Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. Education is the foundation of this industry. Not a day goes by that we are not reading up on an event, disease, product or just connecting with others in the industry to share findings, etc.
We are also members of several industry organizations that require indepth educational courses and events to maintain membership and certifications.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. A true love for this earth, environment and how we can move forward to protect it for years to come.
Many people underestimate the importance of trees. They play a vital role in our ecosytem. Not to mention they add thousands in value to property values, improve curb appeal and just give a happier feel to an area.
Wouldn't you choose a park surrounded with lots of trees and meadering paths versus a plain open field?
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. The most common service would be a general cleaning of the tree - thinning in and throughout the tree. This method not only improve the overall health, it increases the appearance and provides better wind sail (an important fact for those blustery Fall/Winter wind storms known to frequent our area).
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A. We recently completed a multi-day pruning job for a Nationally recognized Historic Site in the area. It was a huge honor to be allowed to provide the maintenance services to this location.
We actually were hosting some Arborists from Denmark on that day and it could not have been a better opportunity to show them the daily life of our company and that it was at such a prestigious location.
Definitely a very memorable event.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Please be sure to verify that the contractor you are hiring is LICENSED, BONDED AND INSURED and that at least ONE person on staff is at a minimum a CERTIFIED ARBORIST.
Please also understand that these requirements come with a price tag; thus, companies providing an estimate and meet these minimum requirements may not be the cheapest in town. However, they will provide you with the best protection for yourself, your property and most importantly your trees.
Certified Arborist designation applies to ONE PERSON only. Verify that you are dealing with the individual certified with the credentials.
Do your research. Our company is an open book providing links to our certifications, licensing, etc. on our website and to anyone who requests.
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. This profession is very specific and is not to be taken too lightly. It takes years of experience, education and certifications to call yourself a professional who can assist with a client's tree care needs.
The certifications obtained within this industry come with rigid requirements, codes of ethics and an overall commitment to standards. There are several hours of education required each year in order to obtain and maintain certifications - it truly helps keep the commitment to this industry clean and focused with true professionals.