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Old 05-30-2009, 05:11 PM
 
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Anybody have any recommendations for a tree trimming company in SA?

What is a fair price?
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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bigthirsty -I would like to suggest you visit www.sanantonio.gov/dsd/environmental.asp
You will find all the answers you need. Please remenber that they must have a City of San Antonio Tree Maintenace License. I think that it also applies to those of us that live in the City of San Antonio ETJ which is 5 miles outside the City Limits.
As you know there are too many Fly -by -Night Services out there who will be less expensive. Our trees are an investment and the can addd thousands to your property value.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Price is completely dependent on difficulty with tree trimming. If I can stand on the ground with my pole, I will charge someone $15 per tree plus a trip charge (maybe $35 to $75 bucks depending on how much work is going to be done and how far you are). I don't do trimming from a ladder at all as I am more on the construction side of things, but the guy I recommend for this kind of work charges $75 and up for this sort of thing. He has to have insurance for working up high plus equipments for climbing, etc.

Generally the more work you have to be done while someone is there, the better per item price you will receive. If you have some bushes, digging, etc to be done, now is probably the time.

PS Yes please make sure the guy you use is licensed and insured. You don't want to take that kind of risk!
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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I'm not sure what a fair price is, but we were very, very happy with the tree trimming service we used last fall. The company is called Arboretum Tree Services. Super professional, and the owner really knows what he's doing. We recommended the company to my parents, who also used the company for tree removal/trimming.
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Kallison Ranch, San Antonio,TX.
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LittleTPot- I too have heard MANY great things about the same company.
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:38 PM
 
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Thanks all for the insight
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Old 06-01-2009, 04:13 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We have two HUGE Oak trees...and the cost of having them trimmed and canopied correctly usually runs about $600 each. It is not cheap, but with the size of these trees (taller than our 2 story house) it is important to have them trimmed correctly AND to ensure they are sealed after trimming to avoid Oak Wilt exposure.

When we first built our home in 1994, we had a specialist come out who said both trees were about 115-130 yrs old...even showed us two spots where it looks like lightning struck...and the trees scarred over as they grew.
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Old 06-01-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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I bet those trees are beautiful. I love old oaks. Thanks for taking care of them properly.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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We went with Artistic Trees. Not cheap, but they did an excellent job. We had many many mature trees (it was an overgrown jungle) that needed some serious work, requiring extensive climbing and ladders. Not something I was going to trust to a "guy with a chainsaw."

I don't think I'd go with them on an annual basis just 'cause I couldn't afford it, but I was very happy with their service.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Heh. I turn down those big jobs. I'm the 'guy with the chainsaw' on those. I've got a 6 foot pole, and if that doesn't reach, I'm out. Leave this stuff to the specialists, I say. I have a guy I use right now, but I'm going to without the recommendation. He's about 80% and I'm not going to put my name behind him. I will say that if you are looking for it on the cheap from a solo guy, check craigslist. He is the one that hasn't cancelled his insurance because "we never had to use it."

Yes, there is one who told me that. She is the one that has all the spam on there.
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