Steve Despain, the owner of Earthwise Landscape & Pest Control Services has been in the structural pest control business in Atascadero, CA for 25 years. In recent years, he hired his son and decided to specialize in treating trees. “I always had a love for trees and pursued some forestry training back in college in the 70s. I live in a Tree City USA, so there is the market, the need, and this love that I have. Now that I am in my sixties, I’m trying to slow down a bit and hand more over to my son. When I am completely out of the pest control business I will continue to offer tree services as a modified retirement.
Honesty & Integrity
“Since the initial purchase of equipment and basic training, my Arborjet representative, Dawn, has mentored me in different areas. I trust her implicitly. The honesty, integrity, training and the availability of the Arborjet staff for questions and feedback has been fantastic. All of our marketing has been word of mouth. One job turns into several referrals and that is a gradual growth that I am comfortable with. Business is taking care of itself.
“The biggest issue I have is that by the time I get the calls the trees are usually sick, dead, or dying, and the prognosis is often marginal at best. We can try to save it and that might add a few years to its life. It’s like anything else…people don’t go to the doctor until they get sick and it’s the same with the trees. By the time they call, the tree is already showing signs of infestation and browning throughout the canopy. Very few people use a prophylactic measures to prevent infestation. My clients trust my judgment and see how the trees rebound. In the most cases once you treat, it takes a season to see the result. I simply give my clients the facts and tell them the options so they can make their decisions.
“Last week, I was catching up with a client who had entrusted me with a huge sycamore that had anthracnose. Three years ago the leaves were gnarled and full of yellow spots, and the canopy was sparsely populated with leaves. The branches that were barest were extremely unhealthy. He was nearly ready to have the tree cut down, but after treatment with PHOSPHO-jet and TREE-äge® to get rid of other insects, the tree looks spectacular. He loves his sycamore and now finds himself often admiring it and appreciating its beauty. It’s very rewarding to receive this type of feedback.”
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