Written by Jeremy Grinwald

Tree Care: Landscapers vs. ISA Certified Arborists

Trees are some of the most majestic creatures on earth, and as big as they are, it may seem like they don’t need much care. However, it’s important to understand that trees require a different kind of care rather than your general landscaping maintenance.

While it may be tempting to hire an all-in-one contractor for your landscaping needs, it’s important to entrust the health of your trees to an ISA certified arborist. No matter what kind of work needs to be done on your property, you should always make sure the people you hire are certified and accredited in their field. Below you will find the primary differences between a landscaper and an ISA certified arborist.

General Landscapers

Landscaping generally includes the maintenance and overall appeal of a home or business’ outdoor property. The responsibilities of a landscaper include planting and maintaining the health of bushes, flowers, and plants, and making sure the grass is healthy and safe from the threat of insects and hot and cold climates. Landscapers will also test the pH and the nutrients of the soil to ensure optimum health for whatever is growing on the property.

ISA Certified Arborists

Arborists, on the other hand, are professionally trained and certified by the International Society of Arboriculture in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. They are also equipped and prepared to handle dangerous tree care equipment like chippers and chainsaws. Not only do they attain a high level of knowledge when it comes to pruning, windsail reduction and other tree care services, they know how to assess, maintain, and remove trees safely.

Working with trees without the proper equipment and the training can be extremely dangerous to the contractor, homeowner, and surrounding property. Hiring a certified arborist will not only ensure the health of your trees but the safety of you and your loved ones as well.