Quality and qualified go hand in hand when it comes to great tree care service. It is important to select a business that has experienced staff to do the job safely, and the right knowledge to make the best choices with how trees are managed. Sometimes landscaping and tree care maintenance is thought to be done by the same people. Although landscaping holds great value to the upkeep and look of residential and commercial properties, it is work that does not cover tree maintenance unless it is subcontracted. Whether a residential or commercial property job, it is important to hire qualified tree care workers. The best way to go is to hire a certified arborist. An arborist is someone who has studied and trained to work with planting, maintaining, and tending trees. Shane Kelly, owner of Canopy Tree Service, is a certified ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) arborist who hires experienced and trained staff. Non-certified businesses may not have all the current information on how to properly trim or remove trees from the area. This could lead to damage done on the trees or property, and extra costs for fixing problems that could have been avoided in the first place.
Qualified Workers Ensure Quality Care
A good example of the value of hiring a licensed arborist takes us to a commercial building in the San Antonio area. Growing about the property are healthy heritage red oaks. As shown in the picture, the larger branches of the heritage red oak have been overly cut down. If cut areas on the branches are not painted over to protect from sap-feeding beetles it can cause oak wilt. Oak wilt is a very harmful tree disease that has caused major concern in central Texas as it continues to kill oaks in very high numbers.* Red oaks are especially prone to oak wilt.
Noting the larger pieces of debris left in the surrounding the area, it appears the job was cut short. This is most likely due to workers not being able to finish the task in the time frame they were hired to complete it, or city officials putting a stop to faulty work. It is easy to find cheaper hires that might run through the job and get it done quickly. But if the proper precautions are not taken there can be unfortunate outcomes. Two common outcomes are damage done to a tree because of improper trimming, and high fines for failing to follow proper tree trimming or removal regulations. When too much is trimmed off a tree it can cut off important parts the tree needs to healthily grow. The average person who does not have the skills or technique to know where, and how much to trim could end up cutting off the main nutrient sources of the tree, leaving it to die. Not to mention, if certain trees, e.g. Heritage Red Oak are removed from properties without a proper permit, the fines if caught, can run as high as six figures. Professional arborists will make sure the owner has a permit, or will get one on their behalf.
The phrase “You get what you pay for” rings true when it comes to quality service. Cutting corners in order to save cost and time can actually have one end up spending more money, and more time fixing the problems that result from not working with a qualified city licensed arborist. When choosing a professional tree care service check to make sure it is a licensed business with trained employees. Look at customer reviews to see what the community has to say about their experiences. Positive customer reviews will often reflect fair pricing and treatment by staff on the job. When you take a close look at Canopy Tree Service, everything adds up to a quality choice business.
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Staff Writer: Maggie Nazario