This is a list of tree services that have done work in Inman Park, to my knowledge, or with which I am otherwise familiar. I do not warrant their work. Always get more more than one quote, and make sure that anyone doing tree work on your property has an arborist on staff who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture and that the company has up-to-date insurance coverage. (May 27, 2021)
AKA Tree Removal 470-881-8853
Appleseed Tree Service 404-378-2774
Arborguard Tree Specialists 404-299-5555
Bartlett Tree Experts 770-496-9848
Boutte Tree Service 404-647-0558
Caldwell Tree Care 770-992-1973
Casey Tree Experts 770-498-7000
Davey Tree Service 866-235-7422
Gunnison Tree Specialists 404-351-8929
Murphy Tree Service 770-944-7498
(Featured in the photo is Chris Hughes of Brookwood Tree Consulting.)
What equipment will be used? If you are told that a crane or boom lift is necessary, ask why the work can’t be done by tree workers climbing with ropes.
How will they clean up your property at the completion of the removal or pruning?
Exercise some due diligence. If you spot a tree worker in a boom lift (see photo above) wielding an unsecured chainsaw without any protective gear at all (hardhat, safety glasses, earplugs, gloves), you’ve hired the wrong company. If workers seem to you to be insufficiently careful around the chipper, you’ve hired the wrong company. Ask them to stop work immediately and insist on speaking with a manager.
Note that some tree services are investing in electric equipment and committing to practices that are better for the environment. If you can afford to pay a little extra for that service, you will be encouraging other companies to do the same.
Here’s an earlier post on this website about selecting a tree service company.
Hiring a Lawn Service?
Does the company offer a clean and quiet service using battery-powered and manual equipment? Does it have expertise in organic lawn and plant care?
What is the minimum number of times each month that you absolutely need this service? Do you need it year-round, e.g., even in winter?
Can the work be scheduled at a time when it is least likely that the noise will disturb your neighbors, e.g., not on a weekend and not early in the morning or late in the afternoon?
Before you sign up, do your homework. Are you breeding mosquitoes by leaving standing water on your property? Can you adequately protect yourself by applying repellent or screening a porch? What chemical will the company use, and what can you find out about that chemical by doing your own research? Are you vulnerable enough to the inconvenience of a mosquito bite or the remote chance of contracting a mosquito-borne disease that it outweighs the environmental damage caused by the spraying, e.g., the killing of bees?
Here’s a Consumer Reports article on whether to spray your yard for mosquitoes and ticks. And once again, as with anyone visiting your property to do work, insist on professionalism and adequate safety measures: if the young person misting your yard is wearing no protective equipment at all, for example, ask why.
We get asked all the time by Inman Park residents to recommend a tree service. We always say: whoever you choose, be sure to ask whether that company’s arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Also, please note that every reputable company has workers trained in how to climb trees using ropes and safety harnesses. Even when a very large tree must be removed, it may be possible for the workers to start at the top and remove the tree in sections, lowering them to the ground with their ropes. In sum, although the use of a crane or cherrypicker is sometimes unavoidable, often it isn’t. And as you would guess, the price difference may be substantial.