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How to Hire a Reliable Tree Care Company

If you cannot prune your tree with both feet on the ground, stay safe by hiring an expert and avoiding the ladder! 

Improper tree work can cause serious damage and may end up costing you significant time and money, so hire a tree care company as if your tree's life depends on it.

What is a Certified Arborist?

Certified Arborists are specially trained in tree care and carry an active certification number from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

A Certified Arborist can help you understand your tree's needs and perform the work required to keep it healthy.

Find a Certified Arborist in your area and be sure to ask for their certification number to verify their credential

What is a Consulting Arborist?

Consulting Arborists are authorities in matters related to trees and can provide objective appraisals, evaluations, and diagnostics.

Many Consulting Arborists do not perform tree work themselves. Instead, a they can give a valuable second opinion if you have a complex tree issue or potential costly treatment. This additional opinion can help you decide on a course of action before hiring a tree service to do the work.

Consulting Arborists can also provide expert recommendations for protecting trees in construction zones or legal advice and testimony in court.

Search for a Consulting Arborist in your area on the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) website. 

When hiring a tree care company: 

  • Remember, a business license alone does not guarantee quality work or proper insurance.
  • Check their references. Speak with previous clients and ask for the location of trees they have worked on recently to give you a visual of their work.
  • Get more than one bid and examine the bid specifications to make sure you are comfortable with the details.

Ready to hire an Arborist? Learn how to find the right one for you.

Note: Per organizational policy, Sacramento Tree Foundation does not endorse private arborists, tree care companies, or consultants.

If you have questions about hiring a Certified Arborist  or reliable tree care company, contact us at (916) 924-8733 or TreeTips@sactree.com.