Summary: This one is pretty out there and I don’t see lasers actually doing much for the tree trimming and tree services world BUT what’s a prediction if we aren’t wrong. I found myself laughing at myself but enjoy it! 1/09/2019
Lasers are a parallel technology that could affect the way a tree service trims and shapes trees and bushes. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is being developed for pain management and other medical applications.
Specifically, my wife works in a hair replacement clinic in Denver and they use lasers to both remove and grow hair. She speculated that lasers would be more efficient in the trimming of trees than robots.
That made sense since it would use fewer moving parts thus being more reliable and cheaper to make.
Taking it one step further, if LLLT can be used to grow hair why couldn’t it grow branches and foliage to shape trees in a desirable way? In 2029, “designer trees” will be all the rage.
Bioengineering might beat LLLT to the punch. Biotech is a more developed technology than robotics or lasers. By the end of this decade, systemic programmable DNA in tree cells could create varietals that are programmed to grow perfectly, self prune, and leaf out in extravagant or fashionable colors.
Laser applications in the removal or stimulation of hair alter the cellular structure of hair follicles. Basically, the follicles are re-programmed to grow or recede depending on the desired result of the client.
So how does this apply to tree trimming? When the arborist cuts a branch, the cellular structure is being changed on a macro level. That is why a flush trimming cut will not heal properly. The angle of the cut and the sharpness of the saw is teaching the branch cells to develop differently.