House Tipster's Pro Perspectives series shows real stories about real professionals talking about their passions. In this video, Steve Marshall of The Urban Lumberjack in Los Angeles talks about how he became an arborist and what his work entails.
"The view from the treetop is why we climb them as children because we get a wonderfully long scope of vision that's often unencumbered by anything else," says Steve. "You get some amazing views in a 100-foot palm tree."
Steve started his arboriculture company in Ventura, California, in 1979. About a year later, he moved to Los Angeles and became an ISA Certified Arborist (ISA: International Society of Arboriculture). Arboriculturists (AKA arborists) study how trees and other plants grow and how they respond to different methods of care. Arborists are knowledgeable of the best practices for tree selection, planting, training, fertilization, pest and pathogen control, pruning, shaping, and removal.
"One of the charms about this job, one of the things I like about it, is there's no such thing as a typical day," says Steve. "In tree care, every day is its own adventure. You're off to a new location. You dealing with a new client, new circumstances, and a new tree."
Steve says tree care was not his first love, but as he started his own business in arboriculture, he found it was a good match for him.
"I love the physicality of what I was doing. Climbing trees is physically very challenging," says Steve. "I enjoyed the fact that I knew a good deal about something that almost no one else knew anything about."