How should I select a tree care company or specialist?

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts provides a searchable option “Tree Care Services” in New Jersey. The Shade Tree Commission cannot recommend one tree service company over another, but it does recommend that you solicit more than one estimate before hiring a company. You should ask any certified Arborist for the following information: 

o    Proof of International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification and licensing by the Contractors State License Board.

o    Proof of New Jersey Tree Care Operator license (LTCO).

o    Assurance that the Arborist will be adhering to ANSI A300 Pruning Standards and ANSI Z133 Safety Requirements.

o    Assurance that the Arborist will NOT use climbing spurs (hooks and gaffs).

o    A Certificate of Insurance that includes liability coverage for property damage as well as workers' compensation insurance for all employees.

o    A detailed written estimate. 

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1. I think something might be wrong with my tree. Can I request that the Municipal Arborist visit my property to assess its condition or otherwise advise me on questions related to my private trees?
2. How should I select a tree care company or specialist?
3. I want to plant a tree in my Princeton yard. I hear native (not imported) trees thrive best. What are the names of some native trees that grow well in our New Jersey climate?
4. May I prune the branches of a neighbor’s yard trees if they overhang into my property?
5. Which trees are the responsibility of the municipality, and which are mine?
6. What if tree roots are pushing up the sidewalk at my address? Who is responsible for trees that are blocking streetlights, traffic, and parking signs?
7. How do I report a tree problem - like a large fallen branch or tree?
8. What do I do with dead branches in my yard?
9. What is the best way to mulch a tree?
10. How do I report the address of a “public tree” or find it on the shade tree database?
11. Can I request a tree be planted curbside? How does the municipality decide on the type of tree to plant?
12. Can one attach nails or staples for posters on tree trunks?
13. How can I donate a tree to the municipality or arrange to have a commemorative tree planted in the town?
14. Do I need a permit to plant, prune or cut down trees on my property? If so, what are the penalties for cutting down a tree without a permit?