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What is the Difference Between an Arborist and a Gardener?

June 01, 2024

When it comes to trees, specialist advice and care are essential, and this knowledge distinguishes an arborist from a gardener.

In both professions, individuals can hold a wide range of skill sets and qualifications, but the fundamental difference between an arborist and a gardener is that an arborist is a tree specialist.

Tree surgeon or arborist?
Often referred to as a tree surgeon, an arborist will have extensively studied the science of trees to develop expert knowledge about growing conditions, care, and treating problems such as disease.

They will also possess a wide knowledge of the specific characteristics of tree species.

In the UK, an arborist can hold a certificate from further education or even study the subject for a Master’s degree.

One thing is certain—an arborist is an expert in tree care. While a gardener can have extensive knowledge about all other aspects of garden care, such as structural planting, drainage, lawn maintenance, fencing, and paving, tree care should be treated separately.

Why is specialist tree care so critical?
Incorrect pruning can damage a healthy tree, so it is important that trees are carefully pruned and that any potential problems are dealt with correctly.

Careful pruning from an early age will help a tree grow strong and in good proportions—an arborist can guide this growth.

When dealing with trees, health and safety are vital, and arborists have the right equipment and knowledge to carefully fell a tree if needed—or even climb it to carry out pruning.

Gardening and tree surgery usually go hand in hand, and it is not uncommon to see tree surgeons carrying out other garden tasks. At Vergo, we think having a complete skill set to make the most of your garden is ideal, which is why we cover many aspects of garden care for our customers.

Trees are a fantastic addition to gardens and a vital part of nature. To ensure your trees remain safe and healthy, make sure all work is carried out by an arborist.

Contact the professionals for advice.
Professional arborists will be more than happy to conduct site visits to discuss your needs.

For advice from certified and experienced arborists, get in touch with the Vergo team.

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