So the lawn maintenance crew just finished tending to your turf for the day, and some of those low-hanging limbs on that big maple near the driveway are perched perilously close to the roof of your car. Should you enlist the pros to trim back these troubling branches while they’re already on-site?
It depends. Do you make it a habit of hiring hardened criminals?
We’re being facetious, obviously. And, admittedly, this kind of thing regularly occurs at lawns throughout the country on a day-to-day basis, with little to no fanfare. However, according to the Maryland Tree Expert Law passed in 1945, all tree care contractors in the state must be licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. And with good reason.
Consider the following:
- As mentioned, in the state of Maryland, operating a tree care and removal service without a license is against the law.
- Home and property owners who enter into a tree cutting or tree work agreement with a landscaper or an independent, “fly by night” outfit do so at their own risk, and could be held liable for any damage or injury that results.
- Allowing an unlicensed professional to perform tree care potentially jeopardizes the aesthetic value of your property and tree work.
Becoming a Licensed Tree Expert requires an applicant to possess a related college education plus one year of experience under a Licensed Tree Expert, or to have three years’ experience and pass an exam, in addition to carrying adequate liability and property damage insurance.
Without obtaining a license, an individual or firm cannot otherwise advertise or represent themselves to the public as a Licensed Tree Expert, and cannot engage in the treatment and care of trees, which includes:
- Making a diagnosis
- Prescribing treatment
- Supervising care
- Services including trimming, pruning, thinning, cabling, shaping, or crown reduction.
- Tree removal
Eos Outdoor Services is fully licensed, carries complete insurance, and hires top-of-the-line specialists whose only job is to maintain the health and beauty of your trees and property. Don’t trust those low hanging branches with just anyone. Enlist a team that remains a cut above, in every respect.