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What’s the Difference between a Tree Service Company and a Landscaper?

Do you want your yard to be safe, healthy and ridiculously good-looking? Then you may be in the market for a tree service company and don’t even know it. Most people assume they need a landscaper when they’re considering tree and lawn care, and yet there are times you’ll benefit more from hiring an arborist instead.

Here’s how to tell the difference between landscapers and arborists.

The difference between a tree service company and a landscaper

While arboriculture and horticulture are complementary services dealing with the natural environment, they are not the same.

Landscaping services

Think of landscaper services as those that tend the land—a landscaper is an expert gardener who ensures plants are growing well and weeds are controlled.

Landscaping services include:

  • Designing and installing natural and man-made features (landscape and hardscape)
  • Designing, installing and maintaining garden beds
  • Installing or maintaining irrigation
  • Ensuring proper drainage
  • Lawn care
  • Shrub pruning 

Landscapers are trained to know which plants to prune at the right time of year, and how to properly care for each unique plant species.

You’ll want to use landscaping services when planning out your flower beds and yard features to ensure the plants you choose are a good fit for the climate and planted in a way that both looks great and allows you to make the most of your property.

Arborist services

Think of arborists as tree doctors specializing in tree health. They’re highly trained to work with dangerous equipment at precarious heights.

Arborist services include:

  • Assessing tree health
  • Caring for mature trees
  • Tree removal
  • Tree pruning
  • Stump grinding
  • Transplanting and replanting trees
  • Deep root or tree spike fertilization
  • Tree pest control

While a tree service company can provide basic tree care, arborists are uniquely qualified to assess the condition and health of any tree, and offer diagnoses and solutions. They are also trained to handle all aspects of tree care such as mitigating damage, dealing with disease or infestation and improving overall health. 

After consulting with a tree service company, you may learn the best solution is to remove a dead or dying tree. In these situations, a certified arborist is the best choice to handle the job, since tree removal involves specialized training as well as a variety of tools and equipment.

In an emergency, arborists transform into Supertreeroes and can quickly and safely help mitigate whatever you may be facing. They know what they are doing when it comes to trees and they have the skills and equipment to deal with any tree emergency, such as a dangerous lean, a quick-spreading disease or even branches on your live power lines. 

Precision Tree Services is here for all of your arborist needs in the Comox Valley. Contact us with your questions or request a free site assessment or estimate. When you work with us, we promise to leave you smarter, safer and even better looking…guaranteed.

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