Recently, First Choice Tree Service was congratulated on our re-accreditation by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). We are very proud of this prestigious distinction, but what does this mean to you? What is a TCIA Accreditation and why should you choose an accredited tree care company?

It is a voluntary program that evaluates the entire business to ensure that professional business practices and standards are met by all employees that work on your property. Accredited tree care companies like First Choice Tree Service:
• Take expert care of your property by caring for your trees and shrubs
• Can identify diseases and pests that can put your trees and shrubs at risk
• Protects you and your family from injury or property damage from cracked or decayed tree limbs and trunks or decayed and damaged root systems
• Follows ANSI A300 tree care standards when providing tree care services
• Trains their employees in best business and safety practices
• Provides insurance coverage safeguards to reduce your liability
• Provides a quality customer service experience

We have maintained our accreditation since 2009. When you choose First Choice Tree Service, you can trust and have confidence you’re working with a company that is committed to maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honesty, and provide quality tree care and customer service.

Looking for Large Boxed Trees?

Looking for Large Boxed Trees?

Did you know First Choice Tree Service has an on-site tree nursery? If you’re looking for high quality small to large boxed trees for your landscaping project, we have what you’re looking for. We carry a wide variety of tree species, from multi-trunk Mediterranean palms and Canary palms to large olive and pine trees.

Though it can be pricey, the benefits of planting large boxed trees can outweigh the cost. Beautiful, mature trees can immediately add value to you home. Another benefit is larger trees will provide you with instant shade, saving you money on energy costs. Also, larger boxed trees planted in your landscape can dramatically enhance the look of your home.

No need to wait for smaller trees to grow when you can enjoy the look of beautiful mature trees in your landscape. Stop by our yard today to check out our tree nursery!

Keep An Eye On Your Pine Trees

Keep An Eye On Your Pine Trees

One of the effects of the extended drought experienced in the Southwest region, including Nevada, is the introduction of the Mediterranean Bark Beetle to our area. The bark beetle attacks mostly coniferous trees, such as pines trees weakened by years of drought. One of the first signs of infestation is the fading or browning of the trees foliage. Upon closer inspection, you can actually see pitch tubes caused from boring in the bark by this pest.

The pictures above show the destruction the bark beetle caused in a 10 year span. Las Vegas has a large pine population and has felt the presence of this pest. Many of the valley’s pine trees are in declined or have died due to bark beetle infestation. The good news is your pine trees can be treated for this pest. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our certified arborists if you suspect you pine trees might be infested.

Do Your Trees Have Canker Disease?

Do Your Trees Have Canker Disease?

This tree has canker disease. Sooty canker is a tree disease that afflicts trees in warm, dry climates, such as Las Vegas. This incurable fungal disease causes lesions in the bark of trees, mostly in the branches but can also be present in the trunk. Tree sap forms into hard balls that will stretch the bark causing it to burst. Once the bark bursts, the tree is exposed and is vulnerable to other pest infestations and diseases. Other signs of Canker disease are: 

  • Brown leaves
  • Wilted leaves
  • Smaller than normal leaves
  • Appearance of “soot” on the branches
  • Cracking or peeling bark 

Improper pruning techniques can also leave your trees at risk to attract the disease. Prevention is the best course of treatment. Proper tree care, such as regular pruning, fertilization and adequate watering will keep your trees healthy and is less likely to attract these types of diseases. If your trees exhibit any of these warning signs or do not look their healthiest, contact our office to have one of certified arborist assess the health of your trees.

Don’t Mix the Apples and Oranges!

Don’t Mix the Apples and Oranges!

We often receive requests for proposals from community managers of local homeowner’s associations (HOA), however the scopes of work included are not well articulated. A scope of work is a clearly defined outline of specific project goals, guidelines, tasks, costs, and deadlines for the performing party to achieve the end-product the community manager, HOA is looking for.

When a scope of work is not clearly defined, you typically will receive a mixed basket of proposals with things that were never asked for, leaving board members of HOAs to make decisions on proposals that are not “apples to apples.” Below are actual scopes that didn’t include additional scope information and/or that are not clearly defined.

Typical, vague, incomplete scopes of work received from HOA community managers:

  • Trim all trees on the property;
  • Clear all trees from the buildings;
  • Need a bid to remove trees and trim;
  • Trim palms.



  • Break it up – don’t scope in what you don’t know, the contractor won’t know either.
  • Keep it simple – make it easy to understand.
  • Make assumptions – act like this is their first time proposing, even if they already know.
  • Put into context – explain what you’re doing.
  • Be specific – set clear boundaries and guidelines with specific benchmarks that you want them to hit. For example: how many feet of clearance from the building, grind 12 inches below the surface, trim 20 percent of all the foliage, etc.
  • List the standards – the contractor should know the standards of the bidding such as “ANSI A300 Pruning standards” and that it will be enforced.
  • Qualify your vendor – ask for copies of their insurance, certifications and safety program to be submitted with their proposals. Without these documents the HOA is ultimately accepting all the risk.

By – Eddie Rodriguez

Make sure that you’re getting apples to apples bids. This will allow for less confusion, smoother project completion, and allows your chosen vendor to meet your expectations.