Author: TonyMaher

What is an Arborist: Tips for Choosing an Arborist

Arborists are tree professionals, but unlike other types of professionals such as lawyers or doctors, there is no license or certificate to help you identify an arborist. Membership in professional organizations is a sign that an arborist is a professional, as is certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

Full-service arborists are experts in all aspects of tree care, including transplanting, pruning, fertilizing, pest management, disease diagnosis, and tree removal. Consulting arborists are experienced in tree appraisal but only offer their opinions, not their services.

Where to find an arborist
You may be wondering where to find an arborist. One thing to do is to check the phone book to find the people and companies listed under “tree services”.

Never hire people knocking on your door offering tree cutting or pruning services, especially after a big storm. These can be untrained opportunists looking to make money from frightened residents. Find out if the person offers most of the services provided by arborists.

Choose an arborist with equipment such as an appropriate truck, hydraulic arm, wood chipper, and chainsaw. If a person has no tree structure, they are probably not a professional.

Another way to find someone with experience is to look for ISA-certified arborists. Arbor Day Foundation offers a certified arborist information page that allows you to find a certified arborist in all 50 states of the United States

Choose an arborist
Choosing an arborist you will be happy with takes time. Don’t accept the first person you talk to about your tree. Arrange several certified arborists to inspect your tree and suggest appropriate actions. Listen carefully and compare the answers.

How to Arborist tips

The arborist is a professional who takes care of the planting, care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in non-natural contexts (parks, gardens, city avenues, etc.). His work also includes doing checks, preparing reports and providing advice on plant maintenance.

Working activity
Trees present in any non-natural context (such as avenues, parks, etc.) have an aesthetic but also economic and functional value: they improve air quality, serve as protection against climatic events (heat, storms, etc.), they can be used as acoustic or visual barriers. Trees need to be cared for and treated to have a long life and develop well and also, above all, to keep things and people safe in public areas.

The arborist is the professional who takes care of the trees. It is able to manage trees of all types, in any unnatural context, and takes care of all phases of a tree’s life: plant design or installation, choice of the type to plant, care and pruning plan , checks and controls for stability and for the presence of diseases, etc.

Its tasks can be divided into two macro-activities: planning and control of trees and direct care of plants.

Compared to the first activity, the arborist takes care of:

design the planting of ornamental trees, also choosing the type of plant suitable for the context;

establish a program of care for the planted trees and advise clients on maintenance, with routine activities such as pruning, fertilization, irrigation etc;

carry out regular checks on trees to monitor their growth, any disease, stability, risk of breakage, etc.
At a practical level of intervention on plants, however, its tasks can be:

planting (planting trees);

pruning (remove dead or sick branches from the tree, thin out the foliage to facilitate their growth or improve their aesthetic appearance, cut branches that are dangerous for power lines, buildings, etc. or for the arrival of particular climatic conditions);

emergency interventions (cutting or pruning trees that have suffered subsidence, minimizing further damage or risks for things and people);