Does climbing a tree with spikes hurt the tree

by Mark Russell on February 24, 2010

Climbing trees with spikes on your feet is horrible for your trees.
Why?  Well, the damage that spikes caused within the bark open up the trees cambium layer for disease an infestation of bugs, mold, and disease pathogens to enter into the tree.
Many tree services claim that it does not hurt a tree to climb with spikes on.
DON’T BELIEVE THEM!
The only reason that an educated tree service provider would recommend to spike a tree that they are not planning on removing would be because it makes the job go by faster.
Climbing SpikeFree is more difficult because it requires setting of ropes and a different style of climbing that a lot of tree climbers are not used to.
The style of climbing takes years of practice, a lot more balanced, and a lot more energy.
It’s typically slower than using spikes and therefore the good salesman of on ethical tree service is will convince clients that it will not harm the tree.
Again, do not believe them.
It just does not pass the commonsense test.  If you were going to have your body operated on, would it make sense to have the doctor climb all over you with spikes on his feet prior to operating on you?  Of course not that would cause more damage that your body would have to heal.
Trees have enough stacked against them in the urban forest environment.
Do yourself a favor and hire an ISA certified arborist.  ISA certified arborist have gone through training and understand what is necessary to promote and help your tree stay healthy within the urban forest environment.

Climbing trees with spikes on your feet is horrible for your trees.
Why?  Well, the damage that spikes caused within the bark open up the trees cambium layer for disease an infestation of bugs, mold, and disease pathogens to enter into the tree.
Many tree services claim that it does not hurt a tree to climb with spikes on.
DON’T BELIEVE THEM!
The only reason that an educated tree service provider would recommend to spike a tree that they are not planning on removing would be because it makes the job go by faster.
Climbing SpikeFree is more difficult because it requires setting of ropes and a different style of climbing that a lot of tree climbers are not used to.
The style of climbing takes years of practice, a lot more balanced, and a lot more energy.
It’s typically slower than using spikes and therefore the good salesman of on ethical tree service is will convince clients that it will not harm the tree.
Again, do not believe them.
It just does not pass the commonsense test.  If you were going to have your body operated on, would it make sense to have the doctor climb all over you with spikes on his feet prior to operating on you?  Of course not that would cause more damage that your body would have to heal.
Trees have enough stacked against them in the urban forest environment.
Do yourself a favor and hire an ISA certified arborist.  ISA certified arborist have gone through training and understand what is necessary to promote and help your tree stay healthy within the urban forest environment.

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