Selecting and Arborist for Your Trees
Written by: Ron Gumz, Board Certified Master Arborist MN-0324B
When it comes to hiring an arborist to manage your trees, remember that efforts performed on a tree can last for years or even decades, which is why doing it right the first time is so important. Here are some points to consider before choosing an arborist:
- Safety. Safe work practices should be at the forefront of any tree work. Personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, hard hats, and chain saw chaps are visible indicators that a tree crew is abiding by the industry guidelines as outlined in the ANSI Z133.1 professional standards.
- Industry Standards. In connection with the above Z133.1 standards, there are standards in the industry that provide best practices for tree care. For tree care practices, the ANSI A300 Standards are the accepted standards.
- ISA Certified Arborists. The ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) is a professional organization that certifies experienced arborists that pass an extensive exam to demonstrate their level of knowledge about trees.
- TCIA Accreditation. TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Accreditation is a comprehensive program that identifies companies who conduct business in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
- Insurance. Ensure the company maintains personal and property damage insurance as well as workers’ compensation insurance. This helps protect the homeowner if something does not go as planned during the work.
- Written Proposals. Be sure to get the scope of the work in writing. This helps to make ensure the expectations and limits are spelled out to avoid miscommunication.
As you review all the factors in your buying decision, please keep the above list in mind when it comes to the health and well-being of your trees. When you call Wachtel regarding your trees, you will find each of these pre-qualifications are met or even exceeded!