College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Clemson students learn about tree care industry from Bartlett Tree experts


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Students from Clemson University and Spartanburg Community College learned more about the science, art and business of tree care during a recent visit to the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Experimental Grounds.

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On the agenda were lessons about urban soils, root invigoration, and proper pruning and planting. The students also learned about using beneficial insects to manage landscape pests, the Bartlett diagnostic laboratory, tree risk assessment, lightning protection systems, as well as the cabling and bracing of trees. Bob Polomski, Clemson adjunct assistant professor and Extension associate, works with Bartlett staff to arrange this trip for students each year.

“We are very thankful to Bartlett Tree Experts for taking the time to share their expertise with our students and acquaint them with cutting edge tree care practices,” Polomski said. “Activities such as this are important for students to get a wholistic view of the field of arboriculture and the many tools, technologies and practices that are used to improve the health and longevity of trees in the urban environment.”

Kelby Fite, vice-president and director of research at Bartlett Tree Experts, believes conducting on-site demonstrations, such as this, for students is beneficial for the future of the industry.

“Here at Bartlett Tree Experts, we believe education is important,” Fite said. “We are dedicated to helping train the next generation of tree care professionals.”

Clemson students attending this year’s field day were Adam Chastain, Samuel Floyd, Jonathan Jones, Davis Linscott and Jonathan Seidenstricker.




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