Ash trees in Southwest PDX debate
Here’s the 20/20 from a Board Certified Master Arborist. I’ve been in business more than 10 years. I’ve seen ‘competitors’ come and go. I lose bids to other companies based on price, the easiest part of tree work for clients to understand. Momma always said “Life’s like a box of chocolates.” Do you want Moonstruck truffles or Tootsie rolls? You get what you pay for. I’ll talk with a client for 30 minutes explaining how and why we prune the tree, percentage of live wood to remove, branch diameter of the dead wood to remove, and how much clearance from the house and traffic areas we will provide. It’s all in writing, including any regulations they need to know.I’ve looked at ‘competitors bids that say ‘Prune the tree in front’ with a price. What does that mean?
I talk with people who are surprised that they were shafted by someone they found on Craig’s List with no Business license number, no written contract, and cash-only payments. Or a friend who works for a tree company will prune their trees on a weekend, without proper equipment or any insurance. You must know that these hacks are able to work for less because they are cutting corners, either with service, quality, or flat out illegal activity. Do you think they are paying taxes to support our flailing economy?
Playing by the rules is part of the game. Yes it’s a pain in the ash, but the time Emerald Tree has invested in dialog with the cities of Portland, Lake O, Tigard, Beaverton, Vancouver, Fairview, and Gresham ensures a smooth operation. The money we spend in training, safety equipment, and quality personnel means less aggravation and property damage for the client.
You get what you pay for. Do it right the first time.