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Our Master Arborist


Meet Bob Rearick, our Master Arborist. Since 2015 Bob has been a loyal and dedicated team member. His dedication is apparent in every new hire we have. Congratulations, Bob, on your third year anniversary. We look forward to many more years working with you!

Bob is the team member who created the beautiful children’s chairs from the trees we removed, and shared with you here on the blog earlier.

Trees R Us

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OK, we admit, we are tooting our own horn here, but we can’t help it! We want you to know that On Budget Tree Service is more than just saws and equipment. Our team makes up the heart of our business.

Bob is a great example of this, after cutting down a large looming oak tree leaning dangerously close to one of our customer’s homes, Bob grabbed his chain saw and fashioned these three children’s chairs for our customer’s 3 boys. Aren’t they great! Bob has a real talent in crafting beautiful pieces from wood, here are two more examples of the kind of beauty he can create.

Another way that On Budget Tree Service is unique, we leave your yard more beautiful than we found it. No ruts from heavy bucket trucks, no strewn branches all over the place. We love a tidy safe yard, and that’s what we deliver.

Palm trees overgrown and looking ugly? We sculpt them to sheer elegance. Branches hanging down in odd places? We make your trees majestic again!

Call Tree-sa today, 352-322-6305, for a free walk through of your yard, she can point out potential dangerous situations, and save you money, and make your yard beautiful and safe from falling branches and potential windblown trees.

Seasons Greetings?

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Tis The Season in Ocala!  No, not Christmas season but Storm Season.

All of us who live in the Ocala area get a little nervous this time of year because the storm and hurricane season has arrived once again to wreck havoc on our little piece of paradise.
So many beautiful trees were damaged one year ago in Oak Run, Palm Cay, Spruce Creek and our unparalleled historical district, which will all be in danger once again this season. So often we have clients ask for meaningful, effective advice on what they could have done to prevent the horrific damage to their trees, house, cars and other valuable property.
We have given this question considerable attention in the past but most people don’t think anything will happen to them. They are usually correct but when the dice roles against them and their number is up it causes big trouble. That is when the frantic calls flood in asking for immediate help.
Of course, we want to help everyone but usually we must triage the situation and help move the trees off houses, cars, streets and away from buildings first. That said, there is considerable damage left over that we can correct later.

Unfortunately, this is also the time when another plague rushes in to take full advantage of people who didn’t take precautions to minimize the potential damage to their trees & property. When a storm crushes a home or badly damages a neighbor’s property (or worse) the out of town “storm chasers” come rushing in to pick the pockets of our citizens in their hour of need. We have seen this happen after every storm.

How can you greatly reduce the chances of a storm knocking down your trees, damaging your property and that of your neighbor?  Great news! It’s much easier than you think!
Talk to your neighbors about several home owners contracting with a trusted tree professional here in Ocala and forming a collective buying club. There are many benefits for each member of the club but mostly each member will have confidence when a stormhits that everything they could have done has been done.
Each member will save considerable cash because your contractor knows where his crew will be working for several days, what they will need to accomplish the work and the crew can go from one house to the next without mobilizing for each and everyday. This is a very efficient way to greatly reduce serious issues for the home owner and save considerable money for the contractor who then passes the savings on to the members.

Of course, there is no formal “membership” or “club” . You can simply call it Neighborhood 2 beautification club if you want. Someone should be the negotiator but no one can obligate anyone else. Each home owner would speak with the contractor and agree on the work to be performed and the cost. If a healthy tree is trimmed properly before the arrival of a storm the chances of that tree surviving the storm are greatly improved. If the trimmed trees fail during the storm it would have failed for sure if it had not been trimmed.

Protect yourself from unscrupulous Storm Chasers, reduce your tree  management costs, sleep well at night, benefit from improving your neighborhood, get a good working relationship with your tree professional and save money too!

Your questions and comments are always welcome.

Thanks for your time,
Tree-sa Wheeler  352-322-6305
On Budget Tree Service

Selection and Planting New Trees

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Spring is a great time of year to plant a tree! If you are thinking of planting a new tree there are many important factors to consider before you buy and plant a tree.

First, how much area do you have for the tree to grow? Many people see a beautiful live oak draped in Spanish Moss, sprawling in a green pasture and think “Oh, I want one of those!” But if they stop and consider the area the tree requires they might think twice. Any of the large species of trees require a great deal of room. When you plant a tree you need to consider what size the tree will be when mature and allow plenty of space away from buildings, driveways, sidewalks, roads, overhead utility lines, underground irrigation, septic systems and water wells. The tree grows as much (or more) underground as it does above ground so give it plenty of room to grow into a healthy specimen.

Second, the tree will need plenty of water as it establishes itself in your yard. Be sure you can provide the water it needs without too much inconvenience or you may tire of the aggravation and not give it the attention it requires.

Third, consider your climate and what trees are suited for your area. Read up on tree specimens that are disease resistant, drought (or wet if that is the case) tolerant, and pest resistant. These factors will play a role as the tree grows and if you chose the right species – it will thrive. Also, what type of soil do you have and is it a good fit for your choice of tree? Does the soil drain or will it be frequently wet?

Other factors include tree spacing if you are planting multiple trees. Make sure there is ample space between the trees to allow for their full mature spread. Is the soil compacted? If so you may have insufficient water to oxygen ratio for proper root development. If you plant for shade, does the tree lose its leaves in winter? And are you prepared to accept the fact that shade trees have leaves and leaves can be messy?

As you can see, there are many things to consider before selecting and planting a tree. Arborists can provide consultation for a fee. Nurseries may have suggestions for successful local choices. But you can also help yourself with some investigation and study into the topic and you will learn a lot of information that will benefit you and your tree far into the future.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog! Your questions and comments are always welcome.

Tree-sa Wheeler (352) 322-6305

On Budget Tree Service

March 2016 Neighbors Magazine

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Many of our customers enjoyed seeing the article featuring On Budget Tree Service in the several Ocala Neighbors magazines published by Best Version Media. These include SE Neighbors, SW Neighbors, Downtown Neighbors, Life at the Creek (Stone Creek) and Neighbors (On Top of the World). If you didn’t see the article and would like to read a little background on our company, I have pasted the 2 pages below. Enjoy!

Tree-sa Wheeler (352) 322-6305

On Budget Tree Service LLC

Download page 1 of the article here

Download page 2 of the article here

It is Storm Season – Again!

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Yes – It is Storm season….again!

Every year at this time, we are swamped with calls asking for help to remove trees that have come down on houses and cars, blocking drives and walkways, causing downed power lines and mass confusion.
Several of our customers have taken our advice to take preemptive action by scheduling their trees to be trimmed appropriately for the storms that are sure to come. Making this very simple phone call action before its raining with high winds and lots of drama saves money, valuable time and greatly reduces very real danger to your life and property.
This year we have experienced about a 20% increase in calls to  provide preemptive trimming or removal of all sizes and types of trees in preparation of the coming storms.
One entire neighborhood has requested a quote for us to trim and remove trees from 14 different properties.  This number represents about half of the homes in the community.
The management of the development has requested we meet with their safety and grounds director to view each of these properties together with our estimating staff to move the process forward efficiently.
This is the very best way to reduce cost to everyone and pass that savings on to our customers. There is the added benefit of having management alerted in advance and granting approval for the work in a timely manner.
The price quote is free. There is no obligation and you have plenty of time to make a decision without the pressure of high winds and rain.
Please call Tree-sa (352) 322-6305
On Budget Tree Service

Guide to protect your property & Save you MONEY

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Guide to protect your property & Save you MONEY

One of the most asked questions we get from customers relates to the ” high cost of tree care”.

Very few customers consider how much is involved in removing or trimming trees, so let’s take a moment to analyze the costs and if they are reasonable costs given the work & risk involved.any real tree removal company has at a minimum a special chip truck. Cost from $20,000 to $50,000.

Generally that same truck pulls a large chipper to the job site. As a general rule the chipper will cost between$35,000 and $100,000.

Most professional tree companies have a small to medium man lift so spiking your trees is not necessary which will benefit the tree greatly if it only being trimmed and not removed. Cost of the man lift is likely to cost from $22,000 to $90,000.

The lift, if is towable, will require a small truck or SUV to move it around your job site. Most likely we are expecting the cost to be between $25,000 and $40,000.

Most often there is the problem of loading the big wood into a dump truck or dump trailer. A dump trailer is more economical that a truck. The cost for a heavy duty dump trailer is about $9,000 to $30,000.

Most tree contractors I know, myself included, have between 15 and 20 Stihl chain saws, gas cans, big fuel tanks, safety gear, blowers, ropes and other small tools that total to about $10,000 to $25,000.

Advertising, promotions, phone service some office space some where and insurance, costs at least $2,000 per month and more likely $4,500 per month.
Now to the BIG expense! Labor! In general, in Marion county Florida, real true experienced Arborists cost the tree company about $15 to $30.00 per hour…plus 38% for taxes.

Most crews in this part of Florida are three man crews. Each load of cut or trimmed trees must be disposed of at a cost of $375 to $800.

A tree company, right here in BRICK CITY, can easily have $250,000 of equipment working in your yard and paying out $600 per day in just labor. Now if you consider all the other costs to the tree company involved in your $400 Palm tree trim its a pretty good deal.

Perhaps now that reality is a little clearer you, as a home owner, will understand why it is so important that you are prepared for a minimum trip charge.


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Tips to save money on tree services

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Tree work always has an element of physical risk to people and property, as well as financial danger.

Many of the reasons we love to have trees in our yards are also the reasons we are forced to take proper care of them. The bigger the trees, the more shade they provide for us to enjoy. If trees become diseased or too old to withstand the next hurricane force wind, they can become killers in our own yard. So what can we do to protect our home and our lives? Retain the services of a professional, highly respected, well equipped and properly insured tree service.

Question: How can a home owner acquire an acceptable quote from a tree company that knows all the tricks of the trade?

Answer: Do it the same way the professional property managers do. It is quick, simple and efficient for all parties. First, decide on how many bids you want. Usually two-three bids are plenty but some tree contractors won’t participate because they no longer have the advantage over you.

Send an email or call each of the companies you would like to have perform the work. Schedule a “Bid date and time to see what your job entails.” Make this date and time convenient for you. Ask them to be at your address, on a date at least 3 days away, and at a particular time for a walk through. Do not accepted bids from those who do not arrive at a reasonable time. This eliminates contractors straggling up to your door whenever it is convenient for them. Remember, you want to be the one holding all the cards.

On the day and time scheduled, walk the contractors around the property and show them what you want done. A word of caution here: Never make the mistake of telling the contractors how to do the work. It’s a waste of your time and an insult to real professionals.

If you have special instructions or cautions, for example; sprinkler systems, septic tank or septic field, an extremely valuable plant, crabby neighbors or the like, you would be wise to write it down so you don’t forget to mention these things to each contractor. The last thing you want is a very costly change order, or uninformed contractor.

If you live in a gated community and approval is required to perform tree removal or trimming, try to get the approval before the scheduled appointments with contractors. It takes time to receive the approval, or perhaps you receive a denial, and you don’t want to waste your time or the contractors’  time. If you don’t have approval in advance ask if the contractor can apply for it on your behalf.

Get your quote in writing for the services you are requesting to protect you and the contractor. The specific scope of work should be outlined, hazards mentioned, and costs clearly established. Without a clear scope of work you don’t know if you’re comparing apples and apples – or the same number of limbs from bid to bid. You can get a sparse trim or a thorough trim, but if the scope isn’t specific you may not get the trim you want.

If you receive a quote for an amount that is within your budget and you feel comfortable with a particular contractor, you can award the contract at any stage…you hold the cards!

Often the lowest price quote is the most tempting, but most often it is not going to make you happy (picture 6 tattooed men jumping out of a pick-up truck, yelling and cursing). Would you want to fly in an airplane that was built by the lowest bidder? Remember, you are holding all the cards! Reputable service providers offer a fair price but not always the lowest as they have overhead and business expenses to cover.

If you are not experienced in judging or assessing the health of trees and you want an expert consultant to help you write the job description before your chosen contractors are contacted, those services are generally available at a very reasonable price. Usually, in a community the size of Marion County, Florida you can contract the service for $125 to $300 depending on the size of the job. This valuable service requires a great deal of formal training and experience and is well worth the small price to protect yourself. It could easily save you a great deal of aggravation and money. So consider this a strong well-advised suggestion.

As always, we are here to help residents of Marion County, Florida with their tree questions and needs. If you have questions feel free to contact me at

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed these tips.

Tree-sa Wheeler

Ask for Advice, Then Take It

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A wise man says, “You asked my advice and I gave it freely. What you chose to do with it is your choice. Do not blame me when your own ignorance turns out badly.” Sometimes our tree assessments are ignored, or are put off until a more convenient time. In the meantime, limbs or whole trees have gone over, causing much more in property damage costs than the original estimate was for the Preventative measures.

“The storm is headed our way! Can you do my service NOW?” Please do not assume you can get tree service done the same day you call. Most tree services need a minimum of a week or two to schedule a job. So plan ahead and save yourself worry and stress. Emergencies are dealt with as quickly as possible but are generally more costly than scheduled work.

Do not delay your inevitable tree work until it is too late to save your property or your life. We will work with our customers to stay within a budget and may be able to accept partial payments over a few months. Your Safety truly is our #1 concern.

“Trees-a” Wheeler

Storm Season Tips for Homeowners


April started the 2015 storm season off with a bang of a tornado affecting several Ocala neighborhoods. Oak Run was hard hit, as was Palm Cay and several homes along the 103rd St. Neighborhoods. We worked 7 days a week for 3 weeks to help homeowners get branches off roof tops and garages, clear driveways and sidewalks and access to their front doors! It was a feverish pace to keep up, but we were so happy to be able to help so many neighbors after this surprise event.

We worked 4 days at Pacifica Senior Living Center where several huge oaks had been completely uprooted and tumbled like dominos. Other old trees cracked in half and littered the hillside. Many broken and twisted limbs hung dangerously over the outside benches. The entire courtyard area was closed until we remedied the last of the storm damage and returned it back to a safe condition. I am sure the residents were glad to get back outside!

Once the majority of the storm damage was cleaned up we started urging our customers with larger tres to be mindful of the density of their tree canopies. It is so important to thin the canopy every several years to allow air to flow through rather than blow over these treasures we are entrusted to maintain. We are working diligently to help everyone who calls to take care to thin their trees. We also asses whether the canopy should be raised and if any power lines are in danger.

Before a storm hits is the best time for these assessments and processes to be completed. Please call for your free estimate and assessment of your tree’s health. (352) 322-6305 ~ Teresa