What is an arborist? An arborist is a spe­cial­ist trained and cer­ti­fied in the plant­i­ng, care, and main­te­nance of trees.
Why hire an arborist? Hir­ing an arborist is not a deci­sion that should be tak­en light­ly. Prop­er tree care is an invest­ment that can reap sub­stan­tial ben­e­fits includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, increased prop­er­ty val­ue and enhanced air qual­i­ty. How­ev­er, poor tree care can become a lia­bil­i­ty and prun­ing trees is often dan­ger­ous work. Cer­ti­fied arborists have the knowl­edge and skills to safe­ly pro­vide care for trees.

What Types of Services Can an Arborist Offer?

Arborists can pro­vide the fol­low­ing services:
  1. Prun­ing: Arborists can deter­mine the type of prun­ing need­ed to main­tain the tree’s health. Addi­tion­al­ly, prun­ing is dan­ger­ous work and should there­fore be per­formed by a cer­ti­fied arborist who knows prop­er safe­ty techniques.
  2. Tree removal: Because trees play such an impor­tant role, tree removal is a last resort. But there are times when it is nec­es­sary. An arborist can deter­mine if removal is nec­es­sary or not.
  3. Emer­gency tree care: If storms or oth­er sud­den caus­es dam­age to trees, arborists can deter­mine what is best for the tree and per­form any nec­es­sary prun­ing, removals, etc.
  4. Plant­i­ng: Arborists can rec­om­mend the right tree for the right loca­tion and some will plant it for you.

Where Can I Hire
a Certified Arborist?

The fol­low­ing are a few tips to help you select an arborist:
  1. Look for some­one who is licensed from an accred­it­ed orga­ni­za­tion, such as the ISA (Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety of Arbori­cul­ture). Arborists in West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia should be mem­bers of the Penn Del chap­ter of the ISA . 
  2. Make sure the person/company has insurance.
  3. Con­sid­er more than one bid and when select­ing one be sure to get it in writing.
  4. Mem­ber­ship in oth­er pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tions, such as NAA (Nation­al Arborist Asso­ci­a­tion) or the ASCA (Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Con­sult­ing Arborists) shows a will­ing­ness to stay up-to-date on the lat­est information
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