Last Update: 13 May 2020
The Master Arborist Awards and below list is about promoting the Top Rated Tree Service in Tampa, Florida and taking the guess work out of hiring.
We want you the customer to easily find the 10 local tree services most likely to give a great service at reasonable prices.
There are a few ways we could have compiled this list.
Instead of taking the traditional route of getting residents to vote (which is usually just friends of the business owner voting), we decided to use all online customer reviews and use those along with other metrics to calculate the 2020 winner.
We took into consideration:
Years of experience, number of reviews and average score.
Taking a mathematical approach (see formula used below results) we gave each local tree service a score.
Other minimum criteria to qualify include:
5 years in business
2 sources of customers reviews.
(E.g. Google review and Yelp, but most have 3 – 4 sources.)
Below we go into more detail about the selection process, formula used and the reasoning behind it to find this years winners.
And the winners are…
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Who qualified to make the list?
To qualify to make the list, you needed to have a minimum of 20 reviews total across a minimum of 2 different platforms. This can be Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yellow Pages, AngiesList, Home advisor or any other 3rd party review platform. Curated reviews taken on personal websites were not counted.
The company needed to be in business for a minimum of 5 years.
We feel that years in operation is a big factor as it speaks volumes about the competence of the business as a whole. A lot of the business on the list have been in business for 10 years or more.
GTQ rating formula
The GoTreeQuotes rating is a mathematical formula which takes into account the number for year in business, the number of reviews, as well as the average score.
We believe the provenance of a company and the number of reviews, is just as important as the average score. Just as long as that average score does not dip too much below the 4.0 mark.
The formula used:
Years in business X number of reviews / 1000 X Average score = GTQ rating
17 x 247/ 1000 x 4.95 = 208
Taking into account all three performance indicators of a business gives us a pretty accurate look at the overall satisfaction of customers while the tree service has been operating.
We found this to be the fairest and most precise way to do things.
Below are some more details on the companies in order as they appear on the list above.
Travis' Tree Services
Travis’s tree services is a company made up of professionals that believe their goal is to make sure that all their clients are satisfied and get the best results on their properties. Although the company has been working for just 11 years, they have gained numerous positive reviews and a 5-star rating. Some of their services include diagnosing trees for diseases, reduce hazardous situations, helping in preservation of trees, removal work and stump grinding.
Serve Tampa, FL
11 years in business
E & J Sanchez Tree Service
Serve Tampa, FL
23 years in business
Ski's Tree Services
Ski’s tree service is a company that has been operating in Fresno for more than 20 years. For all this period, the company has worked and invested in itself to ensure the best services. As a result, they have also been able to gather a good volume of customers who trust them for their services.
They happen to be among the top tree services in Fresno because they have gained it. They have the best trucks, machines, cranes and experts to do the job. They focus on tree removal, stump grinding and tree trimming.
Serve Tampa, FL
26 years in business
Adolph's A-1 Tree Service
Serve Tampa, FL
29 years in business
D Pro Tree Service
D Pro happens to be one of the most reliable companies in Fresno. The company is licensed by the State of California. They also make use of certified and insured employees to make sure that their clients are getting the best. Due to their capacity building, they are able to handle any work, whether huge or small. They serve both commercial and residential property owners. Some of their services include removal, thinning out, topping, pruning and clean up.
Serve Tampa, FL
21 years in business
Cordova's Tree Service
Cordova’s is one of the largest tree services in Fresno. The company has been serving people of Fresno for a long time and they have made their name. The focus on bush clearance, stump grinding, removal, pruning and emergency services. It is one of the companies with the best equipment for tree removal. These may include cranes, trucks, safety equipment for their workers among others. You also get a free estimate by contacting them.
Serve Tampa, FL
20 years in business
Erick's Tree Service
Although Erick’s tree service has been in operation for just 5 years, their record shows that it is a good company. The company has already received so many reviews and a good rating from their previous clients showing they are worth working with. They work from Mon-Sat in Fresno offering the best and most affordable tree services. If you are looking for a company with a fast response then this is what you need. You can also get a quote from their website.
Serve Tampa, FL
5 years in business
Maldonado Brothers Tree Service
Maldonado Brothers serves people of Fresno, Madera Valley and Clovis. Their main goal is to continue offering quality and affordable services for the people. They serve both commercial and residential clients. Through their website, you can easily get an estimate and schedule for an appointment. Their services include different tree services and landscaping as well. The company also offers a maintenance guide for their customers.
Serve Tampa, FL
19 years in business
Mid-Valley Tree Service
Mid-valley tree service is a company that is known for handling any type of tree. It does not matter the location and size. With the company professional workers and qualified arborists, it has been able to provide services to many clients across Fresno. Although the company has been in existence for 6 years, their work is remarkable. They have received a 5-star rating from their customers. Upon visiting their website you will also notice many testimonials from previous clients.
Serve Tampa, FL
6 years in business
Crown Leaf Tree Services, Inc.
It is a company dedicated to offering the best services to their customers. In addition, Crown Leaf tree services is a company that serves a wide range of customers. They serve both public and private customers. You will find them in schools, homes, apartments, offices, hotels among other. The company offer services that include planting, tree removal, pruning, limb guying and stump grinding.
Serve Tampa, FL
4 years in business
Do I need a permit to remove a tree in Fresno?
Depending on the size of the tree, a permit may be required for tree removal in Fresno. The process is as follows:
1. Call first to request a tree inspection appointment by the Landscape and Maintenance Division by calling 559-621-CITY
2. If the tree is identified as not being an historical or a protected tree, a permit application form will need to be filled in with the number of trees to be removed and the tree contractor you intend to use for the job.
The Fresno tree contractor will need to be a qualified and licensed arborist.
Historical or protected trees will be rejected for application unless they pose a hazard to persons or property.
3. With the tree removal permit form, you will also be given a tree planting form which will also need to be filled in about the replacement of trees you remove.
4. Just because your tree is not historical or protected it not a guarantee you will be granted a permit to remove. If you are successful in your application and your tree removal contractor checks out you will be sent a permit.
5. You will also need to pay the city $231.00 deposit for the planting permit which will be returned upon inspection of the planted trees.
For more information on the process, please refer to the official document here.
Other source: City wide Development Code
Do I need a permit to plant a tree in Fresno CA?
Whether you are removing a tree or not, you will need to follow Fresno’s specification for tree planting.
To be honest it is unclear whether these specification are just for planting street trees on the frontage of your property, or if this also includes the planting of trees on your property.
Some of the things they outline are:
- Number of trees that can be planted per 40’ of property you own
- Types of trees they recommend
- Size of hole to dig
- Staking the tree
- Trimming program
The full document is here: Tree Planting Permit Fresno CA
Even though it is not crystal clear whether these rules related to planting on private property, they are some really good guidelines to follow anyway.
They discuss distances to plant away from services, who to call to check for underground pipes and services and the best native trees to plant to support your local ecosystem with all its birds, native animals and insects.
Will the city cut my tree down for free?
If the tree is on public/ city land, they city will prune or remove the tree if it is causing damage to your property or is a hazard. They will not come and remove a tree on your private land.
All trees on private land are the responsibility of the owner to prune and maintain them, including their removal if needed. All works on private land are to be paid for by the owner.
How to find the best tree service
There are several ways you can go about finding a great tree removal service in Fresno, CA.
You can’t go past a recommendation from a friend, but the next best thing is the recommendation from previous customers in the form of online reviews.
Go Tree Quotes have taken this to the next level by curating a list of the very best top rated tree services in Fresno. All contractors on the list are great, they simply cannot make this list unless they are exceptional over a long period of time, but there can only be one winner, so we needed a formula to work out who that was.
The most important factors when rating a tree service is experience, number of good reviews and average score.
Using a mathematical formula we came up with the GTQ score which lists from the best of the best at the top to the also excellent at the bottom.
Please review to the list above to see the winners.
Selecting tree contractors in Fresno
Now that you have 3 – 4 quotes from local contractors, who do you go with? A lot of the time customers go with the best price. This is understandable, but there are some other factors to consider.
Even though the above tree services are considered the best locally, it is still best not to rush in. Even with an average score of 4.9 stars, you are bound to find some bad reviews. To avoid getting the short end of the stick, I suggest you put the companies through their paces.
Some things you should ask for:
Proof of certification: Make sure they are a qualified arborist. They should not have problem providing you with documentation.
Proof of insurance: Just because they were insured in the past, does not mean they made last months’ payment. Get a copy of their public liability Insurance and be sure to phone the insurer to make sure they are up to date on payments and are currently covered.
Attire: Some customers’ expectations are different to others. If they are well dressed and care about their presentation, then they are more likely to do a nice job with keeping everything clean and tidy.
Punctuality: Did they return your call promptly? Did they turn up to provide a quote when they said they would? Having a tree contractor near you in Fresno that can be trusted, all starts with the simple things like punctuality.
Whether you go in alone or use the above list of tree services, it is always a good idea to do your own homework. Don’t take our word for it, be diligent in your own assessment of companies.
Do I need a permit to trim trees in Fresno?
Like tree removal in Fresno, tree trimming does require a permit and also has a set of specification that your tree service contractor will need to adhere to.
Unlike tree removal however, trimming is very beneficial for trees and is needed for building and power clearance. Because of this the process if a lot easier.
To get started, fill in this form: fresno.gov/publicworks
Before trimming can commence the tree service company performing the work will need to give the forestry supervisor 24 hours’ notice of the exact time of trimming.
The trimming will also need to be in accordance with ANSI Z133, OSHA National Arborist Association pruning standards. In addition the follow conditions also apply:
- Trees will be trimmed to maintain good form and balance
- Cannot remove more than 30% of foliage
- Must provide 15 feet clearance over street and 8 feet over sidewalk.
- No topping is allowed.
How much does tree removal in Fresno cost?
The cost of tree removal in Fresno will depend on a large number of factors, the biggest two being the size of your tree and the company you hire to do the work
You will find most companies will be within about 30% of each other on price, but considering removing a large tree can cost $3000 or more, 30% can quickly become a lot of money.
To get a good ballpark figure on the cost of tree removal, check out our 2020 guide here.
The best way to get an accurate price is to get 3 or 4 quotes from local tree services in Fresno.
Go Tree Quotes is a free service that matches you with the top voted tree services near you. It’s fast, easy and free. Click here to answer a few quick questions about our tree job which is forwarded to local tree services who will price your job and send through an estimate.
What about tree trimming?
The cost of tree trimming in Fresno California varies from $225 to trim a small tree or a few palm trees, right up to $1,200 to remove some large branches from an Oak tree.
The main thing that will govern price is the size of the tree, the number of branches and the complexity of the job.
There are other factors such as:
- Time of year
- Company used
- Number of trees
- Tree Species
- Obstacles around tree (power lines, roof etc.)
- Access to the tree
I suggest you check out our tree trimming cost guide for a more accurate price or get 3 quotes from local tree services to know for sure.
Oak tree retention and replacement laws
Fresno has its own set of oak tree retention laws as outlined in this document.
Some of the guidelines are voluntary and not enforced, but other protections such as heritage tree protection is. Some of the guides include not pruning more than 30% of the canopy at any one time, avoiding root compaction or poisoning while controlling weeds on your property.
Most of these laws and guidelines relate to larger farm properties and will not apply to your tree in suburbia.
The average cost of tree removal is $871, while the average cost of tree trimming is $433.
These number will vary greatly depending on the size of your tree(s) and what work needs to be done. The real range is anywhere from $250 right up to $4,900.
Trees in hard to access properties will cost more to remove than a tree in a front yard with easy access. Please view our tree removal cost guide for more details.
Arborist can perform a wide variety of services including tree removal, tree trimming, palm trimming. root pruning, risk and hazard assessment and treatment of disease.
That can also provide written arborist reports to present to council for tree removal permit applications.
If you ask a tree service 95% of the time they would be happy to give you the wood chips that were created from your tree being removed. Most of the time tree services struggle to get rid of them. Larger companies will store them and sell them on for a profit, but very few. Others give them to landscape suppliers free, who then sell them to the public.
This will depend on the size of the tree being trimmed, the number of branches you would like to remove and the location of the tree on your property. The average price for tree trimming is $433, but for palm tree trimming it’s $75. You will need to get a quote from your local tree service to get an accurate price.
This can cost anywhere from $100 – $500 depending on the size of the stump. The most time consuming part of stump removal is getting rid of the timber shavings created in the stump removal process. A lot of the time you can negotiate with your local tree service about leaving the shavings for a reduced price.
Adelaide Councils are fairly relaxed when it comes to tree removal laws. There is a good chance you can remove your tree without approval. You will need to fist check the Tree Preservation Order for your local council. If your tree is not considered significant and is not protected you may remove it.
Tree removal and pruning is tricky to quote just by a description. Depending on the size of the tree and difficulty to remove, the price will fluctuate up or down. An on-site inspection is needed to make sure you are given a fair price and the tree service is prepared on the day with the correct machinery.
Author: Ben McInerney – Ben is a qualified arborist with 15 plus years of industry experience in Arboriculture. He ran a successful tree service before turning to writing and publishing. Ben is dedicating to providing users with the most accurate up to date information on everything trees.