Landscaping vs tree care
Unlike landscaping companies whose specialties lie in caring for lawns, shrubs and gardens, hardscaping, tree care companies specifically specialize in trimming, planting, disease/insect management and removing trees. Because landscaping and tree care companies are so vastly different, it is important that homeowners and property owners realize the many ways that they differ before unknowingly hiring the wrong person for the job.
Tree care services and what they provide
If you need one or more trees removed from your property, you will need a skilled professional with the equipment for tree removal in order to complete the job in the safest, most efficient manner possible. It may not seem complicated, but cutting down a tree is actually very precise work. Tree care companies have teams of individuals who understand the ways of controlling where the tree falls and avoiding property damage. This is also critical in avoiding injury.
The right diagnoses & treatment
Tree care companies care for mature trees and handle tasks including tree removal, pruning, cabling and stump grinding. Using their specialized equipment, they will remove dangerous and diseased branches safely and efficiently and can also diagnose a sick or dying tree. Plant health care is not something to be taken lightly. Annual continuing education and licensing is completed to make sure your trees are diagnosed and treated properly.
Alliance Tree Care Inc.
Alliance Tree Care Inc., works closely with the University of Minnesota Extension for in-depth testing and diagnosing. Tree planting also falls into this section. Tree care companies practice higher more detailed scientific based planting techniques to help guarantee the continued health of your tree. Please see our blog on proper tree planting, us vs them.
Profesional tree care
Unlike landscapers, professional tree care companies, like Alliance Tree Care Inc., have expertise in handling dangerous equipment such as woodchippers and chainsaws. They also observe pruning standards, carry the necessary liability insurance and recognize the importance of following standardized safety practices on the jobsite.
Reputable tree care companies follow strict safety guidelines, and not all tree care companies are the same. A minimum of $1,000,000 general liability should be provided by the company that you hire. Also a minimum of $500,000 in Workers Compensation should also be provided. Please make sure to ask for a Certificate of Insurance in YOUR name with YOUR address. IF you hire a company that does NOT have these minimums, you will be liable if there was to be an accident on your property.
Alliance Tree Care Inc., carries larger than minimum coverage(s) with $1,000,000 General Liability, $2,000,000 General Aggregate, $500,000 Workers Compensation and a $1,000,000 Liability Umbrella so that you can rest assured that in the unfortunate event that there is an accident, YOU as the homeowner are covered. Lawncare Companies DO NOT have to carry these minimums and that is a very huge red flag for hiring them to take care of your trees.
What landscapers handle
While you may already use a landscaping service for maintaining your yard or property, they do not have the needed tools, equipment or expertise required for tree-related tasks. Even with their knowledge of trees and plants, landscapers are often improperly equipped for handling the more dangerous aspects of tree work, which is a safety hazard. Traditionally, landscaping companies handle such tasks as landscape and hardscape installation, lawn care and maintenance, irrigation system installation and maintenance, mulching, garden care and shrub pruning. These are the tasks for which they have proper training and the equipment needed to do the job. A company that is hired to mow your lawn, should NEVER be maintaining your trees.
Responsability of the landscaper
Another important fact to realize is that if a landscaper manages the responsibilities of a tree care company, it risks the possibility of causing serious injury or damage to your property. Homeowners and property owners may even be held responsible for the damage, especially in cases that the contractor has no liability insurance.
Know who you need for the job
At Alliance Tree Care Inc., we work closely with our clients in determining the best course of action for what their project needs and what the clients desired end result may be. Tree services and arborists have special training and certifications, giving them the necessary expertise for correctly diagnosing problems with trees and the proper methods for trimming, plant health care and tree removal. If you are in the need for some hardscape design/maintenance, we work closely with a small handful of trusted landscapers that we would be more than happy to direct you to.
As outdoor experts, our educated team has over 50 combined years of experience in the tree industry. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, no matter the size or type of project, and we have built a solid reputation on our abilities of bringing your yard to life. Making sure that the work we do, allows us all, to reap the benefits for decades if not centuries to come.
Call Alliance Tree Care Inc., today with any questions about hiring multiple property management companies to care for your home.