We continue to identify opportunities to advance tree care practices, processes and technology with a focus on improving arboricultural practices for the urban landscape. This research covers subjects such as pruning, regulating plant growth, planting, supporting tree structure and protecting trees from lightning.
Health Impacts and Practice of PruningWe research how different pruning practices influence the health and resiliency of trees and shrubs.
Growth Regulators in the LandscapeWe research how plant growth regulators (PGRs) influence root growth, wound closure rates, decay progression, and drought tolerance.
Urban Tree Planting Success and SurvivalWe examine factors that influence urban tree planting success and long-term survival to guide best management practices.
Tree Structure Support SystemsIn collaboration with engineers and experts in biomechanics, we investigate how tree characteristics influence the risk of branch failure, and how the type and placement of support systems most effectively reduce this risk.
Lightning Protection in TreesWe research where and how to install and manage lightning protection systems.