Preventative Tree and Plant Care
for Columbus, Ohio residents

Trees in the urban environment face a more difficult situation compared to their forested siblings. Where the forest has acres of lush soil, urban trees are transplanted next to roads, sidewalks and homes. Improper planting, reduced root zones and compaction from construction and foot traffic can all lead to stress on our urban trees. Implementing a comprehensive and proactive tree health program can keep your trees healthy and resilient to stress for a lifetime.

Our program is based on the best practices of the industry according to ANSI 300 standard and ISA Guidelines. We do not blanket spray year after year to avoid harming non-target insects, pollinators and our environment. Treatment action plans are determined through careful inspection and analysis of all available information, with overall tree health being the priority.

Tree & Plant Health Care

Our program is based on 6 principles. These six principles, when applied by a tree care expert, will lead to a long and healthy life for your trees. Healthy trees lead to a better environment for you and your loved ones.

Comprehensive and Proactive Tree Care

Tree care should not be a one size fits all approach. At Joseph Tree, we focus on providing individualized care to individual trees, helping to insure each trees’ needs are met through the use of pruning, health and pest treatments, and cultural controls.

Observation and Testing

Observation is key to a successful plant health program. When observation shows us an issue, lab testing can be utilized to give us all of the details in the case of a deficiency, or the pest/disease can be identified and the decision on whether to treat or not can be made.

Acceptable Pest Levels

Just because a tree has a harmful insect on it, does not necessarily mean the population will grow larger and harm the tree. Once the pest grows beyond the acceptable pest level, treatment is recommended.

Responsible Chemical Use

When chemicals do need to be used, great care is taken in making sure we use just the proper amount, using the most modern treatment techniques, and reducing our environmental footprint as much as possible.

Treatment Progression

Treating for pests should not be an infinite process. As the pest is eliminated or suppressed, tree and soil health treatments are recommended to improve the overall health and treat the underlying cause of stress to your trees. The healthier the tree, the better it can defend itself naturally.

Client Education

Every one of our PHC techs are certified arborists and applicators, and every tree pruning crew has at least one arborist on site. Every visit, we are observing your trees’ health and educating our clients on their urban forest.

Proactive vs. Reactive Tree Care

Our Process

Process 1

Consultation & Inspection

Our sales arborist will assess your trees and determine if any nutrient deficiencies or health concerns exist. Often times, a foliar or soil sample will need to be taken to have a lab analyze the specific deficiencies that are present. This helps us understand exactly what is going on with the tree, so a comprehensive and specific treatment program can be recommended. Any foliar or soil testing will be discussed with the client.

Process 2

Estimate Approval & Schedule Service

Once you have a recommended treatment plan and the estimate is approved, we will communicate with you about scheduling. Some plant health care treatments must be done at specific times of the year, or during the active feeding time of certain insect pests. Our office will give a general time frame for scheduling if the job needs to be done later in the season, and will follow up with a more specific time frame as we approach the right time for treatment. If your treatment does not require special timing, we will give a specific time frame as soon as the estimate is approved.

Process 3

Technician Assessment

When one of our Plant Health Care Technicians, who are also certified Arborists arrives for the treatment, they will first check to see if the client is home so they can discuss the treatment process and any restrictions. The technician will then walk the property to understand the scope of work and measure any trees or shrubs that being treated for their diameter and/or height. This allows our technician to analyze whether there are any restrictions regarding the tree for treatment or adjustments to dosage for the tree based on size, location, canopy, and pest/disease presence.

Process 4


Once our technician has assessed the trees to be treated, they will apply the treatment to the trees following all ANSI A-300 standards for plant health care operations, as well as using the
Best Management Practices written by the International Society of Arboriculture. At Joseph Tree, we do our best to use comprehensive treatment plans that address the symptoms as well as the underlying health issues your trees face. We avoid blanket sprays, using the most up to date techniques and newer pesticides that address the actual pest, reducing environmental impact and avoiding treatment of non-target pests.

Process 5

Clean Up

Once treatment is complete, our technician will notify you of any concerns or other tree-related issues they noticed while on site. The technician will also place a door hanger on your front door indicating what treatment, and how much was given to your trees. Any technician notes will also be on the door hanger. The whole site is cleaned up and any debris taken with the technician, leaving the client's property looking just as good, if not better than how they found it.

Process 6

We’ll Prepare Your Invoice

After the cleanup process, your final invoice will be issued. We work to make sure every project is done to our customer’s satisfaction and exceeds expectations. The client will be notified of any follow-up treatments or additional health concerns.

Client Reviews

We Don't Just Talk to Trees

"Joseph Tree Service did an outstanding job of removing my Elm from my backyard. They have state-of-the-art equipment, their workers are courteous and friendly, and also very knowledgeable. I would definitely use them again."

Five Star Review

Mike Trucco, Columbus

"Very professional and awesome crew who a great job, I would recommend you guys to anyone!"

Five Star Review

Trey Duplessie

"Outstanding job. I am so sorry about the issue of our neighbor who owns the field next door and the time you had to spend talking with them. Thank you for straightening this out. We are happy to recommend Joseph Tree Service to our friends and neighbors."

Five Star Review

Steve Luther

"Very pleased with the work Joseph Tree service did for me. They were courteous, worked quickly and efficiently and they made sure I was happy with job before they left."

Five Star Review

Brian Miller

"Very polite and professional! Had a great experience spending money, which is hard to say. 😉 Thanks so much!"

Five Star Review

Bethany Martineau

"The crew from Joseph Tree Service lived up to there core values 1.To perform the highest quality work 2.To operate with honesty and integrity 3.To treat people the way we would want to be treated."

Five Star Review

Marvin Howard

"Very satisfied with all aspects of service. The job was quoted quickly and fairly. The work was completed sooner than estimated. David, Michael and crew were professional and personable. They did a great job with the clean up. Would recommend their services without reservation!"

Five Star Review

Shira Thompson

"I was extremely pleased with the entire process with Joseph Tree Service. The initial meeting was scheduled very quickly and the work was done in a timely and professional manner. The whole experience was great. Thank you!"

Five Star Review

Karen Miller

"The crew that did the work were polite, arrived on time, kept us fully informed on what they were finding, helped us troubleshoot some decisions, and thoroughly cleaned up all debris at the end. We are having Joseph Tree Service come back out again in the spring for some additional work."

Five Star Review

Jen Brandt

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a tree surgeon do?
A tree surgeon performs assessments and maintenance on trees. This means everything from pruning to cutting trees down when necessary to putting together a maintenance plan for your trees.
What qualifications should a tree surgeon have?
All trees surgeons should be trained professionals. This means extensive and ongoing training, with things like a Certificate II & III in Arboriculture. These certifications help train for all the skills required to manage and care for trees in an urban environment.
When should I call a tree doctor?
You should always call a tree doctor if you are pruning large trees, planting a new tree, removing an old tree, trying to protect your trees from the elements, or doing emergency tree care.
What is the difference between an arborist and a tree surgeon?
A trained arborist is certified through training and goes through ongoing education to always stay up to date on best practices. A tree surgeon may be someone that works with trees, but is not necessarily an expert or certified.

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