Streamline Tree Care…
1. Operates an environmentally friendly tree service.
Will your green waste take up space at the landfill? Will it be dumped on the side of the road at midnight? Being responsible and environmentally friendly requires us to make use of our trees as sawlogs, pulpwood or firewood, easing the burden on our forests. Chips can be used as a good mulch or boiler fuel. However the best course of action is to preserve trees when practical and often there are alternatives to removal.
2. Employs ISA Certified Arborists to perform job.
Having an ISA Certified Arborist on the job site will ensure that your trees are cared for by an individual who is knowledgeable and experienced in proper tree care. Our arborists undergo continuous formal training in safety and tree care practices.
3. Provides you with a certificate of insurance for liability and workers’ compensation.
Because there is the potential for severe personal injury to bystanders or a potential loss from substantial property damage, you need protection from liability in the event of an accident.
4. Respects and protects wildlife on your property.
Our employees are trained and certified by the Wildlife Training Institute. We are knowledgeable about federal, state, and local laws protecting wildlife and we take necessary precautions to protect migratory birds and small mammals that use your trees for food and shelter. We advocate environmentally friendly practices whenever possible.
5. Provides written contract detailing work to be done.
Will your yard be damaged? If so, will it be repaired? Will the brush or wood be removed or left in your yard? Will the stump grindings be removed or left for you to pick up? How long will they be working in your yard? Days? Weeks? To answer these questions you need a detailed written contract. Reputable services will provide one.
6. Provides written guarantee ensuring your expectations are met.
A written guarantee gives you the peace of mind that your job will be completed to your total satisfaction and that a thorough cleanup will be done.
7. Operates well-maintained equipment.
Old, dilapidated equipment will leave unsightly oil and hydraulic leaks on your driveway or kill your turf grass and is not environmentally friendly. Do you want your yard covered with debris for days while equipment repairs are made? If a company doesn’t care about their own property, how much do you think they care about yours?
8. Adheres to ANSI A300 Pruning Standards.
Standards for pruning have been developed and documented. If a proclaimed “tree expert” gives you a puzzled look when you mention the A300 Standards, do you think they can prune your trees properly? Or will they use climbing spikes and improper techniques that damage your trees?
9. Adheres to ANSI Z133.1 Safety Standards.
If a “tree expert” has never heard of the Z133.1 Safety Standards, they probably won’t be wearing a hardhat, chainsaw chaps, or other personal protective gear. Does this mean your expert might be careless around your property in order to finish the job faster?
10. Maintains membership in professional organizations.
Maintaining membership with the International Society of Arboriculture and the Hampton Roads Tree Care Association indicates a willingness to stay abreast of the latest developments in the tree care industry.
11. Requests no payment until job is completed to your satisfaction.
Tree services generally do not need to purchase materials to begin your job. So why would they request payment up front? We know our customers will be happy with our work, so we’re comfortable with payment after the job is completed.
12. Maintains a professional demeanor on your job site.
Companies that maintain a high standard for the appearance of their employees and equipment are more likely to show concern for the appearance of your property. We feel that high standards should be met by your tree care providers.