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Who We Serve

  • If you are a busy professional …
  • If you own a home in the Washington DC metropolitan area …
  • If you care about the role you play in preserving the environment …
  • If you value high quality …
  • If you are looking for a long-term, trusting partnership for all your tree care

RTEC Treecare is the choice for you!

You already know that beautiful, well-maintained trees can increase your property value. Their benefits are far-reaching: reduce energy costs in the summer, nesting sites for birds and beneficial insects. They even block noise and lights from oncoming traffic.

But trees are not a plant-it-and-forget-it solution. They all require seasonal care. Structural support, protection, or pruning may be required. The threats they face often go unseen by homeowners RTEC can advise you and execute the critical, ongoing care your property needs.

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We take on large and small projects for building owners, HOAs, neighborhood associations, property managers, and other commercial entities who are:

  • Looking for ongoing, environmentally friendly solutions to their tree and shrub care needs,
  • Require a certified arborist,
  • Recognize technical proficiency
  • Seek a long-term relationship

Customized, proactive services that protect—even increase—your investment in your property. RTEC partners with you to handle aesthetics issues, plant health, privacy screening, pest management, safety risks—and more.

Our team is made up of certified arborists who undergo ongoing training in the science of tree care, including new safety practices.

Expertise

Our team is made up of certified arborists who undergo ongoing training in the science of tree care, including new safety practices.

RTEC has provided award-winning tree care service since its 1996 founding in Falls Church, Virginia.

Experience

RTEC has provided award-winning tree care service since its 1996 founding in Falls Church, Virginia.

We provide the best quality services at industry standards using high-end equipment, including crane-assisted tree removal.

Equipment

We provide the best quality services at industry standards using high-end equipment, including crane-assisted tree removal.

All our top-quality solutions are tailored to your business’s budget,
your schedule, and your needs.

Conservation of precious environmental resources—that’s our primary focus. We help to preserve natural resources on your government property, plus we offer:

Environmental Consulting

Environmental Consulting

Compliance, sustainability, implementation of policies such as FMP, INRMP, IPM plan, and more.

Forest Management

Forest
Management

Forestry mulching & mowing, tree trimming, hazard tree risk assessment & removal, hazardous fuels management, vegetation & invasive plant management, pest & disease management.

Environmental Restoration

Environmental Restoration

Wetland mitigation, reforestation, environmental remediation, stream bed restoration, conservation, and restoration of historic waterways.

Other Environmental Solutions

Other Environmental Solutions

Water resource management, irrigation, storm water management.


We bring our environmental stewardship to government entities, working directly with the agency or contracting officer’s technical representative (COTR) to provide the best of the best available solutions.

We have experience with some of the most well-known sites in our area, including environmentally sensitive areas, secure and/or military sites, historic locations, and more.

environmental stewardship to government entities

Our service team is made up of certified arborists with the high-end equipment needed to work in tight, less than optimal conditions. We are also familiar with the complex environmental policies that  your agency must comply with.

Our past performance and dedication to environmental stewardship make us the best choice for any  of your agency’s environmental needs.

Working on an RFP?

We can help! Submit your contact information and give us the details about your RFP. If we can help with the technical details, we’ll be happy to reach out to you!

Our Promises To You

We honor our commitments. If we ever fall short, we’ll make it right.

Our Story

Early Days

Andy Ross, RTEC Treecare’s founder, president, and CEO, grew up in a family of conservationists and naturalists. His brother was a professional tree climber, and they worked together for a couple of years. “I’ve always had a love for nature and the environment,” says Ross.

Early Days
1996

1987

Ross founds RTEC Treecare in Falls Church, VA.

1996
1998

1992

RTEC joins Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA.) From early days in business, he is aided by this advice from the Tree Care Industry Association Magazine, “Six Things You Can Do to Professionalize Your Company.”
1) Get your crews uniforms.
2) Letter your trucks.
3) Start taking credit cards
4) Make sure you have a signed, formal contract before starting work.
5) Do some form of advertising.
6) Focus on running as professional a company as possible.

1998
2001

2004

Winner of TCIA Excellence in Arboriculture award for tree care at Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s giant panda exhibit: reduced hazards in the exhibit’s trees, load tested newly pruned trees, and improved the critical root zone so pandas could climb the trees without getting hurt. Check out the Giant Panda Cam at the Smithsonian National Zoo

2001
2005

2008

Andy Ross is founding member of TCIA’s Accreditation Council. He leads RTEC Treecare team through the accreditation process, making RTEC the first accredited tree care business in Virginia.

2005
2008

2008

RTEC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with its Small Business Achievement Award (the only tree company to be so honored.)

2008
2014

2013

Andy Ross discovers infestation of invasive Emerald Ash Borer in Falls Church, Virginia, confirmed by University of Maryland Entomology Department. RTEC leads charge against this invasive pest by hosting a media event to educate the public and making a commitment to saving ash trees through inoculation.

2014
2015

2016

RTEC certified arborists design Canopy Protection Plan to provide proactive plant health care on ongoing basis.

2015
2016

2020

Andy Ross elected to serve as TCIA Board chair.

2016
2019

2021

The Environmental Justice Alliance is launched as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that partners with industry professionals to provide environmental solutions for historically underserved communities.

RTEC provides crane safety demonstration for OSHA to show importance of designated standards for crane workers in arboriculture. (Currently OSHA applies forestry guidelines for arborists.)

2019
2021

2021

RTEC celebrates our 25th anniversary!

2021

Our Team

We are scientists. We implement the newest technology and methods to improve our client’s properties, including a digital tracking system to keep track of service records and trees.

We continuously lessen our environmental footprint by:

  • Using technology to digitize client files, invoices, and more
  • Utilizing eco-friendly oils in our equipment
  • Recycling all the plant material we take from client properties
  • Using organic and natural products whenever possible
  • NEVER spraying near pollinators and other beneficial insects
  • Performing plant health care treatments responsibly with great care taken to prevent product runoff or overspray
  • And more!

Find out how you can be part of our team as a
tree care specialist, manager or supervisor, or administrative support person.

Check out Careers at RTEC or Email Your Resume to Jobs@RTECtreecare.com Today!

RTEC Treecare Team Careers

Our Core Values

RTEC Treecare is a leader in arboriculture and environmental solutions located near the nation’s capital. We are proud of our award-winning service as conservationists, environmentalists, and advocates for trees.

Quality Service and Dependability

Our customers know they are in good hands with RTEC Treecare. Over the years, they have come to count on our solid reputation for excellence. These core values drive our hiring practices, enliven our team, and set us apart from the competition.

You can be assured that we are always learning new skills so we can provide the best service for you. We offer top-notch training for our team and invest in the best equipment available so our services can continue to be of the highest quality.

We have a commitment to seeing your projects through to the end. You can count on us to deliver exceptional results on your property every single time.

If we give our word to you, we promise to honor it. If we ever fall short, we promise to make it right.

We are not afraid to stand up for what’s right and are also committed to learning from our mistakes. We consider feedback a gift and an opportunity to become even better at what we do!

We take responsibility for our actions and commit to being part of the solution. We also treat your property better than if it was our own. This means you can expect the utmost care and respect when we are visiting.

Our team is committed to working together to achieve the best results on your property. When you hire us, you are hiring a group of experts who communicate effectively with one another to ensure your trees and shrubs are getting exactly what they need.

The Environmental Justice Alliance

One of our passions is to improve the health, safety, and appearance of historically underserved communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area via the Environmental Justice Alliance. We believe that all people deserve:

  • Protection from environmental and health hazards,
  • Access to a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work,
  • An opportunity to participate in environmental decision-making that impact their communities.

At Ease Hero Assistance Program to help military service members, veterans, first responders and others

Grow! A Community Garden Program

Just Earth Community Improvement Program

Awards & Affiliations

  • Meeting or exceeding industry standards
  • Joining and leading industry associations that are responsible for setting high standards
  • 12-time winner of Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)  Excellence in Arboriculture Award
  • Twice recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with its Small Business Achievement Award (the only tree company to be so honored)
  • Winner of 3 TCIA Marketing and Communications Awards