In The Business!
that big tree has GOT to go......or maybe you just want to
give those beautiful shade trees the trimming they've needed
for so long. Whatever the need, Prentice & Bush is your
answer! Believe me, choosing the right tree service can be
a real challenge for a homeowner. Searching ads and talking
to neighbors for recommendations, then calling various services
and arranging meetings to get bids on the job, can be frustrating.
By the time all the bids are in and the opinions and head
scratching are done, you can be so confused you entertain
thoughts of calling off the whole thing. This was certainly
the case with me. But you know, sometimes it might just be
the slightest little thing that gives you that gut feeling........these
are the right people for the job. That's just what happened
had a huge Gum tree and an equally sized Ash tree in our
front yard. We were so tired of those gum balls year after
year. My wife and I had discussed putting in a large flower
area in the front, problem was, that crummy Gum tree. So,
after some long consideration, we decided to have it removed.
No more gum balls........woohoo ! While we were at it, we
wanted the Ash tree trimmed.
the task of finding the right service, and for the right
price of course. To make a long story short, we got several
bids from various services, looked at their ads, etc. Finally,
the last service we came across was Prentice & Bush.
I went to their web site and, wow, impressive. They had
detailed descriptions of their services, along with pictures
of their equipment. So, I gave them a call and made an appointment
for a bid.
Jason Bush arrived, he was very friendly, and had that distinct
aura of professionalism about him. We went over what I wanted
and discussed details. Then, I waited for the shoe to drop.
Price? Let me say, it wasn't the shoe that dropped it was
my jaw. I thought he was kidding me. I was shocked to hear
the low, low price he bid . And the service he described
floored me. We agreed on having the Gum tree removed, the
stump and many roots ground, the Ash tree trimmed, and he
assured me the area would be cleaned up completely and all
the debris hauled away. I really had that gut feeling that
this was the guy.
On the morning of the removal, the first vehicle arrived
promptly on time as agreed. There's an old saying, you only
have one chance to make a first impression. And what an
impression it was. Here came two clean and polished trucks,
one with a Bob Cat mover on a trailer and the other pulling
a large grinder. Right behind came a large, again clean
and polished bucket truck followed by a large hauler truck.
The armada was really a sight to see.
outside and Jason Bush greeted me. His crew was very neat,
yet dressed for heavy work. He went over the details of
the operation to be sure I understood the work completely.
While we were talking, the crew got right to work, as opposed
to some crews who stand around waiting for the boss to tell
them what to do, The whole atmosphere was one of busy bees
and each confident in their job. I was so impressed, I went
and grabbed my camera. I had to get pics of all this, it
mounted the bucket truck, and started right in on the Gum
tree. Now like I said, this was no small tree. I couldn't
believe how fast it was coming down, and with extreme precision.
I have a yard light right behind the tree, and the limbs
fell all around, but never touched it. The crew went right
to work making piles for the claw to remove. You know, I've
had experiences where the crews don't get along, and the
animosity has been obvious. This crew, however, has its
stuff in one bag ! Watching them was like watching a well
rehearsed play. It was almost fluid. The camaraderie was
such that when Jason felled one particular large branch,
he cut it so it would fall just right and after a couple
of loop-d-loops, fell direct on target on the largest pile.
One crew member raised his hands signifying "touchdown."
I tell you it was really fun to watch.
pictures as the tree disappeared before my eyes. As the
crew removed the debris to the hauler, Jason took up the
task of trimming the Ash tree. Again this tree is large.
He did as much as he could from the bucket, the mounted
climbing spikes and with safety ropes and gear belt in place,
he cruised through the top of that tree like the skilled
monkeys you see in the movies. Never have I seen something
made to look easier.
came the grinder. Again it was all orchestrated. The Gum
stump and surrounding roots disappeared in minutes. All
the while the crew was busy picking up, raking, and shoveling
debris. Jason finished the primary grinding and now mounted
the Bob Cat. He went right at picking up bucket after bucket
of debris and dumping it on the removal truck. Shortly thereafter.
Jason piloted the Bob Cat to begin grading the entire area.
The crew raked, shoveled, axed smaller roots and smoothed
the area by hand. The Bob Cat done for now, Jason inspected
the area, and decided more root grinding was needed. "Damn
perfectionist !" Anyway, back came the grinder and
away went more roots. Again, the Bob Cat came in and debris
removed and the area smoothed both by machine and by hand.
I don't know which was faster, the felling and grinding,
or the complete clean-up.
time had passed quickly. It seemed like only minutes, the
work was that precise. As each piece of the heavy equipment
was returned to its trailer, and the shovels and rakes and
implements of destruction put away, I couldn't believe..........it's
over. I have to confess I was a bit saddened; it was so
much fun to watch.
came to the house with his paperwork case while the crew
finished up the clean-up. Outside, I inspected the work
and Jason inquired if it was to my satisfaction. Hell, what's
not to be satisfied with. The Gum tree and roots gone, the
yard smoothed, the trimming on the Ash tree outstanding
(leaving a nice shape to it), and the debris totally removed
and the area neat and tidy.
and I went inside and conducted our business. In a way,
I felt I was taking advantage of them considering the low
price and the outstanding quality of the work. Talk about
worth it ! By the time we finished our business, the crew
had everything ready to go. Jason and I shook hands and
like Santa Claus, in the blink of an eye, they were gone.
mean this when I say, in my opinion, they're the best in
the business. If you want quality tree service done, as
well as other yard services for a fair price, I cannot more
highly recommend Prentice & Bush. If you want to talk
to me personally about their service feel free to call me.
My name is Michael McCann and I live in Gladstone. My number
Prentice & Bush, THE Professionals in tree service.