Choosing a Tree Service
The tree service industry is a diverse and challenging one. It involves the maintenance of trees in parks, greenways and gardens, as well as removing or trimming them for safety or aesthetic reasons. The business can be profitable, but it must be done properly and safely.
Choosing a tree service is an important decision, as it can impact your property’s safety and the appearance of your landscape. While landscaping companies often offer many tree-related services, such as lawn care, mulching, garden care and shrub pruning, they are not equipped to handle the more dangerous aspects of tree work, which can lead to injury or damage to your property and belongings.
You should only hire a professional tree service company that has an established reputation in your community and can provide references from previous clients. It is also a good idea to find a service that is certified by an accredited tree industry association.
Certification is important because it ensures that the tree service is knowledgeable, experienced and committed to the proper care of your trees. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) both offer accreditation to companies that have met their standards for performance and safety, as well as maintenance of their trained staff.
The ISA and TCIA are both public and professional non-profit associations that have developed industry guidelines for tree care operations, safety programs, and ANSI A300 tree pruning standards. These organizations also advocate for the tree industry on a national level.
Insurance is crucial to any tree removal job. Having an insurance policy for your business will protect you from the cost of repairs or replacements if something goes wrong. If you have any doubts about a particular contractor’s insurance, ask for proof of coverage before they start work.
A reputable tree service will have several kinds of insurance, including general liability and commercial auto. In addition, they should have workers’ compensation insurance. This will cover them in the event that they are injured on your property.
Beware of door-to-door contractors for large tree removal jobs, as they may be scams that prey on elderly homeowners. The Better Business Bureau and a number of local district attorneys offices are warning against these types of contractors, and you should always look for references before hiring one.
The ISA also recommends that you choose a tree service that has at least some form of insurance. This will cover the workers’ damages in case they are hurt while working on your property, as well as damage to your property or belongings if anything happens while they are there.
In addition, you should always choose a professional that has the appropriate training and equipment to do the job. This will help to reduce your risks and make the work safer for you and the contractor.
Using the right tools is essential for effective tree pruning and removal. For example, pruning a tree that is too tall requires the use of a specialized pruning saw with a narrow blade. This allows a trained arborist to cut the branches down without damaging your property or the tree itself.