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How to find a good Tree Surgeon


Your search for a good tree surgeon in your region starts with licensed companies who can cover the liability insurance. A licensed arborist can handle all the legal issues related to the forest preservation law and environmental issues. Insurance can take care of compensation for property damages in your home and the neighborhood.

Tree Surgeon Licensing – State Laws

The licensing law and procedure may vary in different states. For example, the Tree removal and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act are prevalent in New Jersey State. It was first implemented in 2010, followed by the Tree-Expert and Tree-Care-Operators Licensing-Law in 2017. These two laws consider the safety of customers and the residents staying around the vicinity of the trees being subject to surgery.

Tree Surgeon Insurance- Risk Management

Tree surgery involves risks of personal injury and property damages. In spite of taking personal safety measures, the probability of injury from falling branches, tools and equipment, and other debris can be high. Damages to your home and neighbor’s property (buildings and cars) should also be considered. The other coverage includes the public who may accidentally get injured (on the walking lanes, parking lots, etc).

You need to check whether the tree surgeon has renewed his insurance policy at present to cover all the probabilities. You can check on your contribution for the premium and ensure payment to stay covered.

Tree Surgeon – Certification

A certified tree surgeon will have to pass the state-sponsored examination for licensed tree expert. The International Society of Arboriculture certification is another mandatory requirement. They are also applicable for the employees working for the arborist.

These are the three primary criteria you should consider while searching for a professional tree surgeon in your region. We suggest you hire a local arborist within your town/city who is accessible and available 24X7. You can always contact him for post-surgical and emergency services without having to waste time waiting.

Tree Surgeon Search – Trusted Sources

The internet is a trusted source for arborist search. Local search engines can help you find the arborist with the license, insurance, and certification. Visit their website and read about services, infrastructure, experience, and expertise.

Customer reviews, testimonials, and ratings are important to assess and evaluate the quality and reliability of the arborist. Social media is a trusted platform where you can interact with the other customers and evaluate the tree surgeon. You can also talk to your neighbors and friends for taking references.

Tree Surgeon Selection – Interaction

One-to-One interaction with the arborist is the best-suggested method of selection. You need to select the most potential experts (2 or 3 companies) from your search.

  • Experience: An arborist with experience is a person whom you can trust for safety tree health preservation. He is a specialist in the visual examination, risk assessment, diagnosis, and control measures. He can prepare the groundwork in an organized manner before starting with the work. He plans his work and executes it according to a schedule. His first priority is always personal safety and property security. You can assess his experience when he inspects the trees in your garden that need surgery. You can also check the company’s license and startup dates to confirm their claim of experience.
  • Expertise: Tree surgery is more than cutting branches and thinning the crown. It involves preserving tree’s health and protecting it from diseases apart from reducing risks to people and property. Your first task is to determine the nature and scope of surgery needed for your trees. The next task is to evaluate the expertise of the tree surgeon in those aspects.
  • Equipment: An expert arborist will have a great inventory of tools and equipment for tree surgery, including the safety gears and gadgets for the The size and capacity of the equipment depending on the tree size, operation requirements and the safety aspects. It is very important to check the equipment age and efficiency to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the work.
  • Methods: There are many methods of accessing a tree while trimming, thinning and performing other surgical operations. The expert may use an elevated platform, climb up the tree, or use rope and ladder. He can determine the right method after inspection. Make sure he has the skill and experience.

Tree Surgeon- Specialization

Tree surgery methods vary, depending on the age, present health condition, infections and diseases, and the risks it poses. They also vary for the different tree species. Ask questions on aesthetics, enhancement, damage protection, weight balancing, size optimization, and protection of main branches.

The surgical methods for young and old trees will be different. For example, formative pruning is recommended for the relatively younger trees. Hedge trimming, crown thinning, and pollarding are some of the methods recommended for the relatively older trees.

The tree surgeon will recommend tree removal, only when it is beyond the scope of restoration through surgery. Then you can ask him about the assessed risks and the best method of removal. Make a note of all the suggestions he gives and gets a quote for the price.

Ask him about the recommended treatments to enhance the lifespan of your tree. A professional arborist will always suggest the best methods, only when he is sure of its longevity for at least a few years from now. Otherwise, he will tell you about the need to remove the tree today or in the near future before it turns into a risk factor.

Tree Surgeon – Compare

Compare the recommendations and price with at least two or three other arborist companies. Then you will know about the best methods for the trees in your garden. Then you can choose the best service provider and start with the tree surgery project with no hassles.

Tree Surgeon- Post Surgery

You need to inquire about what to do with the pruned tree branches and cut tree parts after the surgery. A professionally licensed tree surgeon will give the right suggestion that is legally valid and financially feasible for you.
Trozzo Trees & Care Ltd
9944 5 St SE
Calgary, AB T2J1L2