What Does an Arborist Do?


Is an arborist the same as a tree specialist? Sometimes. Arborists are certified experts trained in the science and art of planting and maintaining trees. They’re knowledgeable about all tree species, but many specialize in the native trees that grow where they do business.

For example, a few Utah native trees include Douglas firs, junipers, willows and spruces. Hiring an arborist is an important decision, and making the right choice is paramount — after all, tree care impacts the value of your home and the safety of your family.

Tree care is an investment, and just like any investment, you want a favorable ROI. A tree that’s healthy and cared for is much more attractive than one that isn’t.

A poorly cared-for tree isn’t just unattractive, but potentially dangerous as well. Big trees have limbs that can fall on your home, destroy roofs and even be life-threatening. They’re a liability.

However, removing trees and pruning them is a big and dangerous undertaking. It’s not like pruning your rose bushes, it’s an endeavor that should only be handled by a certified arborist.

The Papers to Prove It

Passing the arborist certification course is a big undertaking. The arborists-to-be needs to prove, via a comprehensive exam created by the country’s leaders on tree care, that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to care for trees.

There’s also a continuing education element and a code of ethics to follow. Ask for your arborist’s current certification that proves he or she has kept up with continuing education, which may include recent courses, exams or specialized training.

Getting International Society of Arborculture Certification is not required by all states and tree care companies, so make sure the arborist you choose has this credential.

ISA isn’t a government-sanctioned or -endorsed program. It’s an opportunity for tree pros to prove their passion for and knowledge of their craft. You don’t want an arborist who isn’t dedicated enough to want to attain this all-encompassing certification.

What ISA Really Means

Certification alone can’t prove that an arborist has the experience and background necessary to care for your trees. It’s solely evidence that the arborist has the knowledge. You should also consider their training, how long they’ve been an arborist, testimonials and who they trained under (if anyone).

Look for an arborist who’s established in your area and who has worked with your tree species before.

Get copies of their certification and insurance, including workers’ compensation. You can find lots of tree experts out there, but if you want to go right to the best, it’s easy. Contact Reliable Tree Care today, make an appointment with one of Utah’s premium arborists and rest easy knowing your trees are in good (certified) hands.