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How do I find an Arborist in my area?

Oct 25


An arborist is a professional who can help you solve problems with your trees. An arborist is a professional tree surgeon. Arborists offer a variety of services, including assessing the tree's health and condition, treating diseased trees, or pruning trees. Continue reading to learn how to choose the best arborist, and how you can get certified arborist information.

What is an Arborist?

Arborists are professionals. However, unlike other professions like lawyers and doctors, you cannot identify an arborist with one license or certificate. An arborist's membership in professional organizations and certification by the International Society of Arboriculture is one way to know if they are a professional.

Full-service arborists have extensive experience in tree care. They can help with everything from pruning and fertilizing trees to tree removal. Although they have the expertise to evaluate trees, consulting arborists only offer their opinions and not services.

Where can I find an arborist?

It is possible to wonder where you can find an arborist. It is possible to look in the phone directory for companies and individuals listed under "tree services." Other options include asking your neighbors and friends about arborists that they have used in their gardens. Do not hire anyone who calls you offering tree cutting and pruning services. This is especially true after a major storm. These people may be untrained opportunists who are looking to make a quick buck off of fearful residents. Ask if the person provides most of the services that arborists offer. An arborist should have the right equipment, such as a truck, a hydraulic boom, and a wood chipper. A person who doesn't own any tree equipment is likely not a professional.

How to choose an arborist

Finding an arborist who you feel comfortable with is a process. You shouldn't just accept the first person who talks to you about your tree. Organize for multiple arborists to examine your tree and offer suggestions. Listen carefully to the answers and compare them. Ask the arborist if he/she suggests removing a live tree. This should be considered a last resort option and only used if all other methods have failed. You should also screen arborists who recommend tree topping for reasons other than those listed. 

Ask for estimates and compare bids for jobs, but don’t pay a low price. You can often get the same level of experience that you pay for. Ask for insurance information before hiring an arborist. The arborist should be able to provide proof of worker's insurance as well as proof of liability for personal and/or property damage.

Costs to Hire an Arborist

Costs for hiring an arborist will depend on what services you need. A free tree inspection is offered by some arborists, which allows you to assess whether additional services are required. The average cost of pruning is $691 per visit. Tree cutting can be more expensive at over $1,000.

There are many variables that can affect these averages. You must consider the size and location of your trees. It is also important to consider the health, type, location, and health of the trees when determining the cost of hiring an Arborist.