Driving Our Economy Forward: Scenic City Arborists

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Scenic City Arborists say they’re more than just your “tree guys.”

They prefer to be called “tree surgeons.”

They try to live up to the name by giving their customers’ trees all the TLC they need to live their best life, and look good at the same time.

Let’s see how Scenic City Arborists are driving our economy forward.

“Scenic City Arborists is a full-service tree company specializing in tree healthcare,” said co-owner Chelsea Moore. “We help care for trees through a variety of different services. We do removals as well, but that’s just a necessary part of the business. But our goal is to help customers preserve their trees and keep them around for as long as possible. We’re really proud that we have five arborists that are certified. Most companies have none, some have one or two. All of our arborists can answer a host of questions about tree healthcare.”

Chelsea Moore says they make most of their money off of pruning, root and soil care, and cabling embracing.

“We do large tree planting,” she said. “Now we do pesticide and fungicide type treatments to help treat things like the emerald ash borer or Dutch elm disease, things like that. We live in a growing city where our canopy coverage is declining as we develop, and more and more you know campuses and shopping centers and homes. So trees provide oxygen for us to breathe, they cool our city and keep temperatures low in the summer. They’re pretty, they provide habitat. There’s a lot of benefits.”

“Someone, for example, might want clearance pruning like at Chatt State here,” said co-owner Benjamin Moore. “We’re doing clearance pruning because they redid the roofs recently. But additionally while we’re here, when we’re in the canopies, we’re also going to be looking for structural issues, broken branches, dead branches, things that you might not be able to see from the ground.”

Chelsea Moore says when most people they think of pruning, they think of removing large limbs off of a tree.

“It’s preferable to do smaller cuts out towards the ends of branches, and remove weight on the end, which is a really difficult type of pruning to do,” she said. “It’s long, it takes more time, it’s more intensive. If the arborist is climbing the tree, it’s more difficult climbing. We’re really good at that. If you’re looking to take care of your trees, that’s what we are good at, and what we care about.”

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