Tree Care and Arboriculture
Our experienced staff includes:
Judson R. Scott, Registered
Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist
Mike Pell, Residential/Commercial
Tim Pell, Operations Manager,
Definitions and Descriptions of Terms
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art, science, technology, and business of commercial, public, and utility tree care.
Arborist: an individual
engaged in the profession of arboriculture who, through experience, education, and related training, possesses the
competence to provide for or supervise the management of trees and
other woody plants.
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Risk Evaluation: learn more
Plant Appraisal: Why trees and
landscaping add value to any property.
definitions according to ANSI A300 (Part 1)-2001 Pruning
Crown: the leaves and branches of a tree measured from
the lowest branch on the trunk to the top of the tree.
Limb: a large prominent branch.
Leader: a dominant or co-dominant, upright stem.
Decay: the degradation of woody tissue caused by
Pruning: the selective removal of plant parts to meet
specific goals and objectives.
Crown cleaning: removes the
deadwood, as well as diseased, broken, and poorly attached branches and
Crown thinning: removes selected
branches to allow for better light penetration and air movement, and to
Crown raising: removes lower
branches over sidewalks, roofs, etc.
Crown reduction: reduces the height
and/or spread of the tree by proper pruning back to lateral branches so
the tree will maintain proper structure and be able to thrive.
Tree Surgery Practices:
Cabling: method of providing
extra support to limbs with weak junctions. Cables
2/3 up between the limb junction and the branch tips.
Bolts are inserted into or through the limbs
and cables are attached.
Bracing: the use of steel rods in limbs, leaders, or
trunks to provide rigid support for a tree. Bracing
to reinforce weak or split branch junctions, or to strengthen
decayed areas. In most cases, bracing is
used in combination with cabling, not as a substitute.
Staking: the installation of guy wires to artificially
support a tree. Staking of trees tends to
be permanent because the tree will probably not produce the roots or
wood necessary to support itself once it has been staked.
Root pruning: the clean severing of tree roots with
specialized equipment to the depth of and prior to excavation near the
tree. Soil excavation equipment shreds and
tears roots causing unnecessary damage to the root system.
restoration: selective pruning to improve the structure, form,
and appearance of trees that have been severely topped, vandalized, or
damaged by storms or other events.
Tree Removal: the total cutting down of a tree that is so decayed and/or
structurally unsound that no other options exist for ensuring the
safety of persons or structures.
grinding the main stump and raking the chips into the hole.
Crane removal: use
of a type of hoisting equipment for removing hazardous limbs and trees
to ensure the safety of our arborists and the property on which we are
Lot clearing: the
cutting down of trees on a parcel or tract of land, or portion thereof,
for the purpose of providing sufficient clear space for the
construction of structures or other uses.
Lot stump clearing:
the grinding of main stumps from trees removed in lot clearing.
Lightning Protection: Trees
within twenty feet of a home or building may need to be protected with
a lightning protection system.
Things not to be done:
Topping: The reduction of a tree’s size using heading cuts that
shorten limbs or branches back to a predetermined crown limit. Topping is not an acceptable pruning practice.
Lion’s tailing: The removal of an
excessive number of inner, lateral branches from parent branches. Lion’s tailing is not an acceptable pruning
Trees of Indiana CD Now Available!
Trees of Indiana: Their Identification of Uses is an
informative CD that provides photographs and detailed descriptions of
all native trees in Indiana and some information of 16 introduced
species. The authors are Sally S. Weeks and George Parker, Purdue
University. Purdue offers it for $25.00. Check out a
preview at www.agriculture.purdue.edu/fnr/Extension/SallyCD.htm.
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Vine & Branch Earns National Awards
National Arborist Association Safety Award
National Arborist Association International Award for Tree
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National Arbor Day Foundation Building With Trees Special
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National Arborist Association Excellence in
Arboriculture Award of Distinction for Construction Site Tree
Preservation (learn more)
The International Society of Arboriculture Gold Leaf
Award (learn more)