Where Do You Need Tree Service?
The best tree services offer a full range of the care and maintenance you need, at a price you can afford. It is imperative to do some research, compare and ask each tree service company in questions that will help you ultimately make the right decision for your type of trees, foliage and density. XRefer has only reputable, experienced and qualified tree care companies to offer trimming, removal, pruning, disease detection and management and more to make your life a little easier.
Whether looking to spruce up the look of your yard or if you want monthly trimming and pruning, you need arborists with the knowledge and tools for, but one that is always available with the services that you need.
The best companies offer excellent service at reasonable prices without sacrificing the integrity of your landscaping. Although most companies do offer tree trimming, it is usually just one out of a plethora of available services.
At some point property owners are faced with removing trees that have the potential to cause problems. Removing a tree is not a clear cut task of chopping it down and hauling it away. You must take extreme caution to avoid damage to surrounding property, dispose of a large volume of wood and foliage and the extent of the root network if you want to replant. There are generally two types of tree removal services:
Emergency Services- Emergency service comes with a premium, but if you have a tree leaning against your house or blocking your driveway after a storm you need to get it removed right away. Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but please note that unusually heavy winds can tie up work crews for a few days in some cases.
Planned Tree Removal - Property owners can plan to have trees removed if they begin to encroach on neighboring properties or if roots are growing too close to plumbing pipes. Dead or dying trees can also be removed if they begin to affect the look of your property or you think they will present a danger in the future.
Because of the inherent dangers working at heights of over 10 feet it is always recommended to leave it to a professional. Tree care companies have specialized ladders and tools to help them reach different tree heights and are trained in proper service around utility poles and power lines. Extra large trees require bucket trucks that can extend up to 50 feet to safely trim and remove tree limbs and branches.
An arborist will decide if your tree needs to have the root zone fertilized, or if it needs crown reduction to reduce its height or general tree reshaping. A full service tree company will go above and beyond simply trimming trees and will take care of the little things (tree stumps, any type of ivy, poison oak, identify diseased trees) and clean up to leave your yard looking better than ever. Additional extras include weed and insect control, branch and leaves cleanup and haul away, fire safety maintenance and preventative measures. Some companies even offer the ability to recycle the wood chippings that are removed from your property.
Depending on the size and number of trees, a wide array of tools and equipment are needed including bucket trucks (for tall trees), track loaders (clearing root systems), cables, chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders, aerial lifts (for access to trees overhanging buildings) and spikes used for climbing up trees. Even for general tree trimming it is important that the equipment (shears, clippers, etc.) is kept sharp and in good condition for clean cutting to maintain tree health.
Before selecting an arborist make sure that they posses a valid state license as well as any necessary certifications, specifically for the type of tree care you need.
The International Society of Arboriculture provides multiple certifications, such as ISA Certified: Arborists or Board Certified Arborists as well as Utility, Municipal, Climber or Aerial Lift Specialist. Individuals who are trained and ISA Certified are required to be re-certified every 3 years.
The ASCA (American Society of Consulting Arborists) offers a 4 day training course that teaches everything necessary to become an expert arborist. After completion of this course and successfully passing its exam, the consulting arborist becomes a member of ASCA. Working with an ASCA certified arborist is especially important when looking to preserve a tree, provide an assessment on potential tree damage or even providing testimony in a trial where a tree is involved.
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) offers education, training and certifications in a variety of tree service areas such as tree care safety and ANSI 300 standards, electrical hazards as well as aerial rescue. These certifications allow individuals to learn proper techniques to perform a tree service job safely, especially when working around utility poles and power lines.
Most importantly, when choosing a tree service company make sure that they posses liability insurance and/or workers compensation insurance. In the event that a tree service expert is injured, you will not be responsible for any damages or costs associated with the accident as long as the worker carries insurance. If they are not insured, you can be liable for costs associated with injuries, damages to equipment and surrounding structures.
To gauge whether a company is the right fit you will need to ask the right questions. While most tree companies offer similar services, some will focus on large trees while others are pruning specialists for smaller trees.
At XRefer, we know just how important tree care is to people who care about their property. XRefer partners not only fit the bill, but are experienced, knowledgeable and ready to tackle any tree care service you need.
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