Getting Aquainted

We moved to Montana in 1984, and David soon hung out his shingle, letting it be known he was an experienced arborist in residential tree care.  Wanting to keep the company small, I joined him in the field as ground support.

As time passed, we developed a reputation for quality work at reasonable prices.  At some point in time, I realized David’s passion had become mine and decided to pursue certification through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) program for Certified Arborists.  Passing this test opened the dam to craving more knowledge regarding trees.  Taking on-line courses through Dakota College at Bottineau, North Dakota, I gained a diploma in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Management.  At the same time, I took and passed the test for the highest certification ISA offers:  Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA).  This gave me the distinction of becoming the first BCMA in Montana.

David and I share a thirst for ongoing education and knowledge on anything related to trees and soils.   I have been pleased to be invited to speak at numerous clubs on all aspects of tree care and health, guide tree walks, and have presented at the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) EXPO, our national arborist’s association annual conference, speaking on the importance of soil health in the residential setting.

Information on tree care is readily available on the Internet and in books.  But the sheer volume of information, often contradictory, can be confusing and frustrating to the home owner as well as to many arboricultural professionals.   It was the desire to help make sense of it all that was the driving force behind initiating this website and blog.

I look forward to sharing articles, new information, and answering questions in the time to come.

Sylvia McNeill, ISA-BCMA RM-7117B

© 2017 McNeill’s Tree Service

One Comment on “Getting Aquainted

  1. Good Morning Sylvia and David, you both came to our home at 438 S. 3rd Street last fall to guide us on trimming of our 6-old Daly Cottonwoods. We did not have a budget last fall to hire a competent tree trimming company. We subsequently found a service with a large enough bucket truck to give us a quote (Bug Off), unfortunately we were not home when Bug Off came to look at the tree’s, but eventually sent us a quote latter … is was more than we could budget for last fall or this spring. So we now found a “climber” (Taylor Bybee from Missoula) to come tomorrow (July 14, Saturday) to look and give us a quote.
    We thought that we would do a selective trimming this year of the most dangerous limbs with you and / or David to guide the service we will eventually hire/schedule in the next 2-weeks.
    The problem we see is scheduling you or David with the tree trimming company. How flexible is your schedule?
    Can you or David please call us at 619-540-4390 or 619-405-0919. Anytime of day from 6:00 AM until 9:00PM.
    Thank you in advance
    Mark & Katherine Leicht

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