Archive for Horticultural
Arborists are tree specialists. They frequently consult and provide advice on the type of tree to plant and where to plant it. These decisions can have impact on power lines, sewer systems, and fire exposures. Arborists often provide tree-related services such as planting, trimming, removing, and spraying. Some arborists own nurseries.
Greenhouses & Nursery Centers
Lawn Care Services
The typical lawn service cuts grass, controls weeds, insects, and lawn diseases, dethatches or aerates lawns, and seeds or sods new lawns. Many lawn services also do landscaping, maintain plants and shrubbery, and install automatic lawn sprinkler systems. The primary underwriting concerns are the experience of the lawn service and the training program and experience of employees. Spraying pesticides and herbicides or fertilizer is a significant liability exposure, primarily because of the possibility of drift. The insurance carrier usually thoroughly checks and analyzes the chemicals that lawn service companies use.
Nurseries make up a special class of agribusinesses and require tailor-made insurance coverages to insure their individual and unique exposures. Nurseries sell trees, shrubs, and ornamental plants on either a retail or wholesale basis. Many nurseries also perform landscaping services for home owners, apartment complexes, and businesses. A few enterprising nurseries employ landscape architects to design landscaping projects. These risks need coverage for liability exposures and greenhouse operations. Pollution coverage is required if pesticides and herbicides are used on or off premises to care for and maintain nursery stock. There is an additional pollution hazard if there are aboveground or underground storage tanks or drums of chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. Workers compensation is a difficult exposure due to lifting and moving heavy trees and shrubbery and pruning operations, as well as exposure to various chemical compounds. Commercial fleets or trucks and other equipment may also present unusual exposures. Crop insurance is usually handled in conjunction with federal crop insurance programs.
Tree Care Services
Tree Service Liability
Tree service companies have hazardous liability exposures. They include tree surgery, spraying insecticides and pesticides, removing the wrong tree, and removing stumps. Bystanders may be injured by falling limbs and tree trunks. Damage to property of others may occur when the tree service trims branches or removes trees.