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Understanding Arborist Terms

All professions have their own lingo and the tree service business is no different. Below is a list of some of the most commonly used words and phrases in the tree care industry.

  • Border Tree: A tree jointly owned by adjacent property owners due to its location on the property line.
  • Canker: A depression or opening in the bark usually caused by a fungus or bacterium.
  • Cavity: An open and exposed area of wood. The bark is missing and the internal wood is decayed.
  • Cleaning: The act of removing dead, broken, diseased or weakly attached branches.
  • Crown/Canopy: The upper part of a tree. The crown is measured from the lowest branch and includes all the branches and foliage out to the end of the longest branch and then up to the highest point at the top of the tree.
  • Crown Lifting: The removal of the lower branches in order to provide the desired amount of above ground level clearance. This may require the complete removal of a branch or only the parts of which extend below the desire height.
  • Directional Pruning: Done in order to guide a tree to grow in a certain direction by removing live branches from another portion of the tree.
  • Foliage: The live leaves or needles of a tree.
  • Natural Pruning: The natural death of branches from such causes as decay, lack of sunlight or water, or damage from snow, ice or wind.
  • Over Mature: Trees which have passed the age of maturity. At this stage in a tree’s life the rate of growth has diminished and the tree is weakened.
  • Reduction: Pruning a tree to decrease its height and density and also when reducing the spread of branch of the tree’s crown.
  • Root Prune: This involves severing and removing root sections which are causing or potentially will cause damage to driveways, walkways, foundations and sewer/septic systems. After root removal, root barriers may be inserted to prevent further encroachment.
  • Thinning: A specific pruning technique in which branches are removed at their point of origin.

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