About Us

Help for Your Trees

Chris Ruch and Tony Hayden, Owners of Expert Tree Service
Chris Ruch and Tony Hayden, Owners of Expert Tree Service

Our experienced Certified Arborists are ready to help with all your tree care needs. We carefully evaluate each tree from the roots up. You can count on us to recommend what is best for you and your trees.

You’ll get a beautiful yard, protect your investment in your trees, and save time and money.

We take care of your tree care. Spend your precious free time enjoying life.

Locally owned since 1986, we’ve helped thousands of families and businesses throughout the Twin Cities, Western Wisconsin, Menomonie, Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley.

You’ll get exceptional service from the first contact to the final clean up. We stand behind our work to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Find out why we’ve been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for over 10 years in a row!

5/5

These guys are awesome.
Very professional, customer friendly, and very knowledgeable. Cleaned up everything when they were done. A very very good job.
-William, Rosemount

Meet Our Team

Tony Hayden, Co-Owner

Tony Hayden

Co-Owner

I’m an ISA Certified Arborist, with over 20 years of experience in the tree care industry. I’m skilled at determining just what your trees need to bring them back to health and beauty. 

I’m passionate about providing great service to our customers and making sure you are happy with our work.

I love playing hockey, downhill skiing with my family, and playing golf with my kids.

Chris Ruch, Co-Owner

Chris Ruch

Co-Owner

I’m an ISA Certified Arborist with a degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. I have over 20 years of experience, and I take pride in  understanding each tree’s overall system to ensure its health from the roots up.

I’m a competitive tree climber, earning my way into 6 master’s challenges, a state championship, and an international ranking. I love outdoor recreation and spending time with my family.

Monica Nusser, Office Manager

Monica Nusser

Office Manager

I’ve been with Expert Tree since 2014, and I am the friendly person you talk with when you call our office.

I handle our customer service, billing, and back office support. I really enjoy serving as a link between our customers and crews in the field.

I have three amazing kids that keep me busy. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family.

Thomas Rand, Plant Health Care Manager

Thomas Rand

PHC Manager

I’m the Plant Health Care Manager, and I’ve been with Expert Tree Service since 2018. This is my 4th season treating trees! I specialize in a client-focused approach to diagnosing what is wrong with your trees, and what will be the best course of action for treatment. I’m studying to become an ISA Certified Arborist.

I also serve as the Safety Coordinator for Expert Tree. Safety is a particularly important part of our company’s mission. I have served in a similar capacity for previous employers. I have a BA in Civic Engagement from Metro State University and a CNC Tool Making Diploma from St. Paul College.

I enjoy listening to jazz music, playing hockey with my three children, and fishing at my family cabin in Polk County, WI.

Jason Rasmussen, Sales Manager

Jason Rasmussen

Sales Manager, MN

I began my career in the tree industry 20 years ago.  Starting out in an entry-level position, I quickly realized how important this ever-evolving industry really is. I became skilled at tree climbing, and competed at the local tree climbing competitions where I placed in the top 10 two years in a row.

I climbed my way through the ranks and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2009. I also earned a CTSP (Certified Tree Care Safety Professional) and achieved various leadership positions. I’m now the  Sales Manager for Expert Tree Service, and take great pride in working directly with clients. 

I enjoy spending time with my family, going to classic car shows, and camping out on the ice fishing for Walleyes.

Jason Skutt, ,WI Sales

Jason Skutt

Sales-WI

I’ve been with Expert Tree since 2016. I have a degree in Park and Land Management from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

My love for tree work began with being outdoors as a young boy in the northern forests of Wisconsin, helping my father harvest pulpwood. This instilled a strong work ethic and knowledge, and has led me into a great career in the tree care industry for over 20 years.

I love competitive Bass fishing, and enjoying a great meal at one of the area’s restaurants with family and friends.

The Expert Tree Service Team

The Expert Tree Service Team

5/5

Definitely recommend and would definitely use again!!
It went great! First point of contact was with a woman at the office. She was friendly, professional and helpful. Tony got back to me quickly and came out to give us an estimate. He was also friendly, professional and helpful and very clear about the steps to getting the job done…no curve balls. His quote seemed straightforward and reasonable.  He scheduled the date and time to do the work and his crew showed up on time and diligently got all the work done. I actually think our yard looked cleaner when they left then when they showed up! We were very impressed with the work Tony and his crew did! And also we were impressed with the communication.  Tony was patient and helpful in explaining all steps of tree removal and trimming. It was a great learning experience for us!
-Stephen, Minneapolis

Why Choose Expert Tree Service & Science?

What Sets Us Apart

Certified Arborists


Our ISA Certified Arborists have years of training and experience.

We'll thoroughly assess the condition of your trees and give you honest advice on the best course of action.



Fully Licensed & Insured


We are licensed by the states of MN and WI. Our arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

We are fully insured, including workers' compensation and general liability. We are happy to provide you with a certificate of insurance sent to you directly from our insurance company.

Prompt & Courteous Service

We are friendly and quickly respond to your calls.

We thoroughly explain the work to be done, and patiently answer your questions.

We want you to be fully satisfied!

Work Area Left Neat & Clean

We respect your property, and work hard to protect your lawn, home and other trees.

You get exceptional clean up. We always leave your property looking better than when we arrived.

Committed to Safety


We have an excellent safety record, and work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our crews and your property.

Specialized training ensures maximum safety as we work around electrical utilities.



Trustworthy & Reliable


Locally owned since 1986, our customers trust use to do the job right, and give them clear, honest answers.

We work hard on every project to demonstrate our reputation for client-focused, honest tree care.

We stand behind our work, and make sure you are happy.

5/5

Excellent Service.
Professional, fair price, thorough job, cleaned up completely afterward. Happy with service–would use again.
-Andrew, St. Paul

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