Arborist, tree service—they’re two terms for the same thing, right? While many people think this is the case, there are some significant differences between the two, and these differences can potentially compromise the health of the trees on your property. Here’s what you need to know about hiring an arborist vs. tree service to care for your trees.
Arborist vs. Tree Company: Defining Tree Care
“Tree company” is a broad term that can mean many different things. Some tree companies provide tree trimming and removal services; others offer fertilization and pest control, or plant trees for property owners. Tree care, too, can have many different meanings. These terms simply don’t tell you enough about what a business does and what their qualifications are—which means these services can be offered by anyone, whether or not they have any education or experience in tree health.
A Certified Arborist is accredited by the ISA, which means they meet the following criteria:
- At least 3 years of full-time, practical work experience with trees
- Passed a rigorous exam for certification
- Participate in continuing education to maintain their certification in arboriculture
(Read why hire an arborist vs. landscaper for more about the differences between arborists and other tree and landscaping services.)
When you see the phrase “Certified Arborist,” you immediately know that you’re choosing a professional who is educated and experienced in both the art and science of tree care. A tree service or tree company might be able to remove a dead tree without issue, but do they know how to maintain the health of your trees? Only by hiring a Certified Arborist like Rick’s Plant Healthcare can you be certain that you’re getting the best possible tree healthcare.
Arborists Are Specialists
Because a tree service may only offer trimming and removal, their interests may be in conflict with the best interests of your trees. As tree specialists, arborists have training in evaluating the health of your trees and experience knowing when a tree can be saved from needing to be removed. Our tree care services include treatments for common pests and diseases.
Even when it comes to trimming trees, a specialist is needed. For example, some tree services may recommend “topping,” or cutting the top branches off of your trees rather than pruning. This leaves trees stressed and vulnerable to disease and other serious health issues. Furthermore, what you may believe are just a few dead branches that need to be removed by a tree service could actually be a sign of disease, something a Certified Arborist can easily identify.
Arborists Offer Preventive Care
Just like your doctor, arborists provide preventive care to keep your trees in tip-top shape. Your annual tree inspection cost includes a walk around your entire property to thoroughly examine all of your trees and bushes to determine if any nutrients are missing and identify signs of pests and disease. By taking a proactive approach to your trees’ health, you can maximize their lifespan and ensure they thrive year-round. In the long-term, this will save you money.