How to Choose a Tree Cutting Professional

How to Choose a Tree Cutting Professional
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    Your home is your castle, but it is the greenery that surrounds it that gives your property its distinctive look.


If you are fortunate, that greenery includes a mix of ornamental and mature trees, a combination that is attractive and most welcome. Trees can shade your home and add value to your property, but when signs of distress are apparent, then it is time to contact a tree cutting professional for help. Choosing a company to handle the job can be a challenge — hire the wrong person and your trees could be injured, perhaps beyond healing.

1. Inquire with your neighbors. The people in your neighborhood are probably very much aware of what tree cutting companies have a presence in your area. Certainly, anyone with a ladder and chain saw can claim to cut trees, but you want to deal with someone who has an eye for tree preservation, not eradication. Ask your neighbors about the work that they had done and when, and the project’s cost. You may learn a few things including whether the work was done according to specifications, if clean up was accomplished to the owner’s satisfaction and other particularities of the project.

2. Contact your state arborist. Your state department of environmental protection may have an arborist on staff. Or, your state may have arborist council that can advise you on who to handle your next job. In the field of arboriculture, you have individuals that have been trained in all things tree care. These professionals must meet industry standards, follow safety standards, maintain their equipment and have ample experience.

3. Ask your town’s building department. The people that work for your town are familiar with the various contractors that operate within the town’s limits. These government workers may keep a running list of recommended contractors including tree cutting professionals. Your town may not recommend a particular company, but you can learn if the contractor is licensed and whether there have been complaints lodged against this individual. Also check with your local Better Business Bureau to uncover this company’s reputation.

4. Interview prospective professionals. Do not go with one tree cutting company without getting quotes from multiple sources. You know that you are dealing with a reputable service provider if this company provides a variety of services, not just tree removal and trimming. These services should include applying fertilizer, bracing trees, lightning protection and applying pesticides as needed. Tree topping, where the trees are stubbed off, is not recommended unless the tree has been damaged such as from a tornado. If your company advocates tree topping, look elsewhere for a professional.

5. Consider insurance coverage. You are always at risk whenever anyone sets foot on your property and hurts himself. Working with trees is hard and dangerous work, your tree service professional must be insured and that insurance should include workman’s compensation. Ask bidders to submit a certificate of insurance and contact the insurer when the project begins to verify that the insurance is up to date.

6. Solicit your neighbors. You may be able to save money on your tree cutting costs if several of your neighbors have their work done at the same time. Tree cutting professionals must send equipment and teams out to do your work. If they’re already in the neighborhood, everyone can benefit by having the same company do the work. The savings may range in the 10 to 15 percent range if you can get one or more neighbors to do their work at the same time.

Tree Problems

Trees can suffer from a number of problems including insect and disease. Trees that are showing signs of distress need to be cared for immediately and a tree cutting professional is the person you want to protect and preserve your greenery investment.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".