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Metropolitan Forestry Services Inc

Phone: (636) 394-6597Fax: (636) 394-8930502 Old State Rd, BallwinMO 63021-5919 Send email to Metropolitan Forestry Services Inc

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A BBB Accredited Business since 02/19/2009

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Factors that raised Metropolitan Forestry Services Inc's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Metropolitan Forestry Services Inc

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (1)BBB Closure Definitions
08/12/2013Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

In the past we have had Metropolitan do work for us. Last year we asked them to trim a tree that was hanging over our driveway and dropping fruit on the drive as well as cars. They trimmed all sides of the tree, which is the logical thing to do. This year we had a tree that was growing very close to our home in the back. My husband trimmed much of the tree away on his own by hanging out our second-floor window. We decided the tree was too much for him and he had no way to get to the other sides therefore we called Metropolitan. When they came out they only trimmed one side of the tree, unlike our tree in the front. My husband spoke to someone and he was told they did what they were supposed to do and he could not afford to send another crew out. I never heard of trimming 1/4 of a tree. When they sent the bill ($180)they included a form for feedback and how they can do better next time and they appreciate the business we have given them in the past several years.
Product_Or_Service: Tree trimming
Account_Number: Invoice XXXXX

Desired Settlement
Finish trimming the rest of the tree.

Business' Initial Response
The November 16 2010 proposal that was sent and accepted read: As you look at the home from the street, front yard left side of driveway, one aristocrat pear - prune to pull back away from the driveway, reduce weight on the ends and shape. Prune to pull away from the neighbors house and raise up the lower limbs for 6-8 feet of ground clearance: Cost for trimming: $320-400.

The June 26, 2013 proposal that was sent and accepted read: Back yard behind right corner of the deck, one pear tree - raise up lower limbs for 8-10' of clearance of deck and prune limbs back to the next available laterals to pull away from the guttering and to obtain at least 3-5' of clearance of home: Cost for trimming: $180.

*We do have both copies of these proposals if there is any question.

When MRS. sent in the response card saying they were unhappy with the trimming, the arborist who sold the work contacted them immediately. He spoke with MR. , who had initially called in and also authorized the tree work to be done. He explained to MR. , that the crew did exactly what was outlined on the proposal. He also explained that we can be sued for doing work that is not authorized, and our crews are instructed to do the work as outlined on their work orders. MR. acknowledged that this was probably his misunderstanding, and the arborist told Mr. that the next time we happened to be in the area, we would be happy to come by and trim some additional off the tree, but they would be charged for it. The scope of the work that MRS. N is referring to from 2010 was almost double the scope of the work done this year, and the price reflects that. Unfortunately logic doesn't really come into play here. They asked us to give them an estimate to trim the tree away from the house, we sent the estimate, they accepted it, and we did the work exactly as stated on the work order. Actually, it is very common to trim 1/4 of a tree - if that is what the homeowner requests and signs off on. Also the arborist never spoke to MRS. , so he is not sure where she got the information, "that we could not afford to send a crew out." He told MR. that we have a 10 week backlog of work, and the next time we were in the area we would certainly come out and trim additional limbs from the tree, but again, that amount of trimming would incur a larger charge than was outlined on the original proposal.
We have a satisfaction guarantee, and we want all of our customers to be happy with the work we do. We also try to be very specific on our estimates so that we are on the same page with the customer regarding the scope of the work that is done. It sounds like this *** be a miscommunication between MR and MRS. . The arborist made up a work order to trim more off the tree after he spoke to MR. on 7/29/13.

Industry Comparison| Chart

Landscape Architects/Designers, Nurseries - Plants, Trees, Tree Service, Landscape Contractors - Commercial, Landscape Contractors

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 06/14/1995Business started: 07/01/1976Business started locally: 01/01/1976
Type of Entity


Incorporated: March 1984, MO

Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Dan Christie (President)
Business Category

Landscape Architects/Designers, Nurseries - Plants, Trees, Tree Service, Landscape Contractors - Commercial, Landscape Contractors

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Address for Metropolitan Forestry Services Inc

502 Old State Rd

Ballwin, MO 63021-5919

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  • 502 Old State Rd 

    Ballwin, MO 63021-5919(636) 394-6597

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