Terry Willenbrink, Public Works Supervisor

City Arborist Terry Willenbrink

As the city arborist, Terry Willenbrink has felt the need from time to time to send a warning to all Montgomery residents about disreputable tree trimming companies. Over the years Willenbrink reports that he receives more and more questions and complaints about tree trimming companies coming into Montgomery’s neighborhoods to solicit work.  Note that a permit is required to conduct these door-to-door solicitations in the city of Montgomery. To check to see if a solicitor has obtained a permit, call the Montgomery Police Department at 513-985-1600. “No Solicitors” signs are also available upon request.

Reputable tree companies will not go door to door. If a tree needs a trim, it is always wise to get at least three bids from respectable tree trimming companies, or ISA certified arborists.

Make sure to ask these questions when contracting for tree care, especially if tempted by a low price.

Terry Willenbrink shows off a ‘Vanderwold Pyramid’

  • Is this tree dead, can it be saved, or should it be removed?
  • Does this tree need to be thinned out or dead wooded?
  • What can be done to improve the health of the tree?
  • How will the arborist be performing the work needed?
  • How long will it take?
  • Is this company bonded or insured?
  • What work will the company do?

Reputable companies will be truthful. They will not lead homeowners in any direction to make a quick buck. Their reputation depends on the homeowner’s comfort and satisfaction with their service.  Getting a few bids and opinions is important. Do not pay until the entire project is complete and that includes having the stump ground down if this service is included.

Please contact Terry Willenbrink at 513-792-8320 or twillenbrink@montgomeryohio.org with any questions.