What is a Qualified Tree Company?
Do-it-yourselfers want to do everything.
They'll climb on roofs to trim overhanging limbs. They'll scale to the top of a ladder to trim tall hedges. They'll spray chemicals on everything with the hopes of controlling insects, weeds and diseases.
All activities are fraught with potential dangers, which is why sometimes it's a smart idea to hire a professional for such jobs as tree removal and pruning.
Local companies tend to be more reputable than fly-by-night operators that show up with out-of-state license plates on their trucks. It doesn't take storm damage for them to appear, either. You may find them trolling neighborhoods, looking for anyone who'll believe that their trees are in "desperate need of pruning or they'll cause serious damage."
The first thing you should ask for - and look closely at - is an up-to-date insurance certificate. Don't just accept "Oh, it's back at the office," or "We're in the process of changing firms."
Before a company does any work on your property, especially tree care, look at that insurance certificate. Check the date to make sure it's still in effect.
Read it carefully. This is an absolute must for anyone doing tree work on your property. No ifs, ands or buts.
What does happen if a tree worker falls and gets hurt? If branches, or worse, the entire tree falls on your house, your neighbor, a passing vehicle or someone out for a stroll? Who is liable? Insurance helps determine that.
There is no set rule on the amount of insurance needed, but consider what your homeowner's insurance is and plan accordingly.
Don't be afraid to ask for references - this is another must. Ask for a list of satisfied customers, for photos of the company's work or the location of some of the trees they have worked on. Unless the tree poses immediate hazards, there is no reason to rush. Most tree work can wait a week while you check out references.
Make sure you fully understand what the company is intending and that they comprehend what you want done.
Don't be convinced when an uninsured tree worker tells you that your trees need to be topped. Industry standards recommend against topping practices that eventually result in damages from unhealthy trees.
If certifications would bring you greater peace of mind when hiring a tree professional, look for those tree companies who employ ISA certified arborists, and who are members of the Tree Care Industry Association.
You can find qualified tree care companies with certified arborists in your area at treecaretips.org.
“Of course we do the things most people would expect,” says Lonnie. “Trimming, pruning and topping off trees is what most jobs entail.”
Removing trees is another common service that people ask for,” says Lonnie. “But that can often be a difficult operation. Often a tree needs to be removed because it is diseased or a danger that it might fall.”
“In most cases we will fell a tree if we need to remove it and the crew will leave the stump of a removed tree underground.” says Lonnie. But special exceptions are more common than people might expect, and require an experienced and serious approach. “Some trees just have no place to fall. In those cases we bring it down in stages using ropes and pulleys, slowly dismantling a tree and eliminating the hazard. And in some unusual cases, large stumps have to be removed.”
Cabling trees to save them is both a delicate and forceful operation, says Lonnie. “We attach heavy, almost unbreakable cables to repair splits in a trunk or limb, holding it in place and prolonging the life of the tree by many years, perhaps decades. But it’s even more effective to cable the tree before it begins to split. With 40 years of experience, you can tell when one is going to split.”
Spraying trees for the agents that attack them is an important line of defense in protecting them. “We are very experienced at spraying for tree pests, pine beetles, aphids and other insect threats.”
Feeding trees is another important component in a tree’s “Wellness Program” says Lonnie. We drill holes in the soil in a circle that is defined by the circumference of the tree’s limbs. Then plants food selected for that species is fed into the holes and covered. That is where its roots will be able to capture and use the nutrients.
Chavis Tree Service provides a full range of operations for their clients:
- Tree Trimming
- Tree Surgery
- Tree Disease
- Tree Viruses
- Tree Chipping
- Insects & Disease Control
- Historic Tree Preservation
- Pine Tree Removal
- Bucket Truck
- Tree Topping
- Tree Removing
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Cabling
- Tree Lots Cleared
- Tree Spraying
- Tree Feeding
- Tree Fertilizing
- Tree Cavities
- Lightning Protection
- Sell firewood