How to Hire a Tree Trimmer

Tall trees can become hazards if not trimmed properly. They can touch power lines and conduct electricity or create fires. Fallen branches can cause damage to homes or trigger accidents on a road. Tree trimming also helps maintain a neat appearance when landscaping a yard. Use these tips to hire a tree trimmer.


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    Call local tree trimmers listed in the phone book or found online. Set up appointments with them to get price estimates for your job and ask for references to their previous work.
    • Talk to these past clients and ask if you can see what kind of tree maintenance they received. Find out their impressions of the service you are considering.
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    Ask your family, friends, and neighbors which tree-trimming service they use or can recommend to you.
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    Make some inquiries to the people on the job at places where you notice tree trimming is in progress. Ask for a business card at the very least to get their contact information and find out more about their services at a later time.
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    Find out if your prospective tree-trimming contractor is certified in some way. Certification indicates a level of professionalism and commitment to their work that other contractors may lack.
    • Contact the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the National Arborists Association (NAA), or The American Society of Consulting Arborists. These organizations should have a list of tree-trimming contractors in your area who are certified in the respective organization.
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    Be clear about what kind of work you wish to have done. A tree-trimming company may be able to perform other services from cutting down a tree to grinding its stump, and cutting tree branches into firewood for you.
    • Specify the terms of your job with the tree-trimming contractor in writing. Carefully read any contract you receive and discuss any questions you have before signing it.
    • Ask what the total cost will be for your job. Find out if the tree-trimming company charges for their service per tree, per the whole job, or per hour plus cost of materials.


  • Try looking under the term "arborist" to find someone to help you with your tree maintenance.
  • If you already use a gardening service, ask whether they can trim your tree for you.


  • Beware of people who knock on your door offering tree-trimming services after a storm. Check that they have official identification on their clothing, ID card, or vehicle showing that they work for a reputable company.
  • A tree-trimming contractor may be restricted under law from doing work close to active power lines. A professional from your local power company may need to trim any hazardous trees or branches in this situation.

Things You'll Need

  • Phone book
  • Telephone
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Email account
  • Previous clients of tree trimmers
  • Business cards for prospective services
  • List of local, certified professionals
  • Written contract

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Categories: Landscaping and Outdoor Building