The tree service we used was Elite Tree Service, a family run business in Oakland. They were great, a father and son team. I will definitely called them next spring when it's time to give the two walnut trees in the back their haircuts.
Before (the sun was shining on the day I took this before picture, which makes everything look better.)
After (now that the tree has been trimmed back, the ugly disuse utility pole is a lot more prominent. I am hoping the jasmin that I planted at the base last summer will climb it's way around it.) Now that the mismatched siding is showing clearly through, there is a new urgency to get the house painted.
Only the stomps of the walnut tree and lemon tree are left. It would cost more to get the stomp grind down, so I opted for the cheaper option.
Can you see the tree guy amongst the tree branches?
Here is another tree guy on one of the smaller loquats on the side of the house.
I can see the neighbor's graffiti covered van AND the lovely hills off in the distance.