Frequently Asked Questions
What is an arborist?
An arborist is a specialist in caring for trees. Arborists understand the needs of trees and are professionally trained to care for them properly. Arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), have passed a comprehensive exam, have at least three years of experience, and participate in continuing education in arboricultural techniques.
Once trees become established don’t they basically take care of themselves?
While trees growing in the forest and other natural areas can basically take care of themselves, those growing in cities and suburbs need help staying healthy and beautiful. They contend with air pollution, road salt, confined roots, trunk damage, compacted or poor quality soils, improper pruning and other stresses. Your trees may benefit from pruning, mulching, or other TLC to thrive. Your trees are valuable, adding both to the value of your property and the quality of your life. To live long and healthy lives, they need proper care.
Our landscaper says they do tree care. Can’t we just have them do it?
When you work with Baker Tree Services, Inc., you benefit from having trained, educated and certified professional care for your trees. Our employees are trained in the progressive technologies and techniques and ensuring safe work practices. We endeavor to follow the most progressive standards and guidelines for tree care work. We are insured to protect you and our workers.
Can you work within a tight budget?
Yes. We can give you options for phasing in a tree care plan in a way that will meet your budget needs. In most cases we can work out a payment plan to fit your budget.
Do you offer emergency service?
We provide 24-hour emergency tree service and we can respond to storm damage to your trees and property in a timely fashion.
Why is pruning important?
Long-term management of pruning can ensure your trees continue to provide the aesthetic value and function they were intended to. Proper, conscientious pruning can enhance the beauty and function of your trees, while reducing the potential for loss of limbs or other failures during winter storms.
After pruning, will the cuts be treated with anything?
Current research shows that it is not beneficial to treat pruning wounds with any materials. Proper pruning cuts made by our arborists will seal naturally and treatments on the wounds may actually slow this process.
Can I plant a tree where the other tree was removed?
In most cases you will be able too. On average we will grind your stump 6-8” below ground level. We will grind lower if we know that a new tree is being planted in that same spot, however this will be at an additional charge.
What is the average cost for pruning a tree, removing a tree or stump, etc?
This is very difficult to estimate because tree care depends on so many factors such as:
- Size of trees and area of coverage
- Accessibility to area
- Extent of work needed
- Urgency of work
Because all trees and customers are different, it is very important that we see each job.
How do I pay and what are my options for payment?
Payment is due upon completion. We accept cash, checks and major credit cards for payment. Invoices are provided upon request. Mail your payment to:
Baker Tree Services, Inc.
147 Water St.,
Thurmont, MD 21788