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A tree service contract is a legally binding agreement between a tree service company and a property owner. It summarizes the scope of work to be performed, the schedule, and the cost of the services. It also comprises terms and conditions that oversee the association between the parties.

Importance of a Tree Service Contract

Trees are an essential part of our environment and contribute significantly to the beauty and health of our surroundings. Trees not only provide shade, but they also act as natural filters for the air we breathe, improving air quality. However, it's important to ensure that trees are well-maintained and cared for, which is why many property owners invest in tree service contracts. Below are some prominent reasons you need a tree service contract.

  • Proper Care and Maintenance

    Trees need regular care and maintenance to remain healthy and safe. Regular pruning, trimming, and other maintenance services are essential for preventing diseases, insect infestations, falling branches, and other hazards. A tree service contract ensures that your trees receive regular care and maintenance by a professional tree care company. The contract outlines the specific services that will be provided, such as pruning, trimming, fertilization, and pest control, and the schedule for these services.

  • Professional Expertise

    Tree care is not a DIY project. It requires specialized knowledge and equipment to care for trees properly. By signing a tree service contract, you can access the expertise and experience of a professional tree care company. A good tree care company has certified arborists on staff who are trained in tree care and maintenance. They can analyze and treat tree diseases and insect infestations and provide valuable suggestions for tree care and planting.

  • Cost Savings

    One of the main benefits of having a tree service contract is cost savings. Moreover, signing a contract can save money on tree care and maintenance services. Most tree care companies offer discounts for long-term contracts or multiple services. Regular maintenance services can prevent costly repairs or replace damaged trees or property. For example, regular pruning can prevent branches from falling and causing damage to your home or car.

  • Emergency Tree Services

    Besides regular maintenance and professional expertise, a tree service contract can provide emergency services. Weather events, such as storms or strong winds, can cause damage to trees, and it's important to have a team of professionals ready to help when disaster strikes. With a tree service contract, you can have peace of mind knowing that you have access to emergency tree services when needed.

Inclusions in a Tree Service Contract

  • Scope of Services

    The scope of services is the first thing to look for in a tree service contract. The contract should clearly outline the specific services that will be provided, such as pruning, trimming, fertilization, and pest control, and the schedule for these services.Therefore, it is important to ensure that the services provided in the contract are appropriate for your trees and property. For example, if you have large trees on your property, you may need more frequent pruning and trimming services than smaller trees.

  • Schedule of Services

    The schedule of services is another important factor to consider in a tree service contract. The contract should clearly outline the frequency of the services provided, such as quarterly, bi-annually, or annually. Furthermore, the schedule of services should be tailored to the specific needs of your trees and property. For example, if you live in an area with a lot of storm damage, you may need more frequent inspections and maintenance services.

  • Price and Payment Terms

    The price and payment terms are important factors in a tree service contract. The contract should clearly outline the total cost of the services provided and payment terms, such as payment schedules and payment methods.

    Therefore, ensuring that the contract's price is reasonable and within your budget is important. Additionally, you should consider the payment terms to ensure they are convenient and work for your financial situation.

  • Insurance and Liability

    Insurance and liability are important factors to consider in a tree service contract. The contract should clearly outline the insurance coverage and liability for the tree care company and any liability for the property owner. A good tree care company should have liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance to protect the company and the property owner in case of accidents or injuries.

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Key Terms

  • Cost Estimate: This is the total amount the tree service provider will charge for the services rendered. It includes the cost of labor, equipment, and any other associated costs.
  • Timeframe: This refers to the agreed-upon date or period in which the tree service provider is expected to complete the job.
  • Payment Terms: This refers to the agreed-upon payment schedule, including the total amount due, payment due date, and any penalties or interest charges for late payments.
  • Cleanup and Disposal: This refers to the comprehensive process of cleaning up and disposing of all debris resulting from the tree service job, including branches, leaves, and other debris.
  • Liability Insurance: This is the insurance coverage that the tree service provider carries to protect against any damages that may occur during the job, such as property damage or personal injury.
  • Safety Measures: This refers to the safety protocols and equipment that the tree service provider will use during the job, such as hard hats, gloves, and safety harnesses.
  • Emergency Services: This refers to the tree service provider's availability to respond to emergencies, such as storm damage or fallen trees, outside normal business hours.


To sum up, a tree service contract is an excellent investment for property owners who care about the health and appearance of their trees. With regular maintenance, emergency services, and access to professional expertise, a tree service contract can help keep your trees healthy and beautiful for years to come. Additionally, a tree service contract can be a cost-effective way to maintain your trees and prevent costly damage. Hence it might not be wrong to say that a tree service contract is a wise investment for any property owner who values the benefits of healthy trees.

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