For the average homeowner, there is little difference between an arborist and a landscaper. But, we’re here to tell you there is a world of difference and depending on your tree and lawn care needs, you’ll be glad to know the difference after reading this article.

The Tree Care Industry Association’s Peter Gerstenberger breaks the difference between arborists and landscapers down perfectly:

“Traditional landscaping tasks include landscape and hardscape installation, lawn care, lawn irrigation installation and maintenance, mulching, garden bed preparation and maintenance and sometimes shrub pruning,” Gerstenberger, senior advisor to TCIA’s president of Safety, Standards, and Compliance, said in a recent interview. “Arboriculture, on the other hand, involves caring for mature trees, tree removal, pruning, cabling, stump grinding, and more.”

It’s important for homeowners to know the difference for safety reasons.

“A landscaper will not necessarily be equipped with the training and the tools needed to perform arboricultural operations safely, or even correctly,” Gerstenberger went on to say.

On the flip side, arborists are highly trained when it comes to working with dangerous equipment, and very knowledgeable when it comes to pruning standards. Many usually have liability insurance, protecting themselves and homeowners from any property damage.

Simply put, if your lawn needs a little TLC to get it looking or growing better, call a landscaping company. But, if your trees are looking sick or dangerous, it’s time to get in touch with your local tree care company, and you better call an arborist.

For more information arboriculture, check out TCIA’s website at, or the International Society of Arboriculture at If you need to work with an arborist, call Precision Landscape & Tree Care at 651-484-2726