Although both work best together as a team, there are stark differences between both of these job descriptions.
Arborists typically try to obtain a college degree in biology, horticulture or botany. The specific duties or skill set an arborist brings to the table lay more along the lines of science that doesn’t involve too much physical labor. Arborists are needed when it comes to identifying tree species, treatment plans for disease, and far more sophisticated commercial arboriculture projects. As far as it goes, pruning is a popular service performed by arborists. You’ll want a company with an arborist on staff. They’ll know the proper way to prune your tree.
Tree surgeons don’t require any type of college or certification. However most of the “tree service” work you may think of can be attributed to the work of tree surgeons. Tree removal, all types of trimming/pruning, stump removals, structural support and much more. When you have a company where an arborist leads a team of tree surgeons, you know you’ve hit the jackpot with an explosive combination.