3 Skills You Need to Work In the Tree Service Industry
If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years you can expect to save about 3% on energy bills. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%. These are the kinds of nuggets you can learn by working for a tree service company. That and of course more traditional things like tree removal techniques and stump grinding.
One of the reasons this industry can be so profitable is because most people don’t want to have to do the work themselves. The Department of Agriculture suggests pruning or trimming trees once per year during the dormant season, and you never know when a storm is going to knock down half of a 25-foot oak tree. If you’ve ever considered getting into the tree care industry, here are three crucial skills you’ll need.
1.) Physical Strength: First and foremost is physical strength. You don’t necessarily need a physique sculpted from stone, but you do need to be relatively in shape and able to lift heavy logs and haul plenty of brush. One of the most common jobs tree service companies engage in is cutting down all or parts of dying, unwanted, or potentially dangerous trees. Not only does that usually require a person actually climbing to the top and chopping it down piece by piece, but the workers on the ground then have to load the pieces into a grinder.
2.) Identification Skills: Another very useful skill to have while working with tree services is that of tree and plant identification. For starters, these are the currency of the industry in many ways and if you aren’t an expert in the field clients won’t respect or be able to trust you know what you’re doing. On top of that, since you’ll be working outside in various environments it’s important to know what plants are poisonous/dangerous and what ones are fine to blaze through as you make your way through a crowded forest.
3.) Quick Wits: While it might not be as practically important day-to-day as strength, having quick wits and intuition can be crucial in tree services. Falling branches, heavy machinery, sharp blades, and heights are just some of the things you’ll encounter virtually every day. A split second not paying attention can have dire consequences. Imagine a 20 pound branch crashing down on your head, or getting something stuck in the sum grinder. This is not a job for the absent-minded or easily distracted.
Trees are vitally important to humans for a variety of reasons. Not only do they provide us with the oxygen needed for survival, but they also can do things like help you better insulate a house and even absorb and block sound, reducing noise pollution by as much as 40%. Quality workers are constantly needed in the industry, but keep in mind the kind of abilities that will be required of you if you decide to pursue a career in tree services.