UPDATE submitted by Westcreek resident Lisa Payne on May 5, 2012
Over the past four years we have had three arborists look at our large, ailing backyard oak. Some are mentioned on this site. Not one gave us any concrete answers or detailed suggestions, except to sell their services. Some charged fees for their consultations.
Finally, a few days ago arborist Nickey Bishop, the Tree Tender, came to look at our tree at no charge. Nickey diagnosed the diseased tree and told us what missteps over the years – besides drought conditions – likely led to Hypoxalon Canchor, the deadly fungal disease our tree now has.
Nickey also explained how many companies/specialists incorrectly “trim” trees without correcting problems that may lead over time to the death of the tree. This happened to us, and we are hoping that our tree may survive. Nickey’s adept and caring crew removed all the dead limbs, correctly, and now we will wait and see.
Nickey also took a look, without being asked, up and down Brush Country and saw several dead/dying trees with Hypoxalon Canchor. He did this, I believe, just because he cares about the trees. A few years ago I asked one of the arborists mentioned on this site to please take a look up and down Brush Country before he came to our house, as many trees seemed to be dying, and he then quoted me a price to take a look. I said, “no thanks.”
So for these reasons, I highly recommend and entrust Nicky Bishop, the Tree Tender, to correctly care for the needs of any tree, at a fair price and with true care and knowledge.
Submitted by Westcreek resident Cissy Rodriguez on March 13, 2012
I highly recommend the Tree Tender, Nickey Bishop. We have used him for years and wouldn’t trust anyone else to work on our our big, gorgeous oak. Our old oak lost about 70% of its roots when our home was built in 1978 and it drops leaves when it stresses in the heat of the summer. Nickey has given us good advice to keep it alive during the worst of our recent droughts. He is a certified arborist unlike many tree trimming folks. To keep his tools safe he not only disinfects between trees but also refuses to trim/remove trees with oak wilt (that’s what he told us about 18 years ago when we started using him). He is a tree lover and takes pride in his work. Super knowledgeable about trees – live oaks in particular. He has a wonderful crew of people who care.
Submitted by Westcreek resident Chris Schexnayder on March 15, 2012
My friend Jeff Johnson is a mild mannered good old boy who has been trimming trees for years and has done work for me. Prices are reasonable and he does good work. His number is 512-601-1587.
Comment from Westcreek resident Lisabeth Yeager:
I second that. He’s done work for me at two different houses and his recommendations have always worked out for me.
Austin Tree Experts offers a full range of tree care services: pruning, removal, programmed fertilization and treatment services, oak wilt, stump grinding, consulting, virtually anything tree related. Owner Keith Brown is one of only two board certified master arborists in the city; with two additional certified arborists on staff, one of whom is a degreed botanist from Stephen F. Austin state. They are fully insured (liability and workers comp) and are member of the BBB. You can read reviews on Citysearch.com, AngiesList.com and Yelp.com. They offer a great quality of service at very reasonable and competitive prices.
Please visit www.AustinTreeExperts.com for more information.
Comments from a Westcreek resident:
He has over 25 yrs experience & is a highly regarded arborist in the community. He was retained by Save Our Springs to do an independent assessment on the Barton Springs/Zilker trees that were scheduled to be cut down. He is a frequent guest on KLBJ 590 AM Gardening Naturally show. He’s consulted us for our trees and is a great resource. He knows trees!
Tree Trimming and Removal local phone number is 512-476-9919, or Toll free 1-800-354-7370. Workers are residents of H.O.W. Foundation Alcohol and Drug Support Group, Universal City, TX. Half the fee is a donation (tax deductible). Their work is highly recommended.
Caldwell. Formerly Caldwell Tree Service, now part of the Davey Tree national group. They have an arborist on staff and know trees. Will recommend not overtrimming live oak trees, which can damage them. They also have city contract for tree trimming. 451-4986.
Oak Wilt Specialists of Austin, 512-842-8733. They are experienced and trained in dealing with Oak Wilt. Contact Paula Johnston. From their website, www.StopOakWilt.com: We are a full-service, one-stop oak wilt company, providing oak wilt inspection and analysis, Alamo® preventative and therapeutic injections, root trenching, proper removal of dead trees, and replanting services. Used by Westcreek homeowners.
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