Landscapers vs. Arborists – what’s the difference?


When it comes to enhancing the natural beauty of outdoor spaces, two key players step into the spotlight – landscapers and arborists. So what's the difference?

Landscapers vs. Arborists – what’s the difference?

When it comes to enhancing the natural beauty of outdoor spaces, two key players step into the spotlight – landscapers and arborists.

While both professions involve working with greenery, trees, and the outdoors, there are distinct differences that set them apart. In this blog, we’ll delve into the unique realms of landscapers and arborists, exploring their roles, expertise, and contributions to our green spaces.



Landscapers are the architects of outdoor spaces, tasked with transforming ordinary areas into aesthetically pleasing and functional environments. Their expertise extends beyond plants and trees, encompassing the entire outdoor space, including hardscapes, irrigation, and design aesthetics. Landscapers focus on creating visually appealing gardens, lawns, and outdoor living spaces that harmonize with the natural surroundings.


Key responsibilities of landscapers include:

  • Designing Outdoor Spaces: Landscapers begin their work by conceptualizing and designing outdoor spaces. They consider factors such as terrain, climate, and client preferences to create a harmonious and functional design.
  • Planting and Garden Maintenance: Plant and tree selection, placement, and ongoing care are integral to a landscaper’s role. They choose plants that thrive in the local climate, ensuring sustainable and vibrant gardens.
  • Hardscaping: Landscapers incorporate non-living elements like pathways, patios, and retaining walls into their designs, creating structure and functionality within the outdoor space.
  • Irrigation Systems: Ensuring proper hydration for plants is crucial. Landscapers design and implement efficient irrigation systems to maintain the health and vitality of the greenery.



Arborists, on the other hand, specialize in the care and maintenance of trees. Their expertise revolves around the health, safety, and preservation of trees, playing a crucial role in safeguarding New Zealand’s diverse tree species.

Key responsibilities of arborists include:

  • Tree Pruning and Maintenance: Arborists are skilled in pruning techniques to enhance tree health, promote growth, and mitigate potential safety hazards. Regular maintenance ensures that trees remain strong and resilient.
  • Tree Removal and Risk Assessment: When necessary, arborists undertake the careful removal of trees, assessing risks and ensuring the safety of people and property. They may also provide advice on whether a tree needs removal or can be preserved.
  • Diagnosing and Treating Tree Diseases: Arborists are trained to identify and treat various tree diseases and pests.
  • Emergency Response: Arborists are often called upon to respond to emergency situations, such as storm damage or fallen trees. Their quick and efficient actions help in minimizing risks and restoring order.


In the grand symphony of outdoor spaces, both landscapers and arborists play unique and essential roles.

Landscapers sculpt the canvas, crafting visually stunning environments, while arborists act as custodians, ensuring the health and longevity of the majestic trees that grace our landscapes.

Together, these professionals contribute to the creation and maintenance of outdoor spaces that not only captivate the eye but also foster a harmonious relationship between human-made structures and the natural world.

If you require the services of an outstanding arborist, give Beaver Tree Service a call today!


Did you know?

One of our Beaver Tree Directors, Bryce Robb, received a Merit award at the Ellerslie Flower Show in 2010!

Joining forces with Allwood Trees Garden Centre of Christchurch, together they created a garden boasting a blend of native and exotic trees and shrubs, simply titled ‘Elegance’.

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