Arborist Or Landscaper: Which One Should You Hire?

by / Thursday, 01 June 2017 / Published in Blog

Climbing and felling a tree is a dangerous task, especially if you are an inexperienced DIY’er who thinks they can do the job instead of letting a tree service arborist handle it. Although trees increase the value of your property, they also increase your liability as a homeowner. Arborists and tree care specialists have been trained and certified for this type of work and use equipment that has been specifically designed for this industry trade.

When do You need One or the Other?

So why should you still consider hiring an arborist even though your landscaper has told you that they can do the job? Well, you wouldn’t hire a plumber to do an electrician’s job would you? The same applies to arborists and landscapers. The following will help you determine when you need an arborist and when you need a landscaper.

You need an arborist when:
• any tree is threatening your deck, fence, house, overhang, patio, or any other space on your property
• you need advice about the design, placement, and species of tree in your geographical location and landscaping layout
• you need help determining the health of any trees on your property (in this case, the arborist should also be a certified tree risk assessor)

You need a landscaper when:
• garden advice and layout is needed as well as a better understanding of which flowers will work best based on the design of your garden and soil
• regular maintenance of your yard is required including cleaning, mowing, and pruning small shrubs and trees
• you need specific landscaping tasks performed such as designing the layout of your yard (they can tell you which ground covers and plants will work best based on your geographical location, lifestyle, and personal preferences)

Keep in mind that there is a professional in that specific field for each of the above jobs that are required. The right tree service arborist or specialist in San Jose may even recommend a particular landscaper when the job necessitates that type of professional.They work with a host of related businesses and can assist you with your requirements.

Additional Considerations

While it is extremely important to find a tree service provider that is certified, insured, and licensed to perform the specific type of job needed, you should also be aware of the following considerations. First and foremost, make sure that every employee’s Worker’s Compensation insurance is paid and up to date. This is your safety net should one of them get injured while working on your property.

Secondly, if any of the workers on your property are not listed on that tree service company’s payroll, they won’t be covered by Worker’s Compensation insurance either. Certified arborists will always provide proof of payroll for each of the employees who are working on your property. This is an important consideration. You might like to get a quote from two or three companies and read reviews before hiring them.

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