Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring an Arborist/Tree Contractor in Orlando
Why hire a company with Worker's Compensation? This is a necessity! If something goes wrong on the job and an employee
gets injured, worker's compensation is the only thing protecting you
from picking up the bill. This is the most expensive and the most important
insurance for a tree service to have due to the dangerous nature of the
work; not all companies are created equally when it comes to their insurance
and liability coverage.
What is an ISA Certified Arborist? The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has been committed to
the professional practice of arboriculture and sharing their knowledge
for more than 80 years. Certified Arborists are extremely knowledgeable
in the job tasks of proper tree maintenance and care; they are also certified
to train employees, and must continue their education regularly in order
to remain certified.
Why do I need to hire someone to take care of my trees? Can't they take care of themselves naturally? Trees are maintained
in nature by letting their dying limbs fall, and undergrowth is burned
by fires or consumed by wildlife. However, falling limbs and brush fires
are acts of nature you don't want in your yard.
Why should I hire an Arborist? Arborists make a living caring for trees in urban and suburban areas.
You and your trees will benefit from an Arborist's experience. Proper
care of your trees can actually increase your property's value. Whereas
improper care can lower property value and put you, your yard, and your
home at risk.
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Contractor:
Worker's Compensation and General Liability Insurance – Beware of companies who claim to have insurance on paper, but
really don't. Ask the company to send you proof of insurance. A reputable
company will have no trouble providing this information. If a company
says that they don't need worker's comp for any reason, it may
be a lawful loophole for them to save money, but you will still be at risk!
License- Find out if your state or municipality requires a specific license or
certification for providing tree services. Make sure the company has the
proper licenses to obtain any necessary permits and/or perform work in
Arborist Classes- Ask the company what kinds of continuing education its employees engage
in. Arborists are not just individuals who were told how to cut trees
once and were handed some tools, they should be keeping up to date with
the changing industry standards and practices to keep you and your trees
safe and healthy.
Training- Ask the company what qualifications and training their employees have.
Years of experience don't account for much if employees are not trained
properly. Look for a company with a Certified Arborist on staff. A Certified
Arborist has proven their ability to train employees in proper tree care
and maintenance. Poorly trained workers can injure themselves or cause
irreparable damage to your trees.
Dangerous and Improper Practices- Ask the company if they practice "topping" or if their climbers
use spikes. If they answer yes to either of those questions, stay away!
Topping is only acceptable as a temporary measure if the tree is scheduled
to be removed, and it is only a necessary evil around power lines. Spikes
can transfer diseases between trees, weaken the tree, and cause it to
use energy to heal the wounds created. These wounds can be easily infected
by diseases. Spiking should never be used on a live tree.
When to Consult an Arborist:
How often should I get my trees cared for? Generally, in Florida, you should prune your trees every 2-3 years. If
your tree is declining, hazardous or concerning, then yearly evaluation
Why so often? Trees grow and behave differently in urban and suburban areas than in
natural forests. The variance in nutrients available and the diseases
and insects they are exposed to are contributing factors to why they need
more maintenance in urban and suburban areas.
When is the best time of year to get tree work done? Trimming is best to complete in the winter time due to the tree's
growth cycle. In the spring time, the tree won't need to use as much
energy to produce foliage.
How do I know if my trees are in need of care? If you notice dead or dying limbs, patches of mistletoe, or other invasive
species in your trees, then you should call an arborist for a free consultation.
Should I be concerned about a hole/cavity in my tree? There is always reason for concern, but depending on location, size, and
spread of disease, it is ultimately a case by case basis. If you notice
a hole/cavity, contact an arborist for a free estimate.
Is there a wrong way and a right way to prune trees? Yes. Over-pruning can harm your trees in several ways: it increases liability,
lowers life span, and causes trees to use energy to increase foliage production
to compensate for the over-pruning. Keep in mind that no more than 25-30%
of a tree's canopy/foliage should be taken out at one time.