Why Hire an Arborist?
An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. 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. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
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The Arborist Directory is offered as a public service by the Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM) the Michigan Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who are trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. A "Certified Arborist" is an individual, with at least three years of experience, who has passed a comprehensive certification exam developed by leading tree-care experts. The certification process is a non-governmental, voluntary process administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This certification helps measure the knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care and can attest to the knowledge of the individual. Continuing education credits are required to maintain certification credentials. As such, Certified Arborists are knowledgeable on the most current tools and techniques used in the field of arboriculture. Certification is not, however, a guarantee of an individual practitioner’s performance.
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As with any service you purchase, we suggest you do research, seek recommendations, and get written estimates. Certified Arborists perform only accepted tree-care practices; unacceptable practices include “topping” a tree, using climbing spikes, and removing trees without just cause. However, not every arborist is qualified to provide arboricultural services. Ask for proof of insurance and references, and be wary of door-to-door solicitations and bargain-basement prices.
Please note that this is not a complete listing of all of Arborists and Certified Arborists in Michigan, and no endorsement or recommendation is implied nor granted to any individual listed.
A complete list of Certified Arborists is available from the International Society of Arboriculture at PO Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826; (888) 472-TREE; or www.isa-arbor.com.