Look For ISA Certification When Hiring A Toronto Arborist
Although the terms arborist and tree surgeon may often be used interchangeably, these two professions are in fact different relative to their areas of interest and responsibilities.
A tree surgeon specializes in pruning, trimming, and removing trees for health or safety reasons, and may be employed or retained by utility companies or municipalities to trim trees away from power lines, sidewalks, and roadways. By comparison, an arborist can provide Toronto property owners with a broader range of tree care services, including:
- Assessing overall tree health
- Diagnosis/treatment of infestation or disease
- Repairing storm damage
- Tree and stump removal
- Tree planting or re-planting
- Pruning and trimming
- Tree crown shaping and balancing
- Cabling and bracing
- Soil maintenance and aeration
To effectively support the tree care needs of Toronto area property owners, an arborist must acquire, maintain/update, and demonstrate an extensive breadth of knowledge and skill across all of the above noted areas of specialization.
Such depth of expertise can be obtained through post-secondary education in such disciplines as arboriculture, forestry and horticulture.
Alternatively, a Toronto arborist can attain their requisite skill and knowledge through a combination of in-field experience and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination developed and administered by leading experts in tree care. The latter is known as an International Society of Arboriculture (or ISA) certification.
The International Society of Arboriculture is a non-profit organization that is committed to tree care research and education throughout the world. An arborist becomes ISA certified – on a voluntary basis – as a means of maintaining, updating, and measuring their knowledge and competence in the tree care field. A Toronto arborist must also participate in training programs and educational seminars on a yearly basis to keep their certification current to the latest standards.
When an arborist chooses to become ISA certified, it is a clear demonstration of their commitment to the tree care profession as well as a testament of their knowledge and skills in this discipline. Therefore, when the services of an arborist may be needed, property owners would be well advised to favour individuals who are ISA certified, such as the staff from DreamWorks Tree Services.
An ISA Certified Arborist Can Provide Seasonal Tree Care In Toronto
As noted above, there are several reasons when the services of an ISA certified arborist can be beneficial to the health of your trees as well as the aesthetic appeal of your property. Furthermore, an arborist in Toronto must understand and deal with the complexities of tree care throughout the seasonal weather extremes seen in this region.
An ISA certified arborist from DreamWorks Tree Services will be able to provide property owners with seasonal knowledge and services relative to:
- When to plant, prune, and fertilize (by tree species)
- What types of trees to plant
- Where on the property to plant these trees for maximum effect
- Ways to prevent tree damage from winter storms/high winds
- How best to repair trees damaged by ice/winter storms
- Recognizing new/local infestations (e.g.: emerald ash borer)
For all your tree care questions, needs, and projects, call a certified Toronto arborist at DreamWorks Tree Services today at either 647-261-2627 or 1-800-407-9917 or contact us to book a no-obligation consultation to discuss your specific requirements.