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Tree pruning recommendations please?
I need to hire someone to help prune my overgrown back yard,
including large shrubs and smallish trees that are too tall
for me to reach with a pole pruner. I'd like to find
someone who is covered by insurance and will do a nice job,
but won't be so expensive that I can't afford it. Any
suggestions much appreciated! Thanks, Rachel
We recently had The Forestree Company (510-528-8060) trim
the trees in our yard, including removing a large dead
branch from our old apple tree. They charged us a lot less
than the company we used last time, and did a better job.
N.H. in North Berkeley
I just had some fruit tree pruning done by arborist Molly
Goulet Bolt email@example.com and was very happy with
the result. She is also very reasonably priced. I didn't ask
about insurance. happy fruit
Removing branches, etc.?
My landlord had a house inspection for his insurance, and
they came back with an observation that there are
trees/branches that are too close to the house and pose a
potential threat. They didn't comment more (no idea which
trees), and I have never owned a home, so this kind of thing
is totally new. He asked me to take care of it. Who would
I call? I would need both the work done and someone who can
tell what even needs to be done, since all looks well to me.
My next door neighbor had BUENA VISTA TREE SERVICE working
on the trees in front of his house just yesterday. The
crabby person on the other side called the cops. They had
all their permits to keep going.
When they were gone, I went out to look at what they had
done. It looked like nothing had happened at all! The
gigantic trees are just opened up and healthy looking. There
are no scars or detritus anywhere. Knowing my neighbor, I am
sure that it was inexpensive because he is a 'pick up some
guys in front of the home center' kind of gardener in
general. I will call them when I need limbs cut.
Arborist that will call back
We have a large acacia that has grown wild and is leaning into my neighbor's yard.
I'm not sure if it needs thinning or needs to be entirely removed. My neighbors
are now complaining and we want to be good (because we like them) so we need to
get moving on this. But, we have contacted 3 different arborists multiple times
over the last 2 months and received no return calls (nothing, not even to just see
if the job is any good). Anyone know of a good, arborist that will actually call
Brende and Lamb in Berkeley. I have used them a number of times and they
are top notch. Every time I've called I've been able to make an appointment
on the first call, and they come when they say they will. They are very reliable and very knowledgeable.
I can recommend two, who are reliable so I'd expect them to
call back. One is Gray Shaw, whose business is called 'Arbor
Artist'. 848-6752. He lives up north now but comes down
from time to time. We're on his annual tree pruning
schedule. He's done a lot of work for us. The other person
is Terry Dillon, 524-1982. He pruned some huge trees of our
neighbor in 2002 to give us a better view. We were
impressed with the care he took. I noticed some Yelp
reviews for him in 2012. Francesca Rizzardi firstname.lastname@example.org
I just discovered Alex Thomas, 707-972-8301. A friend of
mine at Mills College connected me to him. He called me back
within two days and showed up to give me an estimate within
three. He is professional, knowledgeable and did a great job
on my two olive trees, better than a company I'd hired three
years ago. He'll be returning in September to trim two of my
birches, my lemon tree and a ficus.
Good luck with your own trees.
Good arborist for an Oak Tree
We have a big Oak tree in our backyard that is the central
focus/largest tree in our terraced backyard. The previous
owners have allowed the neighbors to top off the Oak each
year to maintain their view. We have also allowed them to do
so in the last 6 years since the previous owners for the
last 30 years had done so. I believe it's been done by
various tree companies and has been done pretty
indiscriminately as the person who did it three years ago
just hacked up the top. Our neighbor said that in Berkeley
if you buy your house with a view, by law you are able to
maintain it. I haven't researched this as we would like to
continue to allow them their view as well as maintain our
friendly relations. But at the same time I am becoming
concerned about the health of our Oak as everything I've
read on the internet about continual topping is that the
tree will die and it's the worst thing to do to a tree. It's
been sending out large lateral growth below the area that
they have been cutting for many years and is becoming rather
deformed from our vantage point. I would reallly like a
great recommendation for a great licensed arborist that can
hopefully trim the tree in a way that is most healthy for
the tree and to allow them to maintain their view. Thanks
I woud recommend Peter Gradjansky
(415) 699-5441 cell
(510) 524-6919 office
When we lived in Oakland, we hired Brende & Lamb to tend our
oak tress. They did a very good job, almost artistic. They
were pricey if I remember correctly, but they were good and
are trees were so beautiful afterwards. At our house in
Moraga, we hired Advance Tree Service to tend our 100+ yo
oak tree. They also did an excellent job, and it was a very
intensive project. They had to manufacture bolts to cable up
the tree to keep it from falling apart. It was going to be
the same cost to remove as to save it, so we opted to save
it. Their advice was very good, as was their work. Our tree
has been in great shape ever since, and their pruning job
was also very pretty.
I don't have either company's number handy, but I'm sure a
web search would do the trick. You could interview both and
My husband handles calls like this all the time at his
company, Brende & Lamb. They never top trees, they do
excellent work, give them a call one of the arborists will
come out and give you a free estimate. The health of your
tree is as important to your property values as the view is
for your neighbors, I think you have to try to balance the
two. I'm not an arborist but what I understand is that oaks
present a particularly tricky case because they have a
canopy that needs to shade the tree because they are
allergic to the sun - they get sun scorch. So when you top
them they freak out. It sounds like it will be tricky - and
maybe a multi-year project - to fix the problem, but you
should at least talk with a 'real' arborist who has the
health of your tree as top priority! Their number is
Palm tree trimming
The palm tree in our front yard is in need of a trim. Does
anyone have a recommendation for someone who can do is
safely, but for a reasonable price? When we got it done 4
years ago, we paid $400. So far we got one estimate for $800
and another for $900. That's a lot more than we where
planning for. In need of a trim
I've used Elite Tree for my palms. Very reasonable. Very
fast. Good clean-up. Good luck!
I would take a look at Ponderosa Tree Service! I know
Michael the owner and he is a great guy!
As a proud palm tree owner, I know I need a real expert to
ensure a healthy and safe tree. Yeah, they cost money but if
you spend $800 every four years, that's only $200 a year for
peace of mind. I highly recommend Brende & Lamb. cathy
Looking for an excellent arborist in Berkeley
Arborist needed for diagnosis of diseased trees
We just had a very positive experience with Chris Bowen of
Bowen Tree Service. He's a certified arborist based in
Moraga, but works all over the East Bay. He looked at the
large and healthy (hooray!) oak in our back yard in north
Berkeley. Our situation was not one of disease -- our tree
needed pruning rather than diagnosis -- but you might give
him a call since tree maladies are well within his area of
expertise. Should you need work done on the tree, he and his
crew were extremely efficient and professional, and did a
really excellent job. He can be reached at (925) 377-7863
or at email@example.com. oak owner
Call Steve Batchelder 510-787-3075. He is really
knowledgeable and honest. Scott
Browning 30 ft Pine Tree...Diagnosis needed
A tree doctor recommendation is needed. When we moved into
our home 8 years ago there was a 30 ft tall, lovely,
Japanese style pine in the back yard. It was green and
healthy. Gradually, over the past two years, more and more
brown needles have appeared. First they were at the base of
the tree, now they are all the way up to the tip, to the
point where about 30 percent of the needles on the tree are
completely brown. Since winter just ended, it seems wrong.
The tree used to be very green in all seasons. The tree has
always had a lot of ants, which seem to go up and down the
trunk, but I figured this would not hurt a tree, and they
have been doing ant business (they look busy) in the tree
for the entire time we've lived here. The tree is also
planted very close to our backyard fence, and I've wondered
if the neighbor behind us has used some kind of chemical or
pesticide that is hurting it. I would like to have someone
come look at it and try to see if we can save it but we
don't have much money and need to find someone affordable
who will be able (hopefully) to figure out what is wrong.
Are there any tree doctor recommendations out there? Or any
other ideas on how to help an ill tree? Tree Friend
You didn't say where you live, but if you are in Berkeley,
you can get the city to do it. They have a great
arborist/tree program in Berkeley that can look at your
tree, and tell you if it needs replacing etc. If you live
elsewhere, or can't get the city to come out (sometimes the
wait is long), try Brende & Lamb.
Call Brende & Lamb, www.brendelamb.com. They're the best in
the business. Martha
Fruit tree pruning help
I have several fruit trees in my backyard. I've tried few
seasons to prune the trees, but I have a feeling in not
doing it correctly. So I am looking for any recommendations
of someone who can come and teach me how to prune the trees.
I have a wonderful person to recommend to you. His name is Stuart Robbins and
I have been working with him on landscape design and installation, including
tree planting and pruning. He's highly trained and lovely to work with. I cannot
recommend him highly enough. His numbers:cell 847 644-7847, home: 510
Gray Shaw does a good job and would probably be willing to
teach you. (I've just had him do the work, which has always
been very good.) firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know the Institute for Urban Homesteading
(www.iuhoakland.com) offers classes in pruning, though it
looks like none are scheduled for several months. You could
contact them though and I'm sure they can put you in touch
with that instructor, Molly Bolt. Likewise, Merritt College
offers pruning classes.
Tree Pruning, reasonably priced
My husband and I just moved into a house with trees and so
now we have to deal with pruning the trees. There are a few
fruit trees and then some non-fruit trees. Ideally we would
hire someone this year and watch them do it so we can do it
next year. We don't have a lot of money to spend on a tree
pruner, but we also don't want to kill the trees or cause
them to get diseases. So we would like recommendations for
affordable tree pruners and advice on how we can learn to do
it ourselves. Thanks!
Mark from the Forestree Company (www.forestreecompany.com)
in Berkeley did a very reasonably-priced pruning for us this
winter, and was friendly and proactive about offering
advice. (I initially contacted them because of other good
recommendations for the company on BPN.) For the DIY route
in the future, see if you can find a pruning class at one of
our great local resources like Berkeley Horticultural
Nursery (http://www.berkeleyhort.com) or the Ecology Center
Tree Pruning for One Small Tree
Hello, I need to find someone willing to prune a single
smallish persimmon tree without charging me for a big job.
The tree companies seem to have high minimums. The tree
stayed a small (10ft.?), in-the-corner-by-the-fence tree for
many years but my gardener 'forgot' to prune it the last two
winters, and I'm realizing he just doesn't feel confident
about it (he made one cut once and it didn't go well--now it
has multiple spindly branches growing straight upwards and
has lost its overall shape.) I thought I had some time to
play with, but with the weather so warm, my tree is ready to
put out buds! Hoping for a current referral. I am in the
Piedmont Ave. area. Thank you. Want a Small Tree Again
Sai Duhamel (310-428-8092) does a great job, charges by the
hour and is a pleasure to work with. Bountiful Trees
For anyone in the area needing fruit tree pruning, I would
recommend Elizabeth Ruiz. (415)368-8875
She co-teaches some pruning courses at Merritt College, and
really knows fruit trees--many gardeners do not, as it's a
really specific set of skills. Suzanne
Arborist knowledgable about fruit trees
Would love recommendations for arborists who have strong
knowledge of fruit trees. We are very happy with our current
service and have tried out several others over the years for
non-fruit tree issues, but we need help from someone who can
treat several old and possibly diseased fruit trees. No
arborist we speak to seems to have a sound (or even any)
specific history of working with fruit trees. Worse, none
seems bothered by not (apparently) being interested in fruit
trees! Fruit trees are different
Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers,
Suzanne Arca http://www.suzannearcadesign.com/ and Isabel
Robertson, who works with her, are my garden gurus. They are
thoughtful, creative, focused and efficient. I think they
would be able to help you. Signed, A Happy Client!
Ann Ralph at Berkeley Hort knows all! She's been doing
backyard workshops too, though that may not be a winter
thing. I should go check in myself, I did not trim back the
apple tree enough this year! Scared to hack back fruit
I feel your pain! We had a really hard time finding a good
arborist for our fruit trees (apple, persimmon, fig,
apricot, lemon), then finally found Brad Cazden. We couldn't
recommend him more highly--in fact, our neighbor hired him
after seeing what great work he did for us.
Fruit trees are actually his first love, and he gave us good
advice about our apple (which has codling moths), pruned our
other trees beautifully (and advised us about how to care
for them better), pulled out one that was hopeless, etc. And
he is a joy to work with--incredibly reliable and
Certified Arborist #7316
--So happy to have found a good arborist at last!
See if the UC Botanical Garden still does the sick plant
clinic, where you can bring a sample of the tree branch, and
get a diagnosis. Berkeley Hort might be able to give a
recommendation, too. tree lover
Try Richard Trout for an arborist with great tree knowledge.
He's worked for U.C. Berkeley for years and is a member of
the American Society of Consulting Arborists. I used him and
found him to be knowledgeable, honest and generous with his
time. He charges by the hour, but if what you need takes
less than an hour, he offers landscaping suggestions for the
rest of the time. He can be reached at
email@example.com, or cell: (510)- 417-1685. I highly
recommend him. Tree lover
I recommend Brende & Lambe. Specifically, ask for Mike.
Blaine Brende is also obviously qualified, but is (hate to
be so non-PC here) an old hippie. If you are an old hippie
you will love him. If you are in your 30s-50s, Mike might
be a better fit. He is a very knowledgeable, helpful and
easy-going guy who will definitely tell you what you need to
Recommend tree trimmers
Can any one reccomend a good tree trimmer? jre7
I highly recommend Pablo Cepero of California Landscape.
He's a highly skilled and knowledgeable arborist. He'll
remove whatever you need, but he's also concerned about
protecting the health and integrity of the trees being
trimmed. California Landscape (owner, Pablo Cepero)
Seeking arborist recommendations
I am looking for an arborist in the east bay for a couple of
overgrown and/or possibly diseased trees. My gardener has
informed me one tree may need removal but that he can't
handle this kind of work and that I need an arborist, but he
couldn't give me a name. We are in the Temescal area.
I do have a recommendation and that is to Michael Monahan.
He is a 25 year Certified Arborist, Green Certified
Horticulturist and a CAL Poly grad in Horticultural Science.
But more importantly he is a great person with great prices.
I have used him for various projects over the years and have
been extremely satisfied with his work. He also gives free
consultations. So give him a call at 510.501.6791 or email
him at firstname.lastname@example.org Carol
Tree Removal - Coastal Tree Service
Has anyone used Coastal Tree Service for tree removal? I
haven't been able to find any reviews online. anon
You asked for references for Coastal Tree with regard to
tree removal. I am a landscape architect and contractor,
also formerly a certified arborist. When a client of mine
needs larger-scale tree work than I can handle, I always ask
Coastal for a bid. Hans Waller, with his crew, does fine
work, has great integrity, and his bids are consistently
on the low end. Peter
I highly recommend Hans Waller of Coastal Tree Service. Hans
is an honest, upfront, and reliable man, who runs a
professional crew. He is a certified arborist and he is
licensed and insured. He has been doing tree work in the Bay
Area for a long long time. He took out a very old and large
tree from our Berkeley back yard a few years ago. You can
reach him at (510) 693-4631. Erica
Need two trees trimmed
Can anyone provide a recommendation for a tree person - we
need two trees trimmed, and a couple of dead plants
removed. Not a huge job, but we want someone who knows
something about trees to do the trimming. Thanks very
Tree trimmer needed
Hello, I highly recommend Pablo Cepero, of California
Landscape Service. He's a certified arborist, and is
reliable, well-priced, and does quality work. His number is
Feb 2010: Need to get big redwood tree trimmed
Looking for exemplary redwood tree trimmer ( redwoods are about 80 ft tall and
need about 30 ft taken off - damaged in recent rains).
Possible removal might be needed. Needs to be familiar with permiting -
location is Kensington.
Thank you in advance.
I highly recommend The Forestree Company. My neighbor has
used them for years and I just had them come to my house
last week to trim my buckeye, maple and douglas fir. They
have trimmed several large oak trees for me and my neighbor,
and my neighbor's 2 redwood trees which were damaged in the
1991 fire. They have trimmed the redwoods away from another
neighbor's home the last 5 years.
The company is reasonable, they are wonderful arborists, and
they are easy to work with. This is the first tree company
where the arborist really listens to my requests, and I can
provide feedback to them while they are trimming my trees.
Their number is 510-526-8733
I recommend Joe Branum Tree Care. Joe has taken care of
our oaks and redwoods both in Berkeley and in Piedmont,
where we live now. He is incredibly knowledgeable about
trees and their proper maintenance, and his crew is
extremely well trained and professional. He does a lot of
work in the Bay Area, even though he is located in Napa.
joebranumtreecare.com or 707-942-8954
Brende & Lamb is an excellent tree care company that has
been serving the Berkeley/Oakland area for more than 30
years. They do lots of work in Kensington. Give them a call,
they will send an arborist out (likely one of the owners) to
take a look and give you a free estimate.
The phone number is (510) 486-TREE (8733). There are also pix of their work
Complete Tree Care is great! They have done wonderful work
for us and our neighbors including a BIG redwood tree and
helping to appease my neighbor who hates my tree. Not only
does Matt Bowman know his trees but he is all about
quality service. 510-883-1748.
March 2009: Tree Specialist Needed for fig and persimmon
Looking for a tree specialist who is familiar with fig and
persimmon trees who can take a look and give us a course of
care. We have one of each in our North Berkeley back yard -
both were full of fruit when we moved in last summer, but almost
all the persimmons quickly fell off the tree except for a couple
which survived and were quite tasty when ripe; the green figs
seemed to do quite well, but when ripe, the fruit was actually
pretty dry inside.
If you are getting massive fruit drop from the persimmon tree,
you may not be watering it regularly enough, or deeply enough. If
the figs are dry inside, sounds like water again. If you know you
are giving the trees adequate water, and think a pest might be
producing these results, I would call Sally Jo Dinwoodie at
510-527-5916. She's very good at identifying problems in plants
and can recommend non-chemical methods for dealing with them. If
you think the trees need pruning or shaping, call arborist
Christopher Bowen, 925 377-7863 email@example.com. Both people are reasonably
priced and very good at what they do.
I've used a guy named Brad Cazden for fruit tree maintenance who
is really great. He specializes in trees and will help you
develop a plan for on-going maintenance, which you can do or he
can come back and do for you. He's a very nice, thoughtful, hard
working guy. You can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 2009: Tree trimming, evaluation, possible removal
Can you recommend a company, or individual, who can do some
tree trimming, and also evaluate a large tree for its health /
possible removal? Person/company should be honest, reliable,
careful, and willing to remove all the ''trimmings''. Know
anyone who can help us out? We're in Berkeley.
Trees need some care
We have been very happy with Peter Rudy. We got his name from
BPN and have used him for several large and small jobs recently. He
is knowledgeable, responsive and reasonably priced. His company is
Big Chief Tree Service, 510-528-3588. He can be a little hard to
get hold of, so be persistent. ckatz
We have always loved the work of Complete Tree Care. Matt comes
out to do the evaluations and usually his crew does the work.
Communication has always been good and unlike other trimmers, they
take just the right amount off; I have had too little and too much
by others...they are always just right. And yes, they do great
cleanup. Complete Tree Care (510) 883-1748 See my yelp review here:
I was very happy with the tree removal performed by Michael
Veneziano of Ponderosa Tree Service. He is a certified arborist so
I'm sure he can assess the health of your trees. He removed a HUGE
Monterey pine planted too close to two homes. He and his crew did
an amazing job getting the tree out of a tight spot, and they did
an impeccable job cleaning up all the debris. I would hire him
Joe Lamb of Brende & Lamb is extremely knowledgeable and
trustworthy. He and his crew took out a tree at my former apartment
that was diseased and his crew has trimmed the large cedar at my
house on several occasions, each time deftly balancing my
daughter's need for a good climbing tree and the family's need for
more light in the living room. When we first moved in to our house
I considered removing the tree but didn't want to lose the privacy.
Joe figured out a way to maximize the privacy and the light and
support the tree's aesthetics (this particular tree needed a lot of
help!). On their website (www.brendelamb.com) there's a link to an
article published in the SF Chronicle on Joe-- tells of how his
love for and interest in trees extends all the way to the rain
forests of Borneo. I whole-heartedly recommend Joe the Arborist!
I would enthusiastically recommend Matt Horn of Matt Horn
Landscaping and Tree Care. Matt evaluated and pruned two very large
trees (a pine and a redwood) during a comprehensive landscaping job
he did for us. He was very knowledgable, and worked with the goal
of maintaining the beauty and health of our trees. Matt was very
reliable and cleaned up the site thoroughly, and his bid was very
reasonable compared to several others that we got. Matt can be
reached at 658-6088. Feel free to contact me as a reference. Lucy
Matt Horn Landscaping and Tree Care, has done a great job taking
care of all the trees i have encountered in the course of my
landscaping work. We have collaborated for over a decade, and he
has done assessments,seasonal fruit tree pruning, as well as large
aesthetic pruning jobs and removals. He has an Arborist's license,
liability insurance, and worker's comp insurance for his great
crew. You can contact him at 510 658-6088 or email him at
email@example.com Michelle B.
Jan 2009: Patient arborist who knows a lot about fruit trees
We have just moved into a place with a lot of old (25 years +)
fruit trees, many of which we can't identify. Apparently a
previous owner was an avid planter and grafter and there are all
sorts of varieties of fruit trees and ''fruit salad'' trees in the
yard that the person we bought from couldn't identify.
Can someone recommend a patient arborist who specializes in fruit
trees and who could walk me and my husband through our yard and
identify trees and explain how to prune and maintain them? It
would be great to find someone who's willing and happy to talk
through the process with us rather than just write up a
It would be a bonus if the arborist also were able to tell us
which other new types of fruit trees would take well in our yard.
(Apparently we're not content with the work we already have
waiting for us!)
Fruit tree puzzled
Try Brad Cazden for your fruit tree needs. firstname.lastname@example.org
He'll train you in how to maintain things for yourself. He's a
local businessman with a very friendly and caring attitude. His
in the business b/c he likes trees and the outdoors. He won't
soak you or try to get more work later, unless you need him.
He helped us in exactly this way with our very old/unmaintained
I highly recommend Michael Lang. He knows a lot about fruit
he is excellent
at pruning them (he only hand prunes, and he does all the work
He is a
patient and excellent teacher. He worked on my walnut tree and
pruned fruit trees
for friends of mine. He has excellent local references. AND he
Contact me at my e mail or contact Michael directly,
Nov 2008: Dead tree removal and trimming needed in Lamorinda
We have a dead tree and lots of others that need shaping,
trimming and, in a couple of cases, possible removal. Can anyone
recommend a fair-priced, reliable, bonded tree service for these
kinds of jobs? Many thanks.
I would call Adrian de Jong for your tree removal at a reasonable
price. He also does stump grinding. He's a very hard worker,
who specializes in irrigation and landscape, and does a beautiful
job thinning trees. His former boss said he was an artist. He
can be reached at email@example.com and 415-774-6279.
I would like to recommend Graham Tree Service. They removed
part of our Deodar Cedar tree which had fallen on our roof and
also trimmed the whole tree. They had a reasonable bid, were
super fast and responsive, friendly and very knowledgeable
about how to trim our 100-year old tree so that it'll be safe
and healthy in the future. www.graham-tree-svc.com, cell (510) 224-0478.
For the person looking for garden help in Lamorinda, I highly
recommend my gardener Luis Ramos for yard and lawn maintenance.
Luis has trimmed my trees and I believe can remove dead ones
depending on the size. Luis has taken excellent care of my front
and back gardens for about 5 years. He (and his crew) weed
thoroughly and do a great job trimming plants and trees artfully.
He also did a wonderful job installing and maintaining my
irrigation system. Luis has always been dependable and willingly
tends to my special requests. He is reasonably priced and I
couldn't be happier with his work. His phone number is (510)
Tree in front of house has big aphid infestation. Anybody know a
good Tree Doctor?
I highly recommend Chris Chapman from Horticultural Services.
He's come out twice to diagnose and trim an old ornamental pear
tree of ours. He can be reached at http://www.treeguys.net or
Also see advice about aphids below.
We bought a house this past April with many fruit trees (apricot,
pear, apple, plum, lemon) and we are looking for information on
how to maintain the trees. We had been told it is best to prune
them in the fall but are unsure as to how we should go about the
pruning. We are also considering consulting an arborist, does
anyone have any recommendations?
Check your local nursery for fruit tree maintenance advice.
Evergreen Nursery in San Leandro (San Leandro Blvd.) is a great
one and they even have classes in plant and tree care.
We're looking for a good arborist and/or tree removal service.
We're not sure if we want to have the tree removed or just cut
back and are looking for a reputable service that's not too
pricey. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
We used Treeshapers for consultation, removal, and re-shaping on
a property that had been in a state of ''benign neglect'' for over
20 years. They were fantastic. They gave us a detailed estimate
for every part of the recommended work, but also were happy to
prioritize our own ''phase one'' work. We were completely satisfied
with the process, the pricing, the execution, and the result.
Contact is: Treeshapers (415) 239-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Bowman at Complete Tree Care is great. He has been in the
business for a very long time and really knows trees. His
number is 883-1748.
Tree Lover and Happy Customer
We used Matt Horn (Arborist and Landscaper) for a huge project
that involved tree removal and construction of retaining walls
and stairs -- and all of this on the world's steepest sloping
lot. We were so pleased with the work he did -- everything was
finished on time, on budget, and it all turned out beautifully.
Moreover, Matt and his team were just lovely to deal with; my
five-year-old keeps asking when ''the guys'' are coming back. He
can be reached at 510-589-2979.
I have used East Bay Tree (925-377-TREE) in homes I own in Orinda
& Montclair. Victor is so honest & really looks out for keeping
the tree healthy & living as the best case. His crews are polite,
and considerate of your property & his prices are very fair.
- Happy owner of 2 redwoods & 3 oak trees.
I can recommend Peter Rudy of Big Chief Tree Service at
510-528-3588. Also Bill Fontaine at 510-655-5906.
looking for a good tree trimming service to cut back a tree that is leaning over my
I highly recommend Care of Trees. They are a little bit more
expensive than most, but know the most about trees and take
extra good care of your trees and property.
Wish I had known better
We are very pleased with the tree-trimming service we recently
had from Peter Rudy at Big Chief Tree Services. We interviewed
several tree services and he seemed the most knowledgeable. His
prices were reasonable, and he was prompt and conscientious
about the job. Also, his crew is very nice. His number is 510-
We need to remove 3 Giant Sequoias from our yard and are
interested in recent recommendations for tree removal services.
We also have a Redwood and various other trees that need a good
trimming/reshaping. I've heard that the removal people are best
at removal and the trimmers are best at trimming - so looking
for recommendations in both categories.
For tree trimming, I highly recommend Care of Trees. For tree
removal, you might try Graham Tree Service.
I highly recommend Peter Rudy of Big Chief Tree Service. I
have been using him for nearly 10 years since we moved to
Berkeley and wanted to keep our view. I first used Brende and
Shapiro (now Brende and Lamb). They were very expensive and I
was not completely satisfied wih their work and the clean up,
nor were my neighbors whose trees I had trimmed. Since then I
have been using Peter. He is very knowledgeable, conscientous
and professional. He is also a good mediator if you need to
deal with neighbors. His crew works hard and are very good at
cleaning up. Peter knows his trees and he will trim them only
during the right time of year. Peter and I have shared stories
of our kids over the years as he and his wife had kids at about
the same time I did. He feels like a friend to me. I would
not use anyone else. His phone # is 510-528-3588.
I have 2 coral bark japanese maples in my front yard and I am
looking for someone that is experienced in
shaping/trimmimg/pruning this type of tree. Any referrals are
I recommend Brad Cazan, a licensed arborist in the Berkeley
area. He removed several trees for us as well as some serious
trimming/thinning of a very large oak tree in our backyard.
His rates were reasonable and he was dependable and
responsive. He can be reached at: (510) 292-8542 or
I am recommending Dave Bellar as a tree pruner. He is
knowledgeable, pleasant to work with, and reasonably priced. My
trees look GREAT! It's such a relief to find someone who
actually knows what he's doing and does it when he says he will.
You can reach him at 415-515-4753.
Can anyone recommend a consulting arborist? I need to have my trees evaluated for safety and health, but I would like someone who can also give advice about how my trees fit into my garden. What care do they need, recommendations for possible replacement trees, view and privacy issues,etc.
Thanks so much!
I would like to recommend Richard Trout as a certified arborist. For a very reasonable fee, Richard came out and spent an hour giving us advice about the health and care of the trees on our property, including some old oaks that we are very concerned about. He helped us figure out which pruning we could do ourselves, and which should be left to professionals. He gave us unsolicitated (and welcome) advice about pruning a large manzanita to maximize the beauty of its wood, and what a difference this made! In addition to his private consulting, Richard teaches arboriculture at UC Berkeley. He can be reached at kalmintrout[at]comcast.net
Barbara in Lafayette
I recently had a tree removed and feel so darn lucky I've found a great
arborist/tree person -- Peter Rudy of Big Chief Tree Service. (510-528-3588) I've
hired him exclusively since 1997. His crew is really great, professional, fast and
conscientious. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Based on a previous review by a fellow Network member, we hired Gray Shaw to prun our plum trees and various other trees. He's been great and very reasonable. However, he seems to be very busy so call him well in advance of when you want the work done. His number is 848-6752.
I just wanted to update the recommendation for Lara's Tree
Service. I just used the service and after contacting
Horatio as recommended here, got an exact quote and a
quick response from his team. They trimmed two of our
large trees and hauled away all of the debris. They were
kind, respectful of our property and good at what they do.
We've recently had two separate tree companies do excellent work for us, and I'd
like to give them a plug.
We live in the Oakland hills on a biggish lot with a lot of eucalyptus. We're looking
to do a lot of work ourselves in reducing our fire burden and switching to native
pants, but also recognize that we can't take some of the
bigger trees out on our own. Since we know we'll have lots of work in the future, we
decided to try out two companies.
The first is Roman's Tree service. We worked with Nelzon (510-781-9831 w. 408
-930-2719 c.). They gave us a very good rate on removing three large eucs, and
cutting branches to firewood lengths, $1000 -- we did the hauling and clean up
ourselves (since we've found that it's cheaper to get one company to do the cutting
and another to do the hauling or to bundle and haul ourselves). Nelzon was
professional and courteous, and
returned all phone calls quickly. He seemed eager to obtain and keep our business
which is better than I can say for some of the larger companies which are
recommended through the parents list.
Eric from Maxwell Tree Service (510-339-3879) was also a pleasure to work with.
He walked around our property and told us what work we could do ourselves, what
work we could defer until later, and what work should be done in the near term. He
also recommended a small number of tools he thought we might find useful (and
he's proved to be correct). Eric took out a large locus tree that was leaning towards
our neighbors house. We cleaned up outselves, which was easy since Eric had piled
the debris exactly as we had asked him to. Eric is a Montclair resident himself, and
really seems to care about the well being of the neighborhood in addition to running
We recommend both Maxwell Tree Service and also Roman's Tree service for
excellent rates and service.
I have used Matt Horn Landscaping and Treecare on several jobs. He has
done outstanding work, especially on difficult trimming or removing of
trees. His aesthetics made my wife and I very happy and his ability to
remove a large cedar over my redwood deck without a scratch was
impressive. His bid was firm and he stuck to it. I really can't say enough
about him except that he's a pleasure to work with as well. They arrive
on time and clean everything up. Ask for Matt, 510-658-6088
Horacio from Lara's Tree Service is awesome! These
guys came out gave us a GREAT price! did better work
than I had expected, cleaned up all the mess they
made and then some! And did it in NO time at all! If you
are looking for quality work, great prices and someone
who knows trees call Horacio at 510/729-8040. They
are the BEST!!!
We used M & M Tree Service of Richmond. They're certified
arborists and were the most reasonable of the 3 bids
received. They were very efficient and we're happy with
the work they did--a 30% crown reduction on a huge walnut
in our backyard. They're in the yellow pages.
Just sharing a recommendation for Lara's Tree Service.
They just did a lot of work for us - trimming, removing,
hauling - and did an excellent job. They were very thorough,
clean, and took the time necessary to do a good job.
Ask for Horacio - 510-729-8040.
The Forestree Company is an excellent longterm Berkeley resource. It is
composed of graduates from the UC School of Forestry (on the Berkeley
campus). The partners are certified arborists. Call 526-TREE (8733)
Try Forestree Company in Berkeley at 526-8733. The owners are UC
Forestry grads (and old college friends of mine), and are reputed to
be fair and skilled. I've never had any trees big or interesting
enough to try them out!
I recommend arborist Robert Reed, his business of ten plus years is called
Fine Pruning. He can be reached at 524-0105. If he can't do the work
himself he can get you in contact with someone than can.
I recommend Gray Shaw, a certified arborist. His number is 848-6752. He
works out of his home so his answering machine message can be a bit funky,
but he's very friendly. We inherited a lot of overgrown trees about 11 years
ago, and he's been taking care of them ever since.
I would strongly recommend Trout Tree Service in Berkeley
524-6638. Good on the basics, but also very talented and expert.
Try Peter Rudy at (510) 528-3588. He recently trimmed our 100+ foot
redwood and did a fabulous job.
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