I set up a time for Chris Ray to come out and look at my trees, and some other projects I have going on. Chris is a true Arborist. We spent several hours discussing what needed to be done with the trees, and just 'shooting the breeze' on other topics. His quote wasn't the cheapest in town, but I wasn't looking for a quick-and-dirty pruning. I wanted a professional pruning that would leave my trees healthy and looking well tended, not like they'd just received a second-rate hack-job or butchering. Chris' knowledge of trees from growth patterns to hormones convinced me (and more importantly, my wife) that he was the right man for the job.
We agreed to have him come out the next day, and despite a late start, he worked throughout the afternoon and evening, even being careful to leave a doves nest undisturbed, with 99.9% of his work being done with hand tools. The end result was a very balanced pruning and trimming, albeit with a drastically different looking pair of trees (it was the first time in 4+ years for a professional pruning). We plan to have Tucson Hands On Services back over the winter to cable our multi-trunk mesquites together, and will most likely have them back at least once a year for regular maintenance. Our neighbor across the street saw the quality of work that was done, and also hired Chris to come back to address a leaning tree.