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How to Hire an Arborist

Well-maintained trees provide many benefits to your property, but poorly-maintained trees can be a significant liability. Arborists specialize in the care and maintenance of individual trees, but there are some things to consider before you hire a company. Tree work should only be done by those who are specifically trained to work safely in trees.

Services Available

Services vary between companies, but in general, arborists can provide the following services:

  • Pruning for tree health, shape, or safety
  • Tree removal
  • Emergency tree care
  • Planting
  • Pest/Disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Soil amendments and aeration
  • Consulting and legal services relating to trees

Credentials

Just like driving a car, a license is required for arborists to operate in Manitoba. Licenses are issued by the Province of Manitoba. Beyond the basic license, many arborists voluntarily pursue ISA certification through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). ISA Certified Arborists have achieved a measurable level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive exam developed by leading tree care experts. ISA Certified Arborists also continue their education to maintain their certification, and are therefore, more likely to be up-to-date on the latest treatments and techniques.

The ISA also offers membership to anyone in the tree care industry, including students in forestry or related fields. No exam is required for membership, and membership is not the same as certification.

Insurance

All Manitoba arborists are required to have a minimum of $ 2,000,000.00 in liability insurance in order to operate. Without insurance, the homeowner could be held liable for any damage to the property, injury or damage to a third party, or injury to the arborist. Ask an arborist for proof of liability insurance, and feel free to phone their insurance company if you are not satisfied.

Ready to Find an Arborist?

As prices and services vary between companies, we recommend getting quotes from at least 3 different companies. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) publishes a list of all ISA Certified Arborists for your area. On the phone or in person, keep track of your questions and compare companies by using our printable checklist as a guide.

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