Urban Forestry Professionals
Since 1999
call 630 762-2400

Our MISSION is to maximize the benefits of trees to the community.

Who we are & What we do

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.

Our CORE values

  • Growth through constant learning and knowledge sharing
  • Respect our clients and each other
  • Always work hard
  • Function efficiently, honestly, and professionally

Our VISION

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.

Staff Certifications


• ISA Municipal Specialist (2)
• ISA Certified Arborist (8)
• ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (1)
• ESRI Certified GIS User (1)
• ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (1)
• TRAQ Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (5)
• Certified Wetland Scientist (1)
• IDA Certified Pesticide Applicator (6)

Staff College-Level Degrees


• Environmental Science
• Forest Resource Management
• Geography
• Biology
• Hydrology
• Mathematics
• Earth Science

Professional Affiliations


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)

Phil Graf

Owner, Company Founder, Urban Forester


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.

Chris Scott

Tree Crew Division Manager


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.

Zac King

Plant Health Care Division Manger


Zac is one of the most well-rounded arborists in the Chicago area, and can work efficiently in all three divisions of our company.

Steve Lane

Natural Resource Management & GIS Division Manager


Steve has transformed Graf Tree Care by using GIS to help us manage all three divisions. He is our innovator, the “idea man”. He is an accomplished public speaker, having spoken on global stage at the International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference, and the ESRI User’s Conference. Steve also teaches advanced training courses for the Illinois Arborist Association.

News & Innovations

Stay up-to-date on Graf Tree Care news and innovations in the tree care and forestry consulting.



Self-Guided Tree Tours

January 2018


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.


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