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Lancaster County Arbor Information

Tree care in Lancaster and other South Carolina Counties

Discussion about Arborists

Posted by John Shepard on May 23, 2017
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I’m sure you’ve heard about different South Carolina jobs that include cutting, pruning and taking care of the trees. You probably know something about a tree service and the business you may start yourself even today, but all of these jobs are very dangerous, responsible, and they may leave some severe consequences on each person who gets hurt. Being an arborist is not different from these positions above at all, it is not safe either and if you want to learn more about it and maybe prepare yourself for doing such a thing, keep reading this.

An arborist is a person (must be a professional) who practices arboriculture (it represents study, management, cultivation of single trees, vines, shrubs and other eternal arboreal plants. The qualification is an ISA certification that is national in scope and not just for cities like Columbia or Charleston, SC or counties like Lancaters. It is country wide. This worker usually focuses on the safety and health of an individual tree or other plants and he (she) prefers it to harvesting and managing the woods (forests). This job is very unique, and it is similar to other jobs such as a logger or a forester (these professions have a lot in common). Most reputable tree service companies are owned and operated by a certified arborist, like the local Palmetto Tree Service.

Just like for any other job, you must be of course qualified to be an arborist, but some extra (additional) training is also required for these people. Different countries require different qualifying. If you are interested in this and if you want to learn a lot more about it, here are some information which is necessary for you. You can also contact regional ISA chapters like West Columbia, SC ISA. There are many various smallest distances which must be kept when you are near power wires (this always depends on voltage) and commonly, when it comes to low voltages, the normal distance is around three meters (or ten feet).

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Not all of them climb the trees, but the ones who do can use different techniques or methods to climb it. The one which is the most popular and least aggressive isarboriculture . You will find two usual climbing methods: SRT (climbing on a single rope) and DRT (the technique which involves double line). When they e.g. remove the tree or if their safety is a problem, they like to use spikes which are usually attached to their boots. These spikes can injure the tree thus leaving little holes on it, and they show each arborist’s step.

The work of this person may include enormous (sometimes huge) and complicated trees, an ecological community with their various components. It is helpful to concentrate on the tree types in South Carolina if that is where you will be employed. These can require e.g. treatment to make sure the trees are safe, healthy, and suitable enough for community or owner’s standards. This may include all (or just some) of pruning, planting, various kinds of support, transplanting, diagnosing, treating and preventing parasitism, interrupting predation (stopping it), installing different types of protection, removing e.g. disease vectors, aggressive species, weed, etc.

Giving testimony (which must be legal of course), planning, consulting or writing reports may also be parts of the arborist’s job. Some parts (aspects) of this job can be done at the office, on the ground, but most of them are done (performed) on the trees, with ropes, lifts, cranes, harnesses and other equipment. Each arborist has different work, and each of them performs something else as well.

Some well known and reputable arborists reside thoughout South Carolina including Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Columbia, so feel free to contact them and find out everything about their line of work.

Tree Pruning and Gardening Supplies

Posted by John Shepard on February 2, 2016
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tree trimming gearIf you’re an avid gardener or consider yourself a master at pruning trees, like so many millions across the country, you’re probably already a ”regular” at the local nurseries and garden supply stores. In fact, if you’ve got a free afternoon on the weekend, that’s probably where you can be found.

On the other hand, if you’re a beginning or lukewarm gardener and question your ability doing tree service, you may be unaware of the fun and treasures to be had at garden supply houses. Some are big DIY type places, with everything under the sun pertaining to gardening. Other garden supply shops may be specialty nurseries with smaller but select “gourmet” garden supplies.

electric pole chainsawLet’s look first at the larger type of garden supply store. These are usually the backbone of a strip mall, dominating the scene in a can’t-miss-it sort of way. Once you step inside, you might not know where to begin. These are organized like department stores, with patio furniture and cute little bistro tables having their own section. You’ll find patio table umbrellas, hammocks, gazebos, potting benches and lounge furniture.

Hydroponic equipment will have its own area, with everything you’ll need to begin a soil free garden indoors or in a greenhouse. Hydroponics is still not exactly mainstream, so the big garden supply stores have racks of brochures on the how-to’s to familiarize you with this interesting method of gardening.

You’ll start to wish your wallet would accommodate more of these goodies as you browse through the selection of fountains, DIY fish ponds, statuary, gazing globes and sundials. If nothing else, it’s food for thought: “That would be perfect in my rose garden.”

Seasonal flower bulbs in their bins, with colorful pictures above each showing the resulting display next season is enough to make you grab a basket.

tree pruning equipmentIn the actual nursery area, the large garden supply store carries something for everyone, from herbs and cacti in little pots to fruit trees in 15-gallon containers. Eventually these trees will become to large for you to prune and you will have to get a tree service company to assist in trimming and maybe tree removal.

Of course you’ll find every garden tool you could think of, with garden hoses, sprinklers and irrigation systems to suit every style and method of gardening.

Smaller garden supply stores tend to specialize in their plant selections and carry unique and hand made garden accessories. Their book selections are often hand picked by the owner to be useful in the context of their stock. For example,a small garden supply specializing in orchids and ferns would tend to have their bookshelves stocked with books you’d have trouble finding on the subject.

If you have any interest in gardens and gardening and a free afternoon, take yourself window shopping at a garden supply. I can almost guarantee you’ll be back again.