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There are many reasons why you might need a tree trimming service. You might have one or more trees in your yard that are taking up too much space. Alternatively, maybe they are growing too quickly and need to be trimmed for aesthetic purposes. If you live in the Dallas Fort Worth Area and are in need of a tree trimming, there are a few things you should consider before hiring one.
Some people may think they can cut or trim a tree on their own, but a lot of the time, this is not advisable. You should only consider doing this yourself if it is a job that you can do with both feet on the ground and without danger. Otherwise, it is definitely better to hire a tree trimming service.
Considerations When Hiring a Tree Trimming Service
There are many things that you should consider when you are looking into a tree trimming.
When you are hiring a tree trimming service, you want to make sure that they can provide a certificate of insurance that is up to date, as well as a copy of the work contract that they have with you. You want to make sure that you will not be held liable in the event of any mishaps.
You want a service that you are hiring to come with the right credentials. If they are going to be working with electrical conductors nearby, they should be Approved Line-Clearance Arborists. In any case, the company should be a Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Accredited Business or have an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. At the very least, the company should employ a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.
The service that you choose should be able to give you a list of references (usually satisfied customers), as well as a detailed estimate. It’s usually advisable to obtain written estimates from three different services so that you can be sure you are getting your money’s worth.
Additionally, the company should be able to tell you how long the project is going to take. It is important that you know this since it makes a difference to you in terms of having your yard and schedule back to normal.
The tree trimming service should also be able and willing to tell you the details of the job itself. This includes the approach they are going to take to the job and the equipment that they will be using. It’s a good idea to make sure that the service that you hire is not going to be destroying your flower beds and lawn with power equipment. They should know the locations of things that can be damaged within your lawn, such as sprinkler heads.
It is also important for you to know the service’s policy on damage – if they damage something in your yard, will they have to compensate you for it or not? What kinds of damage will you deem acceptable for them to get the job done? You should also photograph your yard before they have started the job so that you have some sort of record of what the area looked like before any potential damage occurs.
It’s also a good idea to have them tell you how they are going to be cleaning up during and after the tree trimming job.
When you are looking to hire a tree trimming service, you want to make sure that they look professional. You can start by looking at their company truck – is it well-maintained? If their truck is in bad shape and dirty, this might be a sign that they do not take good care of their equipment and thus cannot be trusted to take good care of your tree and other parts of your property that they may encounter.
Additionally, you can look at their website. The content and design that you observe there can give you somewhat of an idea of their professionalism. Overall, looking at how they present themselves and conduct business can give you a good idea of how they run their business and what they may be able to do for you.
Tree Trimming Practices
There are a few practices that a service can utilize that will be bad for the tree. For example, some of these services use spikes while they are climbing trees. Unless you plan for the tree to be removed, you should demand that your tree trimming service not use spikes, as these can cause unhealthy wounding on your trees.
Additionally, some of these services will say that they “top” trees, meaning that they remove live sections from the tops of trees. This is not a good practice at all, especially if you are working with a large and healthy hardwood tree. If the representatives from the service you are talking to say that they do this, this is probably an indication that you should find another service.
Personal Protective Equipment
When you are in contact with a tree trimming service, you should make sure that the service takes care of its employees. For any tree care operation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, requires that the workers use the appropriate personal protective equipment. This includes hardhats and many other types of equipment. If the service is reputable and is run with integrity, they will require their workers to only operate under safe conditions and work with protection.
If you have a tree or trees in your yard that need cutting or trimming, and you live in the Dallas Fort Worth area, please do not hesitate to contact the professionals at S&P Tree Service. This tree trimming service will address any cutting and trimming needs that you may have regarding the trees on your property, and you will not regret working with them!