Nurse trees


Plant, fertilise and trim trees, shrubs and hedges. Examine trees to assess their condition and determine treatment. Work to eradicate insects, fungus and diseases which are harmful to trees, assist with prescribed burning, and work on preventing erosion.

Alternative labels

nursing trees
tending shrubs
nursing hedges
tend trees
tend hedges
nurse shrubs
nursing shrubs
tend shrubs
nurse hedges
tending trees
tree nursing
tree tending
tending hedges

Skill type


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Relationships with occupations

Essential skill

Nurse trees is an essential skill of the following occupations:

Forest worker: Forest workers carry out a variety of jobs to care for and manage trees, woodland areas and forests. Their activities include include planting, trimming, thinning and felling trees and protecting them from pests, diseases and damage.
Arboriculturist: Arboriculturists carry out specialised tasks related to observation, health and maintenance of trees.
Landscape gardener: Landscape gardeners plan, construct, renovate and maintain parks, gardens and public green spaces.

Optional skill

Nurse trees is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this skill may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Garden labourer: Garden labourers perform simple tasks in cultivating and maintaining flowers, trees and shrubs. This work can take place in either parks or private gardens.
Groundsman/groundswoman: Groundsmen/groundswomen provide landscape and lawn services and maintain grounds for private households, commercial and public facilities, schools, hotels, botanical gardens, golf courses, parks and athletic fields.

Tree surgeon: Tree surgeons maintain trees. They use heavy machinery to prune and cut trees. Tree surgeons are often required to climb the trees to perform maintenance.
Forestry adviser: Forestry advisers provide services and advice on economic and environmental issues in compliance with laws and regulations.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022