Advanced Arboricultural Tools: Innovations in Tree Care Equipment
This is a photo of tree felling being carried out in Paddock Wood. All works are being undertaken by PW Tree Surgeons

Introduction: Arboriculture, the care and maintenance of trees, has evolved significantly over the years. One of the driving forces behind this progress is the continuous development of advanced arboricultural tools and equipment. These innovations have made the work of tree care professionals more efficient and allowed for safer and more precise tree care. PW Tree Surgeons will explore cutting-edge arboricultural tools transforming the tree care industry in this blog post.


  • Climbing Equipment:
    • Modern arborists benefit from advanced climbing gear, including lightweight harnesses, ascenders, and descenders. These tools enhance safety and reduce fatigue during climbs, making it easier for professionals to access tree canopies.
  • Cranes and Aerial Lifts:
    • Cranes and aerial lifts have revolutionised how arborists access tall or difficult-to-reach trees. They provide a stable platform for tree care tasks, ensuring safety and precision.
  • Air Spade:
    • The air spade is a powerful tool that uses compressed air to excavate soil around tree roots without causing damage. It’s essential for root collar excavation and soil aeration.
  • Sonic Tomography:
    • This non-invasive tool uses sound waves to assess the internal health of trees. It helps arborists identify decay or cavities within the trunk or branches, aiding in targeted pruning and treatment.
  • Resistograph:
    • The seismograph is a drilling device that measures the resistance of wood to a rotating drill. Arborists use it to assess tree health and detect internal decay or structural weaknesses.
  • Pruning Saws:
    • High-powered pruning saws with advanced cutting technology make pruning more efficient and precise. They allow arborists to make clean cuts, reducing the risk of disease or injury to the tree.
  • Root Barrier Systems:
    • Root barriers are used to control the spread of tree roots, preventing damage to hardscapes like sidewalks and buildings. Advanced materials and installation techniques have made them more effective and long-lasting.
  • Tree Vitality Sensors:
    • These sensors monitor various environmental factors, including soil moisture, temperature, and nutrient levels. They provide real-time data to help arborists make informed decisions about tree care.
  • Tree Inventory Software:
    • Advanced software allows arborists to create and maintain comprehensive tree inventories. It helps track individual trees’ health, maintenance history, and future care needs in an urban forest.
  • GIS and GPS Technology:
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology aid in mapping and managing tree populations. They enable precise location tracking, essential for effective tree care and maintenance.


Conclusion: The world of arboriculture continues to benefit from innovations in tree care equipment and technology. These advanced tools make the work of arborists more efficient and contribute to the health and longevity of urban forests. PW Tree Surgeons is dedicated to staying at the forefront of these advancements, ensuring that our team is equipped with the best tools to provide top-quality tree care services. With the ongoing development of arboricultural tools, the future of tree care promises to be even more efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly.


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