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  • first i would like to say that Provider name locked. and the crew are very pleasant people.  they are, initially, quick to respond to email or telephone calls and just generally very pleasant.

    i have 32 trees in my yard.  seven are ornamental pear which are eight years (4 trees) and five years (3 trees) years.  those were pruned beautifully by this company, but it was under my explicit supervision every step of the way in order to prevent damage.

    thirteen of the trees in my yard are (were) crape myrtles, all of which are seven years old and which i nursed from tiny 3' twigs to full 18' - 20' height..  these were planted in a carefully devised plan to provide shade to my house and garden under large, graceful canopies of limbs, flowers, and leaves.  it has been a long and tedious exercise training these beauties to accomplish this.

    unfortunately, crape murder was committed in my yard.  look up the expression and you'll know the horror.

    this happened for a few reasons.  during Provider name locked. 's initial survey of my trees, i was told that suckers and tiny, too-low twigs would be pulled off (by hand, which was demonstrated), and that the remainder of the trees would be "thinned".  that is exactly what i wanted.  when you have 32 trees on your property and they are bare during winter months, they must still maintain an attractive shape.  under no circumstane should any tree, especially crapes, be topped or chopped.  that renders a tree useless for shade and with a completely hideous appearance.

    when the crew arrived, nobody rang the bell or knocked on the door to tell me they had arrived.  i looked up as i was doing dishes and was startled to see people outside my window.  this is not acceptable.  ALWAYS notify a homeowner that you have arrived.  then, without  speaking two words to me, engaging in any conversation no matter how brief, and without reiterating what was to be done or how, four of my crapes were topped.  i nearly fainted, i did cry, especially when i saw that the beautiful 20' natchez, which had provided glorious shade during the full sun of summer on my garage, patio, walkway, a/c condenser, and under plantings was now an 8' stump.

    yes.  a stump. 

    the worker, Provider name locked. , stated, "well you don't want that tree on your house".  well, actually, yes, i needed it as close to the house and as tall as possible, with only those scrawny limbs which were actually ON the house to be removed.  none of the longer branches needed to be chopped off, and certainly they shouldn't be, DEFINITELY not the primary branches which provide structure and support.  this tree, all by itself, prevented my garage from becoming 110 degrees as the full sun of summer beats down on it for 14 hours a day.  that shade is gone forever now, as is the shade through my entire yard, as is the grace of these former beauties which i nurtured from tiny little saplings.

    this complete disaster could have been prevented if Provider name locked. hadn't been in a hurry, if he had bothered to speak with me prior to beginning his butchery, and wasn't being a lazy gardener.  it was a friday, after all, and he wanted to begin his weekend early, as he explained to me himself.  "give it a year or two", he said.  that is a year or two of no shade during summer months, no beauty, there won't even be any leaves or blooms.  even after a year or two, because the leaders have been chopped to nubs, the trees will never be shaped properly because you cannot regrow that portion of a tree, and they will only grow long, scrawny, stringy branches which will not be strong enough to support themselves, because the support was completely obliterated.

    all 13 trees now need to be replaced.  naturally, it is utterly unaffordable to replace them with trees the same size as they were, so for the next 5 - 7 years i will have to painstakingly tend to 13 more saplings.  after paying nearly $1000 for this crape murder, i will also have to pay somebody to remove the existing 13 stumps and plant the new saplings.  Provider name locked. , the owner of Provider name locked. , did not make any offers to rectify the damage...not any of it.  he has his money and now won't respond to messages through angie's list.

    because they were pleasant people, i thought perhaps they could do some other work for me in my yard (now that i know they must be supervised every step of the way) and i would somehow figure out how to replace $1500 worth of crape myrtles and probably need to come up with another $1k for the labor related to that, but now i cannot even get a response to my request for an estimate. 

    at the very least, after breaking somebody's heart and truly spoiling 13 trees, a polite decline to perform more work would certainly be a professional way to respond.  not responding at all is rather churlish.

    again, my pear trees look excellent, but i did have to spend my day pointing and examining and leading this crew to achieve that.  if it weren't for this, the rating here would have been "f".

    Provider name locked. -gets-cut-regrow-84472.html"> name locked. -gets-cut-regrow-84472.html "Crepe myrtles that are consistently cut back hard at an arbitrary height each year, or "topped," have an unattractive "hatrack" look over the winter, with thick stubs that are more prone to insect damage and rot. Topping -- sometimes called "crepe murder" in relation to the tree -- also encourages crepe myrtles to produce more sprouts at the base of the Provider name locked. and clusters of spindly sprouts that grow straight up, unbranched, from the cuts. The whiplike sprouts will flower, since crepe myrtles bloom on new growth, but bloom time can be delayed by a month as compared to unpruned trees, and the thin stems often droop under the weight of flower clusters.

    Proper Pruning

    The healthiest crepe myrtles are thinned, rather than shortened, and pruned in the dormant season, from late winter to early spring. Once any dead, broken or crossing branches are cut out, you can keep flowers coming, and the tree's size under control by clearing out upper branches growing toward the center of the tree. Eliminate shoots coming up from the base of the tree as well. Dead-heading is optional. If you want to tidy up the tree, either remove individual flower clusters as they fade, or tip prune. In tip pruning, you wait until the tree is dormant, and trim all the branch tips and seed capsules off the tree, rounding the tree back a few inches all over. If you don't cut through any wood that is thicker than a pencil, it doesn't have the same effect as topping."'t-chop-crepe-myrtles

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    - anne B.
  • Answered the phone and returned my phone calls promptly. Arrived exactly when I was told they would. Diagnosed a problem with my water shut off (told me exactly what my issue was and to convey that to a plumber!) and sprinkler system.
    - Melanie T.
  • I called them and got a return phone call within ten minutes. It turns out that we were outside their service area, but they took the time to talk me through various issues that it may be and how I might diagnose them and how to figure out who to call next for assistance. Absolutely wonderful customer service and I would absolutely suggest contacting then. Just not if you live down in Provider name locked. Stanislaus county area. The only reason I said I wouldn't use them again was because as a yes and no question I wouldn't as I am outside their service.
    - Melanie T.
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