Testimonials

What our Customers Think

Amanda Kretchun, Bethel Park, Pa

We hired Horhut to prune two large oak trees and take down a medium sizes maple that had seen better days. It was important to us to hire certified arborists for this work because we would like these trees to remain healthy for a long time. The trees look great, and we will hire Horhut again next time we are in need of some expert tree care. They were professional, friendly and very skilled.

David Stoebe, Washington, Pa

Steve and his crew just finished a big job for me, completely removing four very large Silver Maples from next to my house and trimming two others on my property. They were quick and professional and even went well beyond the work we agreed on. They cleaned up the job site each day and left the yard in good shape when completely finished. I will not hesitate to call them again with other required tree work.

Christina Lopez, Upper St. Clair, Pa

Awesome job and super friendly, down-to-earth guys

Kristin R. Ben Avon, Pa

We had Horhut come out to trim a pretty massive tree and to remove a bunch of trees that were serving no purpose.

It did take the owner a bit to get back to us with a quote, but that was likely during his busier season, so I understand.  Once we settled on a price and date (he recommended that we wait for the leaves to fall so that the tree could be trimmed adequately), it was smooth sailing!  The owner is clearly educated and knowledgeable on trees, etc.

The crew showed up exactly when they were supposed to, tackled all of the right trees, and left no trace of them being there (aside from some stumps).  They were friendly and obviously knew what they were doing.  They were very careful with the limbs they removed.

My only complaint was that it was hard to nap while they were there with the saws running!

Storm R, Pittsburgh, Pa

These guys are incredible. They took down a tree in my front yard in half the time i thought it would take. Efficient, professional and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to use them again.

Dave S., Washington, PA

Steve and Company did a great job completely removing 5 huge Silver Maples and trimming a large portion of another.  Five of the trees were very close to the house.  I had them grind the stumps of four of the trees which they did very well.  The crew went above and beyond what I expected and cleaned the site well at the end of each work day.  They even replaced our dog fence every night so we could continue to let our dogs out back.

Adam Casto, Mt. Lebanon, Pa

We were very pleased with the work. Steve came out when he said he would and looked over the tree and gave us a quote. A couple months later once the tree was dormant his crew came out, climbed the tree and went through the canopy and cleaned it up nicely. My main concern starting this process was finding someone who would properly care for the tree and not just hack it up, and I was more than satisfied with the job. Would definitely hire again.

Susan Reiner, Greentree, Pa

Horhut did an excellent job. Loved their work. Amazing how they knew exactly where everything was going to fall.

Michael Malloy, Bethel Park, Pa

Steve was great and his crew worked quickly and cleaned up nicely. They did an A+ job for a reasonable price. I will hire them again when needed.

Joanne Pompeo, Shadyside, Pa

Steve is extremely knowledgeable and provided great suggestions to improve the health and appearance of our tree and plants. Our yard looked wonderful after Steve completed his work. He was very efficient and cleaned up when finished. Steve is straightforward and easy to work with. We highly recommend him and would certainly use his services again

Clayton Burke, Mt. Lebanon, Pa

Perfectly all around. The stumps were ground with the ground leveled precisely. No damage to the lawn whatsoever. In addition, wood cut into sections was left as requested.

Kristen Ostergaard, Dormont, Pa

Steve and his team did great work. The original day was rained out. Steve promptly called and rescheduled. His team showed while I was away and completed the project. It looks great. Couldn’t be happier!

Vidya Szymkowiak, Greenfield Pa

I called Horhut Tree Experts based on many positive reviews from Angies List. We had received a notice from the City of Pittsburgh that some of the shrubs along the front of a rental property exceeded the height limit. Prior to calling Steve, I had made several attempts to reach a landscaper for the work – without success. Steve returned my call the same day and assessed the overgrown shrubs the next day. Despite his busy schedule, he accommodated my request to complete the work within the time limit mandated by the City. The work was done professionally and the property looks much better without the overgrown shrubs. We really appreciate the work Horhut Tree Experts did at this rental property and I have already reached out to Steve Horhut in regard to completing work at our personal residence as well.

Jennifer Andrzejewski, Baldwin, Pa

They came in told me what they were going to do, they priced it and I talked about my concerns were and they were really understanding. The tree was in our yard for 60 years and we asked them to chunks out of the bottom of the tree that we were going to use as sort of a fire pit and put them on my back porch and he was fine. He did all of that for us and he cut them exactly I wanted them and they got like 11 out them. They gave me a price and I said can you do this too. They didn’t charge me anymore to do that, they said that was fine.

I wanted another tree put in and since they are tree experts they gave me good suggestions on what to put in so they took one out that day and ground all the way down to the ground and planted a tree and had time left over that my neighbor came over and they took theirs down. They did an excellent job and I had the landscaper here when this was all doing and they manage to work things around to take care of my tree and get in and get out so that the landscaper could come in and do what they needed to do.

Judith Jungling, Dormont, Pa

The service was excellent. staff and owner were courteous and conscientious. I will definitely be using their service in the future and recommending them to others.

Maggie Martin, Pleasant Hills, Pa

The two owners along with their two-man crew arrived on time, worked diligently, were pleasant, did a good clean-up, and consulted with us regarding post-work follow-up for us to follow, as well as to confirm that we were happy with the project. Their equipment is state-of-the-art, including a remote-controlled stump grinder, bucket truck, large dump truck, chipper, back-loader, several other vehicles, and, of course, trusty chainsaws. It was apparent that these guys know their stuff, have been in the business for 15 years (found this out while talking with one of the owners, who is an arborist), and can deliver what they promise. Pre-tree work, the owners used their expertise to advise us how to proceed and they were right on target with their advice. We are thrilled with the new aesthetic they produced with their work, and could not be happier.

Jake Whitney, North Hills, Pa

Overall it was a great experience working with Steve. His estimate was very reasonable compared to others I had received. He and his crew came out first thing in the morning and they had completed everything just after noon. They handled everything just how we had discussed and they hauled away all of the branches they trimmed, as well as the hemlock they cut down. We agreed to leave the trunk of the oak where it fell since it’s in a heavily wooded area already and it was a very large diameter tree. They didn’t leave any indication that they had been there other than a tiny amount of wood chips and some great looking trees. I would definitely hire Horhut again.

Darin Smith, Crafton, Pa

Was a very positive experience.  Steve Horhut and his crew were very professional and friendly.  One of the trees they removed was a very difficult job.  Several other contractors were not interested in tackling the work.  Horhut Tree Experts completed the work safely and quickly, and left the work site in very good condition.  I would definitely recommend them, and will use them in the future.

Jaqueline Weisz, Carnegie, Pa

Removed large tree which was dying and there was concern that it could injure someone or cause damage if came down unattended.    I had reviewed Angies list for tree removal.  Was especially pleased with their A grading and comments made.  I left message on their voicemail explaining my need.  Steve returned my call and arranged to visit and assess work needing done.  He explained what the job would entail and that he would write up an assessment and get back to me.  We exchanged e-mail information.  Approximately 2 days later, the estimate of $500.00 for removal of damaged tree was e-mailed to me.  Estimate was acceptable and arrangements were made for work to be done.  Steve did reschedule the tree removal due to weather.  Two men arrived as scheduled, removed the tree, hauled wood, debris and ground stump, backfilling the grindings.  Leaving everything cleaned up and orderly.  Steve, Dan and all were very courteous and professional throughout my dealings with them.  I was very pleased and would highly recommend their tree removal service and would not hesitate to call them if we again required this service.

Charles Rakaczky, Mt Oliver, Pa

 Very professional! My wife is very protective of our trees and only wanted a certified arborist to touch them. Steve Horhut was incredibly honest and professional. All work was cleaned up and removed. All debris was removed completely. Neighbors had no complaints. It doesn’t hurt that he is a PSU grad!

Elaine Steich, Canonsburg, Pa

Everything went very well. Good communication with Steve and the team arrived as scheduled. Work was performed as agreed and yard was left in good condition. I will use their tree services again if needed and recommend them to friends and neighbors.

Elaine Sadler, Verona Pa

I got a prompt and reasonable estimate for the trimming of two large trees in my front yard and the work was completed efficiently and professionally as promised. I would definitely employ them again!

Kristen Budden Ben Avon, Pa

The owner gave us a very reasonable quote. We tried to schedule the work ASAP, but he told us it wouldn’t make sense to trim the tree until fall when the leaves were gone; we appreciated his honesty even though he obviously could have made money from us faster! We asked that they leave some of the wood for us to burn in our fire pit and to mulch the rest. They were quick, professional, and cleaned up after themselves. We will definitely call Horhut again the next time we have trees that need attention!!

Christine Hartung, Allison Park, Pa

They were professional, prompt and easy to work with.  Performed the work as requested. Will continue to work with them.

Karen Stoddart, Whitehall, Pa

Work was exceptional and the staff was marvelous. Will be using again.

Clara Cheng, Murrysville Pa

Horhut did a great job with all the trees…the very large oak close to the house was by a wall of windows, and they never came close to hitting the house.  They had no problem cutting down two dead trees that we did not have a chance to schedule, and they made sure they fell without taking anything else down.  They took all the brush, I was left without any worries of cleaning there.  They left us the trunks for firewood.  Very clean, very quick too.  Four workers, and they were done in 4-5 hours.  I had got another quote from another company and it was twice the price of Horhut! So price was very reasonable too.

Thomas Ryan, Mt Lebanon Pa

Did a very good job of removing 3 trees and a bush and pruning 2 other large trees.  Arrived on time performed the work very quickly and professionally. They used appropriate safety gear while working.  They ground out all the stumps and cleaned up the yard, including neatly stacking the wood that they cut for fire wood. I am very pleased with the work.  Will use Horhut again.

Valerie Kenny, Brentwood Pa

They did all the work promised, the remaining trees that were treated are thriving! They clean up afterward as best as possible.

John Mahn, Munhall, Pa

Firstly, the fact that Steve was great at returning my calls was a promising start.  Steve went to my house to take a look at a rotten tree that needed cut down. Upon his arrival I was surprised to learn when he called me that a huge part had fallen; partially onto our garage.  I was afraid this was going to drive up his asking price.  When I received the quote later that evening I was pleasantly surprised that it was a very reasonable price given the job at hand.  He and his crew showed up Monday morning at 8:30 on the dot.  The agreed upon start time.  I talked to him for a few minutes then they began the job.  They were extremely professional, efficient, and friendly.  It only took them a few hours to clear and cut the tree.  They did an excellent job cleaning the debris from the yard, and left it looking better than it did before they started; minus a fallen tree.

If I ever need this type of work done again his service will be the first one I call.  I can’t recommend them highly enough.  They made a very stressful ordeal manageable.    Definitely get these guys if you need this kind of work done.

Jodi Russ, Squirrel Hill, Pa

Steve was a pleasure to deal with. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The trees look great. I would definitely hire Horhut again.

Lorraine Miller, Wexford, Pa

We had a row of blue spruce and white pine that were getting too large for their location just a few feet from our house.  The 20-25 foot trees were the barrier between our house and our neighbor’s, and grew right up against our neighbor’s fence.  The roots were coming up into our walkway and growing towards our foundation.  Steve came out and gave us an estimate in the spring, but we delayed the work until fall due to birds nesting in the trees. Getting the estimate was quick and easy since Steve emailed it to me shortly after assessing the job.

The crew showed up right on time and got to work in very short order after talking to me and answering any questions I had.    After just an hour the trees were down and fed into the chipper, which was very impressive and handled almost a whole tree at a time.   I was worried about the proximity of the trees to our house and the neighbor’s fence, but each tree was carefully felled and didn’t cause any damage. The stump grinder also was an impressively efficient piece of equipment.  Each stump was ground out and the roots removed all around it, leaving loose dirt for easy replanting. All told, the job was done in less than two hours.  The clean up was very thorough–they swept the drive way area and left no tree litter in our yard or our neighbor’s.
Steve was generous with his time and professional advice when my husband and I asked for his input on choosing new plants to replace the removed pines.  We are anxious to get another privacy barrier planted and established, and Steve spent quite a bit of time going over our options and giving us the pros and cons of each.  He also answered questions we had about some other trees on our property, which was above and beyond the job he had come to do.  While he chatted with us, he crew quickly cut and chipped a sizable tree from my neighbor’s yard across the street–she had flagged them down and asked if they could squeeze the job in.
I would definitely use Horhut Tree Experts again.  The efficiency of the crew combined with Steve’s knowledge and friendly manner makes them a good choice, and I certainly recommend them!

Melissa White, Elizabeth, PA

Steve came out to give us an estimate on possibly removing our three pine trees. At that time we weren’t sure if we wanted them removed or just topped. With all the uncertain weather we have anymore, we didn’t want them coming down during a storm. He was very  thorough with his explanation in our options. We decided to the have the tress taken down.

Steve emailed me the estimate the very next day. At that time we knew they had other jobs already scheduled and since the trees were still standing, we had no urgency for the job to be started.
I signed the bid and sent the check for the deposit on July 18th.
We had the scheduled appointment for Friday August 14th. I have the feeling that if it was a dire situation with the trees (falling down, already down etc) they would of come sooner.
They arrived Friday morning, ( I am sorry I was at work  I would of loved to watch them do this).
When I arrived home 8 hours later the trees were down, the stumps gone, (they also ground another stump from an old tree we took down).  Everything was cleaned up. I couldn’t believe they had all that done and cleaned up in about 8 hours.
Our backyard smelled like Christmas with the pine scent still in the air.
I do miss the trees, but I won’t be worried the next time we have severe storms.
We can’t say enough about how great Steve and his team were. I would recommended them to anyone looking to have work done.

Drew Davidson, Upper St. Clair, Pa

they were efficient and skilled, did exactly what we we asked for the quoted price and cleaned up after themselves….awesome.

Chris Blackwood, Castle Shannon, Pa

Very well. Steve and his crew were very professional and polite. They checked with me about each tree to see if I was satisfied with what they had done. They worked with me when I asked for a few changes. They cleaned everything up. Trees look great and will be healthier now.

Louis Rocchini, Oakmont Pa

I had called Horhut to come out to look at a tree that I believed had root girdling to see if anything could be done to save the tree.  I left a message and Steve promptly called me back to set up an appointment.  He came out a few days later and gave me a recommendation that it probably wasn’t worth the price to try and save the tree since cutting the root that was girdling the tree would probably kill it.  He did not charge for coming out to give me the evaluation.  I was very impressed with his professionalism, honest opinion, and prompt response to my call.  I would/will definitely use them again, specifically when the tree dies and needs to be removed.

Experience the Horhut Difference

In some cases, property owners and managers consider the term “arborist” to be equal across many service providers. But, as the chart below outlines, there are substantial differences among service providers in areas of tree and shrub consultation, recommendation, protection, maintenance, and preservation.

Evaluation Measure

ISA ® Board Certified Master Arborist on staff
ISA ® Certified Arborist
General Liability Insurance
Workers Compensation Insurance
PA Pesticide Applicators
Employee Training
Arboricultural Standard Adherence
Safety

Horhut Tree Experts

ISA ® Board Certified Master Arborist – Steven J. Horhut
ISA ® Certified Arborist – Steven J. Horhut
$2,000,000 aggregate coverage
All employees covered under Ref #0005 tree pruning or #0012 landscape contractor as appropriate
Registered PA Dept. of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicators for tree and shrub care
All employees receive an average of 40 hours of training yearly
Implement and follow all American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 Standards for Tree and Shrub Care and Maintenance
Implement and follow all ANSI Z133.1 Safety Requirements, carryout daily job briefings, weekly safety meetings, and adhere to company safety policy

Average Tree Service or Landscaper

Possible but not likely
Possible but not likely
PA Contractor’s State Min. Requirement $300,000 or none
Employees covered under landscape contractor only or no coverage at all
Possible but not likely licensed for tree and shrub care
Minimal or none at all
May not have knowledge of ANSI Standards existence or do not follow standards
May not have knowledge of ANSI Standards existence, Inconsistent implementation, or none at all