Trees are living
plants. Healthy, well-maintained trees are valuable and represent
a dollar value. Hiring the wrong company could mean life or death
for your tree.
Advice on how to hire a tree-care professional:
- Ask for licenses; worker’s compensation; certificates
of insurance, including proof of liability for personal and property
damage. Ask for proof of the tree contractor’s license for
your particular city. Not all cities require tree licenses. Check
with your city’s administrative office. Here are some cities
that require licenses: Wheatridge, Lakewood, Denver, Englewood,
- Determine if they are a member of any professional organizations
such as International Society of Arborculture, Tree Care Industry
of America, or the Better Business Bureau. Membership in these
organizations does not guarantee quality but does indicate professional
- Check your Yellow Pages under “Tree Services” for
a listing of the business. While anyone can enlist in the phone
book, a listing indicates some degree of permanency and stability.
You should check for a physical address where the business is
- Reputable companies with high standards in pruning will rarely
have the lowest price. Beware of low-price estimates; you’ll
get what you pay for. There are many shortcuts that can be taken
when pruning a tree that an untrained eye will not catch.
- Ask for local, recent references and locations of previous
work to check on the quality of their work. If possible speak
with former customers.
There are companies that meet all the qualifications of these steps
that are not meeting the industry standards in correct pruning,
so beware of any company that uses terms like “topping,”
“rounding/over,” “tipping” and “reducing
the overall size of the tree” to create a shape that is not