We can all agree that choosing the right tree care company for the task of tree removal, tree trimming, tree care, or stump grinding is really important. The trouble is that there are so many choices and so few guidelines for deciding. Here is the solution.

Jonathan Ernst, certified arborist with Pro Arbor of Manassas, VA, outlines the criteria that should be applied to the process. Stick with these guidelines, and you will be much more likely to make a good decision in tree care. The criteria discussed do not really address the issue of price. They are more for the purpose of ensuring that all companies on the short list have what it takes to safely and effectively work in trees.

Credentials and certification are important in arboriculture, just as in so many other professions. Jonathan Ernst explains which organizations train arborists and issue certifications. Credentials can be easily verified with the ISA. There is no reason to take anybody’s word as his or her credentials, as it takes only minutes to check.

Insurance is essential in tree care. Jonathan Ernst explains that a certificate of insurance should include three separate policies, General Liability, Workers Compensation, and Commercial Auto. Too many tree service providers carry only General Liability insurance, the cheapest of the three policies. This exposes consumers to great risk should any accidents or injuries occur on their projects. Insurance certificates should always come directly from the insurance company.

The tools and equipment used in tree removal, tree pruning, stump grinding, and tree health care are very specialized and very expensive. In some cases, the work can simply not be performed safely without proper equipment. A few questions about what tools and equipment will be used for the job can reveal much about a tree service.
Professionalism in tree care can best be seen when looking at the company from a distance. Look at their brochures. Are the pictures of uniformed workers wearing protective gear? Consider the arborist who visits your property. Is she on time? Did she present you with her own contact information as well as that of her office?

Professionalism is one of those things where you know it when you see it. It is very important in tree care considering what will be done on your property.