What is arboriculture? Arboriculture is defined as the cultivation of trees and shrubs, this includes the planting and care of individual trees and trees in small groups.
What is an arborist? An arborist is an individual trained in the care of trees and shrubs. This training can come from formal college education or years of experience. There are several areas of practice for arborists:
Municipal arborists manage public owned trees in cities and towns and are usually employed by cities, counties or other public agency.
Commercial arborists either own or work for businesses that provide tree care on a fee basis. They can be hired to do work for individuals or public agencies.
Utility arborists manage trees along utility rights-of-way. They can be employed by the utility or contracted to do tree clearance.
Arboricultural consultants are technical experts who diagnose tree problems, do tree appraisals, and provide management programs for individuals, businesses, or public agencies.
Proper tree care is an investment which can lead to substantial returns. Well cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work.
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees, and are trained and equipped to provide proper care of trees.
Arborists can provide a variety of services:
There are a variety of things to consider when selecting an arborist which include:
We can answer your questions about how to care for your tree, suggestions on species to plant; a list of local arborists and listings of certified arborists. Just drop us a line at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.