Upon hiring a tree service company, they each have their procedure and equipment when it comes to handling different types of trees. More often than not, they know the proper steps to handle different kinds of situations, but you have to watch out for one specific equipment that may cause more harm than good, and these are climbing spikes.
Climbing spikes, also known as climbing spurs, are leather straps or padded support wrapped on the climber's leg with sharp steel spikes attached to it. When climbing trees for whatever purpose, arborists usually use spikes to help them navigate through the tree, which is alright as long as they use it on a tree that will be removed. Using spikes on a healthy tree could lead to a lot of puncture wounds causing tissue death. Although smaller wounds would heal, larger ones that grouped can point to that area of the tree to die. There is a fragile layer of tissue that helps produce new cells for the tree, using spikes could increase the likelihood of this area to be pierced. Repeated damage like this could cause permanent damage and is very harmful.
When is it acceptable to use spikes?
We have established that the use of spikes may damage the tree, but there are instances wherein the application of spikes is unavoidable. Below is a list of situations where the use of them is acceptable and appropriate:
Professional tree care companies know of the dangers of spikes, and along with proper tree equipment paired with experience and trained professionals, they will do whatever means necessary to preserve the health of your tree.
Here is a list of good qualities you should find in quality tree service company: