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What is an Arborist?

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What is an Arbor?

Arbor has a variety of meanings:

  • In the garden, it’s a landscape structure
  • It is a tool, such as a mandrel
  • You might find one as a counterweight-carrying device used in theater fly systems
  • When fishing, it’s the central post of a reel to which fishing line is attached

In our case, we’re concerned with the definition of Arbor as a grove of trees.

What is an Arborist?

An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the 

  • cultivation, 
  • management, and 
  • study of individual trees, shrubs, and vines, other perennial woody plants. 

Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees.

Shocking facts

Not all trees grow in the middle of a forest. For those Arborists who work near power wires either additional training is required or they need to be a Qualified Line Clearance Arborist. There is a variety of minimum distances that must be kept from power wires depending on voltage, however, the common distance for low voltage lines in urban settings is 10 feet (about 3 metres).

Getting a leg up

While some aspects of this work are done on the ground or in an office, much of it is done by arborists who perform tree services and who climb the trees with ropes, harnesses and other equipment. Lifts and cranes may be used too. The work of all arborists is not the same

An arborist's work may include some or all of the following: 

  • Planting
  • Transplanting
  • Pruning
  • Structural support
  • Preventing, or diagnosing and treating phytopathology or parasitism; 
  • Preventing or interrupting grazing or predation
  • Installing lightning protection
  • Removing vegetation deemed as hazardous, an invasive species, a disease vector, or a weed

How did Ann Arbor get its name?

The original founders were John Allen from Virginia and Elisha Rumsey from New York. Their wives' names were both Ann. 

One account states that Allen and Rumsey decided to name the settlement "Annarbour", for their spouses (after discarding the alternative names Allensville and Annapolis) and for the stands of bur oak in the 640 acres of land they had purchased.

Although The University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, and the city grew at a rapid rate in the early to mid-20th century, Ann Arbor is proud to be the host of the University’s Bi-Centennial anniversary.

Why hire an Arborist in Ann Arbor or anywhere?

It’s simple

“to provide you with the highest quality of professional, reliable, and safe tree care.” 

Find a company with years of experience, one that is yard friendly and has the expertise to help keep your property safe, by using rubber track machines to prevent damages to your lawn.  Whether your needs are:

  • Brush Chipping
  • Bucket Truck Work
  • Cabling and Bracing
  • Emergency Tree Service
  • Field Mowing
  • Firewood Delivery
  • Lot and Land Clearing
  • Pruning
  • Shrub Pruning
  • Storm Damage
  • Stump Grinding
  • Track Machine Work
  • Tree Planting
  • Tree Removal
  • Tree Trimming
  • Wood Chips
  • Wood Hauling

Check to make certain they are licensed, insured and have tree services in their blood.

Jason Godfrey started out his passion for tree work in 1990, working alongside his dad and uncle. His dad, Dave Godfrey, was an Arborist for the City of Ann Arbor Forestry Department. His uncle, Dan Godfrey, worked in the tree industry and had a passion for the vocation. In 1995, Jason began to purchase equipment for the growing, quality company which J's Tree Trimming and Removal has become.