If you’re looking to hire a tree service, look for the ISA logo and Certified Arborist badge on each company’s website. Hiring a tree service with ISA-certified arborists on staff is the best way to guarantee the safety of you, your property, and the workers.

ISA organizationA certified arborist is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting and maintaining individual trees. Arborists that are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture have a minimum of three years' full-time experience working in the professional tree care industry, follow a code of ethics to ensure the reliability of their work, and have passed an arboriculture exam or hold a degree in arboriculture, forestry, landscape architecture, or horticulture. Obtaining the certification demonstrates that the arborist is a knowledgeable, experienced tree care professional.

The Certified Arborist exam consists of 200 questions on tree biology, identification, tree-soil-water relations, nutrition and fertilization, planting, pruning techniques, cabling, bracing and lightning protection, problem diagnosis and management, preservation, climbing and safe work practices, and risk assessment. 

After passing the exam, an ISA certification is only valid for three years. Arborists must maintain their certification by completing 30 continuing education units (CEUs) in that time. Arborists earn CEUs by attending seminars, college courses, or completing study in ISA publications.

Why hire an arborist with an ISA certification?

You should only hire a company that specializes in tree care work and has the proper equipment to ensure that you are getting the highest quality and safest work around. From increased property value to fewer liabilities, there are many benefits to hiring a certified arborist.

They're trained in proper tree care

From tree pruning and removal to disease and insect treatments, arborists are trained in both the art and science of proper tree care, planting and maintenance.

Proper pruning is essential in establishing and maintaining a tree with strong structure and form. Young trees that are appropriately pruned will require less attention as they mature than ones that haven’t. Poor pruning caused by inadequately trained workers with little or no knowledge of tree biology can cause irreparable damage.

Also, ISA-certified arborists possess knowledge that other arborists don’t. The ISA provides the latest news and techniques to their members and certified arborists.

Their expertise can help protect your investment and property value

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.

An arborist can help you to grow attractive and well-cared for trees. In turn, your property value will increase. An arborist can also help determine when a tree should be removed due to health, structural concerns, safety, or other reasons that may impact long-term viability.

They have the proper tools for the job

Pruning or removing trees can be dangerous. No matter the job, arborists are experienced and equipped with the proper tools and equipment to do the work safely.

Trees require proper care; however, pruning or removing trees can be dangerous and should be done by those with extensive training, proper equipment and adequate liability insurance. Trained arborists know how to maintain trees for the safety of the public and the health of the tree.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. At Precision Landscape & Tree we hire the best arborists in the business to ensure our customers and their trees get the best treatment possible. To request an estimate with our certified arborists, submit a contact form or call us at (651) 484-2726.