M & S Wesley Certified Arborist

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Choose A Professional Tree Service?


Selecting a tree service should be considered carefully. Choosing a tree company that is nationally accredited by the TCIA is a really good start. TCIA accredited companies are held to a higher standard, and employee trained certified arborists and tree workers. Trees and shrubs add beauty and value to your property and deserve proper care. When you look for a tree service there should be a Certified Arborist, a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional and Certified Tree Workers on staff to ensure your trees future health. Remember any one that is willing to top your trees, or use climbing spikes to trim your trees are not looking out for you or your trees best interest. Topping is bad and will cost you more money in the future.

 How Do I Find A Professional Tree Service?

 Start your search by consulting the TCIA website, your ATT phone book or online. Look for the TCIA Accredited Logo  next to the ad.

 Why Do I Receive Different Bids? "Comparison Bids"

If you are getting comparison bids, you may find they will vary considerably. One bid of $1200 might include careful pruning according to National Arborist Association Standards and performed by a trained arborist, reputable and insured company. A bid of $200 on the same job might be a quick butcher job by an uninsured, and/or unlicensed person. Be aware that bids of nearly the same amount may not represent the equivalent quality or the amount of work. The important thing about gathering comparative bids is that each company estimates the same work, and that you understand the quality of work provided.

Why Would I Have A Tree Topped?

Topping, refers to the removal of major portions of a tree's crown by cutting branches indiscriminately or whole tops from trees. Topping severely injures and sometimes kills them outright. So why would people ask to have a tree topped? There seems to be a few main reasons:

  • Concern for safety - Possibility of blow down in storms etc.
  • Scenic views - People wanting a better view of rivers, lakes, mountains, etc.
  • Misguided intent to save money - Correctly pruned trees are not often apparent to the untrained eye, whereas a "topped" tree is very apparent. The examples of quality tree care frequently go unnoticed while the mutilated victims of topping serve as a standard no-no for tree care. Topping destroys the natural form of trees. It stimulates excessive, undesirable growth, and quickly defeats the original purpose of pruning your trees. Restorative pruning over time, can slowly bring back a natural shape after the tree has been topped. A tree's life is reduced by topping and the resultant decay weakens the limbs and trunk. Topping a tree can become the most expensive method of trimming when considering the loss of tree value and the increasing maintenance costs required to preserve an unnatural form. Topping cannot and will not make a tree safe, it causes more problems. Those people that ignore proper tree care, and top trees ensure long loss to everyone, especially the tree.