What on Earth Is an Arborist, Anyway?

An arborist is someone who studies the function and structure of trees. Also known as “tree surgeons,” arborists are experts in all things that have to do with trees. This includes tree growth, cultivation, decay, and diseases. 

This knowledge also encompasses all procedures associated with maintaining the health of a tree or, if the tree is dead or mostly dead, the removal of a tree. This includes trimming, pruning, tree removal, and emergency tree care. 

Arborists go through a voluntary, nongovernmental process of certification that assesses the individual’s knowledge of trees and tree care. When certified, they are considered a tree professional who’s attained an expert level of knowledge in tree biology, maintenance practices, diagnosis, safety, and other areas of tree care. 

In order to maintain this certification, arborists must stay up-to-date on the latest arboriculture techniques. This typically means continuing their education outside their profession by taking classes on a consistent basis.

All the Tree Services an Arborist Can Provide You

Whether we’re talking about the trees in your front and/or backyard, or the trees that make the landscaping of your commercial building, it’s important to maintain their health. Healthy trees provide both fresh air and a beautiful aesthetic to the space they occupy when properly maintained.

Arborists can help you maintain your tree-related landscaping by:


Dead or broken tree branches and limbs jeopardize the overall health of your tree. They also pose a real safety issue for property and pedestrians. 


Tree pruning can be categorized into two main types: crown cleaning and crown thinning. Crown cleaning is the removal of diseased, dying, dead, crowded, or other structurally unsound branches. Crown thinning is what it sounds like— it’s the selective removal of branches (“thinning” out the tree) to help all parts of the tree receive sun and air. 

Emergency Tree Care

If a tree near your property has been damaged by a storm and poses a danger to your property, it’s important to avoid removing the damaged limbs or tree on your own.