Vermont’s Tree Care Learning Center

Arborists vs. Tree Trimmers

It’s a common misconception that tree trimmers and certified arborists are one in the same, but when it comes to planting, pruning and caring for your trees, not all tree care services are created equal. In fact, there are several important distinctions between certified arborists and tree trimmers that every property owner should understand. While…
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Why Topping Hurts Trees

Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. Yet, despite more than 25 years of literature and seminars explaining its harmful effects, topping remains a common practice. This brochure explains why topping is not an acceptable pruning technique and offers better alternatives. What is Topping? Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches…
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Why Hire an Arborist?

An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are…
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Value of Trees

This brochure is a home owner’s guide to planning for, evaluating, and reducing possible financial losses on trees, specimen shrubs, and evergreens. What Are Your Trees Worth? Almost everyone knows that trees and other living plants are valuable. They beautify our surroundings, purify our air, act as sound barriers, manufacture precious oxygen, and help us…
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Trees and Turf

Woody plants and turfgrasses are critical components of design plans for homes, offices, and parks. Trees and turf offer distinct personal, functional, and environmental benefits. Personal preferences for color, fragrance, and form should complement the functional properties of size, shape, density, and placement of plant material. We’ve all seen thinning grass under large shade trees,…
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Tree Selection: Buying High-Quality Trees

When you buy a high-quality tree, plant it correctly, and treat it properly, you and your tree will benefit greatly in many ways for many years. When you buy a low-quality tree, you and your tree will have many costly problems even if you take great care in planting and maintenance. What Determines Tree Quality?…
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Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction

The processes involved with construction can be devastating to the surrounding trees if no measures have been taken to protect them. The visible injuries such as broken branches and wounds to tree trunks are only the beginning. It is the damage to the root systems that often result in tree loss. In an ideal situation,…
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Recognizing Tree Hazards

Trees provide significant benefits to our homes and cities, but when trees fall and injure people or damage property, they are liabilities. Taking care of tree hazards makes your property safer and prolongs the life of the tree. Trees are an important part of our world. They offer a wide range of benefits to the…
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Pruning Young Trees

Proper pruning is essential in developing a tree with a strong structure and desirable form. Trees that receive the appropriate pruning measures while they are young will require little corrective pruning when they mature. Keep these few simple principles in mind before pruning a tree: Each cut has the potential to change the growth of…
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Pruning Mature Trees

Think of tree care as an investment. A healthy tree increases in value with age—paying big dividends, increasing property values, beautifying our surroundings, purifying our air, and saving energy by providing cooling shade from summer’s heat and protection from winter’s wind. Providing a preventive care program for your landscape plants is like putting money in…
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