The arborist is a professional who takes care of the planting, care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in non-natural contexts (parks, gardens, city avenues, etc.). His work also includes doing checks, preparing reports and providing advice on plant maintenance.
Trees present in any non-natural context (such as avenues, parks, etc.) have an aesthetic but also economic and functional value: they improve air quality, serve as protection against climatic events (heat, storms, etc.), they can be used as acoustic or visual barriers. Trees need to be cared for and treated to have a long life and develop well and also, above all, to keep things and people safe in public areas.
The arborist is the professional who takes care of the trees. It is able to manage trees of all types, in any unnatural context, and takes care of all phases of a tree’s life: plant design or installation, choice of the type to plant, care and pruning plan , checks and controls for stability and for the presence of diseases, etc.
Its tasks can be divided into two macro-activities: planning and control of trees and direct care of plants.
Compared to the first activity, the arborist takes care of:
design the planting of ornamental trees, also choosing the type of plant suitable for the context;
establish a program of care for the planted trees and advise clients on maintenance, with routine activities such as pruning, fertilization, irrigation etc;
carry out regular checks on trees to monitor their growth, any disease, stability, risk of breakage, etc.
At a practical level of intervention on plants, however, its tasks can be:
planting (planting trees);
pruning (remove dead or sick branches from the tree, thin out the foliage to facilitate their growth or improve their aesthetic appearance, cut branches that are dangerous for power lines, buildings, etc. or for the arrival of particular climatic conditions);
emergency interventions (cutting or pruning trees that have suffered subsidence, minimizing further damage or risks for things and people);