Not everyone is aware of the difference between lawn care and tree care professionals. Tree service companies often have certified arborists within their crews. The role of an arborist is an important one, but just what is it that makes up an arborist?
- Maintenance and Care- An arborist is specifically trained in the science and art of trees. After all, you want your trees healthy and looking great! Their training includes all aspects of tree care: pruning, planting, safe removal of trees or limbs, preventative maintenance, soil aeration or modification to help root strength, supporting weak limbs or branches, installing lightning protection systems, and much more.
- Planting- Arborists have the knowledge and ability to identify appropriate trees for planting in specific areas. Their certification and knowledge of invasive species and diseases allow them to predict and prevent and potential risks for new tree growth.
- Industry Accepted Practices- Through their certification, arborists are aware of industry-accepted practices for tree maintenance and care, as well as practices that violate standards, including tree-topping, excessive live wood removal, unnecessary tree removal, etc.
- Continued Education- The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides six certifications for different experience levels and has specific criteria for a certified arborist. In order to keep their certification, arborists are required to continue their education and research on improvements and best practices in tree care.
Most arborists will have the ability to help with big tree projects through their professional services. Certified professionals will have the proper tools, machines and know-how to safely remove, plant, trim and care for your trees.