Tree Care Tips

Choosing a Tree Care Company

  • Use caution when you check the phone directory listings under "trees" or "tree services." Just because a tree service is listed does not mean they are licensed to work in city limits .

  • Beware of door-knockers. Most reputable companies have all the work they can handle without going door-to-door. Door-knockers are especially common after storms when non-professionals see a chance to earn quick money.

  • Never let yourself be rushed by bargains ("If you sign an agreement today, I can take ten percent off the price...") Pay after the work is completed.

  • Ask for certificates of insurance, including proof of liability for personal and property damage (such as your house and your neighbor's), and workman's compensation. Then call the insurance company to make certain the policy is current.

  • Ask for local references - other jobs the company or individual has done. Take a look a look at some, and if possible, talk with the former client. Experience, education, and a good reputation are signs of a good arborist.

  • Determine if the tree service is a member of any professional organizations like the International Society of Arboriculture or National Arborist Association. Membership does not guarantee quality, but lack of membership casts doubt on the company's professionalism.

  • Find out if the tree service employs arborists certified through the International Society of Arboriculture. ISA's program is available to arborists nationwide and requires appropriate training, experience, and knowledge as evidenced by successfully completing a standardized application and testing process.

  • Have more than one tree service look at your job and give estimates.

  • A good tree service will offer a wide range of services (pruning, fertilizing, cabling/bracing, lightning protection, pest control, etc.)

  • A good tree service does not "top" trees, even if you ask for it.

  • A conscientious tree service will not use climbing spikes if the tree is to remain in the landscape.

  • Beware of a tree service that is eager to remove a living tree for no good reason. Removal clearly should be a last resort.
  • Be sure to stop by our Home, Lawn and Garden Store. We have something for everyone.

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