To be or not to be: Certified
-With tree work being one of the deadliest jobs in the United States one can assume the certifications needed in order to be able to safely perform the work would be hefty. But, in all reality that’s just not the case. In fact, one doesn’t need any certifications at all (at least in Idaho) to perform big or small tree removals. In today’s blog we will cover a couple topics on the importance of certifications, what they mean and how they impact you the customer.
-Removals:You live in Southern Idaho and you’ve decided to remove that large mature Silver Maple in your back yard that is not only tucked up against your nice vinyl fence but also hangs over your neighbors shed and house. You can tell by the sheer size and girth of the tree that it’s going to take a skilled Arborist to bring it down safely and to do it so with zero damage. Then the question remains, who do you use and should they be certified? Before we answer that question let’s assume you’ve qualified two companies based on their positive google reviews and pictures. We have two climbers who are eager for the work. One of them has recently graduated from college with a bachelors in Arboriculture and is hungry to prove himself (or is an ISA certified arborist) but has never actually performed a large removal before. The other individual is a high school dropout who runs a tree crew when the owner is not present and has done several removals with and without the owner on site. Well, who do you choose? It’s an easy answer if you ask me…the high school dropout.
Knowing who is going to perform the work and their skill level is critical otherwise you could have a hole through your roof. Tree climbing is a very hands on job, most of the learning comes from physically doing the work in real time, just because an individual can climb a tree efficiently does not mean that same individual can remove a large tree successfully. Can certifications help? Absolutely, our certification helped us a ton and we believe everyone should read and become more educated. But is it the most important aspect during a big technical removal. Not at all.
-Diagnosing: When it comes to diagnosing deciduous and coniferous trees in Southern Idaho it is my belief that one should be an ISA certified arborist or have a degree in either forestry management, environmental studies or something along those lines. In Idaho you can acquire an applicators license but this does not qualify you to diagnose tree health issues, it only allows you to apply treatments.
It is my firm belief that in todays world one does not need to be certified in order to be educated. We have all the knowledge we need at the grasps of our fingertips, with just a few precise key words and one trusted (google) search engine can offer far more info than any ISA book. Primetime Pruning does not offer diagnosing because we are more of a permaculture based company therefor we do not apply chemicals. We believe that the majority of the issues a customer will experience with their trees can be mitigated through proper soil and water management. We will be discussing those matters in our next blog. Thanks for tuning in and until next time, life is primetime. See more at @