An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managing forests or harvesting wood. An arborist’s scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a forester or a logger, though the professions share much in common. (The meaning as defined by Wikipedia©)
Whether you care deeply about your trees or even if you don’t, a qualified practising arborist will have far more knowledge about how the tree works than your general tree lopper, from proper pruning techniques through to advanced tree removal techniques. Now I know removing a tree does not mean you need to be an arborist but generally, most qualified and practising arborists (continued professional development) will be involved in constant training from tree knowledge to practical works such as safe removal methods.
An arborist can determine health & safety issues with trees, pest and disease attack, soil analysis and the presence of pathogens.
Treesafe Australia has qualified and certified arborists in Sunshine Coast. In fact, our entire crews are qualified in arboriculture, from level 3 arborists through to arborists with a diploma in arboriculture. Even our office staff is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to trees because they need to understand what we’re talking about and sometimes probably think that we are just a bit crazy!