The Truth About Tree Removal: Why You Don't Need a Certified Arborist to Remove or Trim Your Tree

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The Truth About Tree Removal: Why You Don't Need a Certified Arborist to Remove or Trim Your Tree

Do you need an arborist to remove a tree?

Answer: An arborist is someone who is knowledgable and experienced in working with trees. A certified arborist is someone who has been tested against a standard. For removing trees, an arborist is usually just fine and can be less expensive than a certified arborist.

Read on to find out more.

Trees are one of the most beautiful and useful aspects of nature. They are ideal for landscaping, contribute life-giving oxygen to the air you breathe and are simply beautiful to look at.

They can also become a problem, especially when branches are allowed to grow out of control, or when trees are blown over in a windstorm.

If you have trees on your property, you’ll eventually need to hire someone for pruning branches or full tree removal. This article takes a look at reasons why a certified arborist isn’t needed for this process. Keep reading to discover all the important facts.

What Is a Certified Arborist?

When looking for a professional service that can remove or prune trees located on your property, have you ever noticed that some claim to be certified arborists and some are just arborists? If so, what exactly does the term “certified” mean?

Basically, a certified arborist is an arborist that has been tested by a certification authority.  All arborists have specific knowledge of trees, including the science behind a tree’s lifecycle and understand how to provide ongoing specialized care.

They can also offer client tips for maintaining and improving the health, safety, and overall appearance of each individual species of tree.

And while certification (taking the test by a certification authority) can be helpful it is by no means necessary and an arborist with years of experience and knowledge is usually just fine for tree pruning or removal.

Professional Removal Services

Believe it or not, removing unwanted trees doesn’t require special education or certification. This means that there’s actually no need to pay a premium to have trees removed from your property just because the person you hire is a certified arborist.

The key is to hire a service with the best training and skills necessary for getting the job done right at a reasonable price.

Professional Pruning Services

The same is true when it comes to pruning unsightly or unhealthy branches from trees on your property. A certified arborist might possess advanced scientific knowledge of the branches being removed, yet they won’t be any better equipped to perform the task than any other trained removal service. 

This means that you can save money while getting the same, or higher, quality of service by hiring a general tree trimming service instead of a certified arborist. The certified arborist would just rather keep that bit of information a secret.  Anyone who has worked with trees for years is an arborist.

Tree Planting & General Care 

As far as general tree care, an arborist can certainly offer advice on keeping the trees on your property as healthy as possible. Whether certified or not, an arborist can likely provide a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

They can also suggest species of trees to plant around your home in order to take the overall appearance of your property to the next level. Just keep in mind that the planting and care of trees is a very different task than tree pruning or removal, thus there’s no reason to spend more than necessary. 

What to Look for in a Tree Removal Service

Hiring a tree trimming service might seem confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to remember that a general tree removal service is all you need to get the job done right and make your landscaping look amazing.  An arborist is anyone that is a specialist in the care and maintenance of trees – we are!  

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