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How to Hire a Reliable Tree Care Company

If you can’t prune your mature tree with both feet on the ground – hire an expert! Stay safe: trees and ladders don’t mix.

Keep reading to ensure you get professional and correct tree work for your mature trees. Improper tree work can cause irreparable damage to your tree and may end up costing you a considerable amount of time and money.

Hire a Certified Arborist as if your tree's life depends on it! Because it does.

How do I find a good Arborist in my area, and once I've hired them what instructions do I give?


What is a Certified Arborist?

A Certified Arborist is a specialist trained in the care of trees. Certified Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are educated and equipped to provide proper diagnostic and treatment services.

Certification is offered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Each qualifying Arborist is assigned a certification number, which is retained throughout his or her professional life.

It is your right to request a Certified Arborist's certificate number and current status.

You can find a list of Certified Arborists in your area and confirm the Arborist’s certification using the ISA website.


What is a Consulting Arborist?

Consulting Arborists are authorities in matters related to trees, and are able to objectively provide appraisals, evaluations, and diagnostics. Many Consulting Arborists do not perform tree work themselves, but can provide a valuable second opinion in a complex issue or potential costly treatment before you hire 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.

Membership is offered by the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), where you can search for one in your area. 


When hiring a tree care company: 

  • Remember, almost anyone can obtain a business license, and that alone is no guarantee of quality work or that adequate insurance policies are in place.
  • Always ask for references and take the time to check them. Ask for the address and location of trees they have worked on recently, so you may see examples of their work.
  • Always get more than one bid and examine the bid specifications.

How do I find a good Arborist in my area, and once I've hired them what instructions do I give? 

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

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