Arborists and tree surgeons are professionals who specialize in the care and maintenance of trees, but there are some key differences in their roles and responsibilities. In this blog post, we’ll explore these differences to help you better understand the distinct roles these professionals play in the world of tree care.
Education and Training: Arborists typically have formal education and training in arboriculture, which is the study and management of trees and woody plants. They often have degrees in forestry, horticulture, or a related field.
Tree Care: Arborists focus on the overall health and well-being of trees. They assess tree health, diagnose diseases or pest infestations, and develop plans for tree care and maintenance. This includes pruning, fertilization, and tree planting.
Certification: Many arborists seek certification through organizations like the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Certification demonstrates their expertise and commitment to best practices in tree care.
Consultation: Arborists often provide consultation services to homeowners, businesses, and government departments. They can advise on tree selection, placement, and long-term care.
Risk Assessment: Arborists are trained to assess the safety of trees and identify potential hazards, especially in urban and residential settings. They may recommend tree removal if a tree poses a danger to people or property.
Tree Surgeon (Arboriculturist or Tree Pruner):
Specialized Pruning and Removal: Tree surgeons, also known as arboriculturists or tree pruners, focus primarily on the physical maintenance of trees. They specialize in pruning and/or removing trees or tree branches.
Safety and Precision: Tree surgeons are skilled in climbing and using specialized equipment like chainsaws and rigging systems to safely trim or remove trees. They often work at heights and must prioritize safety.
Emergency Response: In situations where trees have been damaged in storms or pose an immediate hazard, tree surgeons are often called in for emergency response to safely remove or stabilize the tree.
Tree Surgery Techniques: They are trained in various tree surgery techniques, including crown reduction, crown lifting, and pollarding, to improve tree health and appearance.
Certification: Many tree surgeons also seek certification in arboriculture or tree surgery, demonstrating their expertise and adherence to safety standards.
In summary, while both arborists and tree surgeons work with trees, arborists focus on the overall health and long-term care of trees, including diagnosis and consultation, while tree surgeons specialize in the physical maintenance of trees, such as pruning and removal. The choice between hiring an arborist or a tree surgeon depends on your specific tree care needs, whether they involve health assessment, maintenance, or emergency services. Regardless of which professional you choose, it’s essential to ensure they are certified and experienced in their respective fields to ensure the well-being of your trees.
If you have more questions or doubts about your trees or your yard’s wellbeing contact RTEC for a complete solution. One of our arborists will be able to help letting you know of any harmful or detrimental species. Please book an appointment with one of our arborists online or call 703.573.3029.