By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: October 2010
ISA Certified Arborist Mark Harwick of S&W Tree Specialists has spent 27 years in the tree care industry.
S&W Tree Specialists is the offspring of a merger between two respected names in the tree care industry, Wright Service Corp. and S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists. In February of this year, the two companies formed a joint venture in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
Wright Service Corp. headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, and is a family of companies that operate in the tree care, utility vegetation management, landscape and software industries. Founded in 1983, its founding family company, Wright Tree Service, Inc., has been in continuous operation since 1933.
S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists was founded in 1976, is family-owned and operated, and offers a full range of tree and property maintenance services with an emphasis on top quality customer service. The company ensures that employees receive continuing education and training with a focus on safety. S&S maintains offices in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
With the merger completed and S&W Tree Specialists engaged in business throughout eastern and central Oklahoma, they offer a full range of tree and turf care services that focus on better health for trees, shrubs and turf. “With our highly trained staff, certified arborists, and state-of-the-art equipment, each customer is assured that they will get the best job possible in the industry,” says ISA Certified Arborist Mark Harwick.
Services provided by S&W Tree Specialists include tree pruning and removal, emergency storm services, insect and disease control, preventive treatments, construction damage prevention and lawn care. When talking with Mark, it’s obvious that he and the company take great pride in their knowledge about trees and related services, their workers and abilities, and the company’s continuing training program opportunities that emphasize acquiring knowledge and safety information relative to the industry.
As an ISA certified arborist, Mark Harwick has demonstrated a recognized standard of tree care knowledge. Professional certification is a voluntary process that recognizes an individual who has met specific qualifications. In addition, S&W is accredited with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). Since 1938, TCIA has conducted educational programs and created standards and best business practices to help tree care companies provide the highest levels of service. Companies must meet stringent criteria for professionalism, employee training, state and federal safety regulations, business ethics, and customer satisfaction.
Highly recommended tree care practices include a fall deep root bio-fertilizing process and pruning for safety, health and beautification. Deep root bio-fertilizing provides general healthcare and is always a good idea when roots have been compromised. It’s also recommended for large trees growing in small places. Pruning and crown cleaning will remove limbs that might have been previously damaged in wind or ice storms. Additionally, it has been proven that pruning helps trees better endure future storms.
S&W Tree Specialists provides personalized and reliable service. Plus, new procedures or treatments can often save you money in the long run. The S&W staff has been trained and certified for their safety and your protection. Their International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists is supported by five foresters, one certified sports turf manager, and one board certified master arborist, all ready whenever you call upon them. It is also noteworthy to mention that S&W Tree Specialists is the preferred tree care provider for Philbrook Museum in Tulsa.
If you have need of any of their services, please call or visit the S&W Tree Specialists website, www.swtree.com. They’re ready to meet with you to provide recommendations and a free estimate.
Duane Blankenship has spent his professional career in advertising and enjoyed nearly 30 years of employment with Cities Service Oil Company, Lowrance Electronics, and Zebco. He has been self-employed for nearly 20 years, producing advertising projects for clients in northeastern Oklahoma and from Washington State to Florida. His hobbies over the years have included multiple sports, hunting and fishing, boating, bicycling, horses and creating fine art pencil drawings. Duane has written nearly 800 business-related stories for Value News since 2005. He has an outgoing personality, enjoys meeting people and making new friends. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married 48 years. Both claim to be semi-retired, but enjoy remaining "plugged in" to their respective professions. They are both active in their community and church.