Does Ironwood Have Qualified Arborists?

Kyle McLoughlin’s strengths come from his experience as a wilderness guide, climbing instructor, and leadership development facilitator.  Over the last ten years, he has honed his skills and taught others how to embody strong leadership skills and experience, listen to grievances by being personable and honest, and knows the importance of being skilled in the trade to maintain the respect of team members and employees.

What is an Arborist?

An arborist is a professional who is qualified and trained in the maintenance and care of trees. This could include a climbing arborist, utility arborist, or consulting arborist.

Arboriculture is considered a trade through many provinces, though the major body of certification in the industry is the International Society of Arboriculture. There are additional bodies that offer arborist designations and each has a standard that ensures integrity, experience, and a level of skill. Ironwood arborists are certified by the ISA and the province of Ontario.

Anybody can call themselves an arborist. The ones who are serious about the industry, and their level of professionalism, will have some sort of certification or qualification recognizing their experience and basic skill set.

When hiring an arborist, look for insurance, and a certification number.

Are arborists the same as landscapers?

No, arborists are not the same as landscapers. Although both arborists and landscapers work outside and play an active role in the aesthetic quality of the outdoors of private and commercial properties, each trade encompasses different skill sets.

Arborists specialize in the health and biomechanics of trees, whereas landscapers are experts in the maintenance and construction of outdoor living environments, such as lawn mowing, hardscape design and installation, and snow removal. Although both have areas where skill sets may cross over, they are very different in their execution and techniques. Comparing landscapers to arborists is similar to comparing carpenters to cabinet makers, or comparing electricians to linesmen; although they work with similar tools, the goal and scope of each trade are significantly different.

What is urban forestry?

Urban forestry is the management of large amounts of trees in the urban environment. Where arboriculture deals with individual trees in the urban environment, urban forestry usual focusses on trees owned and managed by municipalities, or commercial clients. If arboriculture is like seeing a doctor for trees, urban forestry is like public health policy. Urban forestry is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting tree health and safety through organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals

Ironwood’s goal is to change this game by building relationship-based clientele prior to an event occurring.

Urban forestry consulting meant to manage a high volume of trees in the urban environment. This includes risk management plans, invasive species analysis, or tree planting for biodiversity.

What is a tree risk assessment?

The assessment of the structural stability of a tree in relation to the physical targets in the vicinity of the tree. Tree risk assessments are often used by clients that are concerned about the risk of a specific tree in relation to the public or their neighbours. These assessments are often done in order to reduce the risk to the public and protect the client from the possibility of litigation related to tree failure.

An ISA TRAQ Arborist is trained in the assessment of the biomechanics and structure of a tree in relation to its environment and the public.

What is an arborist report?

An arborist report is an official document written by a qualified arborist that outlines trees on a location, anticipated construction impact, and, where possible, methods for protecting and preserving trees.

The phrase is a bit of a catch-all term for detailed information about trees, and the activity around them. They can take on many forms and always include some form of field work.

Arborist Reports are often required to fulfill municipal requests when developing land, installing a sidewalk, or building an addition on a house.

In some cases, an arborist report may be written for tree health assessment, construction impact investigation, or even a pool installation.

Why should I hire an arborist?

You should hire an arborist because we are professionals trained to work at heights, with dangerous tools without hurting ourselves, others, or damaging property. Saving money on a tree prune simply isn’t worth it if you have to explain to the authorities why the untrained individual you hired destroyed your home.

Do I need to provide a ladder?

No, arborists often do not use ladders to climb trees. Although sometimes a ladder may be used to access a tree, properly trained arborists use rope, saddles, and technical equipment, skills and machinery to access and work within the canopy of a tree. Thank you for the offer though.

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