Commercial Tree Care vs. Residential Tree Care

Date August 15, 2022

Author TreeNewal Staff

When it comes to tree care, most property owners may not know the difference between residential and commercial tree care services. While both require the work of a professional tree care company, they differ in terms of use case and scale of work. In this blog post, we’ll examine how the difference between these properties affects the work that needs to be performed. Read on to determine which type of tree care service is right for you!

TreeNewal is a full-service tree care company that provides industry-leading plant health services for residential and commercial properties. Whether you need tree removal or tree nutrition, our ISA Certified Arborists can keep your trees and landscape healthy and looking beautiful.

What’s the Difference Between Commercial Tree Care and Residential Tree Care?

In broad terms, the type of tree service performed on both landscapes are the same, but the key difference is that commercial landscapes involve many trees and the scope of work is much larger. In addition, there are special considerations for commercial tree care that must comply with city ordinances. For residential tree care, certified arborists focus on the trees around a home, which may require unique treatment methods.

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Commercial tree care involves properties like apartment complexes, shopping centers, and office parks, to name a few. The trees typically planted in these landscapes generally are the same species and at similar levels of growth. This makes routine care like pruning, tree nutrition, and watering more or less the same from tree to tree.

Residential tree care involves trees on a single property – most often a home. These trees may be different species, so their susceptibility to various diseases and infestations can vary.

Scope of Work

Commercial tree care involves special tools and equipment, more workers, and city regulations. The work required is also much more extensive due to the number of trees.

Depending on the project, a Certified Arborist or a handful of tree care experts can usually handle residential tree care services.

Tree Survey and Mitigation

Cities require tree surveys are part of their city tree mitigation and protection plan. Tree location surveys show trees on the building site plan, and mitigation allows for removing protected trees from a construction site. An ISA Certified Arborist will assess tree health and condition to determine whether it’s sustainable or needs to be removed due to environmental stressors. If the tree is diseased or infested, the Certified Arborist will write a letter to assist property owners in reducing mitigation fees.

Tree surveys and mitigation are more common for commercial developments. Still, homeowners may also require this service if they plan to clear their lot, construct new additions to their house or make renovations.

Tree Placement

City ordinances dictate where and which trees can be placed on commercial properties, and all urban forestry efforts must comply with the municipality. This is to protect structures and increase sustainability on a larger scale.

Residential tree planning still requires forethought so that the trees aren’t planted too close to concrete structures or present future safety risks to the house. However, homeowners usually deal with one or two trees at a time instead of several.

Tree Trimming and Pruning

Tree trimming and pruning are vital to tree health and aesthetic appeal, but they also prevent overgrowth. Overgrowth poses severe safety risks for residential and commercial properties, but overly dense canopies can block pedestrian traffic or security cameras, posing significant business risks.

Commercial tree pruning or tree removal are much larger projects requiring more workers and equipment than residential tree services.


All trees need consistent watering and adequate drainage. With the number of trees on a given commercial property, drainage systems may need to be installed to protect the property from runoff that can erode soil and foundation.

For residential tree care, watering is less complex and manageable for homeowners and tree care specialists.

TreeNewal Tree Care Services

Though commercial and residential tree care services overlap, their requirements and considerations can be unique and should be treated accordingly. As a full-service residential and commercial tree company, our tree care specialists have the tools and expertise to offer all property owners the best professional tree care services.

We aim to promote a healthy, sustainable environment where all trees can thrive. Our services include tree surveys, tree trimming and pruning, tree nutrition, tree removal, tree emergency response, and more.

If you need tree care advice or assistance, contact TreeNewal to enjoy tailored Certified Arborist tree services today.

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