Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter Tree Care Tips - Don't Get Scammed!


Your Trees "R" Us. Inc. family hopes that all our customers, readers and followers had a wonderful, safe and healthy holiday. New Years is fast approaching and we wish you much happiness for 2015.
As the winter season is flying by us, we've been lucky thus far to not have any terribly damaging storms. Albeit cold, snow and ice storms have been few and far between. But, as all Chicagoans know, we are destined to have repeated snow and ice, or at least the high chance of repeated snow and ice for at least a few more months. What you need to know regarding your trees is, can they withstand another year of the elements?

How to you prepare your trees and landscaping for snow and ice storms?

It's really rather simple, but you must have a good working knowledge of tree care. This is where contracting your local tree service to come take a good look at your trees is a smart investment. A tree assessment, reapplication of mulch, and tree pruning are some essential winter tree care steps to take to keep those trees healthy for spring. In some cases preemptive tree removal is also recommended. Acting now, will help you preserve ~ preserve both large and small trees, preserve your investment, and preserve the lovely landscaping of your property.

What should you expect from your tree service when you call them for a winter tree assessment? A professional tree service should provide you with one of their Certified Arborists. I would not recommend any tree service that does not have at least one Certified Arborist on staff. At any time we have anywhere from 2-4 Certified Arborists that we use for these assessments. The arborist will assess your trees truthfully and based on industry-standard recommendations. The condition of the tree will be thoroughly inspected without regard to preconceived notions that might cause inappropriate tree care. Beware of arborists who are not certified. Some unqualified arborists will use scare tactics to promote unnecessary tree services including unnecessary tree removal. It is also a good idea to make sure the arborist that comes to your home is the arborist from the company you hired. We have heard of many situations where that wasn't the case. For example, if you hire Trees "R"Us, Inc. to send out an Arborist, make sure the Arborist that shows up uses all Trees "R" Us, Inc.
branded items (marked car, quote sheet, business card, etc.) If not, you're being scammed and call the company immediately!

A professional tree service will also assess trees using only the most standard and universal methodology. At Trees "R" Us, Inc., our approach allows us to asses trees in a manner consistent with the best practices used by tree care professionals around the world. Our arborists are all certified and understand how trees grow, live and die, and most importantly how the care of trees changes with the seasons and as the tree ages. They also are well versed on tree diseases and bug. They know what to look for and how to treat them. We have a Plant Health Care Division that is devoted to only focusing on this type of tree care.

In addition, a professional tree service will be very busy during this time of year. If you feel pressure from hard sales tactics or scare tactics, RUN! Run the other way and contact a different service. There is never any reason for this type of behavior, especially during this time of year!

Follow these tips and you can rest assured that you'll be getting an honest and accurate tree assessment, a fair price, and the best quality care for your trees.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. prides itself not only on being the best tree service in the suburbs of Chicago, but also in educating its customers about trees, tree maintenance and tree care. As tree service providers to the North shore, north suburbs, and northwest suburbs of Chicago Lake and Cook County), we offer exceptional tree trimming, tree removals, stump grinding and plant health care. Contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. today for more information or an analysis of your trees and plants. Check us out on the web at www.treesrusinc.com or call us at 847-913-9069.

Jenni
President and CEO, Trees "R" Us, Inc.
Jenni@treesrusinc.com

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