Tips to Choose An Arborist
If your trees have problems you can’t solve, it’s wise to call
an arborist, who is a tree professional. An arborist provides a number of
services including determining the health of your trees, treating your trees
when they have a disease or are infested with pests, pruning, etc. Let’s look
at how to go about choosing an arborist.
What is an Arborist?
An arborist is a tree professional, but unlike other types
of professionals, there is not just one license or certificate that you can use
to identify an arborist. A membership in a professional organization is one clue
that an arborist is a professional, such as when they are certified by the
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
A full-service arborist is experienced in all the various aspects
of tree care, that include tree transplanting, fertilizing, pruning, diagnosing
diseases, pest management, and tree removal.
Finding an Arborist
If you are looking for an arborist you can check the phone
directory or online under “tree care or “tree services.” You can also ask your friends,
neighbors, and coworkers about arborists they may have used. Don’t hire people
who show up at your door offering tree care services as they may be untrained.
Pick an arborist that has the correct equipment such as a
wood chipper, chainsaw, a suitable truck, a hydraulic boom, etc. After all, an
arborist without the proper tools isn’t going to be able to do the jobs you
need done. Another way to find an arborist with the expertise you want is look
for an arborists certified by the ISA.
Choosing an Arborist
Choosing an arborist for you that will make you happy takes
time, so make sure you take the time and don’t just hire the first arborist you
talk with. Arrange to speak with several certified arborists to inspect your
tree and make suggestions. Listen to what they have to say, compare their
responses, and the cost. Then make your decision.