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They installed the sod and Plants for our new home through the builder. They did a poor job in laying the sod and did not stand behind it shortly after closing. They do not provide any kind of warranty and no instructions as to how to take care of newly laid sod. Unfortunately the builder also had them lay the gras a few months prior to closing and Trent Culleny did not maintain it and even cleanup construction debris. It was very hard to get Trent to come out with his crew to cleanup the landscape area, level the sod, and take care of the grass at closing as part of the handover. He came across as condescending and simply does not care as he has already been paid and gets his business through the builder. We found out later that the cost for the landscape was very high compared to others as we relied on the builder. Some of the plants they put in were in the wrong place according to the landscaper looking after the property for us now and would not flower as they are not getting enough sun. The rest of the plants and trees are doing well though to be fair. We cannot recommend them.
These guys are...PROFESSIONAL, FAST, CLEAN and did an amazing job for a very good price...Thanks Joe and Andrew and the rest of the team for the exceptional work that you have done I highly recommend this company for everybody
This company were fast, efficient and got the job done. Did all the permitting we needed within a week... cleaned up and removed everything on site..I would not have known they had been, other than the tree was gone...Highly recommended, good service, nice people.
My name is waylon fortner. I had experienced tree service come and do a total take down and lots of trim. My tree look very nice. Thank you Joey Hatina and the experienced tree service crew members.
Joe, Andrew and his team of 3 helpers took down large Oak tree limbs that had grown over the pool cage, with no damage to the cage. They also took down an entire Oak tree, some Bamboo and a Bird of Paradise all in proximity to the house. They spent all day, worked hard cleaned up the debris. A fair price too. We are happy with their work.
Wow, can't say enough good things. FINALLY, a dependable, affordable tree service. They were absolutely terrific. Responsive, thorough and fairly priced. I will use them from now on and give their name out to my friends. It is difficult to find an affordable tree service company that is also excellent...look no more.
Green Paradise has been trimming and mulching my yard for the past two years. Pedro, the owner, is very customer service oriented and always on the job site. I have been very satisfied with their work
good deals call this company, Their Fast,Clean,and they have the best prices i had 3 other tree companys come out before i found this one and i choose them because of the price and it worked out great for me and my wife. The job was done quick,and everything was cleaned up the right way. Thanks, Joe Hatina for your Service Always, John white
Do not use this outfit! Their web site looks very professional and I’m not sure their good reviews are legit. This is a very slap dash outfit. My normal tree guy was not available for a number of days so I called Experienced Tree Service to take down a palm tree. We agreed upon a price, which seemed reasonable, Afterwards “since I got a really good price” the owner wanted to get paid by check. Later I found that the palm trunk sections had been placed on the front of my lawn out of sight of the house. Four times he promised to come out to pick them up and each time had a different excuse. He never did show up. To top it all off when my regular tree guy came back I found out that he would have charged me $100 less than what Experienced Tree wanted. The only thing these guys are good it is really quickly cashing your check. I checked with my bank and the check had been cashed that very day. It seems funny that they had time to cash the check that day but not the time to finish the job. I really hate to write negative reviews because most people are trying to do a good job but these guys aren’t
This company does the lawns in my condo complex. The owner/manager, Joe, has repeatedly harassed me by driving his riding mower dangerously close to me on if I happen to be walking my dog when he is working. He will ride from wherever he he is on the lawn to wherever I am, apparently just to menace me. I have video of two of these incidents. The first time he came within about 1 inch of hitting my dog. The third time he came within about 6 inches of me. When I asked him not to come so close he became very angry and screamed at me, saying he has a d*** job to do, get the h*** out of his way. When I spoke to the condo manager about it and she spoke to him, he responded by screaming insults at me across our parking lot. I am concerned for my safety (and my dog's) when he is working near my home.
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: