There are several tree doctors in the New York City, NY area, but finding a tree doctor that performs quality tree care can take a little research. Getting professional tree care involves looking into the qualifications of a tree doctor. Considering the time it takes to grow a mature tree it is worth the extra time involved to find a professional tree doctor. A poor tree pruning job, for instance, will not only disfigure a mature tree but could also shorten the lifespan of the mature tree.
Tips to finding a tree doctor near your home:
- Look for a tree doctor certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certifications include Certified Tree Worker/Climber; ISA Certified Arborist; Board Certified Master Arborist. Tree doctors with these certifications have shown a commitment to providing quality tree care and continually attend tree care seminars to keep their certification current.
- Does the tree doctor belong to a professional tree care industry organization? The two biggest tree care industry organizations are the International Society of Arboriculture and the Tree Care Industry Association. The tree doctor may also be a member of a statewide tree care or landscape related association.
- Check to see if the tree doctor is a member of the Better Business Bureau or the local Chamber of Commerce?
- Make sure the tree doctor has proper insurance. If the tree doctor is not insured the property owner could be held liable for any damages or injuries that occur while the tree doctor is working on the property.
- Ask the tree doctor to provide you with references so you can see the quality of tree care you could expect from the tree doctor and if past clients were satisfied with the tree care received.
- A professional tree doctor will give you a written estimate for tree work to be done. The lowest price isn’t the best price if not as much tree care work is going to be provided. Make sure each tree doctor you get a price from is going to do the same amount of work.
Most professional tree doctors don’t need to do door to door soliciting to get tree work. You should be cautious if a “tree doctor” shows up unexpectedly and announces that you have a tree that should be removed as soon as possible. Door to door “tree doctors” often use scare tactics to sell tree work. It’s usually in your best interest to let the “tree doctor” leave an estimate at the door and tell them you’ll call them if you’re interested - then call another tree doctor for a second opinion.