First Certified Arbor Care
About this pro
We follow tree care industry standards outlined in ANSI A300 as a starting point. I am a Cao Poly, Pomona Horticulture graduate and an ISA Certified Arborist with over 30 years of experience climbing and pruning trees the right way. I like providing proper care for the world's oldest and largest living things. Doing that adds value to my customers' properties, helps the environment, and beautifies the landscape.
Extremely satisfied. Fast, courteous service, very professional.May 10, 2015Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Since each tree job is unique, it's unlikely that I could price a job without seeing the tree and the site. My price is based on an hourly rate. After seeing the job, I can estimate the time it will take, and based on that, I can prepare a fixed-price proposal for prospective clients. I also charge for travel time and mileage beyond a 25 mile radius. If I need assistants, I have family members help me, or I hire workers through Labor Ready, and I charge to recover the cost of the labor and related expenses.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a science degree in Ornamental Horticulture. I studied agriculture engineering, arboriculture, botany, chemistry, insects, irrigation system design & maintenance, landscape maintenance, nursery operations, organic chemistry, plant itentification, plant pathology, plant propagation, soils, soil and plant tissue analysis. I held a landscape pest control license for 25 years, and I still take the regular training, though I no longer actually perform pest control work. The ISA Arborist Certification requires 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years. It is not a difficult task, and I usually complete 50 hours or more.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?My family has a background in agriculture. I started out with an interest in gardening and horticulture. I graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1977 with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture. As trees are the largest and most valuable plants in the ornamental landscape, I began focusing on them. They need specialized care and skills, and you have to get up in the trees to do the work. I started in general landscape maintenance, then as an ISA Certified Arborist consultant. In my reports I recommended treatments that no tree services were doing--so I started doing them myself.