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What to look for in an arborist

If you need someone to prune, remove or otherwise take care of your trees, make sure to work with a certified arborist. It’s important to hire someone who’s qualified for the specific type of work that arborists perform. Trusting the job to someone who’s unqualified could result in damage to your property. Here’s what to look for when hiring an arborist.


ISA Certification

The first thing you should do is check for certifications. Specifically, you should determine if the contractor you might hire is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

In order to be certified by the organization, arborists must pass ISA’s examinations of tree care and maintenance. The certification is therefore a testament to the contractor’s comprehensive knowledge about trees and what practices are best to use when caring for them. Additionally, ISA-certified arborists adhere to the ISA Code of Ethics, which serves as a promise for safe, trustworthy and high-quality service.


Good testimonials

Reviews from past clients are another indicator of whether you should hire an arborist. You can search for testimonials online to get an idea of what people’s experiences with a specific arborist was like. It’s also a good idea to ask the arborist for references from previous clients. Make sure to call a few of them and ask questions about the nature of the work performed. Determine if they’re happy with the results.


Fair prices

It’s important to make sure you aren’t being overcharged. That being said, you don’t necessarily want to hire the arborist with the cheapest rate. Arborists have a number of expenses, and an especially low cost may be a sign of poor service or lack of insurance. Make sure to ask several arborists for estimates so you can compare them.


Proper pruning practices

Make sure to hire an arborist who knows what they’re doing. For example, some arborists will use spikes to climb trees, which can be detrimental to the tree’s health and structural integrity. Other arborists may go overboard with pruning. Typically, arborists will recommend a few different options for how to go about pruning a tree, so it’s a red flag if they jump straight to suggesting something extreme, such as topping the tree.


Arborists in Western Canada

If you have a tree that needs to be planted, pruned or removed, trust ArborCare. Our team of ISA-certified arborists are available to help you. Contact us to find out more or get a free estimate.

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