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Poor performance, didn't get what I paid for.Hired Dix to landscape my front yard. Received an agreed upon quote that included stump grinding a very large stump in the front yard, planting a Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle, a pallet of sod, and reconfiguring the sprinkler bubblers to the two new trees.They did a great job planting the Red Rocket and laying the sod and plants around it. The stump, previously ground to grass level by the tree removal Co., was never ground down. They merely tossed sod over the hump with a bubbler sticking out of the middle?Called to complain that the job was incomplete. Owners said the stump was bigger than they planned on and they weren't going to grind it. They were done. Good Luck. (Note: we received similar quotes but decided to go with Dix because he was a Local, and I like to spend my money in town). The quote specifically said grind stump!I stopped payment on the check.They returned to grind the stump. But in the process lost the end of the bubbler that was supposed to go to the other new tree.We reissued the check.Held back my review because they did return.Well it's now summer my Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle has bloomed white!Called and complained about the Crepe, and was told too bad. Also said we were rude. I guess complaining about poor performance is considered rude.If you need some sod and a few flowers I'm sure there fine. Beyond that you're taking your chances.
Update… Dix owner came by and reviewed the project and listened to my concerns. The following day his crew came in and fixed all the problems to our satisfaction.This kind of prompt diligent follow up was appreciated and I am obliged re visit my reviewCan’t fix the delays but otherwise 4 starsVery Disappointed,If I could give less than one star I would.Short version... Overpromises, under delivers, not inexpensive, does shoddy work and the owner acted at all times like he was doing us a favor.Long Version.... Was quoted by Dix to spray roundup and remove all weeds, a stump and some bushes and provide us with new sod on all rear of property. Was told Nov 1st that he job would be completed by Nov. 15thCrew arrived early November worked four hours removing some of the grass and weeds (not all) then took a siesta on the front lawn and left at 1:00When my husband called to ask when they would come back to finish. The owner said "sometime after thanksgiving" when my husband pointed out his Nov 15th promise he got defensive and said" I have been doing this for over forty years, it's been raining I can't control the weather!" When my husband asked if he could at least shoot for completion before Thanksgiving inasmuch as my back yard is all torn up and I have family flying in for the holiday, he said "I will see what I can do."Yeah he didn't show up till a week after the holidays again blaming the weather etc. and reminded me again "I have been doing this for over forty years!"Finally completed the job at the end of Nov. Used very little top soil, actually laid sod right over pebbles, left me with several patches of my old "weedy" grass, several bare patches, very poorly laid sod and no care instructions whatsoever.Maybe he cared forty years ago, but, he sure doesn't now.
Hats off to Lamonte and his Team for providing us with Worl Class Service!! Lots of green is reliable, affordable and are experts in their field. Would definitely recommend and use them for our every landscaping need!! Thank you!!
I have been a property manager for several years and I have experienced both positive and negative landscape company projects. Working with Willow Landscape was a pleasure. The staff was very knowledgeable and professional. I will definitely continue to reach out to them with all of our landscape needs. They take pride in their work and it is apparent. Thank You.
Professional company who I've never had an issue with. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great landscaper in WPB.
The have turned our community around. We have had them for several years and our community never looked so good. Highly Recommend. Board President in Jupiter, Fla
This company maintains the grounds in our community. I live in a townhouse and the perimeter around my gate is my responsibility per the community bylaws. 6-8 months ago Willow Landscape completely butchered the 7 trees I have within that perimeter and threw several cut branches onto my patio. It looked HORRIBLE!! I contacted the company more than once and they agreed to 1) Never touch my property again. 2) Offer a small amount of money ($100) to purchase some hanging plants to make the area more presentable. Although I followed up with them several times they never provided any funds or plants to make the area look better. The trees have just recently come back to beauty. This afternoon I happened to be home only to hear them outside with chainsaws once again mutilating my trees!! I stopped them during the process but they had already done significant damage!! While I don't blame the individual employee for what happened today, I do blame the poor management within this company that lacks communication skill and ethics! I would never recommend using a company that cares so little for doing a job well and with integrity.
Honest, Fast, Reliable Service are my signature trademarks. I will always do my very best to give the best service possible.
Used Action for 7-8 trees in my yard. Good friendly service, showed up quickly and on time, very respectful of lawn, stumps gone and can't tell he was here. Did more than I paid for actually. No issues, will call again.
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: