How Arbor Joe Sprouted
Raised as a farm kid in Wisconsin, Joe Scharf has always been an outdoor kind of person, which eventually led him to the horticulture industry. After an early career in engineering, he shifted gears into teaching English abroad to satisfy his own travel bug when an opportunity arose with a nonprofit Christian organization. When that arrangement ended, he returned to the States and happened upon an ad in a local paper listing gardening and horticulture classes being held by the county. He took the time to immerse himself in this 4-5 week training, which led to a job with an established tree service company in Wisconsin that trained him and supported him in getting certified.
Although Joe loved that position, he wanted to move to Chicago where much of his social life was. He took his experience to one more tree service company before finally opening his own.
While he was grateful for the opportunity to contribute to other tree service companies, he found that his personal standards for tree care could flourish better with a company he owned and operated. Thus, in 2012 Arbor Joe Tree Care LLC was born.
Arbor Joe Tree Services
Arbor Joe is based in East Dundee and services central Fox Valley Illinois. When you call on Arbor Joe, you don’t get a crew you’ve never met before working on your trees; you get Joe. He’s there from start to finish to see the project through, ensuring that the job is done according to plan and with the health of the tree in mind.
Here are some common services you can receive from Arbor Joe:
In addition to assisting local residents, Arbor Joe also services golf courses, providing inventory and assessment as well as tree care and maintenance.
What truly makes Arbor Joe unique as a tree service provider, outside the personal attention you get from Joe being directly involved in the project, is the high quality standards and advocacy for the tree. Joe cares about the health and preservation of your trees, as well as the aesthetic of the tree structure. In other words, not only will Joe keep in mind the health of your trees, he’ll prune them with careful regard to ensure you don’t wind up with a pest problem or an overgrowth issue.
When Can Arbor Joe Care for Your Trees?
One myth Joe wants to dispel is that tree pruning can’t be done in the winter. It’s quite the opposite, in fact.
“Trees go dormant in winter but Arbor Joe does not.” – Joe Scharf
Winter is actually the ideal time for tree care because when the leaves have fallen, it is easier to see the structure of the tree and to prune without the added volume of the leaves.
How to Schedule Tree Services from Arbor Joe
“I like "do it yourself" clients who are smart and aware that they should NOT try to be a climbing arborist, and hire me to do the "vertical work" and more complicated tree projects, BUT they take care of all the debris once it is safely on the ground.” – Joe Schar
“I also like to do Neighborhood Tree Lift Rental Projects, helping neighbors band together to save time and money. Given the choice, I prefer to prune the tree rather than remove the tree, unlike some of the other businesses you may find. However, I will listen closely to your needs and give you appropriate choices to aid in making your final decision.” – Joe Scharf
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