DON’T Make This Tree Pruning Mistake: Q’s to Ask a Professional

This is the third blog in a three part series. Visit part one (on why tree topping is harmful) and two (on when and how much is appropriate to trim) here.

So, you’re ready to prune your trees?  Not so fast!

Here at TreePeople, we strongly recommend hiring a professional tree trimming service to ensure your trees are healthy and properly pruned. If you’re thinking about hiring a professional, make sure you ask these four questions before they get near your trees!

1. Are you licensed and bonded?

If so, ask to see a copy of their documents. This ensures that they are covered by insurance!

2. Are you ISA certified?  

Ask for their ISA certification number. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certifies arborists – testing them on pruning and other tree care practices. Don’t be afraid to ask if the crew is trained in ISA practices and supervised by a certified arborist while on the job. To see samples of their work, ask for references!

Ready to hire an ISA Certified Arborist? Find one here.

3. Are you a TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Accredited company?

The TCIA program is another certification that can help identify a trustworthy service. However, TCIA specializes in accreditation for companies, not individuals. It ensures tree trimming services  have proper tree care knowledge and follow appropriate business practices!

For a full directory of TCIA accredited businesses, visit this website.

Since trees provide homeowners with plenty of benefits, hiring a professional is a worthwhile investment ensuring that your trees will continue to be healthy and happy!

4. Do you top trees?

This is a trick question, but a good one to ask. If they top, don’t hire them. And if they are ISA or TCIA certified and top trees, report them.

And once you do hire them, make sure you get in writing what they are going to do–specifically, “remove branch “A”, remove all dead wood, etc.” Be sure to take plenty of before photos! They should know that you are serious about proper tree pruning.

Ready to learn more? Visit our website to learn all about proper tree care and maintenance!


  1. Hoover Tree Services   •  

    Thanks for sharing! This was a great article. Thanks for taking time to share all the tree pruning mistakes. We have a small business down in Alabama and we get asked this all the time. Will refer our customers to your blog! If you’re interested in checking us out, please visit Tree Services Hoover AL

  2. G Cool   •  

    I really appreciate how you encourage people to challenge a potential tree care expert, well done!

  3. CJ   •  

    Tree topping is a habit that I hope goes away soon. It doesn’t look good and I hope people start to realize that it’s no good for the tree!

  4. Bob   •  

    Love the information, in this blog. Tree pruning is a very important part of overall health of your trees. Making sure you do it correctly is very important. At Dubuque Tree Service we work with our customers to make sure things are done correctly with the overall long term health of the tree and/or surrounding trees in mind.

  5. Joe   •  

    Thanks for the great content. Can’t wait to read more of your works.

  6. rilly   •  

    Appreciate that you bring up topping trees, most homeowners who choose to do it themselves don’t realize they could actually be damaging their tree. Will definitely use this as a source for future conversations with homeowners. Thanks a ton.

  7. Alex Tree and Garden Services   •  

    I have enjoyed reading the information about commercial cleaning and maintenance. Really, entire discussion is more helpful and all the tips are more effective too. I am very glad to go through this kind of helpful article. Thanks for sharing a nice article.

  8. Connor Tree Service   •  

    Hey, nice blog posting. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Also if you have Tree removal, trimming or cleanup issue in south carolina ,nothing to worry as connor tree service can solve your problem, feel free to check it out

  9. Steve Connell   •  

    I really appreciate this blog entry. I had never seen this before I moved to southern California. Its insane to hack up trees like I see done so often. We are promoting responsible and best practices of tree trimming and I hope more do this.

  10. Liam Chinnery   •  

    Nice Article…Very interesting to read this article. I have learned some new information. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Dean Scullin   •  

    I have enjoyed reading the information you have posted about tree services. Really these are more useful and also helpful. I am very glad to go through your informative article. Thanks for sharing a nice blog.

  12. Ali Macintosh   •  

    Great post. Excellent tips and guides guys. Really helpful to improvise the tree services. Keep posting. Waiting for more of yours. I have enjoyed reading your article about tree services.

  13. Mike   •  

    Just now getting our business in full swing and finding myself stunned at how many local tree care providers in the industry just start cutting before gaining any real knowledge or training about the proper way to do so. The importance of consulting with a certified arborist before starting a project cannot be overstated!

  14. Edward Johns   •  

    Hi! Thank you for this insightful blog post. Excellent tips and guides for Tree Pruning! Also, if you have any needs for tree pruning and other tree-related services in the Seattle area, please check us out and contact us at!

  15. Andy Carvallo   •  

    Great article Kayla
    and I agree 100% with all what you point, topping trees is dangerous and only a specialist can confirm or not to do that to a tree, and I would even say, to a plant. You can kill a tree litteraly.
    Thank you for sharing

  16. Ventura Tree Services   •  

    Very topical blog posting. I can’t believe how often I see this sort of “tree abuse.” It particularly seems to be a problem in southern California. Its awful to hack up trees like this. We at Ventura Tree Services are promoting responsible and best practices of tree trimming and I hope more tree service companies do this also.

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