The Differences Between Certified Arborists and Basic Tree Trimmers

The Differences Between Certified Arborists and Basic Tree Trimmers

When it comes to tree trimming, property owners might make the assumption that all tree trimmers are the same. The truth is that there are huge differences between basic, mom-and-pop tree workers and professional, degreed Certified Arborists. While both can technically trim trees on commercial properties, only Certified Arborists can actually improve and protect the immediate and long-term health of trees. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three key differences between Certified Arborists and basic tree trimmers and how their work impacts tree health.

Wide Gap In Tree Knowledge

One of the most prominent differences between Certified Arborists and basic tree trimmers is that Certified Arborists are degreed professionals with years of education on tree biology. They are experts in maintaining and protecting tree health, with a strong understanding of proper growth patterns and ideal climates for optimal tree health. In addition, they know how to identify invasive insects and tree diseases, and provide a safe and efficient treatment. Basic tree trimmers have little to no formal training in tree biology or tree health, and have a very limited understanding of local trees and how to properly identify and treat tree diseases or insect infestations.

Proper Tree Planting and Pruning Techniques

Property owners in need of tree planting or tree pruning services should also be aware that Certified Arborists and basic tree trimmers perform these services quite differently. Basic tree trimmers will often plant trees at incorrect depths, or will excessively prune trees, both of which can damage or even kill healthy trees. In contrast, Certified Arborists have extensive training and experience in correct tree pruning in order to remove dead branches, stimulate growth and promote tree health. They utilize ANSI A300 tree cutting standards to ensure they do not wound or damage the tree, reducing possible damage from invasive diseases or insects. They are also properly trained in how to plant trees at correct depths and provide ideal growing conditions for young trees.

Contracts May Require Certified Arborists

Due to concerns with project and worker safety, many more commercial property owners, industrial sites, and municipal properties now require that Certified Arborists handle their tree care services to reduce liability issues. Certified Arborists are specifically trained to perform their work in the safest possible way, and they also use various forms of PPE to ensure their safety and reduce workplace accidents. This may include the use of safety goggles, hard hats, safety harnesses, and other safety equipment. Basic tree trimmers can create liability issues with poor workmanship, lack of PPE, improper tree care techniques, and safety issues due to a lack of background checks or drug screenings.

LMC has a team of Certified Arborists ready to manage all your tree care services with safety, efficiency and professionalism. LMC offers a full range of tree care and landscape maintenance services, including landscape managementtree pruningtree plantingirrigation installationweed control services, and soil aeration and analysis. Contact LMC for more information, or go online to request a free consultation today!

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