What is an arborist?
An arborist, or tree surgeon as they’re sometimes liked to be called, is a professional in the art of arboriculture. They cultivate, manage, and study trees, shrubs, vines, and other types of plants.
Arborists usually focus on the health and management of the trees they come across rather than managing forests. So, their scope of work is quite different from that of a forester or logger. An example of an arborist could be Mr. Miyagi with how he treated his bonsai tree.
Generally, when arborists choose to climb, they use the least invasive methods. Typically, this is done with rope. Some tree service contractors will use spikes to climb the tree, but that can be seen as counterintuitive since you are slightly damaging the tree in the process.
Elite Arborists can work with a wide range of complex trees. They specialize in the treatment, maintenance, health, and removal of trees in just about every condition imaginable. They can also be consultants who give legal advice and write reports. While some of the work can be done on the ground…most of the work of arborists is done while climbing and up in the tree itself. All arborists are not the same, in fact, many are jacks of many different trades.
What are some qualifications an arborist might need?
They gain their qualifications to practice in many different ways so, some are more qualified than others. Arborists all need experience in working safely in and around trees. A general arborist tends to specialize in one or more areas such as treatment, pruning, trimming, and climbing. All these disciplines are related to an extent, but not all arborists are experts ready to practice in every discipline.