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15033 Nacogdoches Rd Ste 208San Antonio, TX 78247
From Business: Almanza Tree Trimming Service & More Provides Services Such As Tree Trimming, Lawn Care And Removal Of Damaged Trees That Are Dangerously At Risk Of Falling. We are ISA Certified, Texas.
12739 Oconnor RdSan Antonio, TX 78233
After working with SA Rainmaker over an issue, I was pleased with their resolution and genuine care for customer satisfaction. Their work is excellent, with time and budget as promised. I highly recommend them.
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I just got my trees trimmed by South Texas Tree of Life Construction and Tree Services, and these guys are phenomenal. Korey and his team did a fantastic job and handled my overgrown trees with skill and professionalism. Furthermore, Korey and his team had great attitudes and did a great job of explaining the work that needed to be done and providing reasonable options. South Texas Tree of Life provided reasonable and affordable estimates and competitive pricing on agreed to services. I am already planning next projects with South Texas Tree of Life. In sum, I highly recommend their services. www.treeoflifetreeservice.com
I see how people use the internet to retaliate and it is unacceptable anyway you look at it. Grow up please.!. I do know there have been changes in buying large certain items because the owner nearly died falling 3 stories and was very close to death. Be kind, there is judgement day for all us humans. Angie Ditta
My insurance company wouldn't renew my policy until I had the trees cleared away from my home's roof. I called a few companies and got quotes and they were very high - in excess of $1000. These guys were the only company who quoted me about half of the price and did the exact same job the other companies would have done. I would highly recommend Dream Tree Service to anyone. They saved me a lot of money.
Joe was totally responsive from answering my call for an estimate to scheduling the work to following up to make sure I was happy with the outcome. And was I ever! Pepe and Fernando did a top-notch job. They completed a really tough job in just over six hours and left my yard and those of my neighbors cleaner than when they arrived. They were totally professional and cheerful. I'd give them an A+ for total job performance because that's what they earned.
WARNING!!! My parents contacted this agency to see if they could help with a diseased tree.Appointment was set up and they showed up 25min late.The person who showed up was rude from the beginning but They allowed him to do his evaluation.Let me point out that their online website clearly states FREE ESTIMATES.This person stated what disease had takenover my trees, and he was ready to inject them with what ever solution he carried.When they asked how much the treatments would cost he said $750.00 to treat 2 Texas Ash and 2 Elms. Nothing is wrong with two. My dad told him that he was not expecting this to cost so much and that to me it was a lot of money and had to discuss it with my wife since she was the one who contact them.He replied: “No it’s not a lot of money considering what it would cost to replace 1 tree.”My dad told him it was a lot for me but we would get back to him.He then dropped his price to $500 and said it was a good price in comparison to what other agencies charge. At this time he started getting pushy and My dad repeated that it had to be discussed.He then insisted he call my mom and that if he had spoken to her that he would have done the job.My dad of course said no. By now this person was upset and said that he did not want anything to be done and that he was not going to call him/them.His final remark was: “You F.......g Mexican, you are just wasting people’s time.”For unknown reasons to my dad this person drove 3 more times in-front of their house after he departed.The only thing he was right about is that we will not be calling them back.By the way, My dad is not Mexican. Good job guy for promoting your agency in the manner you did... Horrible.
I had a horrible experience with this company and didn't even hire them. I was driving home when a company truck pulling a trailer was driving aggressive, erratic and very unsafe. The driver sped up to me from multiple car lengths behind and as his lane ended, commence to merging into my lane while I was already behind a vehicle until his truck forced my car on the side of the road. He got close to me and gave an explicit gesture and yelling obscenities. As I slowed down, so did he so i couldn't merge behind him. Once I did merge, he continued to drive erratic, being a danger and unsafe to other vehicles. This happened around 2:15 pm on June 13 2017 at SE Military Drive accessing IH 37 North. Again, I haven't used this company, but as a representative of this company, if there is disregard for traffic laws, and if road rage is a value this company allows, then this is the last company I will call. Word of advice to the driver, If you value your job and don't want to end up in jail cause of your anger, keep calm, take a deep breath and don't do ridiculous nonsense in a company vehicle you work for with name and company number all over it !
Did a great job, he came to our house, even if I was not home. I texted him the picture of the exact location of where the dead tree which I want removed. When I came home on the day he was supposed to cut it, the tree was gone, and the area was very clean. Will hire him again next spring to trim our other trees.
Tree Service of San Antonio has been our "go to" company for many years. Mike and his crew have trimmed our trees, cut down a few and ground up the stump, including a huge Chinaberry that toppled over during a violent thunderstorm. They are always on time and always clean up and remove the debris. Mike has no problem suggesting solutions that not only save a tree, but save his customer money as well. His wealth of knowledge and his sincere dedication to customer service is why we will continue to call him for any tree service.
I have never had service and expertise like these guys!They roped the big limbs and brought them to the ground like putting a baby to bed and they cleaned up like Boy Scouts!The owner is an arborist and he knows his stuff and so does his crew.It was a great experience.
I had Moss Ball removal done on 4 trees in the front yard. Quoted price 6mos prior and at time of job was $500 for 80% removal. Limbs were removed from tree with most moss on it and remaining limbs still full of moss. This was the tree we were trying to save. Looks weak and bare of leaves. We had a wedding reception being held at our house 1-1/2 week after this job was done. The worker made huge piles across the yard (on the carpet grass) completely obscuring the front of the house and said to call the city to come by and pick it up since brush pick-up was scheduled the next week. It's now the day of the wedding reception and the piles are still there. I paid full price for them to daily tell me to call the city to have it cleaned up. When I asked for a refund of some of the money to pay someone else to haul it, I was told this was factored into the quote. How did they know 6 mos ago the city would be picking up brush when I would call them to do the job? Very Frustrating and no BBB listing for this company so can't even place a consumer warning or complaint.
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: