What’s An Arborist License Mean?

Published On: March 15th, 20223.2 min read

Do you know what an arborist is? You have heard of a gardener or a landscaper, but an arborist is not a profession you hear about every day. Arborists are tree experts who hold a variety of credentials.

When choosing tree services, many landscapers claim to be able to handle tree crises. But, only a professional with an arborist license can provide education-based treatment for your trees and shrubs.  In fact, according to the Connecticut “Arborists Law”, licensed arborists are the only professionals in the state of Connecticut that are legally able to perform tree services beyond tree removal, for commercial purposes.

Curious about how a licensed arborist can help you? Here is a list of what an arborist license can mean for you and your yard.

What Does Hiring an Arborist License Mean?

Arborists are tree, shrub, and other woody plant experts. Arborists have studied cultivating, managing, caring for, and diagnosing them.

Licensed arborists can also assess the state of a tree and have a trained eye when it comes to noticing potential hazards or health issues.

Becoming a licensed professional tree health specialist in Connecticut means that arborists must pass an examination process with the DEEP. They have to demonstrate their extensive knowledge of the science of arboriculture, pesticide use, and safety protocols. They are also required to complete annual continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest science and techniques.

In the state of Connecticut, an arborist must be licensed in order to perform any tree assessments or tree-related activities that fall under the definition of arboriculture or tree preservation.

A homeowner could be taking a big risk if they hire someone who is not licensed to care for their trees.  Even something as straightforward as pruning branches is not recommended as it can, in a worst-case scenario, result in tree death. In fact, it is technically a violation of the CT Arborist Law to offer these services if you are not licensed with the DEEP.

Arborists Will Correctly Prune Your Trees

Expert arborists know the best strategy for developing each species when trimming your trees and shrubbery. Arborists also assist in the diagnosis and assessment of your tree’s health.

Arborists Are Specialists in Tree Removal 

You should only consider tree removal as a last resort; licensed arborists will try to salvage the tree before chopping it down. They may even be able to bring back some unhealthy and diseased trees.

When needed, they’re also experts in tree removal safety. These specialists can assist with disease prevention, property planning, and property damage prevention.

Arborists Plant New Trees and Shrubs

Creating a cohesive and effective landscape takes more effort than locating an open space to plant trees and plants. Having an education in arboriculture equips an arborist with the information required to plan a green space that will thrive.

Arborists have the knowledge to help a customer pick the “right plant for the right place”.  They are able to assess a property for its soil conditions, sunlight, and space, and suggest plants that will be compatible with the environment.

Arborists Understand Plant Health Care

Arborists are tree doctors who can analyze your plants and identify the causes of disease and suggest treatments. Trees need special attention during each season to guarantee that they survive harsh winters and flourish in the summer.

Arborists have specialized instruction in the area of plant and tree health care.

A Licensed Arborist Can Take Away the Guesswork

Hiring tree services with a professional arborist license can save you money, potential tree damage, and hours of frustration. If you’re thinking of expanding your yard or caring for the trees you already have, we can help!

Contact us for an estimate. Or check out our blog for more information about keeping your yard beautiful for years to come.

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Kyle LeDonne
Kyle LeDonne
Fast, friendly service, definitely recommended. Great follow through, work was completed on time and with minimal damage to the lawn. Lindsey and Justin were awesome!
Ann Caranci
Ann Caranci
We had the A-team on our big job of 14+ trees (13 dead ash) in 3 different areas of our property, none of which were particularly easy to get to. With the added bonus of having drainage throughout the yard and avoiding the septic tank. I had 3 other companies come and look, one ghosted me!! 1 came and said no thank you, the third gave me a similar quote to Justin's, but you could tell he didn't want the job and wasn't as clear about how he'd go about it. Justin came in and was completely confident on how his team could get it done. And with a bucket truck - no cranes needed. (two of the above were talking cranes). Kyle, Kyle and Not Kyle (Cody) were great!! They worked hard and got it all done in 3 days!! They were nice, easy to talk to, piled the massive amount of trees in a great spot for the log truck. I thought taking down dead trees wouldn't open things up that much, but wow did it! I love how open and cleared out everything looks!! Lindsey and Kate were fabulous and accommodating talking about the cost of the job and log truck. And now I can add flowers and plants in the brighter area. FYI probably not going to plant trees... but some rhodies if I can keep the deer off them. (O: Thank you to ArborTech!! Cheers, until I can budget for the backyard.
Gabe Godfrey
Gabe Godfrey
The tree estimate and removal process had a quick turnaround (one week) and was coordinated around my schedule. Very accommodating. The team that showed up for the job was very professional and asked questions along the way to better meet my needs. Very affordable and highly recommend to anyone needing work done with trees!
Dawn Bradshaw
Dawn Bradshaw
I more than appreciate great workers...your crew is amazing! the physical ability, the mathematical knowledge even if innate, and the eye for art (cleaning up my white pines to beautiful trees) is a hard combo to find in someone. Your climber has all those skills and more. Your pricing was very reasonable! The care your crew took to ensure everything was clean and in better condition than when they came was more than apreciated by me. Even my neighbors said something! Thank you! I will call you again for future tree maintenance!
Ursula Wiebusch
Ursula Wiebusch
We enjoy working with the Arbortech team, from start to finish. Professional and respectful. We just had 8, 100 ft + trees removed and could not be happier with the results. We recommend Arbortech.
Arbortech is a great business to deal with. They did a big job quickly, professionally, and left our property in good condition. Lindsey, Justin, and their crews were all terrific. Highly recommend.
Laura Flavell
Laura Flavell
I needed to have a large Norway maple tree removed and wanted to get at least three estimates. Eric's tree service came out and gave me a somewhat reasonable quote of $3500, then a week later before I had gotten another estimate from a different company Eric's tree service texted me and said they'd be in the area the following week, I called them and they said they had to revisit the estimate. They came back out continued to tell me her personal problems and that my neighbor would have to move his trailer. She then sent me a new quote of $7231!!! I called Arbortech and Justin came over on the day scheduled and was my most reasonable quote! He also said my neighbor wouldn't need to move his trailer. Justin and his crew arrived on time and did a phenomenal job!! They are true professionals! They cleaned up everything. They had had to remove a fence panel and when they put it back it was more secure than it had been when it had been originally installed. Justin's quote was $4700 less than Eric's! This experience with Arbortech was purely positive I highly recommend this company! Thank you Justin, Lindsey and the rest of the crew, you guys rock!!
ILost MyShoe
ILost MyShoe
The service I received from everyone at Arbortech for a tree removal was absolutely wonderful. Any questions and concerns I had were answered and reassured. Justin and Lindsey were both so helpful and the value I paid for this service was outstanding. Super reasonable, and I would recommend Arbortech to anyone in need of any tree service. Super grateful and happy. If I could figure out how to add pictures to my review, I would. They did an incredible job with not just the tree removal itself, but also with a brush pile I also had taken care of. Again, highly recommend Arbortech for anyone who is in need of any type of tree service. Couldn’t be more pleased!