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  • Writer's pictureRussell Fey

Landscapers Vs. Arborists What's The Difference

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As a homeowner, you likely realize the importance of caring for your home, both inside and out. You need to protect your investment and commit to maintenance and repair of your home, but did you realize that it's equally as important to care for your property?

A well-maintained landscape with healthy trees can raise your property's value by as much as thirty percent; with statistics like this in play, you'll want to know how to maintain your landscape and trees properly to ensure that you can yield maximum benefits.

Landscapers Vs. Arborists: What's The Difference?

Suppose you see areas that need attention around your yard. In that case, you may be tempted to call in a professional to handle all aspects of landscape and tree care, but this is a mistake that often results in additional consequences and costs to you, the homeowner. There are some significant differences between a landscaper's services and those that an arborist provides. Although both professionals know about sustaining and improving living systems, their work is significantly different. Read on to see why you may need to call in both to tend to your trees and yard properly.


Landscapers are experts in horticulture, meaning they have specialized knowledge on how to care for the land and various plants. In doing so, they build man-made structures that work in harmony with plants and vegetation to create a living landscape that is as functional as it is beautiful. In addition, your landscaper may be involved in the following types of activities:

  • Designing and installing both man-made and natural fixtures

  • Installing and maintaining lawn irrigation equipment, making sure your property is draining properly

  • Fertilizing, aerating, and mulching to protect and nourish soil throughout all seasons

  • Preparing, building, and tending to garden beds

  • Planting vegetation and shrubs

  • Pruning and caring for plants and shrubs to maintain their health

Landscapers generally do not have the proper equipment needed to care for and maintain trees; many horticulturists that attempt to do this type of work often injure themselves or damage aspects of a property because they are not trained to do so. While a landscaper is a skilled horticulturist, they may not be well-equipped to diagnose, treat, and care for trees on your property. In cases where you know your trees need attention, you must employ the services of a trained arborist.


Arborists are professionals trained to handle all aspects of tree care and maintenance. They have the tools and knowledge to assess tree health and make recommendations for all aspects of care, from planting to removal. Some typical duties of an arborist might be:

  • Assessing the current condition of trees and making recommendations for care

  • Pruning trees to ensure to address health, space, and productivity

  • Reducing and removing trees safely

  • Cabling branches to provide structural support

  • Planting and transplanting trees

  • Fertilizing roots and tissues to ensure optimal growth

  • Treating for pests, diseases, and infestations

  • Grinding and removing stumps

Arborists can effectively perform all aspects of tree care that we as homeowners can't complete. Their specialized knowledge and use of equipment demand that we procure their services when determining our tree care needs.

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