Don’t Choose a Tree Service Until Your Read This

Whether you inherited your trees from a previous owner or have selected trees to add to your landscape, trees are a significant investment of time and money.  However, trees bring a wide range of financial, health and emotional benefits.

Strategically planning when you add trees to your area can lower your energy costs.  Planting deciduous trees with a large crown on the southern side will provide shade all day for windows and roofs.  Trees with lower crowns block the afternoon sun on the west side.  Small evergreens protect your property by acting as a wind breaker on the north and western sides of the property.

Trees not only add to a property’s aesthetic value, they also provide visual and sound barriers to increase your privacy.  Fruit, beautiful foliage, flowers, and
shade are other reasons homeowners choose to add trees and shrubs to their landscape.

When selecting the proper trees and ornamentals (shrubs) for your situation, you will need to consider the growth patterns of the tree, how hardy the tree is in different temperatures, its fall colors, and its watering requirements.  You can check out the blog at to find more information.

Although many people maintain their own trees and ornamentals with proper fertilizing, pruning and watering.  There are times hiring a tree professional makes sense.  Removing large limbs, treating a tree that is not doing well, removing dead trees and remaining stumps are all jobs that are best completed by someone well versed in tree service.  The equipment and expertise needed makes completing these jobs successfully as a DIY project impractical.

Once you have determined that you need a tree service, how do you select the best company.  Companies reach the top of search engines because they have Internet knowledge, which does not always equal tree knowledge.  It would be a good idea to ask each tree service you are considering the following questions:

  1.  Are they licensed to do business in your state?  Do they have all proper certifications?

2.  Do they have a certified arborist on their staff?  An arborist voluntarily takes a national certification test that focuses on the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.

3.  Is the company properly insured?  If there is damage to your property, utility power lines, or a neighbor’s fence, you could be liable, if they are not insured.

4.  Can they give you a recent reference?

5.  Make sure the estimate includes the exact services that will be provided, the time frame, and the cost.  Just a note though, estimates do not allow for the unexpected, so if additional problems are found, the document may have to be adjusted.

6.  Do they use spikes to climb living trees that are not going to be removed?  Spikes can damage your trees and should not be used in pruning.

7. Do they advertise “topping” your tree as a service?  This is removing live sections from the top of the tree.  This is often done to accommodate power lines and other structures.  An arborist will be able to come up with a better plan for your trees.

8.  Who cleans up the debris?  Often crews will take the larger branches and leave the owner with a mess of smaller branches, leaves, and twigs.

9.  Will the crew be using hardhats and other personal protective equipment while on your property?  Attention to safety reflects the overall practices of the company.

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