Why hire a Certified Arborist?
Certified arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
What does TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Accreditation mean?
The TCIA Accreditation "seal of approval" helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: Adherence to the TCIA Code of Ethics and best business practices. Employing formally trained, skilled personnel. Meeting industry standards for quality performance and safety Providing industry-standard written estimates Customer satisfaction, including following a dispute resolution process. Carrying sufficient insurance coverage. Employing certified arborists. We are proud to be one of a select company to have received this comprehensive evaluation and accreditation. Out of 18,000 tree care companies nationwide there are only 150 accredited companies to date.
What is a Consulting Arborist
ASCA Consulting Arborists possess the highest levels of technical and business skills in the industry, making them the preferred choice as authoritative experts. ASCA members are trusted and respected authorities in legal, environmental and regulatory arenas, among others - giving you the distinct advantage when you select a designated Consulting Arborist. Consulting arborists are dedicated to the enhancement of the community and the protection of the environment as the preeminent authorities on matters related to tree and plant life—ensuring through their expertise and objectivity the safety, preservation, functionality and beauty of our natural surroundings. ASCA's Consulting Arborists are also set apart by the ethical and professional codes to which they must adhere as part of their membership and participating in continuing education every two years to maintain their membership status .
I have a new house and have never cared for trees before, what are some of the benefits of maintaining my trees?
Trees in the urban/suburban landscape have traditionally been valued for their aesthetic qualities and shade they produce. Trees enhance property values. Research shows that the value of your property could increase up to 25%, depending on the size, type, location and health of its trees. Mature trees are particularly valuable. Therefore, it makes sense to protect your tree investment with proper maintenance. Landscape trees can help you save money and live more comfortably. With properly placed trees around your house, you can reduce winter heating bills up to 15%. A mature shade tree can block up to 90% of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost. Trees act as windbreaks and sunscreens. They reduce air pollution; reduce noise pollution by acting as barrier. They decrease stress, inspire minds and break emotional barriers.
How often do my trees need care?
The type and frequency of tree care depends on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree’s growth. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a life long process, and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-term commitment. An arborist is skilled in designing a program to protect and enhance your trees.
Why should my trees be pruned?
Pruning trees helps promote healthy trees with good branch structure. Trees growing in man-made conditions usually have much more space and less competition from other trees. They will spread out to form much broader trees than they would if located in the forest. The branch structure will often be inadequate if the tree is left to develop on its own. These trees can develop hazard limbs that eventually could fail, leading to an unattractive appearance, creating a hazard and even lead to an early tree death.
Can trees be hazardous?
Trees are essential to our world, offering a wide range of benefits to our environment. However, trees become hazardous liabilities if they fall and injure people or damage property. Proper constant maintenance will help prevent and identify when a tree becomes dangerous. Evaluating the seriousness of a trees condition is best done by a professional Certified Arborist.
What are ANSI A300 standards?
They are industry standards developed by a committee called the ANSI-accredited Standards Committee (ASC) A300. The committee has representatives from a broad and diverse group of industrial and governmental organizations. The standards dictate the requirements and recommendations of the tree care industry for satisfactory performance of tree care maintenance. This means tree care companies who perform work according to ANSI A300 standards are following accepted industry practices for tree care maintenance operations. TCIA Accredited companies are required to follow ANSI A300 standards.
Do you have insurance and work safely?
Ray Smith & Associates, Inc. is fully insured and has over 30 years of experience in caring for trees. We have a dedicated safety and training department, and maintain a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional on staff. All our tree care workers are trained in the latest techniques and have been trained to safely work around power lines through TCIA's Electrical Hazards Awareness Program.
I will be doing construction on my property and need to remove trees. Which ones do I remove? Is there anything I need to do to prevent damage to the trees I want to keep?
The most important thing is to have your site evaluated by a Certified Arborist before construction begins. Working with our arborists and our designers, we can formulate a tree preservation plan & help determine if any trees need to be removed. We are often called upon to provide help for trees, which have been injured during construction. Many times the arborist can be helpful, but all too often the call is made after the damage has been done and the trees are in a declining condition.