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Put simply we are delighted with the garden Camarena Landscapes has given us. Of all the people we asked to visit and quote, Thomas seemed to be the only one to listen and understand what was wanted. Others just wanted to go for the simple option or what they would want in a garden, what they knew. We asked for NO GRASS, an area of water for fish, the sound of running water, differences of texture in the hard landscaping, a pergola against the house, perhaps some cover to sit under in the rain. We wanted it modern and edgy rather than old-worldly……….The design we have grew out of discussion between us. Whenever we came up with ‘I wonder if……..’ ‘I have seen……’ the idea was always looked into fully. Possibilities given and so the design grew. Thomas sourced all the items, including a modern water feature. I will admit to feeling a little apprehensive when the feature was fitted without us first seeing it. Why worry? Thomas had listened and knew exactly what we wanted. The quality of workmanship is excellent. Thomas stated wish is to build relationship with his customers rather than complete and move on. I have every confidence that if I needed to call on him he would be here to help, if I had any other projects I would not hesitate in going straight to him to take on the work. In keeping with that wish to build relationship it was a real pleasure having Thomas here each day in the ‘back yard’. They were fun and good to have around, that feeling is still here when we go into the garden to enjoy it and work in it. I hope we can work with them again and would recommend them without reservation…..
I would recommend Camarena Landscapes in a heart beat .Our property has never looked better and it sure is comforting to know the Camarena team is there every Thursday to make sure it stays that way. We have used many different services before and always had problems with “no shows” or things just not right. We have never had that issue with Camarena Landscapes and besides that the guys are polite and very detailed in their work and always on time. I also have to mention that it sure is nice to have a true professional help us with our landscape lighting, irrigation and plant and tree care. We can just relax and enjoy the yard and not have to worry or waste valuable family time doing it ourselves. Keep up the great work!
I am a Realtor in Miami Florida and one of my favorite long time clients moved to Los Angeles recently and needed a reliable and professional yet highly skilled landscaper for her new west coast home since she wasn't too happy with her california broker connections. Renata came to us highly recommended from another broker who used to live and work in the Los Angeles area and now lives in Miami, let me tell you I feel much better now knowing my former client and friend is in Renata's hands! I recommend her and her landscaping work 100%!
The owner, Mr. Ong, is the nicest and most honest landscaper I have ever known. If you are into organic gardening or landscaping, he is the person to go with! I learned from him simple methods to get rid of plant bugs with no chemicals. He also taught me tips to produce sweet fruits that are hard to grow here in Los Angeles. Too bad I don't have fruit trees in my yard, so can't try all of his suggestions. Mr. Ong is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about plants. I would definitely recommend him to my friends.
Steve Marshall, the Urban Lumberjack, is the consummate professional! He is intelligent, well spoken, knowledgeable, and does not give you unwanted advice. He considers your budget as well as your trees and will even tell you when he believes that his services are unwanted. He is prompt and passionate. His crew is wonderful- artists with the clippers, loppers, and ropes. They leave nothing behind except beautifully sculpted work. I will never consider anyone else again!
Rick Mosbaugh is a Landscape artist. Instead of paints however, he uses trees, shrubs, flowers, dirt and rocks to create a landscape masterpiece. What I like about Rick is, if you have a vision for your property, not only will he execute it in a cost effective manner, but he will take your vision far beyond what you could ever imagine. Hiring Rick Mosbaugh was the best thing that ever happened to my property. Sincerely, P.J. Levy
Amazing work! Wonderful to work with! Great attention to detail (and I am very hard to please,I have a need for perfectionism when it comes to anything visual). Renata takes care of the plants with attentive care, her workers are great, and she truly cares about the artistry as well as the integrity of the job! Thank you Renata for making my garden (and keeping my garden) beautiful and heallthy! :) highly recommend
This guy is the bomb. I have an old plum tree that needs some work. Steve Marshall (the Urban Lumberjack) came by and took me step by step through what he suggests I do. He was very honest with his suggestions and was happy (as I was) to let me do the work myself. No charge. He is an encyclopedia but will only go as deep as he thinks you can handle. I would hire him or recommend him in a heartbeat.
We've hired Steve for three projects, and for each one he has arrived at the time promised, does the work exactly as described, has never tried to up-charge us, has been generous about sharing his incredible knowledge of plants and landscaping, and is someone you actually look forward to having come to your home. He is 100% passionate about trees and plants, and it's reflected in his excellent work.
Steve Marshall of Urban Lumberjack gave me a very informed consultation about pruning and/ or constructing a crutch for my cantilevered Chinese Elm tree. He made suggestions and offered affordable options in a friendly and personable manner. It was a pleasure to meet him and know that I had received some experienced and thoughtful advice. Highly recommended. Sean J. -Glendale
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: