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Where to Donate Trees In and Around Redwood City

If you have a New Year’s resolution of being more giving in 2017, there are a few ways to do it that will keep Redwood City and California look great and feeling fresh. Donating a tree might seem like a little thing, but it is actually making a huge difference. It will leave a lasting legacy that will go much further than other types of donations.

Donating a tree isn’t always the first type of donation that someone goes to, but it should be. Trees keep an area cleaner, provide shade, look great, and can, in some cases provide foods and nourishment.

So where can you go to donate a tree this year? Try one of these California locations:

1. Redwood Forest Foundation

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Of course, we should start with the most localized and the most obvious: the Redwood Forest Foundation. You can plant a Redwood tree to commemorate anything you want – plant one to commemorate a friend, in the honor of a family member or just because. Whomever you choose to honor will receive a frameable certificate. If that person is you, you can proudly display it in your home or office. They suggest getting a tree for a young person so that the tree can grow with them over the years.

Your gift will help the RFFI’s redwood reforestation program, which helps regrow the population. Over 95% of America’s oldest redwood trees have been cut down.

2. Sierra Club

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Another recognizable name is the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club works closely with many cities in California, especially the City of Oakland to try to counteract some of the budget cuts that have led to the decimation of trees. So far, they have pruned and planted several hundred trees in Oakland alone. They have also planted 1,000 street trees near homes and businesses.


Not only that, but they work with many different organizations to teach children about the importance of trees so that it can continue to the next generation. Your donation to them, whether it be trees or time, could mean the difference in the life of a child who now gets to breathe cleaner, purer air.

3. Tree People

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If you are considering making a tree donation in memory of someone, consider going through Tree People. They use the trees donated to repopulate urban forestry and mountain reforestation. You can get a beautiful card that can be framed in recycled barn wood so that you can give it as a gift. Everything is on recycled materials so you don’t have to worry about being unsustainable.

The best part is that Tree People works almost exclusively in “Los Angeles’ city parks, neighborhoods, schools and the local Santa Monica Mountains.” You can even help plant the tree, which will make the gesture much more meaningful and special for all involved.

4. California ReLeaf

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California ReLeaf has a goal to “empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests.” They work with community-based groups, individuals, and agencies to promote livable cities and environmental awareness through the care of trees.

They are the only program that works with both nonprofit and community organizations to promote healthy urban forests from “San Diego to Sacramento to Eureka.”

They do this through urban forests which they define as trees and other vegetation in communities, along streets, in parking lots, on school grounds, in open spaces, and even in commercial areas.

By visiting their website, you can easily find a community group near you to get involved and donate your time and effort or trees.

5. A Living Tribute

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Another organization that makes it easy to donate a tree in memory of someone you care about is A Living Tribute. Their trees are planted in National Forests as honorable monuments to your loved ones. The forests in California that participate are: Angeles National Forest, Cleveland National Forest Eldorado National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Los Padres National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Plumas National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, Sequoia National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, and Tahoe National Forest.

With each order, your tree will be planted under the supervision of the Forest Service so that it goes to the National Forest in most need of restoration.

6. Turtle Bay Exploration Park

If you want to give to a place you can visit and know where your tree is, the Turtle Bay

Credit: Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Exploration Park accepts donations of trees or trees purchased to honor someone.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District work together to restore a native forest and riparian habitat in Western Shasta County. As for the type of tree you can donate, according to the website, “the floodplain, damaged by decades of mining activity, is being replanted with groves of upland and riparian native species, including stands of cottonwood, willow and alder.”

7. Sacramento Tree Foundation

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The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a fantastic organization that works within the community to help educate people of all ages about the importance of trees. They pay close attention to the fact that planting a tree can give a person “peace joy, and security” as well as help our environment.

If you wish to give, you can either plant a Tribute Tree or make a general gift. You also have the ability to gift a membership to someone. You can help plant the tree or add a plaque for an added sentimentality.

Keep Your Trees Looking Great

While donating your time, effort, and money, you have to worry about your own trees as well. Take away some of the hassle by hiring a company that is fully trained and certified in tree care. Our team at Econo Tree Service will work with you to ensure that you don’ have to worry about your trees, no matter what kind of problem you may have.

If you family’s safety is another one of your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions, let us help you on your way there. Not only that, we will keep your home looking great. Give us a call now for a free estimate for whatever it is that you may need.

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Christmas Decor Destinations in Redwood City

Christmas comes but once a year, and celebrating it to the fullest extent is the best way to get yourself into that holiday spirit. Since the weather around Redwood City really doesn’t lend itself to feeling like a holiday zone, you have to go out of your way to find that feeling yourself.

Thankfully, we have many, many options in and around Redwood City for Christmas lights displays and installations that will make the season seem more magical and the Christmas spirit seem alive and well.

Take a trip to one of the following:

1. Estate Drive Lights

Credit: Lights of the Valley

Credit: Lights of the Valley

For the last twenty years, the residents on a little quiet street break out of their quiet and familial shell and decorate their homes extravagantly. This winter wonderland falls near the intersection of Grant Road and Fremont Avenue, though you can see it as you drive up because of the sheer amount of light that it produces.

Make sure to take your time and look around the Estate Drive Lights installation – there are reindeer on the rooftops, Santa waving from hidden spots, and thousands of lights that twinkle and shine.

2. Sunnyvale Christmas Lights

If you like Santa Claus, you might want to check out the display at Sunnyvale Christmas  Lights. There are over 100 Santa figurines and lights on display in the front yard. It is

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Credit: Sunnyvale

completely Santa themed and synchronized to music.

Even better, you are able to give to charity and give back, which is really what this time of the year is about. There is typically a donation box and/or food barrel in the front yard with all proceeds going to City Ministries, a wonderful group.

3. Christmas Trains

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Credit: Lights of the Valley

If you like the traditional Christmas trains that used to go under Christmas trees, then you might want to take a stop at this Christmas Trains display in Redwood City. It is filled with train lovers, holiday lovers, and children who enjoy watching them travel into tunnels, around fake towns, and eventually into the home. It circles many, many times per night, as it has done over the last 30 years.

The display runs from 6:30 PM to 9 PM Tuesday – Sunday all season long. This is a more mature display, so you have to make sure that you watch your children at all times. No one can go out of the roped in area.

4. Candy Cane Lane

Everyone has heard about a fabled Candy Cane Lane, but very few people have actually

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Credit: Lights of the Valley

been to one. Thank goodness we have one right in Redwood City, at Dewey Street between Carson Street and Roosevelt Avenue, where this is a beautiful display of lights, sounds, and decorations.

You’ll see the characters of the season and the characters of the town, making their way throughout the display. If you want to venture outside, you can stroll, or you can slowly (very slowly) drive throughout the area as well.

Bad weather will shut down Candy Cane Lane, so make sure to only go when the weather cooperates.

5. Gilroy Gardens

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Credit: Gilroy

Gilroy Gardens is a charming amusement park that has been outfitted with beautiful lights. They take the rides that your kids have likely already ridden many times and makes them more magical.

Each one has a holiday theme. The cars that almost everyone has driven throughout the park take on a Twelve Days of Christmas theme, you’ll see more of Candy Cane Lane, and many, many elves. There are also nods to other celebrations so that your kids can learn about the world around them.

Each night ends with a beautiful light show over Coyote Lake. The show is set to symphony versions of the best Christmas songs ever written. Crowds gather quite early to see it, so you might want to get there early to get a good spot.

6. Christmas Tree Lane

Go to the 1700 and 1800 block of Fulton Street in Palo Alto and you will be surprised by

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Credit: Christmas Tree Lane

the beauty of Christmas Tree Lane. It was created nearly sixty years ago by a group of neighbors who were in a gaming group. The experience has grown bigger and better with each passing year, building up history of its own – they’ve survived throughout WWII, the energy crisis, and changes in home ownership. Still, the street’s residents take it seriously and everyone participates.

You can either drive down the street slowly with other people, or you can park your car and walk throughout the different displays. You’ll see Nutcrackers, elves, the Peanuts gang, reindeer, Santa, and just about anyone else even slightly associated with Christmas.

7. Vasona Lake County Park

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Credit: Vasona Lake

If you like the whimsy of holiday lights, head on over to Vasona Park and take a look at all of the kitschy Christmas decorations. You’ll see Santa and Rudolph playing basketball, though they aren’t too great and a ball will fly over your car. You’ll see dinosaurs ready for the season, dogs in Santa hats all over, and even a few scenes from popular movies.

This is a VERY popular event with a lot of people driving around listening to music, so your best bet is to go during the week.

Keep Your Holiday Spirits Up with Econo Tree Service

Econo Tree Service recycles all of the products that come from tree work. During this time of the year, one of the most popular items we sell is firewood. Our firewood will make the holiday season feel a little cozier and a little more like those Christmases you see in movies.

Firewood is something that we specialize in – if you don’t get the right kind of firewood that has been treated by people who know what they are doing, you are putting your entire family at risk. Our firewood is well-seasoned oak, which will give more heat and far better air quality than other types of wood.

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7 Places to Buy a Christmas Tree in Redwood City

Christmas is right around the corner, even though it might not really feel like it. There is a lot going on around this time of the year and it can get confusing. Sometimes we let the busy-ness of it all get in the way of what we really need to focus on – creating family memories and enjoying ourselves. A big part of the season is the Christmas tree – picking it out, chopping it down, bringing it home, decorating it, and enjoying time around it. You have to make the best possible selection for your family – and here are some local businesses that can help:

1. Wegman’s Nursery

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Credit: Wegman’s

If you are in a bit of a hurry this Christmas season, you might want to reach out to a nursery that we all love and support around here – Wegman’s Nursery. They have some great Christmas trees for sale, this year. You’ll get precut trees or trees that are kept in pots so that you can replant them when you are done celebrating.

As an added bonus, Wegman’s Nursery also has delivery services. You can get your tree delivered right to your home or office if you need it, that way you can focus on shopping or eating Christmas cookies.

They will also have a wide selection of poinsettias.

2. Scruffy Quilts

If you can’t have a live tree for whatever reason, you do have options. One such option is a

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Credit: Scruffy

fabric tree, like this one from BuzzFeed. These are great because you can personalize them for whatever you want – something classic, something whimsical, or something a little odd.

If you think a fabric Christmas tree might fit your needs, you are in luck. Scruffy Quilts, a store in San Mateo, has some of the best selection. You will be able to choose from fabrics that will ensure your tree will be a favorite for years to come. Their choices are wide and varied so you won’t have to go running from place to place.

3. Honey Bear Trees

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Credit: Honey Bear

Honey Bear Trees has been around since 1986, and they have been offering up different trees that are hard to find, including extremely tall trees from 10 feet to 25 feet. You can also find wreaths, mistletoe, garland, and tree stands.

They also have a special program to deliver Christmas trees to corporate sites, businesses, and special events. You can donate to their fundraising program to support “schools, clubs, churches, and non-profits.”

You’ll get a free bottle of honey with your tree, which is just a little bonus thanks to Hans.

Make sure to check their website for a coupon.

4. Sibby’s Cupcakery

Office parties and school events can be a bit of a drag even though we look forward to

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Credit: Sibby’s

them. Instead of bringing a tray of cut up vegetables or a simple cake, go above and beyond with a cupcake Christmas tree, like this one from Just a Taste. They are simple to make once you have the cupcakes and they will display each cupcake perfectly.

The best place to go for cupcakes? Sibby’s Cupcakery. They create some of the most beautiful, best-tasting cupcakes around. You can specially order the flavors you want or you can go in and pick a selection. They even have cupcakes that look like little presents to top off your design!

5. ABC Tree Farm

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Credit: ABC Tree Farm

ABC Tree Farms is a family owned and operated business in the San Diego area, though their trees are grown in “Northern Oregon and Southern Washington, two of the Northwest’s finest regions for growing Christmas Trees.” They have many different sizes, including trees as small as 2′ to trees 12’+. You can select from Noble Fir, Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, Turkish Fir, Nordmann Fir and Natural Noble.

Make sure to take some time to look around and don’t be afraid to ask questions – the staff here loves when people get excited and want to know more about their products.

They offer other services as well, including “flocking, fire retarding, netting and tree delivery.”

6. La Honda Winery

Kitschy Christmas trees are really popular this year, and few are as fun as the wine bottle

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Credit: La Honda

Christmas tree like the one shown at Popsugar.

If you’re a wine lover and want to get started on your tree, La Honda Winery is a great place to start. They have a wide selection of wines that will make it easy to start your own tree – especially if you have people visiting you throughout the season.

Their vineyard is located ” along the Santa Cruz Mountains between San Francisco and San Jose in the towns of La Honda, Woodside, Hillsborough, Portola Valley, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and Los Gatos,” which helps to create diverse and different wines that you won’t find elsewhere. Old-world craftsmanship characterizes each and every bottle.

7. Balsam Hill

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Credit: Balsam

Not all trees that aren’t real have to be creative – you can get yourself an artificial tree that is just as good as a real one. If you are careful and pick the right one, it will look and feel just like a real tree, but it won’t have the mess or the aggravation.

Balsam Hill is one of the top sellers of artificial trees in the country, but they are actually based in the Redwood City area. Their trees are some of the best you can find, and they sell all of the trimmings as well. You’ll be able to choose from tall trees, small trees, fat trees, thin trees, and pre-lit trees. You can get trees that are potted or even ones that fit into corners for small apartments.

If you have an image in your head, you’ll likely be able to find it here.

Keep Your Live Trees Looking Fantastic This Season

With the holidays coming up, your home is going to be on display. People will be driving by more often, visiting, and just looking at your home – whether you decorate or not. At Econo Tree Service, we know that trees can really make or break your yard. Whether you need some light trimming done or you want to remove an eyesore, we can help you with your pre-holiday makeovers.

Give us a call now and we can give you a free estimate on what you need.

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7 Pool Companies in Redwood City

Getting a pool in your backyard is a serious undertaking. You have to look into the reputation of the companies that you want to hire, ensuring that they not only live up to their words, but that they deliver something truly extraordinary. Thankfully, Redwood City and the surrounding areas have a lot of options when it comes to swimming pools.

We did some research for you and found some of the best in the area to start your search:

1. Lifetime Pools

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Credit: Lifetime Pools

The team at Lifetime Pools understands that your pool is an investment into the beauty and value of your home. They know that this is a big undertaking and you have to take your search very seriously. This is why they ensure that everything they do is done to the fullest of their abilities. Each line is straight, the seams meet, and everything is cleaned before they leave.

Even better, their pools are beautiful and highly creative. If you have a yard that has a challenging shape or the ground is odd is someway, that doesn’t mean you have to give up. They will find a way to work with you. Whether you need a pool for your backyard or you have a commercial property that needs a little something extra, give them a call today.

2. Pool Perfections

Pool Perfections is just that – a company that has the experience and reviews to prove that

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Credit: Pool Perfections

they are some of the best in the area They have over 500 pools on service and have remodeled or constructed over 800 pools. You just can’t get that kind of experience.

They will perform underwater reconstruction as well as outside construction to help you renovate the pool you already have. Their team is also equipped to handle hot tub construction and renovation. This is all whether you are looking for a pool for your backyard or for your commercial property.

As an added bonus, they even have emergency services, just in case.

3. Santa Cruz Pools

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Credit: Santa Cruz

There are quite a few different styles of pools that you can go for when you are looking for your backyard. Santa Cruz Pools specializes in quite a few different versions, including vanishing edge pools, in-ground pools, in-pool structures, and other water features.

Their team considers building pools an artform. They take their time, building something that is not only beautiful, it is easy to take care of and it will last a long time. If you have something interesting or unique in mind that no one else seems to be able to give you, give them a call and they will work something out.

4. JPW Pools

JPW Pools is a company that excels in in-ground pool installation in Redwood City. They

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Credit: JPW

have a fantastic team that has a wealth of experience in owning pools, installing pools, taking care of pools, and even designing pools. Everyone is trained to the fullest extent, and they know things that few other companies do, working with in-ground concrete, gunite, vinyl liner, and fiberglass pools.

Even better, they work with the maintenance of pools as well, helping you to keep yours clean and safe. If something does go wrong, they will be there to help you fix it. Give them a call and they will give you estimate for whatever work you need.

5. CJ Swimming Pool

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Credit: CJ

If you are on more of a budget, sometimes you can’t always get an in-ground pool. In those cases, an above ground pool might be a great option. They have come a long way in the last few years, becoming sturdier and coming in a variety of options. You can choose from different outside designs that will blend in with your yard decor. There are also plenty of liner options that will make your cleaning process easier.

The team at CJ Swimming Pools is extremely talented at building and maintaining above ground pools. They pay close attention to the details, taking care of everything that could possibly go wrong. This is why they have become one of the go-to pool companies in Redwood City. If you aren’t too sure, give them a call and they will talk to you about the intricacies of what goes into installing, owning, and maintaining a pool.

6. Blue Water Pools

If you are looking for something that is a little more unique than other pools in your

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Credit: Blue Water

neighborhood, Blue Water Pools is a fantastic option. Their personalized system will give you something that is customized for your yard. This isn’t a “one size fits a few” options – they will draft up something for you.

With over 25 years of experience in the “design, construction, repairs, maintenance and demolition for swimming pools, spas, and water features,” there is a lot they have done. Whether you want a completely new backyard or you want a spa to go along with your current pool, you are in luck.

Even better, they are devoted to customer service. They will walk and talk you through every single aspect of your pool. They understand this is an investment and they know you will have questions. No matter what, they keep everything in the team – from the excavation team to the plumbing to the steel and masonry. They even have a maintenance staff.

7. Neocon

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Credit: NeoCon

At some point, you might want to have your swimming pool removed. While this is a sad day for many families, because it often means that children are grown and no one is really using the pool anymore, it is still something that has to happen. You need a team that will clear out all signs of your pool, removing the pipes, the liner, the metal, and any other accessories.

Neo-Con is fully bonded, licensed, insured, and EPA certified to handle the removal of your trees properly. They have full insurance to cover any issues. They remove in-ground pools as well as above-ground pools. If you are nervous about the removal, they have a time-tested process that will ensure the job is done as efficiently as possible.

Econo Tree Service Keeps Your Pool Clean

Before you get a pool, you might need a team of people to clear out your yard. This can include removing tree stumps, trees, and limbs so that you have the room to put in the pool of your dreams. Once your pool has been installed, you may need our services to keep your pool clean. Leaves and twigs can create a lot of debris that will then make your pool more difficult to take care of.

Our team will be able to handle any job with skill and precision, working around the problem areas in your yard. The team at Econo Tree Service is highly trains and completely insured. Give us a call today and we will give you an estimate for how much the work will cost, how long it will take, and when you can expect us.

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Preparing for Fall: 9 Companies to Reach Out to in Redwood City

Fall in California is a little different than fall everywhere else. Still, it is important to prepare for the fall months in a way that will leave you happy and enjoying yourself. From football to back to school, the months between September and early December really have quite a bit going on – so you can’t waste even one minute.

Sometimes you need some help in achieving everything that you want to do in the autumn months – well thankfully, there are a lot of resources in and around Redwood City to keep you safe and in the spirit all season long.

1. Plane & Stain

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Credit: Plane & Stain

Plane & Stain is a great company to help you get your yard back together before the mischief month. They are here to help you get a fence or repair the one you already have.

This team is one of the best around because they are extremely laid back but also very hard working. You will be able to talk to them openly about the project that you want and get exactly what you expect in return.


They boast an “unparalleled commitment to client satisfaction,” and live up to it in the amazing work that they do.

2. Webb Ranch

Webb Ranch is a great place for fall family fun. While we might not have the weather, we

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certainly will have the celebration. Each day has fun activities for children of all ages, including a kiddie train, pumpkin picking, haunted house, hay rides, jump house, face painting, petting zoo, wow bubbles, and a pumpkin slingshot.

This attraction is open seven days a week at the Webb Ranch Farmers Market, so you will be able to work it into your schedule. You’ll be able to pick out an organic pumpkin from over 30 acres and they ship in different varieties, so you’ll be able to find what you are looking for pretty quickly – or take your time.

3. The Landscape Company

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Credit: Landscape Company

During the fall months, outdoor lighting is increasingly important. It gets darker earlier, and your kids and family members will be coming in and out of your home later at night – especially around Halloween and Friday night football games. Even a few solar lights can make a difference.

The Landscape Company is the premier choice for high-quality outdoor lighting installation. Their work is clean and neat, everything is aligned and works in sync.

Don’t worry about the safety of your yard as the days get darker – just turn on a light.

4. Common Ground Garden

Late summer into autumn is one of the most common times for people to move, and it is a

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Credit: Common Ground

great time to do so. However, many people don’t know the amount of work and care that goes into a garden if they are moving into a first time home.

If you are one of those people, Common Ground Garden is a great place to go for some help and education. Not only will you be able to buy things to put into your yard, but you will learn how to garden in the process.

Everything is covered and explained extremely well so that you will have success right away. They have many events throughout all seasons, so check out their calendar to see what is up next.

5. Orchard Hardware Supply

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Credit: Orchard

Since fall seems to be the time for outdoor and indoor activities to improve your home, Orchard Hardware Supply should be a frequent trip you take.

No matter what work you have to do, this store will probably have what you need. In fact, they will probably have a few different tools to make your job even easier. Talk to the staff there and they will walk you through the different routes you can take to finish everything on time.

Make sure to browse at their store and find some of the great deals available.

6. ABC Tree Farms

ABC Tree Farm and the Pick of the Patch Pumpkins is a family owned business that

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Credit: ABC Tree

started in 1983. Today, it is a string of 18 Pumpkin Patches in the san Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. It has some of the best reviews online and has a ton of fun options for families.

Of course, there are things to do during other seasons of the year, but autumn has a special feel to it. The locations have pumpkin patches, games, photography, pumpkin carving, and several inflatable amusement rides.

7. Yerba Buena Nursery

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Credit: Yerba

Yerba Buena Nursery is one of the foremost businesses in the state for native California plants. These are the plants that come from here, so they are going to thrive and survive, even if your thumb isn’t the greenest around.

However, the reason they are a great place to call for the autumn season is because they have something called a Garden Tune Up, which is a unique service. According to their website, their “Nursery Manager, Anya, will visit your home and spend one hour with you in your garden. At the conclusion of your meeting you will have a list of appropriate plants and where to place them. You are welcome to take notes or film the instructions provided for care and maintenance practices.”

This is a unique chance and spaces are limited, so take advantage of it.

8.  Wegman’s Nursery

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Credit: Wegman’s

Wegman’s Nursery is a great place to go during any season – but fall, in particular, is great. While we can’t always have the same florals, we still can get some great ones that will show off the muted but still beautiful colors of fall. This is a family-owned business that knows exactly what they are selling and how to care for it – so make sure you talk to them if you are new at this.

They won’t try to upsell you and they are honest about the amount of work something takes. If you have problems, they are more than willing to walk you through each step so that your garden looks great.

Even better, they sometimes have special events in the fall, so keep your eyes open.

9. Econo Tree Service

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Credit: Econo

Econo Tree Service is a great local resource to help you prepare for the “fall” months. As it does get a little colder and those breezes can pack a punch, you’ll find yourself enjoying a nice fire in your yard or bonfire with your neighborhood. You have to be careful, however, as some firewood isn’t safe to burn. At Econo Tree Service, we ensure that our firewood is safe for everyone to enjoy.

We also have other products that will make your fall easier, like mulch. Mulch is a great way to ensure that your trees and plants get the nutrients they need when temperatures dip and we start to get more rain.

Keep Safe In Any Season with Econo Tree Service

Of course, you have to worry about the safety of your trees as well. Whether you want to get something cut down because it doesn’t look like it will withstand a storm or you just want to get a few branches removed, fall is a great time to do that.

At Econo Tree Service, we will give you a free estimate on how much any project will cost. We can explain the process for everything so that you have a thorough understanding of what is happening. It truly is best to get the work done now instead of when it is a little nasty outside.

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7 Patio Furniture Locations in Redwood City

In Redwood City, we have been blessed with some of the best weather in the country. However, we don’t always take advantage of it when we can. Part of this is because the indoors is typically much more comfortable than outdoors. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you invest in the best patio furniture.

Comfortable chairs, group seating, tables, and even swings can take the place of your recliner or sofa pretty quickly. When you are shopping, you just have to choose from a company that is high quality and has a great warranty. You might also want to go somewhere with a big selection so that you can find something unique.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options in Redwood City to find the patio furniture of your dreams.

1. Blue Sky Outdoor

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Credit: Blue Sky Outdoors

Blue Sky Outdoor is probably one of the first places that someone thinks about when they go to buy patio furniture in Redwood City – and with good reason. They have a great selection of outdoor furniture. If you are interested in teak furniture, then you definitely have to look here.

They also have a healthy selection of umbrellas.

If you are looking and have no idea what you are looking for, their team will help you find the best possible option based on what you plan to use your furniture for.

2. Tom’s Outdoor Furniture

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Credit: Tom’s

Teak furniture is popular, so if you are looking for another place that sells a wide selection, Tom’s Outdoor Furniture is one of the best suppliers. They have quite a few different options when it comes to styles and designs, but everything is high quality and dependable.

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture is a great place for beginners because they have so many options. You’ll be able to pick and choose to decide what you like, what you don’t like, and what you can afford.

3. Patioworld

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Credit: Patioworld

If you are looking for something high end, Patioworld is a great place to start your search. They have, quite simply, the highest quality furniture that you just won’t be able to find anywhere else. Their pieces are unique and made by true artists. Clean lines, modern elements, but classical touches really characterize their pieces, though you’re likely to find something to fit almost any style.

Take some time to walk around their retail location because you are going to want to look at everything close up. If you don’t see what you want, talk to someone on the team to see if they can’t get something personalized just for you.

4. Terra Kids Outdoor

We’ve highlighted Terra Kids Outdoor before for some of their playgrounds and play

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Credit: Terra Kids


equipment, but they are also a great option for children’s patio furniture. Trying to get your child outdoors can be a bit of a tall order, but with some of these unique and fun pieces of furniture, it might just be a little easier.

The coolest piece by far is the Cacoon, which is a bit like a hanging tent. The double holds up to 440 pounds, so it is a great place for the entire family to spend some time outdoors.

5. World Market

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Credit: World Market

World Market is another option for a family who is looking for furniture but doesn’t have a whole lot to spend. They have basic and unique options that are still high quality. Affordability really is the highlight with them because you can’t get too much personalization.

Make sure to look through the weekly ad to see the sales that they have, as you can sometimes get something that is truly great, especially at the end of the season.

If you already have furniture, make sure to take a look at their patio accessories (especially the lighting), as these can really take your space to the next level.

6. Terra Patio

No matter what ideas you have for your outdoor living space, Terra Patio will be there to

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Credit: Terra Patio

make it a reality. From outdoor dining areas to sunbathing spa settings, you will find it all. There is a large selection as well so that everything you have can match.

From seating that you’d only expect to see at a resort to basic furniture that you won’t feel bad about leaving out in the elements, they truly do sell it all. Not only that, but they are willing to work with you to look through their vast inventory to find exactly what you want. If they can’t find it right away, they will keep looking until they do.

7. Hoot Judkins

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Credit: Hoot Judkins

If an outdoor dining area is what you are looking for, Hoot Judkins is by far the best place to go – especially if that includes children. Their outdoor dining rooms and chairs are easy to clean, easy to build, and easy to love. The team will work with you to make the selection process easy as well.

If you don’t see anything you like, they will even let you mix and match so that you can create your best outdoor dining area.

But that isn’t all they sell – their inventory also includes “deep seating sofas, chairs, love seats, ottomans, coffee tables and end tables.”

Let Econo Tree Service Help With Your Shade

Econo Tree Service understands that sometimes, trees can get in the way of your outdoor space. Whether they get in the way of the sun so you can’t sit and soak up some Vitamin D or they drop leaves (and worse) onto your brand new patio set, sometimes they have to go.

Whether you want to remove a single branch or an entire tree, Econo Tree Service provides affordable options for removals and tree trimming. Even better, we will help set up a maintenance plan so that your patio will always look great.

Give us a call today and we can set up an appointment for a free estimate for whatever work it is you need done.

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8 Hardscaping Companies in Redwood City

There is no place in the world that knows the power of natural beauty like Redwood City. However, even we can agree that sometimes nature needs a little bit of help. The best hardscaping companies in the world know how to mix together inorganic elements like wood and cement with the natural beauty of your backyard in order to create something truly special.

Hardscaping companies are plentiful, but that doesn’t always mean that the ones that you know about are the best. In fact, some hardscaping companies aren’t great at all. If you are looking for a hardscaping company in Redwood City, try one of these:

1. Garden Supply Hardscapes

From sweeping entryways to simplistic patios, Garden Supply Hardscapes can really

Credit: Garden Supply

Credit: Garden Supply

create beautiful lines and shapes in your yard using stone, concrete, bricks, and other materials. Their work is completely unique and it has a certain feel about it that you won’t get with other companies.

Most importantly, the team at Garden Supply Hardscapes will work with you to get what you want. While they can design from scratch, they are more than willing to work with your ideas as well.

2. Ideal Landscape & Concrete

Credit: Ideal Landscape

Credit: Ideal Landscape

Ideal Landscape & Concrete is a local favorite because they have all of the tools and equipment they need to get work done quickly. While many other companies are at the mercy of other companies to get certain aspects of the work done, Ideal Landscape & Concrete does everything themselves. This ensures that you get a completely personalized experience and that they have control over the quality.

They will do a lot of different things for you, including putting in sidewalks, patios, retaining walls, irrigation systems, and even driveways. You can work with them on the look and feel of these items, or you can get suggestions from them.

3. The Landscape Company

One of the overlooked features of hardscaping is lighting. While we don’t always see our

Credit: The Landscaping Company

Credit: The Landscape Company

yards at night, the effect of lighting cannot be overlooked. Even a few simple lights can really change the look of your yard and make it look better at any time of the day.

The Landscape Company can help you there – they have some of the highest quality lighting installation procedures around.

Even better, outdoor lighting adds a lot of safety and security to your yard. You will be able to see who and what is going into your yard and out of your yard. It will also allow you extend the hours you are outside because you’ll be able to safely move around.

4. Buck’s Water Features

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Credit: Buck’s

Buck’s Water Features creates hardscaping that not only adds a level of visual interest to your yard, but audio interest as well. Many people within Redwood City know and trust Buck’s because they have a proven reputation of delivering absolutely stunning results.

Their water features include fountains, ponds, and waterfalls made out of organic materials. They are extremely environmentally conscious, so you don’t have to worry about wasting water.

5. Petalon

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Credit: Petalon

Petalon is a commercial hardscape and landscape company that works to create uniform and durable hardscape elements that will stand up against just about anything. The strength of their materials and the knowledge of their team creates a type of durability that you just can’t find anywhere else.

They will do just about anything: add water elements, create scaling or steps, make concrete structures, or even install turf so that your business looks its best.

They will work with some of the most unique pieces of art as well, blending together something funky with something practical or giving you a whole new feel to something you already have.

6. Evergreen Supply

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Credit: Evergreen

Evergreen Supply has been a go to for people who want to do their own hardscaping since 1961. They provide a variety of garden, hardscaping, and landscaping supplies to just about everyone – from professionals to homeowners.

They have just about everything that you need to complete a project. If you have no idea what you need, they will take a look at what you want to do and suggest the different materials that you’ll need. If they don’t have it, they will reach out and try to get it to you as quickly as possible.

Not only that, but their materials are extremely high quality and will last you a long time, as long as you install them correctly.

7. Pazmany Bros.

From driveways to retaining walls, the Pazmany Bros are a great resource for your

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Credit: Pazmany Bros.

hardscaping needs. They build almost everything from scratch, creating beautiful and unique spaces that don’t fit the mold. You won’t find stock solutions here or mass produced tiles. Instead, you’ll find intricately placed stones and handcrafted patterns.

Pazmany Bros are a favorite to so many people in our area, perhaps because everything they do is so high quality and ends up setting a precedence in the neighborhood.

8. Lyngso

Lyngso just recently had a move, so many people aren’t aware that they are still around.

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Credit: Lyngso

However, they are and they are better than ever when it comes to stonework. If you aren’t in the position to pay for someone to do the hardscaping in your yard, you can buy the premium materials here and then do it yourself.

Just walking around their location will give you inspiration and they will be able to make your ideas a reality.

Keep it Neat with Econo Tree Service

Hardscaping takes a lot of time, effort, and money. Econo Tree Service can help you to make sure that your hardscaping job lasts a long time by keeping your trees in line. From cleaning land and pointing out potential problem areas (roots) before you even get the hardscaping installed to helping to keep the areas shaded or free of debris, we can help you with every step of the process.

For a free estimate, give us a call today and we can set up an appointment.

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7 Places for Fencing in Redwood City

In Redwood City, we like to spend a lot of time outdoors. However, if you have children or animals, it isn’t so easy to do that. You have to worry about people and things coming into your yard, people or things going out of your yard, and anything blowing around inside or out of it. Fencing can reduce the stress and allow you to relax a little bit.

But when it comes to fencing companies, how can you know which ones are good and which ones you should stay away from? We’ll break down some of the best in our area:

1. All Fence Company

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Credit: All Fence Company

For the last 27 years, All Fence Company has been serving the Redwood City area with some of the best fencing around at a great price. They have a full catalog of tools and designs to help you get what you want, no matter what it is. Radio-dispatching is even installed in their cars for quick, on the go help.


They offer up accurate estimates, always taking your budget into consideration and never making moves that would cost you more without your consent. They work with locally sourced woods, vinyl, iron, and chain link fencing for your business, residence, sports area, or any other needs you may have.

2. Plane & Stain

Plane & Stain is one of the most laid back companies that you’ll come into contact with,

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Credit: Plane & Stain

and that is a good thing. You will be able to level with them openly on everything, talking about maintenance, budget, and design elements without having to worry that they will talk down to you.

Their products are high quality and last a long time, giving you the best bang for your buck.

Customer satisfaction is one of their most important elements, as they have an “unparalleled commitment to client satisfaction. ”

Their work is so beautiful and will even offer up the chance to get a personalized look because of the control you have over the color.

3. Los Gatos Fence Company

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Credit: Los Gatos

Los Gatos Fence Company is one of the best fence and deck contractors in the area. They are able to build something completely from scratch in even the most complicated of yards. They’ll build you customized fencing that you won’t find anywhere else. They also create gates and other little areas that will make your yard more of an oasis.

Los Gatos will come to your home and help you work on a design for your fence and then give you a free estimate. This is whether you have an idea of what you want or not. They send out people who really know what they are talking about, not salesmen.

If security is something that you want, they can also add electric gates.

4. Bay Pacific Fence

It is rare to come across a company that is willing to listen to you. It is also rare to come

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Credit: Bay Pacific Fence

across a company that cares about something as simple as a fence. Bay Pacific Fence sees what they do as much more than fencing. Instead, they think of it as an art form that you have to work at every single day.

Constantly working on and adding to their skills, they currently work with wood fencing, chain link fencing, iron fencing, extensions, lattice, arbors, and decks. They will even use alternative materials if you ask them.

Even better, they back up all of their work with a great guarantee and will even teach you how to take care of it.

5.  Peninsula Fence

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Credit: Peninsula Fence

Sometimes fences can be absolutely beautiful, but they are far too expensive for most people to afford. This can be especially true if you have a large section of land to outfit with a fence. Unfortunately, too many people go without a fence because there is just nothing within their budget. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Peninsula Fence changes it and ma kes a fence more approachable for the common family. They are extremely affordable but still deliver a really high-quality product. They will take your budget, look it over, and then come up with an idea to help you. With over 15 years of experience, they have an extremely large clientele that will tell you just how great they are.

6. Redwood City Temporary Fences

Temporary fences might sound a bit strange to someone who has never heard of them.

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Credit: Redwood City Temporary Fences

However, a temporary fence might be needed for an activity in your yard, a construction project, or even to help train dogs. Redwood City Temporary Fences allows you to rent a temporary fence that is still really high quality.

When you think about a rental product, you might think of something that is cheap or poor quality, but that isn’t the case here. They will work with you on different kinds of fences so that you can have a sleek look for your event or a sturdy fence for a construction project.

7. Durham Fence


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Aluminum fencing, wood fencing, universal fencing, privacy fencing, picket fencing, semi-privacy fencing, post & rail fencing, railing, arbors, pergolas – you name it, and Durham Fence can give it to you.

They are the leading provider of fence sales and installations in the area. With over 30 years of experience, they know a lot about fences and while they stay on top of the latest trends, they also don’t abandon what really works.

Allow Econo Tree Service to Help You

Getting a fence can already be a bit of an investment, so getting ready for installation shouldn’t be expensive. Econo Tree Service can help you to clear your land and get ready for your fence. From removing tree stumps to taking down entire trees, we’ll be there to ensure your yard is ready in time.

After your fence has been installed, you will want to ensure that it stays sturdy and beautiful. As much as we hate to say it, trees can really do a number on your fence. We can help you clean them up by trimming branches or removing the tree while safely avoiding the fence.

No matter what service you need, give us a call today.

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7 Places in Redwood City for Ponds

There are few elements that add more to your yard than a pond will (except maybe trees). Ponds not only give you something absolutely gorgeous to look at if they are done correctly, but they also give you a different element in your yard that brings in wildlife, gives ambient noise, and is easy to take care of.

Ponds are difficult to work with if you don’t have the knowledge, however, and should be installed by a professional. There are far too many ways that installing one can go wrong and you are just left with a mess – one leak and you can get sinkholes, damage, and even rotting to your yard, trees, or home.

Try these local businesses to get the best pond around:

1. Pond Art

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Credit: Pond Art

If you want a full-service pond company that won’t just install your pond and leave, but also help with maintenance and cleanings, Pond Art might be the best place to go. Known for installing beautiful waterfalls as well as ponds, this local company has 22 years of experience in the Redwood City area.

The workers are extremely knowledgeable about working with ponds in special circumstances. They also help with things like rainwater retention and other green solutions to the current drought problem, allowing you to have your pond filled without the guilt.

2. Buck’s Water Features

Buck’s Water Features is another company that so many people in the Redwood City area

Credit: Buck's Water Features

Credit: Buck’s Water Features

know and trust. They have been installing all kinds of water features, including ponds, fountains, and koi ponds, for years. Some of their results have been absolutely stunning.

They definitely have some of the best prices in the area, especially for ponds that require a little bit more work. The team is extremely hard working and tries to stay on schedule as much as they can, but they are still friendly.

Note that they also work on repairs for ponds if you have any issues with your pond after it has been installed – whether you worked with them or not.

3. Creative Ponds

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Credit: Creative Ponds

A local family business since 1983, Creative Ponds is another resource for people who want truly spectacular ponds, especially koi ponds. They also specialize in ponds that are a little more modern looking, with recessed water, concrete walls, and other special features that will push your pond over the top. Of course, they still make more natural looking ponds as well.

If you are looking for a business that really cares about its customers and doesn’t take shortcuts, then this just might be the business for you. The team at Creative Ponds really takes their work seriously and wants to ensure that you have a great experience with them.

Customer service is so important, and you will get some of the best here.

4. De La Vega Landscapers

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Credit: De La Vega Landscaping

There are just some ponds that can take your breath away as soon as you see them. De La Vega Landscapers actively try to make those ponds a reality all throughout the Redwood City area. They also work on other water features like pool fountains, waterfall walls, streams, bird baths, and more – so you know they know their way around water.

This company really works to create an overall look to your backyard, and they want you to challenge them. If you have a dream look, don’t be afraid to ask them to reach for the stars because they are well within reach.

And if you don’t have ideas, they can help you there as well.

5. California Aqua Pros

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Credit: California Aqua Pros

Representing the third generation in the pond business, California Aqua Pros is a family business that has a name so many people trust. They work not only on ponds, but on spas, pools, and other water features. If you want, you can even find a way to make them all flow together (not really, but it will look that way).

One of the reasons that this company is one of the best in Redwood City is because they are constantly staying on top of their craft. On their website, they highlight the different expos and conventions that they go to, which shows that they are always trying to learn more and be better – something anyone in any industry should do.

And when you see the results, you will see just how much it paid off.

6. Pondman

Sounding a little bit like a superhero, Pondman will be around to save your yard from the

Credit: Pondman

Credit: Pondman

mundane and boring. With over 20 years of experience, this team has the creativity and resourcefulness to do some really great work when given the chance.

This team is really passionate about what they do, and they want the world to know about the different resources that we have. They take the environment into consideration when they build, and they always stay realistic about what is possible. But still, they get some of the most magical results out of any pond service in the Redwood Area. Some of their work is breathtaking.

They will also perform maintenance on ponds.

7. Hallmark Fine Gardens

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Credit: Hallmark Fine Gardens

Hallmark Fine Gardens is an absolutely talented team of people that will create some of the best water features around. They excel at making streams that create movement and lines throughout your yard.

This team really excels at professionalism and making sure that you get what you want. However, this doesn’t come at the cost of friendliness, which they also have in spades. You get the best of both worlds.

If you have an idea, but you aren’t sure how it is going to turn out, give Hallmark Fine Gardens a call and they will work through solutions with you.

Keep Your Pond Running Clean

Your pond is going to require some work from you as well – or at least someone else that you hire. You see, the water that flows through the pond is directly impacted by everything around it. If you get too many leaves in your pond, it can start to turn green, which is a hard problem to reverse. If a branch falls on your pond, the cost to fix it might be up there with getting a new one.

At Econo Tree Service, we have worked with tons of yards that have ponds, keeping the leaves clear of the water and the branches from interfering with the design. It is a delicate balance, but it can be done with a practiced hand.

We can also help you if you need to have space cleared so that you can get the pond of your dreams. Give us a call today at (650) 200-2495 and we can start the process with a free estimate.

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7 Places to Shop for a Dream Treehouse

In Redwood City, we love trees. That is just a part of our culture. We also love to be outside, and that is something we want to instill in our children.

What better way to do that than by building them an absolutely amazing tree house? Tree houses are the ultimate toy for children, and it encourages them to go outside, play, use their imaginations, build friendships, and get some exercise.

However, you do need to be careful about getting the best quality tools and equipment for that tree house. Before you look anywhere else, try these businesses:

1. Hayward Lumber

If you want to build every square inch of the tree house by yourself, then you need to find

Credit: Hayward

Credit: Hayward

the best lumber. Hayward Lumber is a name that you can trust to buy lumber of any kind.

The team at Hayward will treat you with respect and help you figure out just about whatever you need – from flooring to walls to roofing. They won’t skip over you because you aren’t building a home, and they will make it their personal responsibility to get you the safest tools.

If you don’t have a truck, they also have delivery options.

2. Cheeky Monkey Toys

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Credit: Cheeky Monkey

A tree house isn’t anything if it isn’t stocked with toys, gadgets, and activities to do while you are inside of the tree house. Cheeky Monkey Toys is a great local resource for toys of all kinds. You can go to their location, or you can have them shipped to you.

The toys aren’t only fun and high quality, they are also educational and long lasting. Your children will be able to play with tunnels, trampolines, parachutes, swings, ladders, and anything else you can imagine that will make this tree house one of the best places on the block.

3. O.K. Lumber Company

O.K. Lumber Company is a family owned company that has been around for years, and

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Credit: O.K. Lumber Company

they have helped with more than a few tree houses in their time.

Their team is a bit smaller than some of the others, but that doesn’t mean they don’t give you support, respect, and attention. In fact, they will treat you like you are building a mansion.

They also have a ton of other supplies, including windows, doors, and even interior design items. If you need help with things like permits, they are also willing to walk you through the process of that as well.

4.  Terra Kids

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Credit: Terra Kids

We’ve highlight Terra Kids before, but we are doing it again because this is one of the best places to go to have a kid that loves to go outside. In fact, with anything from this store, you are ensuring that your kids won’t want to come inside and watch TV or play on their tablets.

If you have a child that wants a tree house, but you don’t have the tree for it (we’ll get to that later), then you can buy one of the pre-made houses that you can set in your yard, or just next to the tree. These are great for younger children who you don’t quite trust to actually get into the tree house.

5. Bruce Bauer Lumber

We are including another lumber company on the list, Bruce Bauer Lumber, for a few

Credit: Bruce Bauer

Credit: Bruce Bauer

different reasons.

The first is that this is one of the only lumber companies that will allow you to bring in a plan – which you can draw yourself or find online – and they will look over everything to get you the supplies you need. This means that there won’t be multiple trips to the store or things that fall apart after a few weeks of use.

Instead, you will have items that you never even thought you would need – things like bug spray, water proofing spray, and insulation. You will walk away prepared to make the best tree house you possibly can – and your family deserves that.

6. Building Backyard Fun

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Credit: Building Backyard Fun

A tree house can be a part of a bigger play system, and Building Backyard Fun can help create that system. They have over 100 different types of swing sets, including those that have tree houses attached. This is a great resource for people who don’t have the trees, but they do have the trust in their children.

They even offer up solutions for smaller yards, so that you don’t have to worry about the space issue.

Finally, you can personalize the swing set to match up with your own personal tastes – whether that means you get a swing set with a climbing wall and a tire swing or a tree house and three separate swings.

7.  Tom’s Outdoor Furniture

What fun is a tree house that doesn’t have anything inside of it? A good tree house needs

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Credit: Tom’s

furniture and accessories that make it really pop – and extend its life.

However, you can just find an old sofa on Craigslist and put it in the tree house. Tree houses face the elements, so you need to get furniture that can do that as well. Tom’s Outdoor Furniture can provide you with high quality furniture that you will only have to take in and out once – not yearly, like you would with something designed for inside.

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture has a ton of different options that you can choose from, including sets that you can buy for your yard with individual chairs or tables that would go great into a tree house.

Keep Your Tree House Safe

Tree houses are the epitome of childhood, but that isn’t always a good thing. Too many people can say they got a broken arm or leg because they were in an unsafe tree house. Econo Tree Service can help you to ensure your trees are safe.

From inspecting them for signs of damage, to keeping them trimmed so that you don’t have any errant branches poking in, Econo Tree Service will be there to keep all structures on your property safe.

Give us a call today at (650) 200-2495 for an affordable tree service company in the Redwood City area.

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