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"Dear Neal.

It was a pleasure to met with you this evening. I really appreciated your suggestions, point of view, and helpful advice. Your recommendation was that the cedar trees in front of my house did not require any thinning at this time and were healthy. Whether I "own" this trees or the City of Seattle is an interesting question.

I already spoke to a friend of mine (he owns a house in Wedgewood with a large cedar tree). When I told him how impressed I was at your knowledge and how you did not suggest any services at this time -- his reply was I hope you got his business card!

Though I am a "novice" in dealing with personal hiring of business services, I have learned a lot in the nearly three decades of working in an office and hiring/interviewing companies for their services. THE most important detail is how I relate to the individual who I am talking to - how do they come across to me? How knowledgable are they? How willing to answer my (numerous) questions? And significantly -- do I feel they have my best interest at heart?

Neal, you met all my criteria. Thank you!"

Pat Azeltine


Shirley Lake, long time Mercer Island Realtor with Coldwell Banker

“Thank you so much for the great job you did with my backyard in Issaquah Highlands.; I really appreciated the time you took to prune my trees with great attention to the future growth of them. I also appreciated that you came back to make sure that I was satisfied with the job and further explained why you had pruned the trees the way you did.I will continue to refer you to my family and friends,”

Phyllis Pieri, Sammamish Plateau, WA

“They were informative and showed up on time to perform their services. I returned home from work and the only way I knew they had been there was to see the trimmed trees that they had done. The yard was clean from any trimmings they had done. I will be using them next year for my tree trimmings.”

Sheila O, Juanita, WA

"Neal came out to my home, which is no small trip by the way and looked at our property. He was prompt, friendly, and very knowledgeable. My husband and I felt as if we had received quality information, a kind smile, and the expectation of great service was met. If you want to buy a present for your trees, buy them Neal!"

Susie, Lake Stevens, WA

“My family was quite pleased with your consulting work as performed at the family property this summer, (2006). My family has owned a wooded piece of property in a temperate Western Washington rain forest for 50 years, and we have always wondered what was wrong with the large Hemlocks growing on the property. Neal surveyed the entire property, and demonstrated a superior level of knowledge about the various trees and other foliage growing there. We were very pleased with Mr Baker's professionalism and superior knowledge, and would highly recommend his services as a certified arborist.”

James M Renner, Mt Vernon/Bellevue, WA

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