To your average homeowner, a landscaper and an arborist are generally thought of as pretty much the same, if not the same than at least interchangeable. Yard work is yard work, right? Nope.
While they have some things in common, the truth is that landscapers and arborists are quite different. It is important for homeowners to understand the distinction in each profession so that they can make the most informed decision regarding work on their property.
So, what is the difference? Landscapers are typically involved in lawn installation and maintenance; weeding; mulching; irrigation; and creation of gardens, foundation beds and hardscapes (stone walls and walkways etc.).
Arborists focus more on the health and vitality of trees and shrubs. Our training has taught us how to properly plant a tree/shrub and prune to create a desired structure and prevent major pruning wounds years later.
According to the International Society of Arboriculture, “An arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.” This includes tree/shrub removal, pruning, cabling and bracing, fertilization and soil management.
I do approximately 20-30 estimates per week in the greater Springfield area. Almost every job site that I visit has trees or shrubs that are failing or declining because of improper planting techniques. Many of the specimens were planted by the homeowner or their landscaper.
Landscaping and Arboriculture are two different professions that complement one another. Both are essential to caring for your landscape as a whole. If you desire a beautiful, lush green lawn or the yews in your foundation sheared, call a Landscaper! If you would like a tree or shrub planted; a mature Sugar Maple pruned (away from the house); or a Dogwood sculpted, contact an ArborTech arborist.