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Hire a Certified Arborist

Woodland Tree Service now has four certified arborists on staff, more than anyone else in Memphis, to help meet your tree needs.

What Is a Certified Arborist?

An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. It operates without mandate of law and is an internal, self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual’s knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

Certification is not a measure of standards of practice. Certification can attest to the tree knowledge of an individual but cannot guarantee or ensure quality performance.

Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care. Certified Arborists must also continue their education to maintain their certification. Therefore, they are more likely to be up to date on the latest techniques in arboriculture.

When to Hire an Arborist

Woodland Tree Arborists (left to right)
Jared Houston, Terran Arwood, Tom Munhollen, Jason Brooks

There are a variety of services an arborist can provide to help you maintain your investment.

Tree Pruning - An arborist can determine what type of pruning is best for the individual tree to maintain its health and to improve its appearance and safety. If pruning requires leaving the ground, hire a trained professional. Also, pruning with a chainsaw is dangerous and it should never be used above the head or while on a ladder. Hire an arborist who can skillfully prune the tree safely using the proper equipment.

Tree Removal - Arborists can help determine whether or not a tree should be removed, though usually this is a last resort. Arborists have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees. Tree removal is dangerous and should be done by a professional.

Emergency Tree Care - Storms can cause major damage to limbs or entire trees which can result in damage to other property. These trees need to be removed or trimmed to lessen the long-term damage to the tree and surrounding property. This is dangerous work and an arborist should be hired to perform this job safely.

Planting - Planting the right tree in the right place is important for the long term health of the tree. Arborists can recommend the appropriate tree for the desired location, and assist in proper planting.

How to Find a Qualified Arborist

When searching for a tree care company, there are several things to look for before making a selection.

Certification - Ask if the arborists on staff hold an ISA certification, and/or a state-issued professional arborist license*. ISA offers a range of certification credentials from Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist to Board Certified Master Arborist. To be certified individuals must pass a voluntary comprehensive exam. Certification must be maintained through continuing education, which means they should be up-to-date on the latest in arboricultural technology and are knowledgeable of acceptable practices. (*Not all states require licensing, so please be sure to verify your state's requirements.)

Professional Affiliation - Ask about membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Affiliation with industry organizations demonstrates a willingness to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and information.

Advertisement - Check the local yellow pages directory, etc. for arborists who list themselves as ISA Certified Arborists or display the official logos of professional membership. Also look for logos of business accreditation by organizations such as The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), who requires they have an ISA Certified Arborist on staff. Most reputable tree care professionals do not go door to door soliciting business, so avoid those companies that show up at your doorstep offering to prune your trees.

Insurance - Ask for proof of insurance and then verify coverage with the insurance company. A reputable arborist should have insurance to cover personal and property damage as well as worker's compensation. If you hire an uninsured tree expert, you can be held liable for any damages or injuries that occur while they are on the job.

References - Ask for references from past customers and do not hesitate to check them, or to visit the locations where the company or individual has done tree care work.

Estimates - Do not be afraid to ask for an estimate, and it is ok to get more than one estimate. You should not always select the lowest bid. When examining the bids, you should look at all specifications and credentials, and the work to be done to determine which company will provide the best service with the skill and professionalism needed to protect your investment. And most importantly get it in writing. Most reputable arborist will have the customer sign a contract so be sure to review it and do not be afraid to ask questions.

Don't Forget About These Services Woodland Tree Offers:

  • Give us a call to collect your leaves, so you don't have to! Visit our website for more information on our Leaf Collection Service.
  • Cold weather is here, so contact us about getting Firewood delivered to your door.

Please email joanna@woodlandtree.com or call us at (901) 309-6779 for any of your tree servicing needs.

Posted by Mark Allen at 2:07 PM
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