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From Business: California Tree & Landscape is a licensed fully insured and bonded landscape and tree service company servicing both commercial and residential clients since 2010…
4811 Kimber AveBakersfield, CA 93307
From Business: We are a Certified Arborist. We have been in business since 1945 and offer ornamental pruning, lacing and shaping, crown reduction, stump grinding, root barriers,…
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I had a very bad experience. They cancelled their first appointment on short notice. I had to call to get the arborist/sales guy to come out on the next appointment. He finally shows up. I go over some additional work with him, get a price, pay the total and go get ready for work. By the time I got out of the house, they were gone and had cut down a tree they were not supposed to touch. I called and told their office what happened. Monica was very nice and empathetic. She would have Shawn, the sales guy/arborist?, call me. He never calls. I call the office again after work and Shawn finally calls me back. He says, oh yeah they (meaning his crew) heard us talking and cut down the wrong tree. I'll buy you a new one if you want.No apology, no reason for not telling me and leaving, just, "I'll buy you a new one if you want." Horrible customer service and integrity. Hope your experience is better....I'll never use them again.
My family has used Mike Monji as our arborist for over 40 years. Mike's professionalism and expertise is unequalled in the greater Bakersfield area. What sets Mike aside from all of the others is his knowledge of tree diseases and how to treat them. He is the only arborist that actually injects sick tree and brings them back to full health. When it comes to trimming trees he is also unique in that he sanitizes his tools between trees. This is significant as most diseases are transmitted by contaminated tools. Mike has a keen eye for trimming a tree to reduce weight but when he is finished the tree does not looked as if it has been trimmed. He is a true artist at this craft. I highly recommend Michael Monji and Associates for all of your arborist needs.
This company was recommended by three different people. We had high hopes but at the end disappointed. The trimming of our seven trees was fine but the mess left behind was not appreciated and we still have not received resolution. There are branches and leaves everywhere. They took a 3x3x3 chunk out of my front lawn. They left brown and green scuffs and scratch marks on our driveway and sidewalk. The works said a supervisor would come by but have not seen anyone. I understand "some" leaves and branches but the chunk out of my lawn and scruff marks is a bit much. Not sure I would recommend again.
Michael's tree service did a great job trimming my tree and left my place super clean! I will hire again!
These guys were out trimming my neighbors trees this morning and left a HUGE mess in my yard! They piled all the palm fronds in MY front yard, so that's where the mess is. Plus all the crap in my backyard I had to clean up. I sat watching them from my home office window, so I know they saw me. Also left their cigarette butts in the gutter. When other neighbors have trees trimmed, the trimmers come over and ask for access to clean up the mess in my yard. Not these guys. Their client's yard is clean, but not mine. Totally classless company.
Mario's Tree Service is the best tree service that I've ever hired before. They're a fast and hard working team. They do the job fast, clean, and professional. I would recommend this tree service.
After a couple of years, my yard looks awful. It is full of weeds. It is difficult to get a hold of Luis, he doesn't answer his phone. On a rare occasion he has called me back. His English is limited and so it is difficult to speak with him as I don't speak Spanish. I asked him to do some sprinkler work and twice he agreed to come to the house so I could show him what I wanted done. Both times he never showed up.
I call Alspaw Tree Service every year in April to trim the palm trees in my yard and to remove their seed pods. Last year because of the draught, some of my huge evergreens had some branches that were dying from the beetles that attack trees and I called Alspaw. They were able to eradicate the problem and today, those trees look healthy and beautiful.
The best tree care service providers in town . 100% guaranteed work. Professional, fast, hard working team. Will leave each and every customer with high satisfaction. Pine tree service will provide you with amazing great work the first time
My trees never looked so beautiful after a trim, and my grass is the greenest in the neighborhood, my flower beds are cleaned, my shrubs are always manicured to perfection, and look alive at last
Finding the right arborists for the job is just like hiring any other professional tradespeople, such as plumbers or electricians. You want trustworthy people who know what they are doing, especially since they are working on or around your home - the most expensive piece of property you own.
Don't hire the first person who claims to be a professional, but only has a chainsaw and a flatbed pickup truck.
What Kind of Work Do You Need Done?
Before you search for an arborist, make sure you know what kind of work needs completing. Do your trees need a simple trim of their leaves and branches, or do you require a more serious task, such as sawing low-hanging branches that could cause damage to your house if a severe storm occurs?
Once you know the extent of the work you need completed, make a list of tree service providers in your area. If you know you have low-hanging branches that could prove to be problematic, it's smart to find an arborist sooner rather than later. Many tree service providers get a a lot of business after storms hit, so you could be waiting for a while if you delay in calling a professional.
You have a better chance of getting a good deal on trimming or tree removal if you get any necessary work done in the winter, as opposed to busy seasons like spring and summer.
Look for Reviews and Ask for Recommendations
Start your search for a tree service by looking at the online reviews of any companies in your area. Remember your family, friends and neighbors are also trusted sources of information, so ask them if they can recommend a tree service to you. Ask them what kind of jobs the arborist performed, how much they charged and if they were pleased with the results.
Are They Certified Arborists?
Not all tree service companies feature certified arborists. If you have trees you want to keep and care for, you need a full-fledged arborist for the job. Ask the company to verify qualifications and credentials before you sign or agree to anything.
Hiring a certified arborist gives you more options. In case you decide you don't want trees chopped down, ask if there's anything he or she can do to spare any sickly trees you might have.
Remember that the landscape of your yard either adds or subtracts to the value of your home, so upkeep of your trees is very important if you want good home equity.
Ask for Proof of Insurance
Before hiring a company, you need to know it's carrying enough insurance to cover any damage done to your property or any injuries that could result from the work done on your home.
Make sure you verify the tree service is insured and for the proper amount.
Request a Walkthrough
Don't sign a contract for the work until the arborist walks you through the details of the job and explains the kind of work he or she will be doing, how long it may take and what kind of equipment will be used.
While doing a walkthrough, ask how debris will be disposed of. Will the service be responsible for clean-up? It could be you want the tree converted into mulch or firewood. If so, make sure you and the arborist are both on the same page before you make a hiring decision.
This is also a great time to ask about the service's qualifications. Ask for a list of references you can contact regarding the quality of the service's work, as well as the tyeps of jobs it has performed in the past.
Compare Estimates and Average Costs
It's always smart to request estimates for jobs from several companies before making a decision. Obtain a written bid for any work.
How much you'll pay for services depends on how tall and large the tree is and what type of job is required. This is why the average cost of trimming a tree varies widely. Trimming or pruning a 30-foot tree can cost anywhere from $75 to $400, while taller species such as oaks and pines may run from $150 to almost $900.
The average cost of completely cutting down a large tree can be well over $1,000 with stump removal. The price of grinding down the tree's stump also varies. Many tree service professionals charge by the diameter, with the average price being $3 per inch.
Keep in mind that the more dangerous the job, the more it will cost to remove or even trim a tree. If the tree is located in a hard-to-reach area or if there are power lines either near it or in the way, a tree service will charge more.
With that being said, it's important to get an itemized invoice that shows how much each part of the job will cost, from the actual chopping down of the tree to the stump grinding and disposal.
A tree service professional, also known as an arborist, does much more than chop down trees and remove stumps from your front yard. As a homeowner, you likely want some greenery on your property. However, out-of-control trees and shrubbery can be hazardous to you and anyone who enters your yard. Trees can also balloon your homeowners insurance rates if a branch falls on your home, vehicle or somebody walking on your property.
Experienced tree service providers can give you insight into how to properly care for your trees and what to do if any of them are diseased. In fact, many homeowners regularly call on arborists to diagnose the health of their trees. Many times, tree service workers must fell a tree if it has contracted an ailment.
However, just keeping track of the fertilizer you use, the soil the tree is in and the amount of water the tree needs can keep some diseases at bay. This is why it's smart to hire an arborist, who can advise you on whether you can save the trees on your property or whether you should cut them down and remove them.
Arborists can also treat the tree and possibly cure it of common diseases such as canker, heart rot, root and butt rot, sooty mold, powdery mildew or verticillium wilt. Some of these ailments attack certain species of trees via the soil or roots, and if they aren't caught soon, the plant could die.
Tree service experts not only diagnose the diseases ailing your saplings, they also provide insect control if it happens that the plants are sick due to pests. Not all tree diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and lack of water. Some bugs burrow through the bark and damage hardwood and softwood trees. Depending on the species of trees in your yard and the region of the country you live in, aphids, the infamous emerald ash borer or other pests could destroy your healthy trees. Calling an arborist sooner rather than later can help you head this problem off at the pass before you're stuck with a treeless yard.
Not only can an arborist help you ward off tree diseases and pests, he or she can also study samples of the soil on your property to determine if the ground isn't nutrient-rich enough to support vegetation.
Tree Cutting and Removal
Felling trees and mulching them into pulp is the most common job for which homeowners need arborists. However, you might need a tree service if you plan to construct a new home or if you're adding an addition to a pre-existing residence. If a tree happens to be in the way of your plans, call a service company. They can chop the offending plant down and remove the stump from your property so you can start building.
However, if you wish to protect the trees around your home from any construction work, a tree service can also help. An arborist can prune some of the branches to ensure the tree stays healthy but doesn't interfere with new construction or additions.
If a storm hits and damages your residence, a tree service professional is usually on your list of people to call for help after first responders and your insurer.
A professional service can completely remove a tree or just prune and saw off its branches if a storm damages a tree. After sawing or destroying the tree, professionals can then remove any of the dangerous debris from your yard by hauling it off.
Planting New Trees
Tree service companies don't just get rid of sickly or dead hardwood and softwood trees, they also offer their expertise and assistance if you want to plant new ones. If you want to add to the greenery in your yard but you're concerned about the right species to plant or where to put it on your property, seek the advice of an arborist.
Last but not least, tree service companies are also great places to get your wood if you happen to have a fireplace. Many tree businesses offer free delivery and stacking of hardwoods, such as maple or birch. These can make for the best firewood because they burn slowly and don't produce as much smoke as other types.
No industry is safe from hucksters and scam artists, unfortunately, and tree service providers are no exception to this rule. Do your due diligence and always ask for proof of insurance and certification before agreeing to any work. You will also want to be on the lookout for telltale signs of scams. Be cautious of any company that: