ar·​bor·​ist | \ ˈär-bə-rist How to pronounce arborist (audio) \

Definition of arborist

: a specialist in the care and maintenance of trees

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Meehan said Chris Perry, the city arborist, supports their efforts and once again was at the event to oversee the tree planting. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 While such infestations are usually handled by professional arborists, experts caution owners of red oak or American elm trees not to trim or prune their trees at this time of year. Vikki Ortiz,, "Thanks to rainy spring, 4 tree diseases expected across Chicagoland this summer," 23 May 2018 Ask your arborist to share his/her thoughts with you. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "At some point, mother of millions plant needs to start over," 1 June 2018 With regard to the forest preserve, the church does not believe additional planting is warranted and this is suppported by the photographs taken by the DSC arborist. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands panel imposes deadlines, guidelines for St. Anthony church improvements," 10 June 2018 An arborist will be on hand to plant and mulch trees. Carol Kovach,, "Earth Day observances set in North Olmsted, Lakewood: A Place in the Sun," 16 Apr. 2018 If a tree shows leaf scorch without any obvious explanation, call in a certified professional arborist to look for a cause. Beth Botts,, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 Learn how to ensure the long-term success of the tree with Ryan Rodgers, Boise City arborist and manager of the Laura Moore Cunningham City Arboretum. idahostatesman, "Free seminars focus on tree planting and health | Idaho Statesman," 14 Mar. 2018 The arborist removed the maple and Acuba and brought in a stump grinder., "How to clear soil choked with old roots: Ask an expert," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of arborist

1755, in the meaning defined above

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