Most homes and businesses should remember to prune their trees before the winter time hits, but we know this is not the case. Most trees suffer damage in the winter time (if not managed ahead of time) and that only leads to more problems during the summer. As the wind takes a beating on the roots and overhanging branches, the whole tree becomes fragile and brittle. As soon as that happens, you have more potential for falling branches onto cars, homes and, God forbid, people!
Warren from Modesto Tree Service says that a lot of their jobs come in right before the winter time storms hit, but many people underestimate their trees come summer time.
“Many people don’t think about the summer time as being a prime time for tree problems, but it is! We have countless customers who call and say that the branch that has been hanging on for dear life all winter finally fell and they need it cleaned up along with the rest of the tree. I recommend all people really think about bringing in expert and professional tree service companies to get your trees taken care of. Preferably this needs to happen before winter, but don’t wait until it’s too late.”
At SoloVJ.com, we’d have to agree. Tree service companies are plentiful in the Central Valley and there are quite a few good ones to choose from. Make sure to do your due diligence and understand your exact needs before calling and requesting quotes. They should obviously be licensed and insured before performing ANY work on your property.
Many companies also offer other services which can help you such as tree removal, stump grinding and being able to diagnose any diseases your tree may have. Ask them about these services when you’re on the phone and determine if what they offer is right for you.
Thanks to STIHL USA for this top 10 list of questions to ask any tree service company before hiring them:
1. Will the company’s crew be wearing any protective equipment when servicing trees? OSHA requires all tree service companies to mandate their employees wear protective equipment when working any tree care services.
2. Do any of their services promote “topping” of trees? This is a very unsafe practice for trees and if they’re offering this then be warned – keep looking elsewhere!
3. Are spikes used to climb the trees? If the company you are bringing in is only trimming the trees, then request that spikes not be used while climbing the tree. This can cause unnecessary damage and wounds to the tree.
4. Does the company look reputable? Does the company own a website and have a professional appearance? Do they wear uniforms and are their trucks in good condition? Paying attention to these small facets can help you determine how their business is ran and whether it fits in with what you are looking for.
5. How long is the job going to take? Getting a rough estimate from different companies is always your best bet. There may be a company that gives you a time frame of one day, while another tells you it’s going to take a week. Being able to get a general idea will give you better decision making power when it comes time to booking the company for the job.
6. What equipment do they use? Don’t feel bad about asking what equipment they use and what their game plan is for your trees. As the customer, understanding exactly how things are going to progress is key in knowing if the job was done right. If the company is hesitant to include you in on this, be weary and meet with another.
7. Are they providing an in-depth estimate? Make sure to get quotes from a couple different companies and compare things like options offered and price.
8. Can they offer you a list of prior customers? Any company who does good work should have no problems giving you a list of satisfied customers they have done work for before. Give a few people on this list a call and ask about their experiences with the company you are considering.
10. Can they give you a copy of proof of insurance? Make sure the tree service company you are considering is fully licensed and insured so that you are not held responsible for any property damage or employee injury while they are on the job.
Hopefully this list has given you a few things to ask about if you in need of a tree service company for your home or business!
And we’ll leave you with an amazing video of some amazing tree service work: