Who is an Arborist?

An arborist is a tree surgeon. Arborists are professionals with the knowledge, skill, and experience to care and tend to trees. They diagnose and treat minor and major tree problems such as nutritional deficiencies, diseases, insect infestation.

What does an Arborist do?

An arborist studies the structure, function, and growth pattern of trees, effects of pruning, and all things that pertain to the health of a tree. An arborist thoroughly examines trees to detect and check signs of:

  • Weak roots, trunks, and branches
  • Cracked trunks and branches
  • Root issues and decays
  • Deformation in tree parts
  • Poor/abnormal growth and development

Arborists are involved in the overall care of trees.

Trees like all other living things need proper nourishment and care to have maximal health and prevent them from causing havoc. Weak branches and roots can damage roofs and power lines. Depending on the state of a tree, an arborist tends and maintains a tree through pruning, support of weak tree branches by cabling or bracing, fertilization and modification of soil, soil aeration, insect control, and where necessary removal of the tree. Cabling is using cables to give stability to trees growing in an unsustainable manner. Cabling and bracing help to reduce the damage caused due to unfavorable weather conditions like a storm and heavy foliage.  Arborists also provide consultation and legal tree services.

An arborist not only plants trees but also recommends trees that are appropriate for a location, best season for the planting of a particular tree.

Why is an Arborist necessary?

Though it seems like tree care can be given by all, adequate tree care and maintenance can only be provided by a properly trained, skilled, experienced, equipped, and certified arborist. Here are some of the reasons why an arborist is needed:

  1. An arborist is equipped – an arborist is fully equipped with adequate knowledge and tools required to properly administer care to a tree. The knowledge of adequate trees to be planted on a property due to soil pH and constituent, surrounding structures, sunlight exposure, pest susceptibility, and maintenance needs can only be provided by an arborist. An arborist gives solid advice on what tree type to plant and the best season to plant them.
  2. Safety is guaranteed – an arborist tends to a tree with utmost safety to the tree and environment. Pruning and removal of trees especially large trees can cause damage not only to the tree but also on structures nearby. An arborist can expertly deal with tricky situations safely.
  3. Efficient management of tree emergencies – an arborist is trained to deal with tree emergencies that could be caused by storms and other circumstances. The can maintain calmness when dealing with emergencies.


How to choose the right arborist for you

To choose the right arborist for you the qualifications and qualities of the arborist must be examined. Some of the qualities of a good arborist include:

  • Deep understanding and passion. The major difference between a technician and a professional arborist is proper tree understanding. A deep-rooted understanding of the importance of tree life and care gives rise to passion. An arborist must have a passion for trees. Passion for the effect of trees on the environment and commitment to preserving trees is a crucial trait of a good arborist.
  • Very knowledgeable. An arborist like any other professional must be very knowledgeable in his field. An arborist should be able to take care of all that pertains to trees.
  • Must have good communicative skills. As an arborist takes care of plants for people and the community, he/she must have good people skills. As people have strong feelings towards their plants and the plants in their environment a good arborist must be patient, not easily offended, have good listening and conflict resolution skills.
  • Quality experience. No amount of knowledge and skill can replace the place of experience. A good arborist must have applied his skills and knowledge. A quality experience is a very important requirement of a good arborist. It is proof that the arborist not only has head knowledge but can also deliver well. An experienced arborist has built a portfolio that he/she can be present to you.
  • Constant improvement. Like any professional that wants to stay relevant, an arborist must not rely on past knowledge and experience only. An arborist must constantly update his knowledge, skills, and tools.
  • Before you pick an arborist ensure the arborist is certified.

Who is a certified arborist?

A certified arborist is a professional arborist who has a minimum of three years full-time experience in professional tree care and who have passed a professional examination on arboriculture. An International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist and tree surgeon has a degree and must have fulfilled all necessary conditions. This is proof of distinct commitment, dedication, and knowledge.

The additional advantage of using a professionally certified arborist include:

  1. Insurance – a certified arborist possesses all necessary insurance to work on your property.
  2. References – this gives assurance as a customer. Upon request, a certified arborist provides the reference of previous jobs and services rendered.
  3. Cost efficiency – though it seems to cost more when hiring a professionally certified arborist, it saves you from additional cost due to extra damage caused by an unskilled and inexperienced technician. You also get your money’s worth of service and even more. A win-win situation.

Don’t just choose a certified arborist, ensure the arborist is right for you. The right arborist for you has to be certified.