WHO WE ARE
At Heartwood West we love trees. Trees are an important part of the biggest investment most of us will ever make, our homes.
Trees offer us cooling shade, wind breaks, sound buffers, and wildlife habitat in our urban evironment.
In nature, trees “self prune” when wind, frozen precipitation, or other outside influences occur. However, in the urban forest it is necessary to manage trees. This typically involves either removing select parts of a tree to achieve a specific objective, or sometimes removing the entire tree.
It is our distinct privilege to have cared for the trees of Durango and the surrounding area since 1992. In this time we have witnessed some of your children grow from toddlers to into medical students. We have seen beloved family pets come and go. And some of our favorite people have passed on.
It brings a warm feeling of accomplishment to be invited back to the same properties year after year. Some of our client relationships span the entirety of our existence as a business. Many client relationships have evolved into true friendships
“On a hot summers day, don’t forget to enjoy the shade of a favorite tree”
– Donald F. Blair – Noted Arborist and Author
Here at Heartwood West Tree Care we care about the environment. We take all the necessary steps to reduce our carbon foot print and environmental impact:
- We run low emissions gas and diesel engines to reduce emissions.
- We only idle truck and equipment only when it is absolutely necessary!
- When applicable, battery powered tools are used.
- We encourage tree replacements after removing trees.
- Heartwood West cares about your neighbors. We take in consideration neighbor concerns like dust, noise, parking, property, boundaries and any other good neighbor concerns.
- Lastly, we encourage cultural changes to minimize insect infestations. At Heartwood West we know spray is a quick fix and long term solutions require cultural changes. Insect infestation minimization is done continually and does not indiscriminately kill beneficial insects.
Our aerial lift LRV60-E70 is custom built to our specifications. It’s 71.5 foot reach making it the tallest lift of any tree service in the four corners. With a 48.5 foot side reach this unit comes in handy pruning all sizes of trees in addition to the really tall ones. The enclosed bed on the truck can carry over 14 yards of chipped material. Four wheel drive enables access to difficult locations.
Tree climbing equipment has advanced more in the last ten years than in the previous fifty years! Here at Heartwood West, we are constantly studying new techniques and attend regional and national clinics to keep our skills “cutting edge”!
- Our chipper is a Vermeer BC 1500. It is capable of chipping material up to 19” in diameter. We can chip entire trees at once with the rear mounted winch.
- Our track mounted mini loader can fit through a 36” wide gate and lift logs and tree limbs for fast efficient cleanup. The mini loader exerts less pressure per sq ft than a person walking.
- Our small size crane fits into tight spaces for lifting huge logs.
Aerial Lifts vs Climbing:
Both aerial lifts and conventional climbing are vital components in accessing trees. We do both equally well.
Owner, Tom Eskew, has an arborcultural career spanning 3 decades. After a 3 year apprenticeship at a family owned landscape company, he became a core member of Heartwood Tree service in Charlotte, NC. Working a summer internship with a forestry crew introduced Tom to the mountains of Colorado. Fire and beetle management was carried out throughout Colorado.
In January of 1992, Tom became a licensed tree trimmer in the City of Durango and started Heartwood West Tree Service. In 1996, Tom became an ISA certified arborist, and in 2016 he earned his Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. With a focus on pruning and removal we have the most experienced staff in the 4 corners.
Tom is a 5 time competitor in the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Tree Climbing Championship.