King Garden Designs, Inc. is an international landscape design and expert care firm which operates at the intersection of craft, science and art.
King Garden Designs are expert Tree Consultants, utilizing both Art and Science in promoting Tree Beauty, Tree Health, Tree Preservation and Tree Safety. We have specialized training, education and expertise through our ISA Arborist Certification and TRAQ (ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification).
We are pleased to provide our clients a full range of Consulting Services: Tree Preservation Plans, Tree Inventories, Tree Appraisals, Tree Valuation (For Insurance or Litigation purposes), plus Pruning, Maintenance, Disease and Pest Identification and Hazardous Tree Identification.
As Consulting Arborists we are the authoritative experts on trees, and whose objective, comprehensive viewpoint ensures the safety, health, and preservation of trees. We have an extensive level of knowledge and experience making our Consulting Arborist services valuable to Municipal, Commercial and Residential clients, plus to other professionals, and other arborists.
Expert Pruning Training
We are pleased to offer on-site personalized pruning lessons and training for professionals, individuals and groups.
Expert Witness & Tree Expert - Litigation
Retainer Fee often covers meeting(s), discussion of case, field work, can include Tree Valuation Report, basic research, assessments, and can include writing up formal assessment and report(s) depending on scope of case.
We offer ongoing oversight and care to ensure that as your trees and plantings mature that they thrive.
Periodic Pruning To Retain Plant Shape, Scale And Health
Periodic Site Visits To Assure Proper Garden Care Is Given
Written Property Assessments and Oversight
Annual Maintenance and Garden Care Contracts
Tree Risk Assessment
TRAQ is an International Society of Arboriculture Qualification Program that trains Arborists how to use the methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment. This qualification Promotes The Safety of People and Property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk.
The results of a Tree Risk Assessment can provide tree owners and Risk Managers with the Information to make Informed Decisions to Enhance Tree Benefits, Health
Tree Appraisal - Tree Valuation Services
Source: Purdue Extension
Trees provide many benefits and value to property owners in functional, aesthetic, social, environmental and even economic ways. Value may be defined as the present worth of future benefits. Many of these benefits can be quantified by a dollar figure, and it is the responsibility of an appraiser to assign monetary value. Appraising trees and living landscape components can be challenging, and requires training, expertise and experience.
The purpose of an appraisal is defined by the clients’ needs. These needs may include tort claims, insurance claims, tax deductions, real estate assessment and proactive planning. An appraisal estimates the defined value of personal property, including plants. The tree appraisal process is used to develop a supported estimate of current value. Unfortunately, most appraisals are done after trees have been removed or damaged. This situation requires additional investigation and might include determining pre-casualty value or sampling on a local basis.
The best time to conduct an appraisal is prior to any incident or damage. This is rarely done, however. If available, previous site records, tree assessments, site reviews, images and even a witness can help determine the tree’s pre-damage condition. With all the facts gathered, it is the duty of the appraiser to determine the appropriate method and provide an unbiased valuation.
The appraiser should document all activities related to the process, from initial contact with the client — including establishing the background information on the tree — to inspecting the site and formulating values.
Regardless of the appraisal method used, there are some primary factors to consider. The four major elements involved in properly assessing the value of a tree are Size, Species, Condition and Location. A thorough understanding of each is imperative; otherwise, the appraisal will lack credibility and significance.