is defined as the cultivation of trees and
shrubs, this includes the planting and care of
individual trees and trees in small groups.
What is an arborist? An arborist is an
individual trained in the care of trees and
shrubs. This training can come from formal
college education or years of experience. There
are several areas of practice for arborists:
Municipal arborists manage public
owned trees in cities and towns and are
usually employed by cities, counties or
other public agency.
Commercial arborists either own or
work for businesses that provide tree care
on a fee basis. They can be hired to do work
for individuals or public agencies.
Utility arborists manage trees
along utility rights-of-way. They can be
employed by the utility or contracted to do
Arboricultural consultants are
technical experts who diagnose tree
problems, do tree appraisals, and provide
management programs for individuals,
businesses, or public agencies.
Why Hire an Arborist?
Proper tree care is an investment which can
lead to substantial returns. Well cared for
trees are attractive and can add considerable
value to your property. Poorly maintained trees
can be a significant liability. Pruning or
removing trees, especially large trees, can be
An arborist is a specialist in the care of
individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable
about the needs of trees, and are trained and
equipped to provide proper care of trees.
Arborists can provide a variety of services:
- Pruning--The arborist can
determine what type of pruning is necessary
to maintain or improve the health,
appearance and safety of your trees.
- Removal--Although tree removal is
a last resort, there are circumstances when
it is necessary. An arborist can help decide
whether or not a tree should be removed.
- Emergency Tree Care--Storms may
cause limbs or entire trees to fail, often
landing on homes, cars, other structures or
other trees. An arborist can assess the work
to be undertaken.
- Planting--Some arborists plant
trees and most can recommend what types of
trees are appropriate for a specific
- Other Services--Many arborists
can provide the following services:
- Practice Plant Health Care; a
concept of preventative maintenance to
keep trees in good health which will
help the tree better defend itself
against insects, disease and site
- Fertilization of trees.
- Cabling or bracing for added support
to branches with weak attachment.
- Aeration to improve root growth.
- Installation of lightning protection
- Spraying or injecting to control
certain insect and disease problems.
We can also answer your questions about how
to care for your tree, suggestions on species to
plant; a list of local arborists and listings of
certified arborists. Information can also be
obtained by writing: