Tree Care Services

(Image description: City Fruit's Tree Care Specialist, Julian, training a young fruit tree)
(Image description: five volunteers netting a tree, while two stand watch)
(Image description: Tree care specialist Julian in a tree, pruning)
(Image description: up close of a peach tree in the sunlight)
(Image description: City Fruit's tree care truck, parked in a neighborhood alley)

Got a fruit tree?  Need help?  We got you!  Let us help you learn to care for your tree, grow healthier fruit, and share it with your neighbors!  We offer a range of ways to learn including classesresource guides, and paid services that can help you make the best of your local fruit tree. Please fill out the request form below to share your tree care service needs.

Have you ever noticed damage to your apples and pears, or worse yet bitten into one to find a worm curled up inside? If so, codling moth, apple maggot fly, or a combination of all of these are probably damaging your fruit. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix that is chemical-free and affordable!

Since 2016, City Fruit has promoted the use of tree netting to prevent pest damage to community fruit trees. These nets are hoisted over the top of your tree and cinched around the trunk to prevent pests from getting to the fruit. Check out a video of how it’s done here! For best results, netting should be done between May and early June. You can reserve netting now while supplies last, by submitting the purchase order form below. 

Our Services

City Fruit offers fruit tree care visits at $99-119/hr (below market rate) with a one-hour minimum. This sliding scale varies based on the scope of the pruning work (e.g. size of the tree, type of fruit tree, amount of climbing and ladder work, etc.). Our specialists can provide you with an estimate for your particular tree, shrub, or vine. Tree health assessments are a flat rate of $109 with the option to include additional hourly pruning. This cost covers the time and expenses of our Fruit Tree Specialists — any additional funds go back to supporting our mission of harvesting and sharing quality fruit with the community.  Questions? Email Julian at julian@cityfruit.org!

Tree Health Assessment and Action Plan

We provide you with a thorough understanding of the health of one’s trees, as well as which local factors may be influencing the productivity of the tree through an on-site consultation.

Pruning

We prune and train your fruit tree in order to improve its health and productivity. 

Netting & Bagging

We will cover your tree to protect the fruit from apple maggot and codling moth using a tree net (referred to as “bee” or “hail” netting). 

Tree Planting

We can advise on site placement and plant both bare root and potted fruit trees/vines.

Mulching

If you provide the mulch, we can help you prepare the mulch ring and lay the mulch for you. Please be sure you have enough mulch to cover a 3-6 foot radius around your tree, as well as some cardboard or burlap sacks to suppress weed growth most effectively. For more information, go to https://www.cityfruit.org/blog/springtime-mulching.

*Services are limited to trees under 20 feet or so. Beyond this height, our specialists will have to make an assessment of whether the tree can be safely accessed and pruned with City Fruit’s equipment.

Fruit Tree Care Gift Card 

Give the gift of tree care to the fruit tree enthusiast in your life!  We offer gift cards starting at $100, which covers 1-hour of tree care services (tax included). Valid for 1-year from purchase date.

 

Please email info@cityfruit.org for more information! 

Meet Your Fruit Tree Specialist

Julian Garcia

Where are you from?

I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas, but I spent 4 years in upstate New York for college, and 3 years in Panamá during my Peace Corps service.

 

What’s your favorite fruit?

Gotta be figs! I enjoy them straight off the tree, dried, or in a jelly. The first time that I tried figs as a kid out at my grandparents’ house, I must have eaten 15 or 20 of them. My stomach wasn’t too happy then, but I still love them to this day.

 

What excites you most about joining City Fruit?

I am thrilled to be a part of a team that is doing everything that we can to better distribute healthy and often underutilized food to local communities. Our food system is such a complex network of resources, producers, and consumers, which makes distribution extremely challenging. I’m excited to help find effective solutions that will connect all people to the amazing fruit that grows all over Seattle.

 

What’s been your favorite part of the Tree Care Specialist job so far? 

I have been happy as can be that I’m able to work outside and be up in trees all day long. I also really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with tree owners during my visits. I have always been an avid learner, so when people are interested in learning about their fruit trees, it makes me love my job even more.

What Tree Care clients have to say!

"Julian was so knowledgeable and excellent at teaching his knowledge to us so that we can continue to properly care for our peach tree. I really appreciated his easy, friendly teaching style. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for guidance on caring for their fruit trees."
"Mr. Garcia had the perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness. We were amazed at how much work he got done in the amount of time that he was here. We are already scheduled in February for a winter prune."
"It's a pleasure to work with Julian and City Fruit. As a senior with some physical restrictions, I'm very happy that the work can be done by someone with skills at a reasonable price while also supporting an important community resource. Well done!"
"Julian did a great job explaining to me steps to take better care of my trees and was even kind enough to give me some hands on training about how to prune my trees and espalier. I've taken a tree pruning class but nothing ties it all together better than having a pro show you how to prune your own trees."