Arborist Service Ottawa

What is an Arborist?

An arborist is a professional who is trained in caring for, planting, pruning, and maintaining trees. Arborists are highly trained, knowledgeable and are able to tend to all the needs of trees. All Certified Arborists must constantly continue their education in order to maintain their certifications. Having studied and trained in the art and science of tree maintenance and tree nurturing, our staff arborists can help with your overall tree growth as well as caring for individual trees. Arborists are often called tree surgeons, as they perform highly skilled interventions on your tree to optimize growth and heath. Arborists are trained in tree planting, tree removal, tree pruning, emergency tree care, and much more.

Some of the many benefits of hiring an Ottawa Certified Arborist include:

  • Our expertise can help protect your investment and property value
  • A certified arborist will have liability insurance that protects you & your assets
  • Arborists can work on trees safely
  • They can correctly identify diseases and parasites

Arborist Reports

Tall tree in Ottawa with leaves in full bloom summer

Arborist Reports/Distinctive Tree Permits

Cutting down a tree in Ottawa is not something that can be done on a whim. In most cases, the city of Ottawa requires a permit to fell a tree with a diameter wider than 50 cm. Our Certified Arborists provide comprehensive reports which can be used in the application for distinctive tree permits from the city.

Cutting a tree with saw during tree removal by Croft Tree Experts

Tree Disclosure Reports/Infill Conservation Reports

Croft Tree Experts can provide detailed, thorough reporting, such as Tree Disclosure Reports or Infill Conservation Reports. These reports are crucial for construction and development projects.



At Croft Tree Services in Ottawa, we employ certified arborists who have passed comprehensive examinations developed by the nation’s leading experts on tree care. We are proud that both of our owners are certified arborists!

These arborists are:

Kyle Hewitt (ON-2442A)
David Koshurba (ON-1936A)

Both Kyle and David love the work they do as arborists in Ottawa. By staying current on arboriculture and tree care, Kyle & David are able to oversee our Ottawa tree removal, tree pruning and tree care operations. As Ottawa expands its urban footprint, we take pride in being able to plant, grow and maintain healthy trees – which in turn provides a great benefit to the community.

Sometimes tree removal is necessary. Hiring a certified arborist means that you’re getting the expert services of a tree care professional, who can safely remove the tree without harm to property or person. Our Ottawa arborist services also include tree pruning, tree care (planting & growth), hedge trimming, and tree consultation for homeowners and property managers.

To find out more about how one of our Certified Arborists can help with your Ottawa tree care needs, get in touch with us today!


Are all arborists the same?

We don’t want to speak ill of anyone in particular. At the same time, we want you to get the best tree care for your hard-earned money. Are there people out there calling themselves “arborists” but lacking in credentials of any sort? Sadly, yes, there are. That’s why it’s important to look at their website to see which arborist organization(s) they are members of or certified by. Never hesitate to ask questions about the credentials and experience of the arborist or tree care company you’re looking to hire. Someone who has just written an arborist exam this year versus someone who’s been working full-time for many years as an arborist, well you can imagine what a difference that can make.

If I want a tree cut down, will an arborist fell my tree(s) no questions asked?

Speaking for ourselves here, we’re going to ask a few questions first. First off, there’s the matter of permits. The City of Ottawa requires a tree removal permit to remove trees. There are exceptions to this bylaw. Knowledgeable and experienced Ottawa arborists, such as the certified arborists here at Croft Tree Experts in Ottawa, are familiar with the City of Ottawa tree removal bylaws, and once we make a site visit we’ll advise whether you need a tree removal permit or if you’re god to go on that tree removal now. In general, we are proponents of trees and like to see trees maintained or new trees planted as Ottawa continues its path of growth and expansion. There are circumstances where tree removal is necessary, such as the health of the tree, or the development of property, etc.

Is there actual science to being an arborist?

Most definitely! Certified Arborists have achieved a level of knowledge in the science of tree care, gaining years of experience and passing arborist exams developed by leading tree care experts. Arborists must continue their education to maintain certification. Arborists study the science of tree care which involves biology, chemistry, arboriculture, horticulture… even physics (yes physics! Imagine trying to fell a tree, not understanding physics and being the unfortunate though self-inflicted victim of a tree falling the wrong way!). Arborists need to know where and when to prune trees to promote healthy growth. Ottawa Arborists also need to be well versed in the various disease and fungi that affect trees in Eastern Ontario.

Should I hire an arborist for lawn care & landscaping?

You’ll find that there are situations that call for hiring an arborist, while other times you can do a number of things around your property on your own. Let’s start with the basics. For things like lawn mowing, leaf raking, yard cleanup and yard waste removal, those are things that most homeowners or property managers either do on their own or hire a lawn care company to manage. For small tasks like clipping shrubs and hedges (“trimming” by definition), you can take these on yourself and do a little here, a little there, keeping that shrubbery manicured nicely. So, for all that, we’re not really talking about trees per so. Now we can tackle the trees. When it comes to tree pruning – not to be confused with tree trimming – we’re talking about cutting branches off trees to (a) promote growth and/or (b) avoid safety hazards, that’s when you’ll want to hire an arborist. Then for any kind of tree felling, tree removal and cutting down trees, stump removal, etc. – for sure it’s best to hire an arborist to stay safe and avoid any hazards and pitfalls.

Additional Ottawa Tree Care Services

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trees fallen on property after storm damage


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tree removal experts on job site