How to Choose an Arborist

What is an arborist? An arborist is a specialist trained and certified in the planting, care, and maintenance of trees.

Why hire an arborist? Hiring an arborist is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can reap substantial benefits including, but not limited to, increased property value and enhanced air quality. However, poor tree care can become a liability and pruning trees is often dangerous work. Certified arborists have the knowledge and skills to safely provide care for trees.

What types of services can an arborist offer? Arborists can provide the following services:

1.) Pruning- Arborists can determine the type of pruning needed to maintain the tree’s health. Additionally, pruning is dangerous work and should therefore be performed by a certified arborist who knows proper safety techniques.

2.) Tree removal- Because trees play such an important role, tree removal is a last resort, but there are times when it is necessary. An arborist can determine if removal is necessary or not.

3.) Emergency tree care- If storms, or other sudden causes, damage trees, arborists can determine what is best for the tree and perform any necessary pruning, removals, etcs.

4.) Planting- Arborists can recommend the right tree for the right location and some will plant it for you.


Where can I hire a certified arborist? The following are a few tips to help you select an arborist:

1.) Look for someone who is licensed from an accredited organization, such as the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture).

2.) Make sure the person/company has insurance.

3.) Consider more than one bid and when selecting one be sure to get it in writing.

4.) Membership in other professional organizations, such as NAA (National Arborist Association) or the ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists) shows a willingness to stay up-to-date on the latest information.


To find an arborist in your area or verify credentials, visit the International Society of Arboriculture website.




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