Why it’s Important to Hire a Certified Arborist for Tree Work

Nobody became a dentist just because they had teeth, right? And you wouldn’t trust your pearly whites to just anyone with a pair of pliers. 

We recommend your trees get the same consideration when it comes to a specialist. 

Though hiring a certified arborist may feel just as intimidating as dropping into the dental chair, there are many reasons why you’ll want to get one. (And be smiling after you do.)

Higher (Up) Education

First and foremost, an arborist is a tree expert. Their job is to study every aspect of tree health. This includes conducting major branch or trunk surgery when necessary, as well as practicing proper pruning, understanding root health, plus disease control, and more. 

Gaining certification is no quick walk in the woods, either. According to the International Society of Arboriculture, certificate recipients must meet all the requirements of an exam, “which includes three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.” 

This means hiring a certified arborist will give your trees far more knowledgeable care than you could provide just by watching a few YouTube videos on trimming branches. 

Damage (and Danger) Control

Knowing how to correct tree damage (either from weather, power lines, or disease) — and how to prevent property damage — requires more skill and bravery than you might expect. Arborists need to understand how gravity can be used for or against them. They must be vigilant about the threats electricity and decayed wood may cause. And they need to wield their power tools with safety and precision at all times. 

Though your friendly neighborhood arborist may not be performing exactly the same everyday tasks, a June 2020 INSIDER report listed logging as the number one most deadly occupation in America (with grounds maintenance workers listed at number twelve) — which may give you an idea of the kinds of danger arborists could be up against. 

An Eye for the Future

A certified arborist’s expertise will do more than help you maintain the trees you currently have. Their service will also take future health and growth into consideration. Based on the condition of your soil and the spacing of other trees, structures, or power lines on your property, they can offer advice on what new trees to plant, and where. They’ll also know which trees are native to your area, and therefore which ones will withstand local weather and pests. When pruning, they’ll work to optimize your trees’ thriving growth, and flourishing beauty too. 

Building a relationship with a certified arborist means you’ll have an expert looking out for the health of your trees in the same way your dentist looks out for your oral health.

We’ve spelled out a few more reasons why a certified arborist is a smart hire here, but don’t just take our blog’s word for it.  We’d love to talk to you in person about what Premier Tree Solutions’ certified arborists can specifically do for you.  Reach out to us online or give us a call at 404.252.6448.