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Top Rated Tree Removal Services Sacramento, CA

The Master Arborist Awards and below list is about promoting the Top Rated Tree Service in Sacramento, CA and taking the guesswork 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 the formula used below results) we gave each local tree service a score.

Other minimum criteria to qualify include:

20 reviews
5 years in business
2 sources of customer reviews.

(E.g. Google review and Yelp, but most have 3 – 4 sources.)

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Below we go into more detail about the selection process, the formula used and the reasoning behind it to find this year’s winners.

And the winners are…

CompanyDetailsAvg. RatingGTQ scorePlace

calander small grey Est. 1990

Clock small grey 30 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.40

240

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calander small grey Est. 1968

Clock small grey 52 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 57

4.88

144

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calander small grey Est. 2001

Clock small grey 19 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.30

120

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calander small grey Est. 2004

Clock small grey 16 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.30

83

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calander small grey Est. 2008

Clock small grey 12 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.80

78

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calander small grey Est. 2014

Clock small grey 6 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

4.85

65

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calander small grey Est. 1982

Clock small grey 38 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 37

4.17

59

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calander small grey Est. 1997

Clock small grey 23 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 34

4.80

38

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calander small grey Est. 1986

Clock small grey 34 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 19

4.95

32

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calander small grey Est. 2003

Clock small grey 17 years in business

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

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Reviews: 33

4.80

27

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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, Angie’s List, 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

Example:

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.

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How to report a tree problem in Sacramento

You can call the City of Sacramento customer service hotline on 311. Just explain the issue with the tree and where it is located and the operator will dispatch a city arborist to inspect the tree.

If their tree is fallen over a road or power lines or is endangering lives in any way, call Emergency Management Services on 916-808-1740. These types of emergency jobs do need to be taken care of immediately so regular bureaucracy needs to be skipped to make the tree and public as safe as possible in a short amount of time.

Will the city remove a tree on private property?

Unfortunately, the city will only remove or prune trees on public land. All trees on your property need to be maintained by the owner. If you are renting you will need to speak with your landlord first about a problem tree.

Even though the city can tell you whether you can remove a tree or not they will not pay for it. Trees are actually considered to be owned by the community as the whole community benefits from their presence.

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Can I request a tree inspection by a city arborist?

Yes and no. Let me explain. You cannot just call up and request an arborist to come out and inspect your tree just because you would like to know the tree’s health. This is something you would need to have done by a private arborist at your own expense.

If the arborist has inspected the tree and you decide you would like to remove it, you will need to apply for a permit (if the tree is considered protected. See below parameters for “privately protected trees”).

 

Once the application has been filed a city arborist will then come out and inspect the tree and give you the thumbs up or thumbs down for removal.

In some cases, they may ask for supporting evidence before they give the ok for removal.

For example, if you are citing the tree’s poor health and danger to the public for your reason for removal, the city arborist might ask that you procure an arborist report from a private arborist to corroborate these claims.

Can I remove trees on my property?

You can if the tree is not protected. How do you tell if your tree is protected? You need to check Sacramento’s Tree Permits and Ordinance rules for removal. See a summary here:

You will need a permit if:

The tree is on city property

The tree is “Privately protected”. See below for the definition.

The tree is “heritage listed”

Privately protected trees are:

  • All native trees at 12-inch DSH*. Native trees include Coast, Interior, Valley and Blue Oaks, CA Sycamore, and Buckeye.
  • All trees at 32-inch DSH with an existing single-family or duplex dwelling.
  • All trees at 24-inch DSH on undeveloped land or any other type of property such as commercial, industrial, and apartments.

* DSH = Diameter Standard Height. Learn how to measure a trees’ DBH

Native Oak trees

Native oak trees in Sacramento will require a permit no matter the size due to their protected status. See this information on how to identify an Oak tree.

You can also read about Oaktree protection in California here.

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How do I apply for a permit to remove or prune a tree?

Please follow the below link to download a tree removal permit form for Sacramento City.

Download: Tree Removal Permit Form

Once filled in you can email the application to urbanforestry@cityofsacramento.org. You may be required to provide supporting evidence for your application such as an arborist report, tree protection plan, tree replacement plan and other information deemed necessary. Most of the time this is required for the Development application. For residential use, just submit your application and the city will advise if more information is required.

Are there fines for removing protected trees?

How do I choose a tree service in Sacramento for my job?

The best place to start is this page. We have devised a formula for listing the very best tree services in each city by taking previous customers’ votes, the average score, the number of votes, the number of platforms being voted on and the number of years in business. Each one of these factors weighs in on the overall GTQ score assigned to the company.

With the companies listed here, you can literally take a stab in the dark and will get a good deal at a great price, but I also suggest a few other checks on each company before engaging their services.

  1. Associations – Make sure they are a Member of a professional Arbor organization such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), or the Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA).
  2. Certification – Make sure they are a qualified arborist.
  3. Proof of Insurance – Ask them to provide a copy of the Public Liability Insurance details. It is important you phone the insurer and make sure they are up to date with their payments for cover.
  4. Competitive pricing – Make sure you get prices from at least three different companies before you decide on one. It is easy to be sold by the first company you speak to as they might seem nice and reasonably priced. Best comparing prices to be sure though.
  5. List of references – This is covered in the online reviews of companies. Make sure you have a read to make sure previous customers were happy with the job done.
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City of Sacramento certified arborist list

The city also gives a list of a certified arborist that it recommends. I think it is important to share this information with people seeking arborist reports.

Download: Arborist list

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Certified tree trimmers in Sacramento

The city has also provided residents with a list of certified tree trimmers they consider legitimate because they are members of the International Society of Arboriculture.

It is worth mentioning at this point that just because they are members of the ISA and the city lists them, does not mean they have great online reviews or that they will give you a great price.

If you are after the top voted local tree trimmers, I do suggest you refer to the list provided at the top of the page.

What is the Urban Forest?

Sacramento’s Urban Forest refers to all trees and vegetation within the urban area. About 20% of all trees are on public land and the rest are on private properties.

It is in the best interest of all residents that the whole picture of Sacramento’s canopy cover is monitored to ensure the whole city benefits from them.

The Urban Forestry Section of the Department of Public Works has certified arborists that help:

  • Plant and maintain trees on public land.
  • Issue permits for trees on private land.
  • Review development plans and tree protection plans.
  • Help to educate citizens about the benefits of trees.
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Stumpman

4.40

(182)
Stumpman is a well-established tree service company that has been in operation for several years serving the people of Sacramento. If you are looking for a company with the best equipment, workers and arborists then this is what to go for.... Read more >The company’s reputation speaks for itself. Many people have reviewed the company as one that can do different tree tasks including maintenance and care. They offer affordable services and you can also get a tree permit through them.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 30 years in business

MASTER TREE CARE

4.88

(57)
The company has been in operation for more than 50 years. As a result, Master tree care has built its own capacity in terms of workforce and equipment. So, if you are looking for a licensed company to do an excellent job in Sacramento, this is what to go for.... Read more >The company operates on both residential and commercial properties. Some of the services you can get include, tree services, clearance for solar panels, storm service, hazardous tree handling, consultation and reports from certified arborists.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 52 years in business

Fallen Leaf Tree Management

4.30

(147)
Other than having a large capacity of trained workers and equipment, Fallen Leaf is a company that is dedicated to its work. They are based in Sacramento and their work is exceptional. The company’s main goal is to provide the best tree management services.... Read more >As a result, they have their services categorized into two. There are commercial and residential services. For each case, you get more than seven services. By visiting their website you will see a large list of the things they can do including disease control, consultation and training.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 19 years in business

Bud’s Tri-County Tree Services Inc

4.30

(121)
Bud’s Tri-county is yet another tree service company on the top list in Sacramento. The company’s reputation is based on its ability to handle different works for different people. ... Read more >This company will reach wherever you are for tree services. They have received numerous reviews from their customers. Through the company, you can also get free estimates, chips and woods.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 16 years in business

Environmental Tree Service

4.80

(135)
For someone looking for a company that works with professionalism to provide the best work and at the right time then Environmental tree service is a good option. One of the things that they have is certified and qualified arborists. By getting your tree services from this company you find it rewarding since they do high-quality work. ... Read more >Some of their services include removal of trees, trimming, storm response, stump grinding, tree reduction among others. You can easily get a quote from the company’s website.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 12 years in business

Titan Tree Service

4.85

(222)
Titan is a certified company operated by an ISA certified arborist to ensure the best results. From the company, you can get a variety of services related to trees. You can get work done on both commercial and residential properties. The company ensures maintenance and care of trees at the best levels. ... Read more >They also offer a free consultation for their customers with their arborists. All the workers are licensed and insured to offer their customers peace of mind. The company offers estimates as well.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 6 years in business

Haman Landscape and Tree Service

4.17

(37)
For more than 30 years, Haman landscape & tree co. has built a reputation for their dedication in offering their customers the best services. The company unlike others offers more than just tree services.... Read more >They also offer landscaping services. The company helps in designing properties as well. You can get them to work on either residential or commercial property.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 38 years in business

S & J Tree Care

4.80

(34)
S & J tree care is a tree service company in Sacramento that offers so many services at reasonable rates. The company has been in operating in the county for years and with the use of their certified arborists, they have made a reputation. It is a company that responds to tree work on a 24hour basis. ... Read more >Some of the services you can get from them include tree removal, care, trimming, stump services, arborists services and weed control.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 8 years in business

Andre’s Tree Service

4.95

(19)
For more than 30 years, Andre’s tree service has been known in Sacramento county as one of the best tree service companies. This has been attributed to their clear record of good work all through. ... Read more >The company offers more than the general tree services you will find from other companies. In addition, you will get weed control, fertilizing, lawn care, gutter cleaning, aphid control, and cavity repair. They have the most skilled people for such work.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 34 years in business

Sacramento Valley Tree Services Inc

4.80

(33)
Even from the numerous positive review, they are getting you can tell that Sacramento Valley Tree services is a top company. The company has served the people of Sacramento for a long time offering quality services for more than a decade. ... Read more >In return, they have received several testimonials for their excellent work. You can easily get a quote from their website.

location small grey Serve Tampa, FL

Clock small grey 17 years in business

Ben McInerney
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 dedicated to providing users with the most accurate up-to-date information on everything trees.