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San Diego Urban Tree Specialists

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  • 13 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Phyllis L.
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Chad did a professional job in a timely manner. The job was for a fence and he even removed an old tree. You might say he is full service.

  • 33 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Judy L C.
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Everything about our landscaping project was five star. Russell had an extraordinary vision for a very mundane piece of dry dirt with aged, ugly foliage. The result is a slice of paradise complete with extras for the senses such as lovely fragrances and beauty for the eyes and peace for the soul. Another plus was the project was done on time and any changes were explained - all of which only added to rather than detracted from the original concept. We have wholeheartedly recommended Bowman Plant and Tree Care Specialists to all our neighbors and friends and are very willing to continue to do so. We could NOT be any happier with our lovely landscaping and thank our lucky stars to have found Bowman's.

Bamboo Lou
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stanley K.
Verified review

Lou is both knowledgeable and a gentleman. I hired him to give advice regarding problems with my citrus trees and other poor-performing areas in my garden. His suggestions were exactly what I needed to know. It's been hard to find a knowledgeable garden source in San Diego and I'll now be using his consulting and gardening services on a frequent basis. His fees are also very reasonable.

Peacock Consulting
5.0
from 1 review
    Judith M.
    Verified review

    Kurt Peacock, Consulting Arborist, gave us many good ideas and much information. He referred us to the specialist we needed. I felt much more confident about saving our tree after talking with him.

    Arbor Doctor

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      About

      There are many diseases in our trees in the Los Angeles area of California. Having an arborist check out your trees for insect problems, fungal diseases and mites is essential to keep your trees thriving. If you suspect that you have a sick or diseased tree, it is important to have us out today. Things like mushroom growth on or around your tree or shrub may be signs of fungal disease. More obvious effects like leaves changing color, leaves yellowing and branch dieback are very serious problems. Having a tree specialist out to consult with you about your tree will always be better than having a general tree service or landscape company out. We have ISA certified arborists on board (WE-9959A). Other problems like insects damage can be rapid, and insects like pine bark beetles can go unnoticed until the needles brown up on your pine tree and it dies in the matter of days. Protecting your valuable trees is the goal of Arbor Doctor. Holes in the bark, chewing of the leaves and woodpecker activity are all signs of insect damage on a tree. Some are minor, and some insects do major damage in trees. Our method of treatment will rid these harmful insects from your tree. Invisible problems like bacteria, virus and fungal problems cannot be seen until it is often too late. Along with pH balance issue in your soil, nutrient-uptake problems and structural issues like girdling roots, much can go wrong in your tree with no real warning. These problems are often slow and can be fixed by an expert. Arbor Doctor is certified by the California DPR for pesticide application and can beat anybody’s price when it comes to making sure your trees stay healthy and can thrive.

      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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