an arborist or tree surgeon cutting down a tree

Trees are a beautiful and vital part of our ecosystem, but they require proper care and attention and this is especially true in urban settings.

People often say you need a tree service company, but did you realize there are actually professionals within this field with a deeper knowledge and understanding of trees? 

According to Merriam-Webster, an arborist is “a specialist in the care and maintenance of trees

Many people interchange between an arborist and a tree surgeon, but they’re actually two different specialities within the tree care field.

What is the job of an arborist?

Arborist’s work in arboriculture, which as well as trees, covers the care of shrubs, perennials and vines. Their specialist knowledge covers the identification of species and subspecies, planting, which can also include aspects such as soil health and care.

Their knowledge is used to identify and treat disease and the safe removal of diseased and dead trees.

It can take many years to amass the skills and knowledge required of an arborist, and that training is ongoing.

What is the difference between an arborist and a tree surgeon?

Tree surgeons are trained professionals who diagnose and treat diseases, fungi, nutritional deficiencies, and other issues that affect trees and their health.

Arborists make house calls to clients’ residences in order to inspect their trees. He or she will examine the bark for symptoms of rotting and the leaves for irregular changes in color, as well as the soil.

As part of a voluntary certification process, tree care professionals can become Certified Arborists through the International Society of Arboriculture. This provides the public with a way to check if their tree professional has the skill and know-how to deal with aspects of tree care, including tree removal, planting, and pruning, for example.

To find out more, check out the International Society of Arboriculture website.

At Boston MA Tree Pros we can handle your tree care needs. We cover multiple locations near and around Boston. Call us if you need tree service in Newton MA or any of these locations in Suffolk County.

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