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Find the Best Tree Services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael

Hiring good tree service companies in Marin County is an effective way to open up space in your yard or to simply tidy it up for the upcoming season. Arborists, tree contractors, tree doctors, and tree care companies can diagnose tree disease (such as sudden oak death), trim branches, remove stumps, or perform tree removal services and tree relocation.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best tree care companies in Marin County and issues related to hiring them.

Updated June 16, 2014

 The TOP 10 Tree Care Services in Marin County CA

Summit Tree Care
(707) 542-7200
PO Box 5375
Petaluma, CA 94955
State Contractor's License #683564
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau

Areas Served: North Bay & Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Novato CA, Sausalito CA, Mill Valley ...
Services: full tree care services including tree pruning, tree moving, tree surgeons, tree removal

Treemasters
Send an email to this Company
(415) 455-9933
3175 Kerner Blvd # A
San Rafael, CA 94901
State Contractors License #660226, Pest Control license #37101
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) Pacific Sun - Best of Marin Bay Area Green Business Program

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Larkpur, Woodacre, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Novato, Tiburon, Kentfield
Services: tree care services incl. tree pruning, tree removal, tree disease control, tree ...

Find the Best Tree Services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

Tree services in Marin County are required to be licensed by the state of California, such as with the D49 license specifically for tree services which allows them to perform tree pruning, tree removal, stump removal or stump grinding, and tree or limb guying.  

If arborists or tree care contractors in Marin County have employees, they're required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection.  If a worker is injured on your property and the tree contractor doesn't have worker's comp, you could be liable to pay for the injuries and your own insurance may not cover that cost.

Tree care companies in Marin County are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all tree contractors bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their client in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls with previous customers, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

After heavy rains or high winds, your trees can suffer. Limbs litter the yard and can get tangled in power lines. Aside from the unattractive appearance and cleanup associated with the aftermath of a storm, there may also be serious dangers involved. Large limbs need to be removed from your roof and anything near power lines must be carefully extracted by a professional.

If you've found yourself in this situation, it's imperative that you contact a local tree service contractor or arborist. With special tree service equipment and thoroughly trained employees, good tree companies can safely remove or trim precariously positioned limbs so you don't have to climb a ladder and risk breaking your neck.

Even without a storm, trees often need trimming or treatment for disease. Again, a professional tree service or certified arborists can help.

Tree Service Companies in Marin County Perform Numerous Services

There are many tree-related problems that only professional tree services can remedy. It's usually not advisable to attempt to resolve these issues yourself, particularly with dangerously dangling limbs or anything near power lines. Therefore, services for tree removal or tree trimming are essential.

Before starting any procedures (including emergencies), most tree services assess the situation in its entirety with aerial inspection, hazard evaluation, structural analysis and consultation. Once the situation has been fully inspected, tree surgeons or tree arborists may decide to perform tree shaping, tree trimming, tree pruning, topping, tree transplantation, tree bracing, root zone fertilization, height reductions, crown reductions, tree repair, or hopefully, tree preservation.

The tree services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA can also perform the appropriate forms of vegetation management at your request, such as lot clearing, disease management, stump removal, dead wood removal, ivy removal, blackberry removal, or poison oak removal. Tree services in Marin County approach the problem in different manners, including cabling, portable milling, crane service, or climbing spikes, the latter being potentially hazardous to a living tree. You should inquire about these techniques before hiring tree services. If the risk associated with the procedure is minimal, some tree services will even rent some of their equipment for your personal use, such as stump grinders and heavy equipment.

Tree services are also trained to attend to various potentially problematic situations, such as fire road maintenance, regular clearance for fire safety, construction damage prevention, sudden oak death, spraying, weed control, insect and disease suppression, and other preventive maintenance. Tree services throughout Marin County will also repair storm damage with removal, limbing, wind damage repair and view restoration. If you're concerned about preserving clippings, some tree services re-use or sell removed vegetation in the form of wood chipping, brush chipping, or firewood. Tree services in Marin County usually have an ISA certified tree arborist on staff for reports or consultation, and adhere to tree service industry standards.

Tree Services in Marin County are Properly Stocked with the Best Tree Service Equipment

Tree contractors in Marin County are equipped with specialized tools to efficiently remove dangerous branches or restore the appearance of overgrowth. They employ pole tree pruners, chainsaws, aerial lifts, chippers, or stump grinders for all of your tree removal needs.

Some Tree Services in Marin County Are Much Better Than Others

The Prime Buyer's Repot lists these tree services in Marin County: Summit Tree Care, Treemasters, Marin County Arborists, Marin Tree Service, Inc., Craig Swift Tree Care, Black Point Tree Service, Swift Tree Care, Elite Tree Services, Beaver Tree Service. Other tree services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: Happy Tree, Geo's Tree Care, Small World Tree Company. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Tree Care Services in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask Tree Services in Marin County CA 



When it comes to tree services in Marin County CA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of tree contractors you're considering hiring:

• How long have they been providing tree services in Marin County? (Different regions have their own unique soil conditions and weather that will effect choices in tree care methods. The length of experience doing tree care in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)

• How many tree services have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, tree pruning versus tree removal, etc.?

• Can the tree contractor give you names and numbers of customers who had similar tree services done who you can call as references? (All tree care companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Do they use tree spikes or do they use lifts? (Spikes might damage living trees you wish to keep.)

• What is their safety record when it comes to tree removal or using cranes to lift trees close to homes?

• Can the tree care company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All tree services in Marin County bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• How will they determine pricing?

• Will the tree companies provide a written estimate?

• Will the tree contractor show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All tree care companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)


• Does the tree contractor provide a written warranty for their labor or for new trees they install?

• Will permits be needed? If so, will the tree contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?


When you've chosen the best tree contractors in Marin County for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California. (All tree contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)



 

 

Resources About Tree Services in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael 

Licensing & Trade Associations for Tree Services in Marin County
AFPO American Forest and Paper Organization (http://www.afandpa.org/)
ASCA American Society of Consulting Arborists (http://www.asca-consultants.org/)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CAA California Arborist Association (http://www.cal-arb-association.com/)
CSLB Contractors State Licensing Board (http://www.cslb.cs.gov/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
INFC International Network of Forests and Communities (http://www.forestsandcommunities.org/)
ISA International Society of Arboriculture (http://www.isa-arbor.com/)
NTT National Tree Trust (http://www.treetures.com/)
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/)
TCIA Tree Care Industry Association (http://www.natlarb.com/


Media & Web Resources About Tree Care in Marin County
Tree Care Industry Magazine
Tree News Magazine
Tree Services Magazine
Western Arborist Magazine



The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Tree Care in Marin County within the following zip codes:

94971, 94912, 94903, 94938, 94930, 94933, 94940, 94924, 94957, 94914, 94950, 94947, 94948, 94915, 94974, 94965, 94939, 94956, 94976, 94966, 94942, 94964, 94978, 94941, 94901, 94960, 94946, 94925, 94963, 94904, 94977, 94929, 94945, 94973, 94937, 94979, 94920, 94913, 94970 and 94949

 


Tree Care Tiburon CA

Brooks Tree Care Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920

 

Tree Care Fairfax CA

Agrifolia Tree Care Fairfax CA 94930
Guastucci's Tree Service Fairfax CA 94930
Vaccaro's Tree Service Fairfax CA 94930


Tree Care Forest Knolls CA

Craig Swift Tree Care Forest Knolls CA 94933

 

Tree Care Kentfield CA

Beaver Tree Service Inc Kentfield CA 94914
Hi-Tech Tree Service Kentfield CA 94914
Norcal Tree Care Kentfield CA 94904

 

Tree Care Lagunitas CA

Arborist Inc Lagunitas CA 94938
Evergreen Tree Service Lagunitas CA 94938


Tree Care Larkspur CA

Shamrock's Tree Care Larkspur CA 94977

 

Tree Care Mill Valley CA

A1 Tree Service Mill Valley CA 94941
AAA Happy Tree Mill Valley CA 94941
Artistry in Trees Mill Valley CA 94942
Cal-Trees Mill Valley CA 94942
No Barriers USA Mill Valley CA 94941
Rock Springs Tree Service Mill Valley CA 94941
Shoreline Tree Service Mill Valley CA 94941

 

Tree Care Novato CA

Arbor Day Tree Care Novato CA 94949
Black Point Tree Service Novato CA 94945
Clay's Tree Service Novato CA 94945
Davey Tree Surgery Novato CA 94947
Don's Trees Novato CA 94949
Febronio Tree Service Novato CA 94947
Ken's Tree Service Novato CA 94945
Top Notch Tree Novato CA 94945


Tree Care Point Reyes Station CA

California Tree Equipment Point Reyes Station CA 94956
Pacific Slope Tree Co-Op Point Reyes Station CA 94956

 

Tree Care San Anselmo CA

A A Elite Tree Service San Anselmo CA 94960
Ross Valley Tree Service San Anselmo CA 94960
Shade Tree Inc San Anselmo CA 94960


Tree Care San Rafael CA

Arbor Works Tree Service San Rafael CA 94901
B&L Discount Tree Care San Rafael CA 94901
Beasley Tree Service San Rafael CA 94912
Climbebar Tree Service San Rafael CA 94901
Erb-Miller-Fahy Tree Service San Rafael CA 94913
Fahy Tree Service San Rafael CA 94913
Geo's Tree Care San Rafael CA 94903
Jimenez Tree Service San Rafael CA 94901
Marin County Arborists San Rafael CA 94912
Marin Tree Service San Rafael CA 94901
McIntyre-Bader Kenny & Tree San Rafael CA 94901
Rafael Tree Service San Rafael CA 94901
Treemasters San Rafael CA 94901
Wagner Bros Tree Service San Rafael CA 94903

 

Tree Care Sausalito CA

Moritz Arboricultural Consultant Sausalito CA 94965