Three Things To Research Before Hiring A Tree Service Company

18 January 2016
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Unsightly trees can be a real pain to get rid of and can create an eyesore for those passing by your front lawn. One of the easiest ways to get rid of dead and dying trees is to call on the services of tree service company. However, there are a few things you should investigate before letting go of your hard earned cash. Included throughout this article is a list of a few things you should research before hiring a tree service company.

The Right Equipment For the Right Job

It should be said that certain tree service companies specialize in specific types of tree felling and cleaning. This means that they might not have the right type of equipment to fit the job you're looking to have completed. There are certain items that a tree service company must have, however. Equipment like chainsaws can be used to fell trees and prune branches and are absolutely necessary for any tree removal job. There are also some types of equipment that might cost you a bit more to use, but will make the job go by much more quickly and will add a much more convenient element of clean up to the equation, such as wood chippers.

Site Specific Credentials

Different types of tree service jobs require different professional accreditation. Make sure that the tree service company you decide on is a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Accredited Business and has at least one International Society of Aboriculture (ISA) licensed arborist on staff. It should be noted that running an unlicensed business in the tree care world not only places a gamble on your behalf, it is also an illegal practice.

Does The Business Take Care Of The Trees?

Often times, a tree does not need to be felled – which is to say, it doesn't need to be removed entirely. Rather, a tree service can shape or prune your tree to make sure that it is aesthetically pleasing or passes the test of municipal ordinances. However, there are certain practices that should raise a red flag. Before hiring the services of a company, ask them if they practice "tree topping", which is removing whole live portions of trees and is considered in bad practice, or if they use spikes while climbing trees in order to prune them, which can cause unnecessary damage to the tree and might leave it in worse shape than before the tree service company showed up.

Doing some fact gathering before you decide which tree service company is right for you isn't a particularly taxing process. Within just a few hours, you can easily find out which company is both trustworthy and cost effective.