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San Diego Affordable Tree Services

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McRae's Tree Service
4.8
from 190 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 337 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
Verified review

McRae's tree service was available on very short notice to come out and take a look at the trees. He was extremely knowledgeable about the situation and explained to me why my Eucalyptus is growing so quickly. His quote was exactly at the budget that I was able to pay and he came back THAT SAME DAY to do the work. All inquiries were responded to quickly and they cleaned up my backyard and even the front where their truck was parked before they left.

Jose Torres
4.8
from 123 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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Jose installed irrigation for us, he was very professional and affordable, would recommend.

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Rainforest Tree Service Inc
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian O.
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Alfonso was quick to respond to our request for an estimate. He was polite, punctual and communicative about every step of the process. We had originally hired Rainforest to trim, remove & grind stumps at my nieces place, We were so impressed with the cost, We hired them for some much needed tree services at our own home. We highly reccomed them! Brian & Diana Taylor

Chris' Home Improvements
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 157 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle L.
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Pleasant, quick, dependable and affordable. Overall excellent experience with Chris.

  • 13 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Shane A.
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We can't tell you how happy we are with Chadd's services. We needed work on a joint fence and Chadd did everything he possibly could to (and more) be sure that both sides were satisfied and that the job was done properly. He ended up doing several things we had not hired him to do including leaving both properties cleaner than when he started. His services are around the the most affordable you will find anywhere and we will definitely hire Chadd again if we need help in the future. The fence looks great!

  • 18 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Overall I was happy with the experience. I needed a tree in my front yard trimmed. Although they took off a little more than I wanted, I figure I don't have to worry about it for a while. Did a decent job cleaning up afterwards too. I just need to get up on my roof and sweep the remaining debris off which they missed.

Evaristo tree service
4.4
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Gar M.
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Two men from Evaristo Tree Service trimmed six 40 foot palm trees and cut one palm tree down plus excellent job cleaning up afterwards and they did all that in about two hours.

John Landscape
4.6
from 53 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Mercy S.
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John was great! Efficient and affordable.

  • 17 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Randall C.
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Services provided: Tree trimming and back hillside clean up. So we are in the process of selling our house part of that was cleaning up 6 years of over grown trees and a few months growth of weeds (after the rains). Our back hillside could of passed for a jungle. in march i started calling around to get estimates for the work, out of the three companies i called greg came it at the lowest. At first i was a at little hesitant wondering how his estimate could be so much lower but i was on a budget. Anyways i made the right choice, in fact i feel i ripped Greg off Greg and his team are consummate professionals that did great work. They showed on time, worked hard, worked quick and transformed our back yard. Im almost sad to be selling now because with the back yard as clean as it is i can see the potential and dreams in yet. Thanks Greg. Will post photos when i have them.

R & R Services
4.6
from 46 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Chris D.
Verified review

Great work at an affordable price.

Arbor Artistry Tree Service
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Randy L.
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Kevin and his crew were outstanding. We had several large old dead and diseased trees that needed to come down. This was a very technical and labor intensive job that took two full days. They worked safely, made sure that they were meeting our needs, and left the job complete and cleaned up to a very high standard. I will have them back for more tree work in the future and highly recommend them to all who want quality tree service, a fair and honest price, and a safe conscientious work crew.

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Brian L. Humble
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joanna B.
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Brian was responsive, professional and did an excellent job! Will absolutely be using him in the future. Thank you for taking such good care of our trees!

  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Julie W.
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Great experience with Omar and his crew. They were extremely responsive, affordable, dependable, and did an excellent job. They brought our vision to life in a short time and we're so pleased with the results!

JSJ Services
4.6
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Angela A.
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Jason came out to my house on time. He was very thorough in his estimate with all of the plans that we had for both yards. Him and his crew were on time and professional the whole time. He trimmed my two trees, built a fantastic deck and laid pavers throughout the back yard. In the front yard he built a retaining wall with two columns, laid artificial turf and built me a raised planter bed. I am absolutely in love with how my yards look! I will continue to use JSJ Services for my tree trimming in the future. And I will recommend him and his crew to all my neighbors. Thank you JSJ!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Michele D.
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VP Landscaping (Vicente) is doing an excellent job bringing our landscape back to life! I can tell that he loves gardening and his work shows how much he cares and knows nature. Our lawn is full again, our plants, flowers, trees, are thriving again--thanks to Vicente's TLC! I highly recommend him!

Down Under Services
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Cameron T.
Verified review

Worked with Mike Gross. Hired to do a small job, which was to fix a leaking sprinkler valve. Was highly responsive and accommodating even though it was a small job. And was friendly despite my having to go back and forth on hiring due to issues with another service provider. Did good quick work.

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tricia K.
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Ronsi is very professional and gets work done in a timely manner, he can do everything! He’s just finished weeding & mulching my front yard, trimmed trees & will build wall for next project. Very happy with his work ethic and happy attitude.

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Lucas Lemcke Tree Service
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin O.
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I hired Lucas to remove a tree and a few stumps. The service was as advertised. He was on time, on budget, and communicated well. I would and will hire him again.

  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Randy B.
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Excellent service all around. Jose made sure I had his licence and bond info. Most impressed with their attention to safety and thorough post cutting clean-up. Highly recommend JJ Tree Service.

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Joseph Descans Tree Service
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
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Rob W.
Verified review

After I was introduced to Joseph and his tree company, I had him do one job for me. After that, he did all of my tree work! And as a former Grounds Manager at Point Loma College, that was a lot of work!

Pro Trees
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Christine V.
Verified review

Theron and his crew were top notch! They were there as scheduled, professional, kept everything very neat and were very helpful and creative on working out the best way to access the area in my yard to remove old and large trees. Theron was great on his communication too. I would highly recommend them!!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a landscape contractor do?

Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

How do you find a good landscape architect?

Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

  • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
  • Read online reviews of client experiences.
  • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
  • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

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