Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams and be cautious of any company that:
Will not provide you with a certificate of their insurance policy or only has general liability coverage
Declines to give you a written estimate for the job
Gives you bids that either seem very low or very high
Contacted you out of the blue to see if you needed their services
Has complaints against it from business bureaus in your area
Asks for payment before starting work
Doesn't have a fixed physical address
Do tree service companies sell firewood?
Tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
What kind of advice can a tree service offer on what to plant?
If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
Can a tree service be called on in an emergency?
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer. A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
What damage can bugs do to a tree?
Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees.