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Arborist vs. Tree Surgeon

Arborist vs. Tree Surgeon

Those who choose to work with trees can choose various types of jobs within the field. Two of those jobs, tree surgeons and arborists, are often referred to interchangeably, but they're actually quite different. Arborists require a more formal education, while tree surgeons gain their experience out on the field. Both jobs can overlap, depending on the company providing tree services, and both jobs require extensive knowledge and experience working with trees.

If you're needing tree work done on your property in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, or Lee County, FL, learn here about the difference between an arborist and a tree surgeon.

What Does an Arborist Do?

If you're going to compare arborists to tree surgeons, think of them this way: an arborist is more like a tree doctor. Arborists undergo extensive training in order to become certified in their field, such as:

  • Courses in tree biology, tree growth patterns, and much more
  • A long, rigorous certification program with the International Society of Arboriculture
  • Pass the final exam after the program
  • Continue with ongoing education after the fact to maintain certification

The arborist assesses the tree and its condition. If the tree is showing signs of a disease or insect infestation, the arborist is able to accurately diagnose it and create a treatment plan. Oftentimes, they can identify tree disease signs before the disease really takes hold of the tree. They are also the...

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