and long life, trees need the proper maintenance. Therefore, in order to provide proper tree care for your personal landscape, you should refer to a Certified Arborist. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest research and techniques in arboriculture.

The City of Glendale has a Forestry staff that is dedicated to providing excellence in the care of the urban environment, including the trees along our streets and our protected indigenous trees within public and private lands. All of our staff, from supervisors to tree trimmers are Certified Arborists’ dedicated to excellence in the field of arboriculture and are highly qualified in the care of this vital piece of Glendales’ urban infrastructure. As Certified arborists, your Forestry division is among a select group of widely recognized professionals, educated and trained in:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of tree related problems
  • Proper pruning and management techniques
  • Understanding of tree biology, soil and water relationships and nutrition requirements to keep trees at optimal health
  • Identifying and selecting appropriate trees for the urban forest
  • Installation and establishment of trees to enhance the landscape
  • Recognizing certain tree hazards

In today’s fragile environment, a Certified Arborist can be vital in maintaining your private landscape as well as your public views by preserving the aesthetic and ecological value of trees and landscape plantings that serve both our civic and private goals.

(Some information provided by International Society of Arboriculture)