Marcia Glover on Angies List
11 years ago
11/10/2009, 11:18 AM
I knew our trees needed attention. They were very big, overgrown, they needed shaping and had lots of dead branches. We got one estimate for pruning and reshaping from a company that was going door to door, Evergreen. Their estimator was very knowledgeable, he said he was giving us a deal on the price, and we were ready to go with them, but then a little voice said, slow down and get two more estimates. After looking through tree services listed on Angie's List I called and made appointments for two more estimates. I can't believe how important it was to talk to three different arborists. The conversations helped me understand the work that needed to be done and find the right person to do the work. I also realized that the person doing the estimate should be part of the work crew. That's what made me decide to not use a large business whose estimator is not on site when the work is getting done. The day Peter from Tree Cycle came to look at our trees I walked him through the yard pointing out everything I thought needed to be done. He listened and we had a very good conversation. During our conversation he mentioned that he would be doing all the pruning. I didn't feel like I was stepping on his toes telling him what I thought. Peter gave me good feedback and then detailed the work he thought was needed in his estimate. The estimate included cutting and stacking in the yard all wood big enough to burn, and was significantly lower than Evergreen's estimate. Today Peter and his crew arrived when he said they would at 8:30am, revved up their chainsaws and the cutting began. They worked all morning in the backyard and improved the view through the trees. Peter went up into a large pine and brought down two large branches that had come down during last year's snow storm. He took one maple down and a lot of dead wood off some others. Peter seems like a happy person who really enjoys his work. He looked like he was enjoying himself up in the tall trees as he reshaped them. His crew kept up cutting down branches and cleaning up after him. Everyone had hard hats on and there were lots of shouts to watch for branches coming down. After lunch they were in the front yard clearing out the oak, pines, aspens, and dogwood. Finally Peter went up into the 40-foot maple. The chipper was running practically all day as his crew kept up with the cut branches. I looked out into the backyard thinking, this looks so much better. Then I noticed that some of the crew were raking up fallen leaves from the flower beds and the lawn! Now I was really happy. We have a lot of leaves to rake every fall and seeing them raked and hauled away was a pleasant surprise. Then they started clearing oak and maple leaves from the front yard and hauled it away for mulch. This is a bonus that Tree Cycle does for clients during the late fall, so both our yard and driveway were cleaned of all leaves and debris. Peter and his Tree Cycle crew are terrific. They were professional, arrived and were finished when they said they would be. Peter did a great job pruning our trees. They look so much better. Tree Cycle crew did a great job cleaning up the entire yard, and left everything they touched looking wonderful.
Our trees are all on the large size and needed to be heavily pruned and cleared of dead wood and branches. We have a 40 foot maple, 3 locust, one oak tree, 7 aspens, 5 pines, 4 dogwoods and lots of small maple trees. Everything needed to be pruned and reshaped. 7 backyard maple trees pruned back from over the backyard. About 6 young maple trees (less then 6 inches in diameter) were taken down. 3 locust trees were reshaped/pruned. One front yard oak tree pruned. Cleaned and pruned 5 pines, 6 aspens, 3 dogwoods and one 40 foot maple. Took down broken branches from a tall pine. All large branches and the one maple that came down were cut for firewood and neatly stacked in the yard. Chipper was on-site. All small branches and leaves were removed from yard. Driveway cleaned.