Even if you need emergency tree removal it is worth taking some time to investigate the credentials of a tree doctor before hiring the tree doctor to do any tree work for you. The internet makes it easy to investigate, at least to some extent, the tree doctor.
- The easiest item to check is to see if the tree doctor has a website. This is no indication of the quality of the tree care you could expect from the tree doctor, but it at least lets you know they are not a fly-by-night operation.
- A tree doctor committed to quality tree care is probably a member of the Tree Care Industry Association or the International Society of Arboriculture. Both of these tree care associations promote proper tree care and educate their members on the newest and best tree care treatments available.
- The tree doctor may also be a member of any number of other local, statewide, or regional green industry associations that promote professionalism and proper tree care techniques. The International Society of Arboriculture, for instance, has several state and regional chapters throughout the country.
- You may also want to see if the tree doctor is a member of the Better Business Bureau or the local Chamber of Commerce. This indicates that the tree doctor is running an established tree service.
- You should also make sure the tree doctor has insurance before any tree work is started. The tree doctor should at least have liability and workman’s compensation insurance.
- A little investigation before the tree doctor does any tree care for you may save you a lot of grief in the long run.