“Is it really necessary to hire a certified arborist?”
“Isn’t certification just a license to charge more for the same exact work as another company?”
Those are very common questions.
But consider this, “Is it really necessary to hire a licensed electrician?”
Chances are your answer to that question is undoubtedly “Yes!” You wouldn’t dare hire an unlicensed electrician because:
Reasons You Would Hire a Licensed Electrician:
Whether it’s an electrician, plumber, or contractor, you naturally want the most qualified person.
When it comes to caring for the trees that add value to your property, make the same decision and choose a certified arborist.
There’s no doubt you want your tree to look nice all year around. But the secret is a healthy tree will be a long-living and nice-looking tree.
A tree is a complicated living organism. Understanding it’s biology is necessary for doing proper work focused on its health, and not just it’s appearance.
Certified arborists have been trained how to keep trees healthy. They know proper pruning techniques that make them structurally sound as they mature. They are skilled in properly diagnosing and treating unhealthy trees.
Their certifications are not one-time passes either. Continued training is required every year in order to maintain their certifications.
The ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) has created a detailed educational brochure about hiring a certified arborist. Use the button below to download it.
An uncertified company may be able to remove a tree but it will not know how to maintain its health.
For example, did you know that in some situations tree removal may not be necessary? With proper plant health care treatments, a tree can be saved. Did you also know that improper pruning techniques can eventually kill a tree?
Time and time again we’ve been asked to salvage an unhealthy tree that was compromised by improper pruning. Either the uncertified “tree-guy” or the homeowners themselves made incorrect cuts that left the tree susceptible to decay, disease, and insects.
Proper pruning ensures branches are cut correctly so they can put on wound and callous tissue. If branches are cut too close to the tree, they will not be able to seal over.
The ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) has created a detailed educational brochure about why topping hurts trees. Use the button below to download it.
In addition, smaller young trees should be pruned regularly for structural soundness as they mature. This, in essence, “storm proofs” the tree making it less prone to suffering wind damage.
Chances are you will end up calling an arborist to try and correct any mistakes made by an uncertified company in an effort to try and save your tree.
We know you want to keep costs to a minimum. We also know your trees are important and add value to your property.
Contrary to popular belief, a certification is not simply a license to charge more. Caring for trees is what we do. Investing in continued training allows us to give you the very best care possible.
Making a decision based on cost alone could compromise the health of your trees. Would that be worth it in the long run?
If you’re still wondering if hiring a certification is right for you, we encourage you to speak with some of our repeat customers. They know the difference certification makes and rely on us for proper care of their trees.
If you have a tree that needs some attention call or email to schedule a consultation with one of our Certified Arborists. We’ll take a look and recommend the best course of action.