FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & TREE CARE RESOURCES
Our customers often ask about how best to care for their trees - Should you fertilize your trees? When should trees be pruned? How do you know if a tree should be removed? What about getting an estimate or paying for tree service?
We've put together this page to answer the most common questions and provide links to articles throughout this website that will give you helpful information on specific topics.
If you don't find the answer you're looking for here, just give us a call at 203-240-1302 or send us an email. We'll be happy to answer your questions!
Estimates, Payment Options, Insurance & More
No, all estimates are free of charge- call our office and we can arrange to have an estimator meet you at your property, or he can leave an estimate for you if you can’t be home.
1 to 3 days. We can be there within hours if it is an emergency, and can leave an estimate for you within 1 day if you don’t have to meet the estimator. However, we are glad to call to set up an appointment to meet you at your home or place of business at your convenience.
We guarantee our price for one year, unless a different term is specified in writing by the estimator.
During our busy season starting in mid-April and continuing through October, it takes approximately 2 weeks from the time you approve your work and completion of the job. In the winter months, our work slows down so we can complete a job within 1 week. Our prices go down in the winter as well- so it’s a great time to have tree work done!
Our terms are “Payment in full due upon completion”. Once the job is finished, the foreman will present you with the invoice. You can pay the foreman directly with a check made payable to Barts Tree Service, or cash. If you can’t be home when the work is done, the foreman will leave an invoice in your door. You may mail us a check or set up an appointment to make payment.
This is a very good question, and should be asked of every contractor you are thinking of hiring. Barts Tree Service is licensed through the Commonwealth of Virginia with a Class A Contractor’s license. We are also licensed through every City and County that we work in with separate licenses for each locality. We will be glad to provide copies of our licenses at your request. We are also fully insured with liability, vehicle insurance and Workers Compensation. We will be happy to provide you with proof of insurance. Please always make sure to ask for proof of insurance before a contractor comes on your property to work
Doing Tree Work
We do not use spikes to climb trees that we are pruning. We will only use spikes if we are removing the tree.
No, we don’t believe in the use of pesticides to control insects in most cases. We feel that if your tree is healthy it can withstand an attack from common insects. We recommend maintaining your tree with regular pruning and fertilizing to keep it strong and healthy. However, in some cases the use of pesticides are necessary, and we can recommend a reputable tree service for you to contact.
Topping is no longer a recommended pruning method to cut a tree down in height. It is actually harmful to the health of the tree. Your estimator can discuss other methods of pruning to maintain a certain height, and to try to repair trees that have been damaged by topping.
Learn more about why we don't top trees in this article.
There are different times to prune different trees, for example, most flowering trees should be pruned after they bloom, and Maples can be pruned most times of the year. It is best to discuss pruning with the estimator because every tree is unique in its placement on your property and it’s condition.
We recommend you deep-root fertilize your trees every 2 to 3 years. However, trees that are not in good health may need to be fertilized more frequently. To get more information on tree care, please contact us.
Seasonal Tree Care Tips
- Spring Tree Care Tips
- Summer Tree Care Tips
- Fall Tree Care Tips
- Winter Tree Care Tips
- Dealing With Winter Storm Damage
- Preventing Snow Bank Damage to Trees and Shrubs
- What To Do When Trees Make Cracking Noises In Winter
General Tree Care
- The Problem of Over Mulching Your Trees
- Don't Build Up Soil Around Trees
- List of Tree-Related Resources for Connecticut Homeowners
- Protect Yourself: What You Need to Know About Tree Care Company Insurance
- Tree Stump Grinding: What You Need to Know
- Identifying Wood Decay
- Inspecting Your Trees for Defects and Hazards
- What If My Tree Blows Down on My Neighbor's Property?
Deer & Animal Damage
- How to Prevent Winter Deer Damage
- How to Protect Trees From Deer Antler Rubbing
- How to Protect Young Trees From Rodent Damage