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. DFW Outdoor   •  

    It is ok to have a mistakes as it everyone are not perfect but you have to take care of yourselves all the time as this type of job is very risky.

  2. This is great to put these out there. The laws can often be overlooked and it’s best to just call those that know what they are doing. Great share!

  3. This is great info to show our customers when they try to DIY their tree service. We try to stress the importance of knowing tree biology in order to avoid mistakes such as sending the tree into shock, or things like that. Thanks for sharing this valuable info, we will certainly be referencing you to our customers.

  4. Tree Service Tampa   •  

    Leaves and young stems contain a green pigment
    called chlorophyll. Any part of the tree that is green
    performs photosynthesis, using sunlight, water and
    carbon dioxide to produce sugar. The sugar can
    either be used to provide energy to the leaves, or it
    can be transported to the stem and roots, where it is
    either used or converted to starch for storage. Sugar
    and starch are sometimes called photosynthate, or
    carbohydrates. Trees use the energy from photosynthate
    for maintenance and growth. Thereby, starving the trees
    when you top them. Always call a tree service in Tampa that is an
    Arborist who follows ANSI A300 guidelines.

  5. Thank you so much for writing this article. I don’t think a lot take into consideration when they are getting there trees pruned to ask if they are a licensed arborist, and not some hack that doesn’t know what they are doing and are really gonna mess up your trees! They can sue you as well if they aren’t licensed and insured too! Will make sure to reference your article to all my clients that come to Tree Service Lake Charles Thanks again for such an informative article!

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  8. Sydney Green Group   •  

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  9. Tree Care Waukesha   •  

    I don’t know why any body would top a tree. Great tips and thanks for taking the time to write this article.

  10. Very thankful for these resources, they seem like they will really help with what I need to get done. Thank you very much for the post!

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  12. Tree Service Metairie   •  

    Thanks for the great article. I can’t stress enough how important it is for people to hire true professionals. As a business owner, Tree Service Metairie has had to go back and fix one too many projects that were damaged by amateurs. Thank you for promoting the importance of being certified and licensed. I’ll definitely reference this article frequently.

  13. Charles Tree Services   •  

    Great post indeed, I loved to read it as it provides all the necessary details of what I was searching for.

  14. Tree Service Denton   •  

    I experience good tree servces in denton and servces are very impressive that i can refer to everyone.

  15. Angela Waterford   •  

    I’m suspecting that my tree is overgrown because it’s starting to reach into the attic window. I think I need to hire a tree trimming service to keep it in good shape. Thanks for the tip that I can ask for their ISA certification number so I’ll know if they’re the real deal.

  16. Tree Service Wichita   •  

    I have experienced very good tree services in Wichita and their tree services and tree trimming are very impressive that i can refer to everyone who is interested. Let me know guys

  17. Rilly Romero   •  

    Hi Kayla

    Thank you so much for this well-informed article it has critical information to let homeowners know what to look and ask for when hiring someone to prune their trees.

  18. Tree service Canton   •  

    Thanks for the info on the different pruner shears. By the way can you recommend a couple good pruner brands?

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