Graf Tree Care, Inc. is a tree care/urban forestry consulting firm founded in 1999 in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. Our company has 16 employees, eight of which are ISA Certified Arborists, two ISA Municipal Specialists, and one Board Certified Master Arborist.
We have three divisions: Tree Pruning/Removal | Plant Health Care | Natural Resources Management & GIS
Our Tree Pruning/Removal and Plant Health Care divisions are headquartered out of Batavia, Illinois and service DuPage and Kane Counties. Our clients are made up of condominium and homeowners associations, park districts, and larger residential sites. We are not a low budget tree removal company, however we pride ourselves in professional services delivered by experienced and skilled arborists.
Our Natural Resources Management & GIS Division services the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin). We perform professional urban forestry consulting services, such as municipal street tree and park tree inventories, due diligence tree surveys, tree risk assessment, urban forestry management plans, and tree planting plans.
At Graf Tree Care, we have a passion for trees that drives us to be recognized as the premier Tree Care and Forestry Consulting firm in the Midwest region. We are committed to helping our team reach their fullest potential through a culture of opportunity, upward mobility, and mentor-ship, so that they may help us fulfill our Mission.
Graf Tree Care, Inc. was founded in 1999 by arborist Phil Graf. From humble beginnings as a two man tree trimming operation, Phil quickly began to expand the client base by adhering to his core values: a relentless work ethic and friendly attitude. By late 2003, we began seeing our client’s needs for plant health care and began expanding into this sector. In the spring of 2004, the first Graf spray rig rolled out of the shop, and we had officially started the plant health care division of the company. Over the next few years, we became experts in tree diagnostics, root feeding, and disease and pest control.Learn more about our history
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) – Chapters: Illinois Arborist Association (IAA), Indiana Arborist Association (IAA), Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM) | Midwest Institute of Park Executives (MIPE) | Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) | Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) | American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) | Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) | Illinois Assoc. of Environmental Professionals (IAEP)
Having worked in both the private and municipal sector of the tree care industry, Phil has created a multi-disciplinary approach to urban forestry. Aside from running the company, Phil enjoys educating people about trees, and also speaks to municipalities and park districts on creating a positive environment in the workplace.
Years with Graf Tree Care: 21
Years in the tree care industry: 27
Education: College of St. Francis (1995) Mathematics
ISA Certified Arborist (1999). Lic #IL 1553-AM
ISA Certified Municipal Specialist (2013)
Qualifications and Recognition:
ISA TRAQ Qualified (2015)
Midwest Institute of Park Executives
Associate Member of the Year (2012 & 2019)
Chris is a well known and respected industry professional that has been working with trees since 1990. He is a skilled tree climber with a reputation for having a tireless work ethic.
Years with Graf Tree Care: 13
Years in the tree care industry: 30
ISA Certified Arborist (1999). Lic #IL 1321-A
Zac is one of the most well-rounded arborists in the Chicago area, and can work efficiently in all three divisions of our company
Years with Graf Tree Care: 7
Years in the tree care industry: 15
Education: Northern Illinois University (2003) Biology
ISA Certified Arborist (2005). Lic #IL 4615-BCMA
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (2016)
Qualifications and Recognition:
ISA TRAQ Qualified (2017)
Zach is one of our Tree Crew Leaders for our tree pruning and removal division. He is learning about trees every day on the job, and is working on his climbing and pruning skills. Growing up, Zach played hockey and he was also on the Lacrosse team at West Chicago High School. Zach, known by his crew members as “The Nighthawk” has an awesome attitude and work ethic.
Years with Graf Tree Care: 2
Years in the tree care industry: 2
Justin is the newest member of our team, joining us in January 2020. Justin has been in the green industry for over 20 years, working in the private industry as a landscape architect. Although he has a great knowledge of trees, he will be learning more as this season progresses.
Years with Graf Tree Care: 1
Years in the tree care industry: 1
Education: Kishwaukee Junior College (1997) Horticulture
Mark takes care of financial matters such as payroll, accounts payable accounts receivable, and tax compliance
Years with Graf Tree Care: 12
Years in the tree care industry: 12
Education: University of Wisconsin- Whitewater (2004), Business Finance
Roosevelt University (2010) Masters Degree in Accounting
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Let your residents interact with and learn from your tree inventory with Graf Tree Care new self-guided tree tours. We can create custom interpretive signs for your parks or street trees that link directly to an interactive map.Read more
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