Finding someone knowledgeable to work on your trees can be a real challenge. There are many so-called “Tree Experts” in the phone book or working in our communities that know very little about how tree’s grow and how to properly care for them. Trees can easily be severely damaged by a tree worker who was misinformed or not practicing the latest tree care standards. Once damaged and declining in health, that tree may become hazardous and ultimately require removal. So, hiring the often cheaper tree service that isn’t knowledgeable about proper tree care practices might cost you more in the long run, especially if the tree dies.
Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Today’s tree care consumers need to ask many questions of the person who will care for their trees and landscapes. Here are some suggested questions.
ISA Certified Arborists are highly qualified and trained in the care of trees with knowledge of the latest research and cultural practices. Certified arborists have passed a comprehensive exam and must obtain continuing education credits to stay certified. The number of ISA Certified Arborist is growing across the country as reputable tree care professionals work hard to become certified. Finding a certified arborist is as simple as visiting a website and using the search engine that can work with your zip code.
International Society of Arboriculture – information about arborist certification and tree care
Trees Are Good – a website for tree care consumers
Tree Care Industry Association(TCIA) Consumer Resource Center
How to Choose a Tree Care Company – brochure from Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
TCIA Magazine – a good resource with many articles about tree care
Penn State Cooperative Extension Offices – Finding help with tree related questions or finding an ISA Certified Arborist
To find a Pennsylvania DCNR Service Forester in your area:
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