Saving money on tree removal

Removing Trees for Free where possible
In spite of the fact that trees are planted for their magnificence and natural advantages, in some cases, a decent tree can turn sour and should be evacuated. Regardless of whether it is a pine harming the sewer lines, a maple that has passed on or an oak harming the walkway, it needs to go. Tree evacuation can be exorbitant, here and there a few thousand dollars or euro depending.
However there some of the time are approaches to have them expelled for nothing, contingent upon the tree and the circumstance.
Verify whether your trees are covered by the state or council services
Numerous territories have gotten awards to plant and keep up trees as a major aspect of continuous endeavors to advance characteristic beautification and air quality projects. Check with your nearby agreeable expansion office to find out about such projects in your general vicinity.
You additionally can ask at city lobby or at a woodland benefit office that covers your region. If the trees are close to the road, it is likely that the city claims them and will evacuate them at no charge, if important.  In some cases where the trees are blocking public access, you can request local state and county council depending on where you live to removed it for you.
Post advertisements, either in stores, laundromats or online notice sheets, publicizing free wood for anybody willing to cut it up and pull it away. Many individuals warm all or part of their homes with wood, and these individuals are regularly happy to get free wood in return for their endeavors.
Call the power organization to evacuate any undesirable trees that are close electrical cables. Most such organizations have contracts with tree masters in the zones they serve.
Chop down the trees yourself. You can either utilize the wood in your own home, or you can offer it. Utilizing this technique expels the trees for nothing as well as pays you to do as such. You can bargain with somebody if you require help, exchanging a portion of the wood for help cutting, part and pulling.
Contact a trustworthy logging organization about cutting and expelling your trees. Numerous little organizations will do this for no charge, gave there are sufficient trees – normally at least 20 – to make it worth their while. Make certain you comprehend what sort of trees you have and their esteem. Sometimes, the logging organization may expel your trees as well as pay you. Check with more than one organization, ask at your province expansion office and approach neighbors for proposals before consenting to anything.
On the off chance that one occupation you shouldn’t endeavor to deal with yourself, it’s chopping down a tree. Unless you have genuine preparing as an arborist or tree surgeon and possess the correct hardware, it’s constantly best to procure an expert organization to chop down a tree for you. Before doing as such, you ought to instruct yourself about commonplace tree cutting costs. The cost to chop down a tree relies upon a wide range of elements, tree estimate, and the tree width.
We should let you know that it is not advisable to do this work yourself unless you are more than aware of the risks and what is involved.  We will always recommend you use a local expert, arborist or tree surgeon so you can avoid these risks in stay safe and let experts handle the job for you. 

Tree Removal Costs Chicago IL

Getting Your Head Around Tree Service Costs in Chicago

Getting you head around the cost of tree removal services, it can me difficult to just say your job will cost x amount without knowing some details about your job first, for you to understand what aspects and factors influence your costs can be very beneficial because if you understand how you are being charged, you can influence the costs in a number of ways as long as you know the breakdown.  First of all let us explain why jobs costs  what they cost and why the cost will vary from one provider to another.
Factors The Influence Cost

 
Diameter
Height and diameter are both used to measure the size of tree. It is an important factor because cutting down a tree with more diameter is going to be harder than a tree which has less thickness.
Condition
The tree if healthy and in good shape is harder to remove than a weak tree with already dying roots. One must always make sure to bargain if the tree is weak, it will cost you less.
Location
If a tree is near buildings or residential areas it becomes hard to chop it and drag it. It needs to be roped down very carefully to make sure it does not cause any damage. So, it will cost more. But if the tree you are getting removed is in a place where it can be chopped down easily make sure you have to pay less.
Fallen tree
If the tree is fallen and has already caused damage then it costs more because it needs to be very carefully taken out without causing any more damage.
Stump Removal
Stump removal is the trickiest of the jobs, it costs on average $165 but the cost may vary depending on the diameter of the tree, the condition of the soil, the roots, and also the time in which you want it removed. There are various methods to remove a stump and the equipment used can also vary depending how fast and efficiently you want it removed.
Trimming and Pruning
Trimming a tree sounds like an easy job but in reality it is more than just removing the dead or broken limbs. Doing it yourself is always dangerous unless the tree size is small and manageable.
Tree Removal Service Costs Chicago IL
 

 
The National average cost range is around $ 735.00 again this depends on the size, location, health, accessibility of the tree and the time passed since last it was pruned. You might be charged around $250 in case of emergency trimming services. So, try not to avoid trimming for a long time, if may cost you more as time passes.  If you would like a quote and a cost break down, give us a call here.
 National Average Costs

The costs as outlined earlier are dependent on factors listed above, a national average cost would be approximately around $737 depending on what we outlined.   Cost will vary from city to city and one job to another but you should get a cost break down when you are getting a quote in Chicago and get a breakdown of what is being charged for the different services so if you are getting the tree cut down and you are being charged extra for the tree to be taken away you can discuss this with another service provider and get their estimate and what they are charging for the different parts of the job so you can get the best deal.
 
Add on Costs & What not Included in Your Estimate
When getting a quote all costs will vary and what’s included can vary but for most professional tree service companies when giving a quote will include the following in their estimate:
Cutting down tree
Chipping the branches
Cutting tree trunk into manageable sections (where necessary)
Hauling tree trunk away where necessary
*Note – in some cases, certain providers may just give you a cost for cutting down and chipping branches and may charge extra cutting trunk up and hauling it away especially if it’s a large job and they’re competing on cost. In most cases, it will be included.
The following are a list of cost that is not usually included in the cost estimate of a tree removal service, you will need to check this with your provider, some may offer it at discount, some may offer it to get the job but unusual, assume these are extra costs when it comes to the removal.
Stump Grinding & Removal
Wood Chopping and Splitting Service
Arborists Assessments and Evaluations
 
How to Reduce Tree Service Costs – Getting Cheaper Quotes

Now you know some of the factors that you need to consider when looking at how to hiring a tree expert  the following are some tips and hacks you can do to reduce the cost of tree services, some of these ideas can be both action based as well as preventative measures:
Preventive Measures:

Before buying a property, inspect the health of the trees and factor in the cost of longterm health and maintenance issues that will need to be dealt with as you develop the property and trees that might give you problems further down the road.  Deal with them early when you have hired staff on the property.  This will always work out cheaper than getting out a tree expert specifically but get a recommend expert where possible and if required.
When you have a dead or dying tree, act early rather than waiting and prevent further potential damage to your property or neighbors.
When planting new trees, get advice on what trees to plant and where to prevent having to pay maintenance on the tree in ten years time and longer especially as people enter retirement when they have less resources, you dont want to have to remove trees where possible.  Plant suitable trees for the type of soil as well as the location close to buildings and taking into consideration the growth rate and conditions.

Current Action Measures

Do part of the job yourself – Hire a tree expert to fall the tree and when its fallen, you cut it up and block it for firewood.  This way your saving on the cutting and gaining firewood.  Alternatively, sell on the firewood to neighbors or locals to counteract the cost of the tree falling.
Maintain your trees annually to prevent longterm care costs, its a bit like regular trips to your dentist will yield you very few surprises, same with your trees in most cases.  Annual trimming, watering and overall care will keep your bills down in the long term.
For more ides on how to reduces costs of tree care check out our article here reducing the cost of tree services

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Field Guide to becoming an Arborist

What to consider when wanting to become an Arborist…
Arborists are trained and certified professional who not only trim trees, prune them and cut branches but also work hard to improve the health of your tree in many ways. They specialize in decorative trimming, all sorts of tree infections and diseases. It is always advised to seek the opinion of an Arborist before hiring anyone for the tree job.
Tasks of an Arborist
Do Arborists only climb trees and care for them? No! The job of an arborist is a lot tougher than what many people think. It is because of them that we don’t see any broken limbs fallen on our power lines or any tree on our roads. They make sure things go smooth in our city. An arborist 1  generally works with a job title of tree trimmer, a ground worker, tree climber, or line clearance foreman. They use a variety of equipment every day such as trucks, tractors, chippers, grinders, sprays, and power saws etc. Apart from simple trimming, grinding of stumps and removing of trees their tasks include,

Pruning trees to reduce the chances of diseases and other infections. 2
Planting trees.
Grinding Stumps as required.
Examining a tree from a health perspective. 3
Examining a tree from a financial perspective.
Maintaining trees, maintaining work for the tree under care. 4
Maintains Shrubs. 5
Haul stumps and limbs, chip brush.
Preparing and analyzing the site, watering, mulching, control nutrient.
Operating heavy machinery, tools, and other equipment.
Consulting on client`s property, doing paperwork, testing samples.
Do Research on tree care.
Identify and remediate hazardous trees and other tree-related problems.
Responding on stormy days and remediate hazardous trees.
Dispose of cutting.

What Degree Options are there to become an arborist?
According to many people, a degree of Arboriculture is must in order to become an arborist. But that is not the case. Situations in which the university doesn’t offer Arboriculture, you can go for a degree in horticulture, forestry or Environmental Sciences. Since Arboriculture is not offered as a hybrid course or an online course hence other degree options should also be considered. Some of the popular degrees which can be achieved in order to become a successful arborist are:

Horticulture
Environmental & Social Sustainability
Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Science/Studies
BS in Geosciences concentration in Natural Resources & Conservation
BA Anthropology in Environmental Sustainability 6
BS Environmental Science in Natural Resources & Conservation
BS Environmental Science in Geospatial Technologies 7
Doctorate – Management: Environmental & Social Sustainability
Natural Resources & Conservation

Why is Accreditation important?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), arborists who use pesticides usually need to be licensed or certified 8 By achieving accreditation, you promise your costumers to provide them a good quality of work, resolve any of their legal issues with the state, do all the paperwork for them and offer them long-term cost. As mentioned earlier as well, accreditation from a well-known organization gives you a competitive edge over the other professional arborist when applying for a job in the state. The two most common, respectable, and highly reputable organizations to get accreditation from are,

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) 9
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) 10

It should be noted that no organization or state provide you with a lifetime membership, you need to get it relicensed or recertified after a period of time.
Obtaining Arborist License
Different states have different rules regarding the arborist license. Commercial and professional arborist state licenses are common in many areas which involve clearing a small written state examination. Some states will test your knowledge and education before they qualify you for work such as public tree service. Some even require you to earn a license if you work near power lines. Knowledge areas of the state examination test include:

Pesticide Safety
Botanical Diseases
Plant Identification
Applicable State Laws

However, in some states, there is a choice to substitute the state examination with the national certification from The International Society of Arboriculture.

Certification Process11
The more you gain certifications the more you are recommended as a professional arborist. Certifications give you a competitive advantage over the other arborists when you are applying for a job. They can be achieved from various organizations such as The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or TCIA. To prepare for such an exam, you need to revise a list of topics covered in the test mainly. The test includes multiple-choice questions and the passing percentage is 72. Topics include:

Soil Management
Tree Biology
Pruning
Urban Forestry

Note: ISA publishes a booklet that would help you start your preparation.
ISA Certified Arborist
This certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024. To become certified by ISA Arborist, you are required to have a 3-year experience in the field of arboriculture. 10. However, if you wish to earn a 2-year degree in arboriculture with 1-year experience, or any related field then the experience required to get certified decreases to 2 years’ exposure in the field. A minimum of 72% score is required to pass the test. This kind of certification covers a large number of topics giving a little freedom in the arboriculture profession.
Exam Dates and Locations
A number of tests are carried out every year and the students can choose between a computer based test or a paper based test whichever they find easy. The course covered in the test is mostly related to arboriculture and tree biology.
Computer-Based Test: For a computer based test you have to select a particular test date and location if you choose to test at Pearson VUE testing12 facility. It should be noted that you will be required to submit an application to ISA and receive approval before you contact Pearson VUE for your exam.
Paper-Based Test: For a paper-based test you need to select a date and a location from the ones offered by the organization or by a Chapter you want certification from. The test is conducted on monthly basis and don’t forget to submit an application 13 to ISA and receive approval before you are approved for enrollment. You will find the calendar for a list of exam dates and location scheduled over the comings months on their original website.
TCIA Accreditation
TCIA stands for “The Tree Care Industry Association” and helps ensure the safety and training of the arborists and other tree workers. TCIA accreditation has a number of advantages i.e. it educates the consumers about the proper care of trees, safe work practices, advances professionalism in the tree care industry, tries to improve the business practices in the tree service industry and educates the policy makers on regulatory and legislative affairs. Apart from all these, there are a number of membership benefits that you can avail 14.
For a company to get certification from TCIA, it much has appropriate insurance, has a suitable number of arborist for the job, must gain a good reputation and customer satisfaction.

Popular Academic Institutions
Some popular reputable universities that offer degrees in Arboriculture or any other related degree are mentioned below for your knowledge.

Kaplan University (online programs available) 15
Ashford University (online programs available) 16
Southern New Hampshire University (online programs available) 17
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (online programs available) 18
Colorado Technical University (online programs available) 19
Johns Hopkins University (online programs available) 20
Penn Foster Career School (online programs available) 21
Penn Foster High School (online programs available) 22
Harvard University 23
Columbia Southern University (online programs available) 24

Online Degrees and certifications

Unfortunately, a degree in urban forestry and arboriculture are not available online, whereas a degree in horticulture can be achieved easily. It is also useful for becoming an arborist. Since arborists study and work with trees, students studying horticulture study everything related to forms of plant life, plant reproduction, and plant hybridization.  But it should be noted that in order to become an arborist, a degree is not sufficient. One has to get certified by TCIA or ISA. Common areas of study in bachelor’s in horticulture 25 online/hybrid would be,

Pest management
Soil usage
Plant nutrients
Plant biology
Horticulture techniques

 
How to prepare for Tests?
Though the sound of ISA or TCIA exam test is terrifying, but it is not that difficult once you prepare for it from every possible source available. A common way is to learn thing using flashcards, guides, previous papers etc. Here are some of the sites that provide tips, good sample questions and tests for you to prepare from.
Mometrix Test Preparation: Is a free resource from which you can prepare for the exam. 26
QUIA: Arborists Certification Sample Test – This site requires you to just enter your name/credentials(optional) and start preparing. 27
Arborist Test Prep Review: They provide you simple multiple choice questions, test practice questions, test flashcards and study guides. 28
ISA Texas Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course: 29 This course is being conducted to help the students clear the ISA certified Arborist examination. It costs around $250 and also provide you with the Arborist Certification Study Guide (a $115 value). It is usually a one-month training program. Here is their registration link 30
CERTIFIED ARBORIST TRAINING SCHOOL
This is an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the tree care, arboricultural, & disaster relief industry. Certified arborist training school provides you with the proper training you need to succeed in the career. It is a 12-week training session in which you will cover ever thing you need to know regarding arboriculture. Is starts in June 2016 so don’t forget to apply beforehand. 31
Conclusion
Becoming an arborist is not difficult as it sounds. In short simple words, to become an arborist you need to first acquire a degree in arboriculture or any related degree, obtain the state license if you want to practice skills in your state, or gain 3 years’ experience in the field and then get certification from ISA or TCIA to known as a professional arborist. Remember, certifications are just an add-on which polish your skills, train you professionally, and give you a strong competitive advantage.
 
References For Further Research Here:

What is an Arborist – All about Arboriculture 
Prune Your Trees – Prune early, prune often, prune for safety
Safeguarding Plant Health A UK Perspective
Tree care guide – A simple handbook for nurturing young trees
The Only Shrubs You Need to Grow
What is an Anthropologist? – What Does an Anthropologist Do?
Geospatial Technology: An Introduction and Overview
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tree Care Industry Association
International Society of Arboriculture
How Do I Become a Certified Arborist?
Pearson VUE
ISA Application Link
What Is a Degree in Horticulture Studies?
Kaplan University Campus and Online Degree Programs
Ashford University Online Degrees
Southern New Hampshire University Programs
Saint Mary`s University of Minnesota Academics
Degree Programs from Colorado Technical University
Johns Hopkins University Academics
Penn Foster Online Degree and Diploma Programs
Penn Foster High School Diploma Online 
Harvard University
Columbia Southern University ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Important Facts About a Degree in Horticultural Studies
Mometrix Certified Arborist Practice Test
QUIA – online preparation test
Arborist Exam Review
Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course
Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course Application link
CERTIFIED ARBORIST TRAINING SCHOOL

How to identify Emerald Ash Borer (EMD)

Some Tips on What to look for when you think you may have Emerald Ash Borer                                                                                                                              

 
1.  Identify the type of tree that you have? EAB only attacks true ash and not trees such as mountain ash.
 
 
 
 
 
 

2. When you are certain you have identified that you have a tree ash tree of the preferred EAB type, stand    back from the tree one half to one tree length to allow your self a good view of the tree canopy and look for signs of canopy die-off, this should be clear loss of leaves in certain sections as pointed out in video estimating percentage of crown dieback.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Walk up to the tree and look for unusual shoots that are only showing when the tree is under stress.  Stressed trees showing suckering shoots that stem from old branches and tend to grow in unusual parts of the tree such as the base, trunk or large branch wounds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Pay attention to ares of the tree where wood peckers have been attacking the tree to get the bugs underneath the bark, this would also indicate dead wood and resulting in feeding insects. They usually hunt higher up in the branches.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Then check for vertical bark splits to see any further decay of wood such as the following example checking for any galleries or holes made by insects that would indicate the presence of EAB.  Identify natural vertical splits from expanding tree circumference from that of vertical splits caused by dead wood from EAB.
 
 
 
 
 
6. Where you identify possible exit holes, use a knife to shave off some of the Bark to identify a D shape hole left by EAB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. call your local certified ISA arborist to make sure you actually have EAB before jumping to conclusions and getting the tree removed, remember trees can be treated for EAB under professional expertise.
 

Tree Services Chicago Guide

 

“One of the key elements of attraction for Chicago is surely the eye-catching green landscape, most notably the thriving tree life. From Shingle Oak to American Sweetgum to Nanny berry, trees are one of the city’s most valuable scenic assets” [1]

Tree removal  services Chicago guide is something you might need, but only if you are lucky enough to have a tree on your property.Taking care of a tree in Chicago is relatively difficult because of the cold, snow and the windy winters they bring. In such extreme weather conditions, if a tree is left unattended, then it might not look good especially on the Christmas day. So, make sure you keep your tree in the perfect shape. Multiple tree services are available in Chicago, some of which are tree removal, tree maintenance, tree trimming, tree shaping, tree Cabling and Bracing, emergency tree service and tree stump removal.
 
Tree Removal Costs in Chicago:
Average Tree Removal Costs in Chicago

According to the rough estimate, a Chicago local individual would be willing to pay around535 – $723 i.e. with an average of$629. However, considering the size, height, and type of tree, the minimum cost starts from $250 onwards to the maximum cost of $1200. Often dead trees are more difficult to remove [1] because of their instability and hence cost more. Whereas you might get a discount by selling it as firewood.
 
Tree Stump Removal Cost
The similar estimate shows that a normal house owner would pay around $150 for a tree stump to be ground to the ground. Every tree service provider has their own packages that may involve discount if you have more than one stump to be removed. The cost may vary considering the size and diameter of the stump. Generally, the tree stump removal service includes the uprooting and hauling away of the stump hence costs in between the range of $500 – $600.
Tree Maintenance
Nothing accurate can be told about the price of tree maintenance as it varies from place to place. However, the average maintenance cost would be approximate $460 in Chicago. It might be increased considering the place, type of tree, height, and amount of maintenance required by the tree. It is mostly decided by the arborist when he comes to visit the site. A discount can be given if the site has more than one tree to be maintained.
The cost of all the services depends on numerous factors which you will learn in the next heading.
Factors that affect the price in Chicago
Commonly known factors include the size and type of the tree. There are some trees that have a slow growing system and hence require less pruning over the month. However, other trees such as poplar, empress, willow, and sycamore have a fast growing and hence require more frequent trimming as compared to others. Greater the height and diameter of the tree, more will the tree services charge you. Also, the type of tree also affects the cost. Some trees are hard and difficult to cut/prune/maintain hence the tree services might charge you more for it. By calling an arborist and getting a monthly checkup, you can help avoid the diseases that are sometimes the cause of tree removal and tree pruning.
Best time for tree services in Chicago
If your tree is infected or diseased then it is suggested to get it treated or removed right away. Otherwise, it is normally said that one should wait for the winters to get the tree maintained.
Some of the reasons are:
Frozen Ground: Since winters in Chicago are too extreme, hence it is the best time of the year as the ground is frozen and by removing the roots there would be very less damage to your ground. 
Dormant Growth: As we know that plants are dormant in the mid winters and new growth begins in the spring season which heals the newly wounds made by pruning or trimming. Hence by pruning in winters, the fresh wounds will only be exposed for a short period of time.
More visibility of structural problems: It is noticed that in cold winters, there is no foliage to obstruct views hence the structural problems are more visible. All this makes it easier for the tree service providers to make decisions regarding pruning cuts. Better the pruning decisions, lesser will be the damage.
Better access: Another reason to do tree service jobs in winter is that due to frozen grounds, the professional can access deeper areas using machinery which would not have been possible in any other season.
 

Best Types of Trees For Chicago IL
It is normally recommended by the Bureau of Forestry [2] to grow maple trees in Chicago since they are fast growing trees and usually reach 60 to 90 feet in height. The largest maple trees can even have a height above 120 feet. Such trees also are very cost effective when it comes to maintaining.
Trees recommended by Chicago Park District [3]:
Flowering crabapple, the sugar maple, the red maple hybrid, and the cornelian-cherry dogwood.
Trees recommended by Bureau of Chicago [4]:
Hedge Maple Japanese Tree Lilac Amur Maple Red spire pear. Avoid planting trees such as Honey locust, Norway maple and Silver Maple in the grass parkways. [5] 
Other trees include ash, oaks, poplars, hawthorns, ginkgoes, and lindens that are abundant in Chicago and are all well maintained. However, there are some trees that are highly difficult to maintain especially with the weather conditions of Chicago. One of which is citrus tree [6] as needs to be brought inside when in the peak frost weather which is very troublesome.
 
Problems and Diseases of trees in Chicago IL
Due to extreme weather conditions, many problems are faced by the locals of Chicago.

The falling of Trees due to weather:

Storms and strong winds in Chicago are the main cause of trees falling on power lines or on your property.

Damage:

Often root issues are also severely damaged because of the extreme freezing temperature mainly below 15 degrees. Snow can cause the breaking and bending of branches hence it is important to prune long heavy branches before snowy days. The branches of many hardwoods, such as Siberian elm, maples, and birch can be seriously damaged in ice storms. It is also important that the heavy snow is removed gently before it freezes to limbs and branches.

Frost Cracks:

Frost cracks [7] is also known as radial shakes are basically longitudinal and deep cracks in the tree trunk that are caused mainly due to freezing temperature.

Emerald Ash Borer [8]:

The major problem in Chicago of ash trees is of emerald ash borer. To get information about prevention from emerald ash borer, follow the referenced link. [9]
 
Preventive Treatments and Visual Inspection
Some Preventives and precautions that can be taken to avoid any damage caused by winters in Chicago:

Avoid late summer fertilization or pruning, which might stimulate new growth.
Water trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, during dry periods until the ground freezes.
Homeowners should regularly inspect their trees for any signs of fungus, discoloration or any other visually noticeable ailments
Use mulch to conserve soil moisture and insulate the roots from cold temperatures.
Protect evergreens from the wind and salt spray with burlap screens.
An annual preventive treatment such as that of insect or fungicide spray can help.
Apply anti-desiccant to evergreens starting in late fall, following label instructions.

 
Chicago Tree Permits
Even if 1/4th part of your tree is in the Chicago Land, then you will be needing a signed permit in order to remove it. So, in simple words, any tree on Chicago`s public property would need an authorization for full removal purposes. Generally, there is no need of a permit if there is a small tree less than 10 feet in your backyard or property. A permit is mainly for larger trees with height more than 10 feet especially those that are located near the power supply or plumbing lines. Such large trees have strong and deep roots in the ground that are hard to remove without damaging the lines.
NOTE: Tree work permit [10] is issued by the Bureau of Forestry [11] and it is essential to keep the copy/original of this permit with you at the time of tree removal to avoid any problem. Also, whoever you hire to remove your tree, would also need to have a liability insurance in case if anything goes wrong.
Information about Permit Application Process by Chicago Park District can be obtained from the link referenced. [12]
 
Choosing a Tree Services Company in Chicago IL

ARE THEY PROFESSIONALS?

It is important to know whether they are a professional tree service company or just going door to door to find work. Do they wear the protective suit during the job? Do they have good quality equipment? All these things would give you an idea whether to trust them with your work or not.

WORKER`S INSURED, CERTIFIED & SKILLED

Make sure that whoever you hire should be insured, certified and skilled. Following Certifications are preferable for tree service providers:

International Society of Arboriculture ISA
Tree Care Industry Association TCIA [13]   
Tree Care Safety Professional CTSP [14]

WORK REPUTATION

Jobs such as that of a tree service requires a lot of experience and skills. Make sure you ask around about their reputation before hiring them. Never make a mistake of hiring just because they are closer or charging less.

DETAILED ESTIMATE

One should be persistent enough to ask the professional to make a detailed estimate of the costs including that of machinery, complications, debris removal, etc. Make a list, compare the prices, quality, and experience of various tree service companies and then decide. Don’t fall for the estimates that consist of very less amount because then the quality of work might be compromised.

PACKAGES AND ADDITIONAL COST

A three-column listing package details of 3 different tree services would be very convenient. By this, one can easily pick one out with the best package details [15] and best additional cost prices [16].

THEIR POLICY

Every tree service company has its own policy. Ask them about their policy of damaging the homeowner`s belongings or in the case of any accident and also what would be the aftermath if the homeowner is unsatisfied with their job. Always talk about such things beforehand to avoid any unnecessary argument later.

QUALITY OF THEIR WORK & EQUIPMENT

By the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the quality of any work that is done. Good tree service companies maintain their quality by using good sharp equipment suitable for the task, skilled certified workers and by following proper safety precautions. A good practice would be to visit any recent site they worked on and observe.

AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THE JOB

Each company depending on their number of available workers suggest the different amount of time for the job. Hence, it is better to come up with a comparison of all the companies nearby to get a better understanding.

DO THEY ADVERTISE TOPPING?

“Topping” is a technique which involves removal of live sections of the trees one by one. Such a technique is not considered as a good practice especially for not a huge healthy tree. Many accidents can also be caused in doing so. If the professionals, you plan on hiring advertise such a technique then it is better to look for any other company to do the job using proper methods. [17]

FOLLOW SAFETY PRECAUTIONS?

Workers responsible for climbing, cutting or trimming are necessary to wear safety clothes to protect [18] themselves from the debris and chainsaw. Hence, it is important to ask them directly what precautions they would take in case of any electric power supply or plumbing lines. [19]
 
Top Tree services providers in Chicago
Here is the list of few top tree service professionals that provide numerous services and known for their reputation. All these tree service providers are in Chicago and would offer you the most reasonable prices.

Treesurgical [1]
Progressive Tree Service [20]
Country Tree Service [21]
Corkd Tree Service [22]
Jose’s Tree Service [23]
Jesse Tree Service [24]
AM Tree Service, Inc. [25] 
Day & Night Tree Service, Inc. [26]
Tree Cutters Experts.  [27]
Phenomenal Tree Service [28]
Berumen Lawn Service, Inc. [29]      

Best Tree Removal Chicago, IL – Get a Quote
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References

How to remove a tree- Guide
City of Chicago – Forestry Services
Chicago Park District- Official
Bureau of Chicago – Forestry
City of Chicago – Tree Diversity Guidelines
The Truth About Indoor Citrus Trees (Hint: They Belong Outdoors)
Frost Cracks in Trees
City of Chicago Service – Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer, Preventives and Recommended alternatives
Service Forestry Permit Application – Contact
City of Chicago – What we do Forestry
Chicago Park District Permit Application Process
Tree Care Industry Association TCIA      
About CTSP
Average Prices for Extra Services
How Much Should Tree Trimming Cost? Factors in Additional Charges
Why Topping Hurts Trees
Tree removal Safety and Equipment
Tree Trimming & Removal Safety – Tips
Progressive Tree Service
Country Tree Service
Corkd Tree Service
Jose`s Tree Service
Jesse Tree Service
AM Tree Service Inc.
Day and Night Tree Service Inc.
Tree Cutters Experts
Phenomenal Tree Service
Berumen Lawn Service
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