General Tips

Tips for Finding a Professional Tree Company

James / September 10, 2019

Like other businesses, there are fraud and scams in the tree service business. If you are not experienced, you may find it hard to hire a qualified arborist. In this post, we will provide you with some tips that may help find a good tree care professional. Consider the following things when you are looking for an arborist.

Insurance policies

Your tree service provider must have workers compensation insurance and appropriate liability insurance. The insurance agency should send the certificates to you. And if the certificates are not from the agency, they may be fraudulent. You will be liable if the company does not have insurance in case of an accident.

Better Business Bureau

Make sure that the company you are dealing with is accredited with the Better Business Bureau. This accreditation indicates that the company provides good service. It is also important to find out the rating of the company.


Make sure that the company you are dealing with has enough reputation. Check out the online reviews and see if they are positive. Also check out if the company is associated with other trade associations. And see if other clients have complained against the company. If your project is expensive and you need extra assurance, do not hesitate to ask for references.

Is it too cheap or too expensive?

Do not make the mistake of choosing the cheapest service. Inexperienced companies usually provide services at a very low price. Companies without certifications and insurances also charge less.

And do not hire a company if you find the price too high. Always make sure that the price is reasonable. Do your research and do not give in to the sweet words of a salesman.

Compare wisely

When you compare multiple estimates, you should understand what they are really offering. Wisely compare the company’s professionalism, service, presentation and knowledge with those of others. Do not compare apples to oranges.

Beware of door-to-door contractors

Door-to-door contractors are often con artists and they try to prey on homeowners. Seniors are often their victims. You will not have to worry about fraud and scams if you simply avoid them. Do not hurry. Take your time and choose good contractors.

Pay the company when you are satisfied

If you are not satisfied with the work, request the company to further work on the project. In some cases, tree service providers ask money in advance and then never return. When you make payments, make sure the project is 100% complete. Do not let the company befool you.

Hopefully the tips above will help you find a good tree care professional.

General Tips, Tree Care, Tree Health, Tree Inspection

Signs & Symptoms of a Sick Tree

James / October 7, 2018

How to Tell if a Tree is Sick

All illnesses have symptoms. If there is something affecting the body, then the body will somehow try to show it so that it gets treatment. Whenever trees are sick, they give off signs and symptoms. There is the only way to know this though, and that is by knowing what those signs are.

Twig Test

A twig test is actually one of the simplest and most effective ways to check out the health of a tree. You just need to take a tree from a branch and open it. Inside you’ll find one of three different colors, which will tell you the health of the tree. A bright green hue means that the tree is in perfect shape. If you see a dark green color, the tree is sick and you’ll need to find the cause.

Actually, you can get an idea of the tree’s health before you even open up a twig. If the twig broke off easily, it means it’s dead and the whole tree is affected. This means your tree is dying or is already dead. You’ll also see that the inside of the twig is brown. In these cases, you have to break off more trees to know if it’s just one branch that has been affected or if it’s the whole tree. Assuming it’s only one branch, the tree is sick but is thankfully not dead.

Tree Bark

Tree bark is a pretty good indicator of the tree’s health, as it’s going to be affected if the tree gets sick at all. Bark damage might mean decay, disease or infect infestations depending on the case. The tree naturally grows, and its outer layer of bark falls away as a new layer grows to replace it. If your tree is sick, it won’t have the strength to create a new layer. This leaves bald spots, so be wary of them when checking your tree.

Fungus on the trunk and bark is one of the worst signs you can see. Because fungal growth usually happens after internal rot, this means the inside of the tree has already been affected. This is not certain, as only an arborist can tell you in detail what happened to the tree.


It is very easy to look up at the tree and look at the foliage. If there are branches without leaves during the seasons they should have them, odds are that the branch is dead. It can even be a sign of an illness in the root or trunk. In general, if there are bare patches or if your tree is losing leaves when it shouldn’t, that’s a sign to look out for.