We might take them for granted most of the time, but the trees around our homes and neighborhoods are an integral feature of the landscape. Usually, trees don’t require much special attention or treatment to look healthy and live a long life. But sometimes a tree will fall victim to a disease or insect infestation that can ravage whole forests and cause real damage to property, not to mention detract from the aesthetic appeal of the area. Other times, trees may simply grow in a direction that puts power lines, chimneys, roofs, or sidewalks at risk in the event a branch or limb falls.
Homeowners frequently turn to tree service companies with on-staff arborists for maintaining the health and size of trees, especially during this time of year, with winter storms just around the corner. Let’s say you’re looking for a tree service company. What should you look for? Exactly what services can they offer, and how can you make sure you’re hiring true professionals?
First of all, the tree service company you hire should always be licensed by the state and carry insurance worth at least the state minimum (more is better, in this case). This relieves homeowners or businesses of being held liable for injuries and damages incurred during or as a result of the project. Ask any tree service company in Baltimore to provide written copies of its license and a certificate of insurance; don’t hire any tree service “companies” which aren’t able to produce both documents.
Secondly, the best tree service companies will undoubtedly employee one or more specialists in tree care and maintenance, known as arborists. These professionals are trained in and skilled at assessing trees for disease, infestation, or potential damage from high winds or ice storms.
Arborists know how to prune the branches of a tree in such a way that removes any risk of damage while maintaining the health of the tree. This can include trimming or removing branches which have already been damaged by adverse weather; preemptive pruning to prevent the spread of disease or infection; and improving the overall structure of the tree to reduce wind resistance and safety. Don’t be afraid to inquire about the qualifications of the arborists at the various tree service companies you contact as you’re shopping around; if they’re worth your money, they’ll be more than eager to tell you.
Lastly, know what you’re getting yourself (and your trees) into before moving forward. Quality tree service companies should be able to give you a free initial quote based on what you require and what tree care strategies they intend to pursue. Also, don’t automatically hire the lowest bidder – make sure to check references and do some research before making a decision. You may be better off paying a little extra in return for a much better experience.
Fall will be here in just a few weeks, and in no time we’ll see trees drooping under the weight of ice after a winter storm. Make sure your family and your property is safe by finding a professional, well-regarded tree service company.
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