Arborist Tree Services in Grand Rapids, MI
Dirk Bakhuyzen Jr., the owner of Procare Landscape Management Inc. and Soak, realized that the landscaping services in his area were lacking in a very important department: tree removal and tree care.
Proper tree care is above and beyond your normal landscaping service’s capabilities. As a landscaping business owner passionate about helping people, Dirk wanted to ensure that he was offering the best comprehensive landscape services available, so he started CHOP.
The Chop Difference
We take trees seriously, after all, they are the lungs of the planet. Just like you wouldn’t let anyone diagnose your health condition, not just anyone can take care of your trees.
Every person who works directly with trees at CHOP is a Certified Arborist. That means that our team has a deep knowledge of tree species, tree anatomy, behavior patterns, and health.
Our staff voluntarily takes part in the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification process because we care about properly maintaining the trees of our clients and providing the best tree service available in the state of Michigan. The ISA recognizes tree care professionals who possess a high level of knowledge and advanced training that is necessary to provide the best tree care possible.
Meet Our Team
With over 100 years of combined experience and working knowledge, our workers can provide the very best advice and service for your project.
Christy has been a Co-Office Manager at CHOP since 2000. Christy job shares with Joy, and the two of them represent CHOP every time they answer the phone. Christy has been with Procare long enough to really understand customer expectations. Christy is married to Mark and they have three children. Christy enjoys family time and weekends at her parents’ cottage.
Joy has been Co-Office Manager at CHOP since 2003 and a real asset to the company since she came on board. She understands the tree industry and job shares with Christy. Joy is married to Paul and they have four children. Joy enjoys camping, biking, and a good book.
Let’s work together
When you choose CHOP to take care of your trees, you can relax knowing that you will be working with professionals who are up-to-date regarding the latest in tree service developments. We are committed to the high-level professionalism and high-quality service you need to get the job done the right way, when you need it, and within your budget.
What our clients are saying
"CHOP offers great service for a truly wonderful price. The workers are very friendly and did a great job of removing the downed trees on my property."
- Becky C.
"CHOP Tree Service did an awesome job after a 36” diameter walnut tree blew over onto my house during a bad storm. Within less than four hours, they had the tree removed and everything completely cleaned up!"
- Mary M.
"We had a tree removed and a giant branch removed that was hanging over the garage. I can’t say enough good about this company. Doug came and gave us advice on what to remove, how to proceed and gave us an estimate. The crew arrived on time, was courteous, efficient, fast but cautious, and cleaned everything up. Highly recommend this company!"
- Peggy Dekker
"Chop is one of the only tree services that was responsive during the quote process. They showed up when they said they would to quote and to do the work. After having so many companies tell us they would come out and not show up, I was really appreciative of that!"
- Josephine Leader
"The guys did an awesome job trimming my trees and exceeded my expectations. They went over everything that I wanted done, cleaned up afterward, and now my trees look fantastic."
- Marilyn G.
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