Why Hire an Arborist?
Many tree companies are simply tree cutters. Tree removal may not be your only or best option. Given the beauty of trees and their known value to your landscape wouldn’t you want someone to give you all the choices available?
The Tree Company is led by CT licensed and International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists. that are schooled and trained in all of the latest techniques in arboriculture. Often trees can be treated via a wide variety of techniques such as:
- Selective pruning & trimming
- Insect and disease control
- Cabling & bracing
A licensed arborist is someone who dedicates themselves to their profession via a program of learning in their field. The license signifies that a person is capable of evaluating and caring for your trees and property holistically so that your needs for safety, tree health, shade, vistas & aesthetics are balanced.
How do you price an estimate?
Our estimates are based on a number of factors including location and accessibility of the tree(s), equipment required and projected labor time. Included in our estimates are factors that cover insurance and worker’s compensation costs (which protect the homeowner from risk), supplies, maintenance and fuel. We encourage you to get multiple estimates but ask you weigh all factors. The least expensive estimate may cost more in the long run.
What about your liability and worker's compensation coverage?
The Tree Company has liability insurance for tree work with per claim liability coverage large enough to sufficiently cover damage that could occur.
A liability insurance policy must specifically cover tree work or a claim for property damage might be rejected. For example, if a liability policy is written for landscape service, a claim for damage to property caused by the felling of a tree and/or the equipment used in its removal might be rejected.
The Tree Company also carries Worker’s Compensation insurance for it’s owners and employees. In the event that a worker is injured on your property Worker’s Compensation will cover his expenses while he is injured. The injured worker cannot seek damages against the property owner if they are covered by Worker’s Compensation.
If a tree company does not carry Worker’s Compensation insurance an injured worker may sue the tree company and the property owner for damages.
What type of equipment do you have?
The Tree Company uses state of the art equipment and tools including a 75 ft. aerial bucket truck, chip truck, 16″ capacity wood chipper, 45 ton crane for wood removal and a low ground pressure material handling skid steer. Our choice of equipment is made to provide the greatest customer value, best worker safety and least impact to your property.
When can you schedule my tree work?
he Tree Company will work to accommodate your schedule. You do not have to be home when the work occurs but we will make all efforts to accommodate your preferences. Please note that due to the nature of tree work, weather may cause the need to reschedule.
Do I need to be home when you are doing my tree work?
Only if you want to watch or help (Just kidding!). We go over the location of the trees and a description of the work required in detail during the in person estimate so you can go on with your life while we take care of business.
What are my payment options?
Cash, check or credit card payable upon completion of the work.
Do you have to bring equipment on my lawn?
If it is necessary to bring equipment on your lawn we will make sure to avoid damage. We use ground protection mats to distribute the weight of the equipment. In the event that we create ruts or damage the grass we will restore the area to its original condition.
Why do you ask about my septic system?
We do not want to drive over a septic tank, dry wells or underground oil tanks so we inquire about their whereabouts. We also wish to steer clear of leaching fields that are constructed with concrete galleys or plastic infiltrators. Many leaching fields are made of gravel and pipe which are OK to drive across.
Do you remove wood and chip brush?
Yes. Your preferences regarding wood and chip disposition are discussed at the estimate and impact the cost.
Do you provide references?
Absolutely! We get much of our business from referrals and repeat customers. Our references include homeowners, property managers, other professional home and commercial contractors and historical societies. We are proud of our work and our customers are proud of us!
Can you determine if a tree can be saved or if it will fall?
Yes. It is our preference to preserve a tree and through our holistic evaluation process can determine of it can be restored to a vital and safe condition. As CT licensed arborists we are trained in both the evaluation and treatment of damaged or diseased trees. Of course, safety is the primary concern so we are careful to estimate the potential hazards of a tree and recommend accordingly.
What is the value of trees?
There is more to a tree than beauty alone.
- Shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by
2.1 billion dollars.
- A healthy tree can increase your property value by as much as 27 percent while trees with dead
branches, hollow cavities and other problems can decrease your property value.
- Trees properly placed around buildings/homes can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.
- A mature tree removes 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.
- A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.
- Each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including
energy conservation and reduced pollution.
- A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year – that means two mature trees
can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four.
- One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
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