You can expect our staff to talk with you about your long and short-term goals for your property and trees. They will only make recommendations to achieve your goals. We will always discuss which trees need what services before we act and will recommend ways to enhance the health and safety of your trees before the last resort of cutting them down. Our technicians are also trained to evaluate the overall aesthetics of your property and landscape elements—and can suggest areas where you might consider adding trees and/or plant life to enhance the beauty and quality of your property.
Why hire us? When selecting an arborist or tree-removal service, remember:
- Beware of door-knockers, who are especially common after storms, when nonprofessionals see a chance to earn some quick money. Often, storm damage creates high-risk situations for both workers and homeowners, and the opportunity for more damage to trees and shrubs if work is not done correctly.
- Never be rushed by bargains. Never pay in advance.
- Ask for certificates of insurance, including proof of liability for personal and property damage (such as your house and your neighbor’s) and worker’s compensation.
- Ask for local references of jobs the company or individual has done. Take a look at some, and if possible, talk with the former client.
- Determine if the arborist is a member of any professional association(s). Lack of membership may cast doubt on the person’s professionalism.
- A good arborist will recommend topping a tree only under rare circumstances, such as to save the tree after severe physical damage to the crown, or for the decorative effect of pollarding in a formal setting or restricted space. Pollarding is a severe form of heading that produces knobs at the ends of branches.
- Beware of arborists who offer to service trees in curb lawns. The trees may be the responsibility of the local tree authority.