Arborist (and Other) Referrals

A tree in front of a house

Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus microcarpa) planted by FUF in Hayes Valley in 1981.

We recommend the following professionals based on our observations, personal knowledge and client feedback. We make no claims about their rates, current certification, licensing and insurance. We advise you to get several estimates before selecting a professional for your job.

Please let our staff know about your experience with any of these professionals. Your feedback will help us keep this list up-to-date.

Tree Care

  • ArborMD, 415-250-2012
    A licensed bonded and insured SF based tree care company that provides free estimates and provides arborist reports & consults, tree preservation plans, technical tree removals, expert tree pruning, root pruning, tree plantings, and stump grinding. Certified Arborist, Certified TreeWorker with ISA.
  • Bartlett Tree Experts, 415-206-0790
    A national company offering scientific tree care, any size tree, including pruning, planting, removal, root pruning and consultations.
  • Christopher Campbell Tree Design, 415-239-6100
    Services include structural pruning, tree shaping, crown reduction, young tree training, view pruning, risk & hazard reduction, as well as root pruning, stump grinding, planting, and removal if necessary. As a Certified Arborist and ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, Christopher Campbell Tree Design also provides Arborist Reports, Tree Protection Plans and Consultations.
  • City Trees, Alex Thomas, Certified Arborist, 415-626-8535
    City Trees offers tree pruning for health, beauty, and safety. City Trees specializes in tree planting, restoration, and removal in Alameda, Marin, and San Francisco counties.
  • Davey Tree Experts, Nick Crawford, Board Certified Master Arborist, 415-468-9180 x8816
    San Francisco. A national company able to care for and manage any size tree including pruning, planting, removal, root pruning and consultations.
  • Mr. Prune Tree Service, Christopher Ingram, 415-786-5725
    ISA Certified arborist, specializing in aesthetic pruning and all phases of tree care, including planting and structural training of young trees, fruit tree pruning and rehabilitation of abused or neglected trees. Special interest in pruning of Japanese maples and black pines. Consultation services as well.
  • Prune Buggy, Allegra Mautner, Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, 415-404-9360
    Services include tree care education for gardeners, consultation and advice for all-sized trees, and pruning for small trees and shrubs to address fruit, structure, health, and views. Allegra travels by bicycle to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and uses environmentally-conscious management tools to reduce the effects of biocides on our environment.
  • Tree Shapers, Ted Kipping, 415-239-2420
    Pruning all size trees, planting, removal, consultations
  • Trees Company, Christopher Altman, 415-786-0464
    ISA Certified and BA in Visual Art from Bowdoin College. Any size trees. Fine pruning to create layers, increase light and enhance views. Skilled at natural flow pruning, restoration, and shaping. Also available for planting, removals, and landscaping. Reduced rates for fixed-income households and community groups.

Garden Services

A blossoming tree

Magnolia soulangiana in bloom in the Castro.

  • Biosafe Yard and Garden Service, Vernon Pineau, 415-831-1699
    Organic and sustainable gardening, believes in wasting nothing.
  • City College Horticulture Department, 415-239-3236 (Leave message in the general voice message box.)
    You can hire a horticulture student for small garden jobs.
  • Dirty Hoe Landscaping, 415-282-1058
    Fully licensed landscape contractors, pesticide applicators and certified arborist specializing in sustainable small scale garden design, installation and maintenance.
  • Earthly Delights, Michael Hemes,
    Provides environmentally sustainable garden design, installation, maintenance and Japanese-influenced aesthetic pruning services for residences and commercial projects.
  • Mandeville Garden Company, 415-626-6243
    Bay friendly landscape design and build. Also, organic and poison free garden maintenance, with pleasant skilled crew.
  • Organic Mechanics, 415-567-6367
    “All landscapes are undertaken with sustainability in mind, and we find creative ways to use recycled materials.” Integrated pest management, organic methods, and utmost care in maintenance.

Sidewalk Repairs and CuttingA blossoming tree

Tree Stump Removal and Grinding

When planting a new tree in the same spot, the stump of the previous tree must be ground to a full 2 feet below the surface.


  • Ellyn Shea, Garden Guidance, 415-846-0190
    Consulting arborist and horticulturalist: arborist reports, tree protection plans, tree risk assessment. Garden consulting and education: sick plant diagnosis, pruning tutorials, garden coaching. Professional training: Certified Arborist exam prep and beyond.
  • Josiah Clark, Habitat Potential, 415-317-3978
    Josiah Clark is a Consulting Ecologist whose work is grounded in careful observation, case studies, reference sites, local knowledge and a passion for maximizing biological productivity. He’s an expert on the urban-wildlife interface. He also leads international birding tours, teaches urban youth in environmental stewardship, and writes on environmental issues.

Legal Services

  • Barri Kaplan Bonapart, Bonapart & Associates, Sausalito, CA 415-332-3313
    Ms. Bonapart is one of the Bay Area’s most knowledgeable practitioners in the area of tree and neighbor law. Specializing in both law and mediation, Ms. Bonapart works on complex commercial litigation, tree and neighbor law. Her clientele includes local businesses, tree care companies, professionals, and property owners.
  • Dennis Yniguez, Tree Decisions, Berkeley, 510-649-9291
    Dennis Yniguez is a Registered Consulting Arborist/Attorney and maintains an arboricultural consulting firm named Tree Decisions in Berkeley, California. In addition, Dennis has served on the faculty of the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Academy for the past eleven years.