TIMBERRRRR . . . What to look for in a tree service

So. What should you look for in a tree service company? Hint: It's NOT missing teeth, angry bearded men and plaid.

Think you know how to prune an apple tree? Chances are you could Google it and do a half-decent job. And maybe your neighbour with a chainsaw can take care of that old alder in the backyard for a case of Lucky. Then again, perhaps those jobs and others are best left to certified, insured professionals.

If you could use some help but aren’t sure what to look for in a tree service, here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your research.

Safety first

It goes without saying that keeping people and property safe should be the number one priority of any tree service. A company should be insured for property and worker liability. Additionally, workers should have some level of credentials; both Certified Utility Arborists (CUA) and ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborists know their stuff.

No reputable tree service business should have a problem showing you a work contract, speaking about their credentials and proving that their insurance is up-to-date.

At Precision Tree Services, we’re committed to safety. We are fully insured, SAFE Certified and BC Hydro Certified. Our crew leaders are CUA trained and our teams are comprised of CUAs, Apprentice Utility Arborists and groundsmen who have more than 40 years of combined experience in the industry (only Certified Utility Arborists are approved by BC Hydro to work on trees near power lines). We use the best tree services equipment out there, always make sure our tools are in excellent order and our safety gear is in top condition. Every member of our team takes pride in their training, approach and appearance.

Community mindedness counts

We believe that being a successful business is contingent on being part of a successful community. As such we are proud to offer support and give back to various organizations within the Comox Valley. Over the years we’ve contributed to many great causes, donating time, services and funds.

Charity doesn’t always have to be formal, if we are in a neighbourhood and see a small job that needs doing we’ll often step in and do it free of charge. And we’ll also offer to deliver and dump wood chips when able – just keep track of where we’re working through our website under “Currently Working In” on the home page.

Keeping it local

As a potential client, finding a locally owned tree service in the Comox Valley can be beneficial. Not only can you get references and go see a company’s handiwork, but also you know that you’re helping to contribute to the local economy. Not to mention it’s in a business’ best interest to keep its local customers happy because neighbours talk, if you know what I mean . . .

Friendly to trees and the environment

While cutting down trees may not seem like the most eco-friendly thing to do, fact is, all good tree service companies do care about trees and keeping them healthy and safe. So ask them what they do to help the environment.

At Precision, our crews carry biodegradable bar oil for their chainsaws and we use biodiesel in our equipment. We dump our wood chips where they can be used, such as on farms, in gardens and lining trails, etc. In short, we do what we can to minimize impact on our beautiful world.

No matter what company you decide to go with and why, make sure you feel comfortable with the people who’ll be doing your work. Make a few calls, maybe ask for referrals and go with the one you feel good about.

To learn more about the services we offer and our service commitments, visit

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