If you think that tree care is cutting off the occasional limb and raking, I have some bad news for you. Because so many homeowners misunderstand what tree care should be, many should be hiring a professional tree service company for regular maintenance. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t hire a professional tree service and as a result, their trees get sick and even die, and usually from preventable causes.
We recently spoke to the owners of Toms River Tree Care, and they had some great insight as to what “tree care” should be. Although every region of the US is going to have different needs and they operate out of Toms River NJ, most tree care tips apply across the board.
According to the Toms River Tree Care crew, “tree care” should, at minimum, include:
- tree removal
- tree trimming
- tree pruning
- stump grinding
- stump removal
- and emergency tree care service.
If the company you’re speaking to doesn’t offer one or more of these services, forget about them; they aren’t a serious company. In fact, hiring them may just hurt your trees instead when they start cutting limbs off; you’ll find out the hard way that they have no idea what they’re doing.
According to them, there’s not a problem with getting a good price; so long as that low price isn’t sacrificing services. This is especially true when a company claims to have a low price but just barely beats out a full-service company, and the lower priced option only performs certain services.
Another thing to check for is whether or not they do their own work. Chances are, they may be charging an incredibly low price because they’re subcontracting the work to shoddy day laborers and inexperienced tree technicians. Usually, these guys have a pair of beat up sheers and a bent rake; they’re dropped off at your home, and then a little while later they’re picked back up. And when they’ve finished, your yard doesn’t look much different at all.
Tree removal, stump removal, and 24-7 emergency service are the biggies. Stuff happens, and usually when stuff happens it occurs in the middle of the night or at 5:01 on a Friday evening. And if you’re faced with a tree that’s beginning to lean towards your house, you probably won’t wish to wait until Monday morning to call someone.
Tree removal, in general, should be a standard service; and yet, you’d be surprised how many tree care companies don’t offer it. More often than not, removal has to do with the cost of the equipment. If it’s not an issue that they regularly have to deal with, they aren’t going to buy the equipment for it. As a result, when someone does need them to cut a tree down, they either are going to refuse, or rent out bad quality equipment. Or, as usual, sub it out and grab a finder’s fee. By asking the right questions, you can increase your chances of getting a great deal.