If we had to pick one thing that we most appreciate about Denny without a doubt, it would be his work ethic.
Denny is the founder, owner, and arborist of our TreeHugger Crew and his hands have been on every piece of the puzzle that built this tree service company. He began working on his dream of owning his own tree service in his late 40’s with nothing more than an old green Dodge truck, a few solid chainsaws, years of experience, and the grit and determination, no less than that of a workhorse.
Because necessity is the mother of invention, Denny has figured out how to figure it out. There is no tree removal too big or complicated, nor any obstacle too challenging that can make this arborist turn away from his passion for professional tree care. He is as dependable and determined as you will find, and if you ask us those are two of his best attributes. You can count on the fact that he will find the answer to the issue at hand, which makes him worth his weight in gold.
He is famous for saying, “We still have all our fingers and toes,” which is about as complicated as he gets. He’s a simple guy with a sophisticated position and he leads us well thru the challenges we face as a family-owned and operated tree care service in the Ankeny and Des Moines area. We are thankful for his watchful eye that gets our crew home safely from each day spent working on tree services we provide. Rather it is tree removal, tree trimming, or tree pruning we appreciate his relentless grit that brings our tree service company to a new level of success and standard of professionalism with each new season.
Denny has been blessed to see his vision for our tree service grow far beyond what he had envisioned when he started this company and he is proud of the work we do. We are a family of arborists and if you ask Denny he would tell you that he is living his version of the American dream. Working and doing life alongside his family while caring for and working to maintain the beauty of trees is very much his dream come true. We are thankful for this TreeHugger at heart and not one of us would want to operate this tree care service without him.
This mild month of January has me already dreaming of spring and my to-do list that will need to be addressed soon. As with many things in 2020, our residential trees suffered greatly at the hands of Mother Nature and will reveal stress and damage in the coming spring that may have gone unnoticed.
Let’s do our best to help them heal and grow strong once again.
HERE ARE OUR BEST TIPS, TRICKS, AND TOOLS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE WHO TO WORK WITH FOR YOUR TREE CARE
AS MUCH AS NECESSARY, AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
Trees have a remarkable way of managing themselves when they are in their natural environment and this is not always the case for residential tree care. Trees outgrow their space, encroach on structures, and can pose a threat to homes and families. These situations need to be addressed and sometimes just managed. Choose wisely.
TREE SERVICE IS A RISKY BUSINESS.
It is within your right and responsibility to request proof of liability insurance, and we recommend that you do. Multiple scenarios are possible in a day of tree removal and tree trimming services; it is an impressive art to watch that can be dangerous for the crew and your property. Take the day and enjoy watching them work with confidence, knowing that you will be taken care of if there is any property damage.
WE ARE A PROFESSIONAL INDUSTRY, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL
Do your due diligence, search for and read reviews, visit websites and social media. Do they represent an image of safety and respect for their customers, crew equipment, and homeowners’ property? Observe how you are contacted, responded to, and respected. Your property depends on your opinion of us. Trust the advice of those that have gone before you.
IT IS EASIER TO PREPARE, THAN TO REPAIR
We recommend for homeowners to meet with at least three tree service companies near you. We understand that it takes time and effort, but tree care is not a tree repair situation. You are better equipped to decide with more information than you wanted rather than a lack of professional advice. Cost is always a factor, but cheaper isn’t always better.
YOUR OPINION IS GOLDEN
When you choose your tree care service, do so with the intent that you will keep them as long as you keep your trees. Hiring the same arborist for your tree trimming or tree removal ensures that your tree retains its shape and beauty for years to come. It is nice to trust that a day of tree care in your yard will leave no evidence behind, and you will come home to your property in better condition than when you left.
The year 2020 was for sure a year of change and growth, and we accepted it as best we could.
Stepping away from my full-time career of 19 years from massage therapy due to Covid was happening, so I volunteered to work with our TreeHugger crew for the summer. Why Not? I had some previous experience working with Denny 30+ years ago. But, I quickly realized things were much different back then, in many ways. I wasn’t 48, 30 years ago and I wasn’t married to my boss or the mother of my coworker. A new groundsman under the watchful eye and often spicy, spirited, and specific instructions for my safety and theirs, my husband and son trained this middle-aged woman to be a part of the crew.
I once again learned to run the ropes with big wood and land limbs in tight backyards, and it was exciting, invaluable to our crew, and impressive to our customers. How can a woman handle such heavy wood? Thank you, GRCs!
Over the summer, that crazy cool lowering device and I become great companions and coworkers. With my husband in the bucket truck and our son on the mini skid feeding the chipper, we became a solid three-member crew—a team.
It wasn’t long before my newfound confidence in doing hard things had me ready to embrace the learning curve of operating the mini skid and feeding the chipper which is so much better than dragging brush, so I learned. I felt empowered and encouraged by these new skills I now had. I also wrestled with my emotions somedays as I watched women in their pretty summer dresses, walking their Labradoodles in the neighborhoods we were working. I did not feel pretty as I was dragging or limbing up brush to run thru the chipper. I was trapped on the struggle bus of my Lil baby identity crisis some days, and I was grateful that my helmet protected my face every day and other days, my identity.
We worked thru the Derecho storm together safely, serving many homeowners that were so grateful and championed us when we pulled up on their home to deal with the damage left by the storm. They were impressed that a family could accomplish what we were doing, it was clear that our crew was a family operation. We removed tree after tree from houses for weeks so homeowners could have power restored, tarp the holes in their roof and once again feel safe in their home. We did all the things. We ran the everyday grind of job site operations. We handled the masses of incoming calls, texts, and emails from the likes that no tree service was prepared for. Estimates, maintenance, insurance billing, bookwork, and lived without power for eight days ourselves in August in Iowa, translating to 90+ degrees.
Every. Damn. Day.
It was exciting, challenging, frustrating, scary, and ultimately fulfilling in a way I did not expect. My summer with the TreeHugger Crew was worthy of my volunteer time. It was worthy of the tears I cried, and I will unashamedly confess that I threw a few short tantrums and shed a couple of tears. Mostly only on Mondays.
It was worthy of the moments where we all may have believed that this was just too hard, it was too much to live, work, and do life together all day, every day. Only then to wake up and do it again the next day.
It was worthy of the long, hot, Iowa summer days. The sweat, the sunburns and the gigantic spider that crawled up my cheek.
It was worth my time to be on the job where the Thorny Locust trees had the biggest thorns I have ever seen and just happened to be covered in poison ivy as well; I coined that day as “Danger Day.” Everyone survived..
It was worthy of all the times I crawled into the chip truck, otherwise known as the “potty truck,” and I was grateful to have that truck on nearly every job with the newly installed curtain just for my benefit.
It was worth my time to be present. To watch my husband and son work together, communicate, solve problems, fix everything, argue and apologize and work thru the hills and valleys of life and business together.
It was worth my time to observe what they face every day, to help me be more tuned into helping them.
It was worthy of the toll that a job like this can take on marriage and family.
It is a challenge deserving of an award. I would like my sticker now, thank you.)
And… I would like one for Denny and Sean too.
The fact that they took me, a middle-aged wife and mother with soft hands, literally I was a Massage Therapist and trained me to be a good groundsman. Equipted with the skills and thick skin required for the daily grind of this industry is an accomplishment that speaks to their passion and grit to get the job done. Safely and professionally.
I still have all my fingers and toes.
As we leaned into each day, we trusted that all the wheels on the bus would go round and round if we were willing to do the work and work as a team. And it did.
We had our most successful year ever, safely, financially and professionally. We grew in many ways.
We hired Brandon, a solid groundsman to replace my position and bought our first TreeMec.
I am still a woman in Arborculture, and I look forward to my position with soft hands and pretty nails. And I still make them lunch, every day.
“Every new season of your life will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Don’t celebrate the good without celebrating the bad because they both work together to prepare you for the next season of your life.” “You can’t reach your potential by remaining in a past due season.
It is a complicated situation. We are in the midst of a family-owned and operated tree company’s ” changing of the guard” per se and although everyone is on board for this new season, it has everyone on board out of sorts as well. Our well-oiled and efficient tree removal crew is learning the curve of the TreeMec, and she has our heads spinning.
The Tremec is the bee’s knees in the tree care industry and has long been on our dream list. Dreams with vision become reality and so it is. We have been blessed to be able to be in this moment and we are excited to see this girl make our crew more efficient with removals.
And so the lessons begin. There are a thousand things to keep watch for and the pressure of performance to run this girl steady and smooth is real for the operator. There are a ton of moving parts, hoses, positioning, levers, up, down, in, out, steady, hold it, cut it, lower it, move over just a little, watch that limb and that limb and that branch. All the while, be brave enough to fail just a little with your new and very expensive tool. And, the ground crew is waiting while the cold of an Iowa winter settles in on them, and while they wait I see them practicing patience, attitude, and teamwork with an encouraging word to ease the pressure on one of their own, as he learns to operate all the levers, positions, load balancing to make this girl a part of their team.
I wonder if the general assumption is that, once you get a TreeMec the life of your tree company will get easier and better.
The reality is…it just gets different. Tree service will always be a labor of love.
Having a tree removed from your property can be a seamless experience when you hire a professional, but can be a daunting task if you don’t. For most people, the largest investment you ever make will be your home so taking care of your property is critical. There are several things you can do to make sure you hire someone who will take care of and treat your property the same way you would.
The first step is to check for proper licensing and insurance, you want to make sure you hire a professional tree care company. Once you receive proof of insurance you can call the insurance provider to make sure that the insurance is up to date and includes working at height. A company that has liability insurance will be held liable to cover all damage to your home or property.
The second step is to do your homework on the company. The internet holds a lot of information which can come in handy when you’re trying to learn about a prospect company. Go through the reviews the company has and read several to understand how the company operates and treats its customers. If they have a social media this is a great way to get a look into their daily operations and see how they work. Remember they are going to be working on YOUR property so spend some time making sure you are hiring the right company.
The third step would be to ask about the equipment that will be used and how they plan to complete the work. A well-established tree service will be able to walk you through step by step while getting your free estimate on how they plan to complete the work at hand. They also will explain how each piece of equipment will be used to help speed up the process, make it safer for the employees and make sure they do the work with no damage to your property. A bucket truck is used to lift a person into the tree so they can gain access to the entire canopy allowing them to maneuver and remove the tree in a precise order. Once pieces are lowered to the ground a mini skid will come in, grab the branches and drag them to the chipper and feel them in. If your tree has little to no access or is overhanging your home a crane may be brought in to safely lift the pieces up and away from your house. You may be thinking this sounds like a lot of equipment which will increase the price of my tree removal. A tree service invests in this equipment to keep their employees safe and greatly increase their production which in turn makes the tree removal more affordable for the homeowner.
Tree removal is not a process that is taken lightly, it takes years of experience paired with the right equipment to get it done correctly. Taking these few steps will help to make sure that your tree removal process goes seamlessly and will restore your property to a safe and beautiful state!
Today’s storm was very serious and far too many trees took a lethal hit. Now is the time to reach out to Tree Service Professional to manage your storm damaged trees a safe and controlled manner.
Fallen trees can pose a serious risk to your safety in many ways and so we urge you, as you are cleaning up from today’s storm do only as much as necessary and as little as possible.
We will be working as quickly ansd as safely as possible in the Ankeny, Des Moines Johnston. Urbandale, West Des Moines, Altoona, and many other surrounding communities to help you with your tree storm damage. With the enormous amount of widespread damage this will be a long process for Tree Care Professions who are working with you thru this process.
A few tips to help you choose when hiring your tree service professional to remove your storm damaged tree.
Ask to see copy of their insurance.
Do a Google search looking for a highly reviewed company.
Ask your next door neighbors if they have a tip on a tree service company they have a personal or professional connection to.
Remember, it is not always the best choice to hire the cheapest tree service company.
Contact at least 3 companies for estimates.
Keep an eye out in your neighborhoods for us, were in this with you till all the damage has been cleaned up.
Our homeowner thought this little one was worth saving, so we did just that.
There was a lot of jicky jockeying around for this little pine tree as we set up for a removal in an already tight backyard in Urbandale, and we agreed it was worth our effort.
All the right tools make the difference between a job done and a job done well. Attitude, appreciate and respect for our homeowners as well as the urban forest are is priority with our TreeHugger Crew.
This little green machine made the removal of the damaged Mulberry tree quick and easy for everyone. No yard damage is something we take great pride in and is always a topic of conversation with our homeowners before we leave their property.
This backyard was as perfect of a balance of an urban forest as we have seen this summer. There was a great compliment as to what was planted by humans and what was planted by nature, all growing together in harmony just as it should be. This little slice of Iowa will weather many a storm well due to the diversity of the wooded area this homeowner call his backyard.
Communicationis crucial for our tree care crew and I have identified a few keywords that are effective and appreciated.
I am a good groundsman.
I am a woman in arboriculture.
It has been claimed previously that women speak about 20,000 words a day – some 13,000 more than the average man. A hard lesson to learn for this lady groundsman that loves to use a lot of words. There have been a thousand things to learn and being direct is for my safety and the rest of our crew as well.
Be specific. Clear is kind.
I have been in good hands with Denny and Sean and have learned all things necessary to be a part of this tree care company and feel a sense of great accomplishment and pride in the work we do. We are your people from start to finish when you call on us for your tree care, and we do our best to be the best at what we do.
I will keep you in the loop with all the new things that are coming our way as we learn to navigate the narrow road of a family-owned and operated company. And we will always be working on your behalf to serve the Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa, residential communities with the tree care services they deserve.