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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


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.

The Graf Tree Care History

Graf Tree Care, Inc. was founded in 1999 by arborist Phil Graf. From humble beginnings as a two man tree trimming operation, Phil quickly began to expand the client base by adhering to his core values: a relentless work ethic and friendly attitude. By late 2003, we began seeing our client’s needs for plant health care and began expanding into this sector. In the spring of 2004, the first Graf spray rig rolled out of the shop, and we had officially started the plant health care division of the company. Over the next few years, we became experts in tree diagnostics, root feeding, and disease and pest control.

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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)

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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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