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Why Use a Certified Arborist?

If you take your dog or cat to a doctor for a health problem, you want to be sure that the person examining your beloved pet knows what they are doing. A diploma from a veterinary school provides that assurance.

The same is true for a “tree doctor.” A certified arborist is a professional who has been extensively trained in the science and practice of tree care. To gain certification, he* has been active in the trade for at least three years and passed a comprehensive exam administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Once certified, arborists must keep up their skills by attending educational classes, or else they must re-take the certification exam every three years to maintain professional standing.

Some arborists specialize in particular aspects of tree care. For example, at TreeInspection.com we specialize in hazard identification. Other arborists specialize in tree planting and transplanting, public tree maintenance, and insect and disease control. Some arborists run a tree care company (ours is Treeman Inc.). Many are professional consultants. Other arborists work for utility companies, federal and state government agencies, or city or county municipalities.

Don’t entrust your trees’ health, safety, and care to quacks! Trees can add much beauty and economic value to your property, but they can also kill! Only someone with proper training, tools, and experience – a certified arborist – can tell you with confidence that your tree is sick or healthy, dangerous or safe. Have your trees maintained by reputable people who care about them, not someone looking to make a quick buck by scaring you with misdiagnoses and false information. Call a certified arborist whenever you have concerns about your trees.

* We use the word “he” to include all arborists. Though the majority are male, there are many female arborists as well.

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