What Is an Arborist?

An arborist is a person who is trained in the art, science, and practice of tree care and tree removal. An arborist is also referred to as an arborist technicians or tree service technicians. As the name implies, an arborist works with trees and related matters such as tree trimming, tree removal, and tree maintenance. An arborist’s main responsibilities are tree removal, pruning, tree care, tree removal/trimming, and tree maintenance.

Arborist at Work

In North America, there are a variety of arborists. Some of them are landscape architects, arborists, tree planters, landscape designers, wildlife biologists, consultants, and others. There are also arborists who specialize in only certain tree species. A tree care specialist would be one who specializes in conifers, sycamore trees, spruces, and palms; those who specialize in landscaping trees are called landscape tree care specialists.

The work of an arborist can be categorized into two categories: tree removal and tree pruning. As the name indicates, tree removal is the process of removing mature tree branches and even entire tree stands. Tree removal is usually done for commercial purposes; however, it is not uncommon for arborists to sometimes prune these tree structures just for the fun of it. However, tree removal is more often associated with tree removal.

As tree removal is more often the case, tree trimming is usually carried out by arborists. Trimming is the process of shaping a tree to make it appear as if it is cut down. Trees are usually pruned for many reasons such as tree removal, aesthetic appeal, or changing the shape or size to make way for something else. Of course, tree trimming is often carried out by a tree specialist. In some cases, though, tree removal can be done by an arborist without the need for special training or experience. In such cases, tree trimming can be done by anyone who knows how to cut down a tree and who is willing to do the job professionally.

In tree pruning, the branches are removed, the tree is cut down, and new growth is left over. This is what tree pruning is all about. This type of tree care is more often than not done by arborists who have received special tree care certification. If tree pruning is performed incorrectly, it could lead to unhealthy branches hanging below the tree’s surface, which could result in structural damage or decay.

In this age of tree services, it is not uncommon to come across advertisements for tree service providers that offer tree trimming services free of charge. Such advertisements should be taken with a pinch of salt. A  tree service company usually do not have certified arborists on their payroll, instead they have certified arborists who are willing to do the tree service for them at a reduced fee.

Contact Justin with Cedar Rapids Tree Service, 360 30th St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403, (319) 229-2427 for more information.