When it comes to caring for your trees, credentials matter. Not only do you want to ensure your tree is in good hands, but you want to feel confident that you’re working with a credible company.
So, what exactly does “credible” mean? In the tree care world, a credible company is bonded, licensed, and insured.
In other words, the company has a:
Tree care, particularly tree pruning and removal, is a job for a trained arborist. A number of risks come with tree work, for example, the need to carefully maneuver around overhead power lines or underground utilities, or the fact that arborists deal with powerful and sometimes dangerous equipment. Plus, the sheer height and weight of a tree puts arborists at risk whenever they’re climbing, trimming or removing a tree.
Never assume you’re dealing with a licensed and bonded tree service—always ask! This is crucial, because if you hire a company or individual without these credentials, you could be held liable for any on-the-job injuries or damages to your tree and property. A reliable tree service should have no problem providing you with license and insurance information before taking on a job.
In addition, be wary of working with an arborist if they:
Accredited and licensed tree care companies have put in the extra work to provide quality service. Particularly, companies that are accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) go through a voluntary review process to demonstrate that they use professional and safe standards. TCIA recognizes companies that put safety training into practice, from safe equipment use to cautious tree climbing.
Ask these four questions right off the bat to decide on the best tree service.
ISA Certified Arborists® undergo a lengthy process that includes reference checks, multiple verifications and a rigorous exam to earn certification. So, when you hire a certified arborist, you’ll be working with a professional who has gone the extra mile to be the best s/he can be at the job. Read up on the benefits of hiring a certified arborist from Davey.