Texas Cooperative Extension,
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

May 2007

What to Look for in a Tree Care Company

Bartlett Tree Experts

As the arboricultural industry continues to grow, many consumers find themselves asking, "How can I hire the right tree care company?" It's critical to do your homework and review the company's credentials carefully. Every tree care company should have certified arborists on staff. A certified arborist is a professional who has passed certification testing and maintains credentials with the International Society of Arboriculture.

Below is a quick checklist to use when interviewing a tree care company:

Tips for Selecting a Tree Care Company

  • Determine how long the company has been in business.

  • Request client lists. Who are some of their local clients? Pass by the areas to see their tree care work in action, and always ask for references. Better yet, be sure to check those references!

  • Ask for verification of personal and property insurance. It's also important to ask about worker's compensation.

  • Ask about involvement in professional organizations such as the Tree Care Industry Association and The International Society of Arboriculture.

  • Remember safety first! Inauire about safety training. A company that spends time training and investing in their employees is usually a good sign. Poorly trained workers can damage your trees and property and cause serious accidents.

  • Investigate if your state or community requires a specific license or certification for those providing tree services.

  • Inquire about the personal protective equipment available to workers. Arboristsand crews often need to use chainsaws or scale trees so they should be outfitted in proper personal protective equipment including hard hats, goggles, earplugs, and protective clothing. If someone comes to your residence without protective gear - send them home!

Note: This material extracted from Bartlett Tree Experts "Beyond The Trees" Issue 2.

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