Call for Action leads to questions on regulation of tree care companies

Call for Action leads to questions on regulation of tree care companies

A call for action over a tree service business that didn’t finish the job spurred News 3 to dig into whether lawn care companies are regulated at all.

Pat Williams called for action after she paid $4,000 up front for a tree to be removed from her yard.

Three months later, the company never finished the job.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says lawn care companies are not regulated or required to have a license other than a commercial license for using pesticides.

The Better Business Bureau says there are ways to make sure you’re picking your lawn care service carefully.

1. Get references — ask for references from both consumers and businesses to see how the company did on previous projects.

2. Always have a detailed contract that includes specific information on how long the job will take and when workers will be there to get it done.

3. Sign with a certified arborist, accredited through the Wisconsin Arborist Association. That means they passed a test and receive continuing education.

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