Caring for Twin Cities trees since 1967
Shadywood Tree Experts and Landscaping is a family owned and operated company that has taken care of trees in the Twin Cities since 1967. Customer service is our #1 priority, and our ratings show it.
We have ISA Certified Arborists on staff who will advise the best plan for your trees including trimming, fertilizing, disease prevention and pest control.
Shadywood is fully licensed, bonded and insured.
Shadywood gives back to the community
At Shadywood Tree Experts, we care about our employees, our customers, and the communities we live and work in. Giving back to our communities has always been an important part of our company since it was founded in 1967. We are committed to giving to causes that are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities and connect with our employees' passions and interests. We volunteer our time and pay employees to volunteer to help our communities create a better tomorrow for their residents. Below is a small sampling of the charitable giving and volunteering our employees have been a part of this year.
The Sandwich Project - Shadywood Tree Experts made and delivered 1,000 sandwiches (and counting) for distribution to people experiencing homelessness. The Sandwich Project’s starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible, with the ultimate goal of doing it every day of the year. Today, they are helping to feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and food shelves.
Saluting Branches - Each year Shadywood Tree Experts joins a group of certified arborists to help maintain the Fort Snelling cemetery. There are 119 veterans’ cemeteries throughout the country, many of which require professional arborist care for their trees. From structural pruning to removals, these veterans cemeteries need assistance to ensure their properties are safe and beautiful spaces for all who visit.
MN PKU Foundation - Shadywood Tree Experts has sponsored a golf hole and/or funded staff to play in the Puttin’ for PKU charity fundraiser each year for several years.
Minnesota Society of Arboriculture - Shadywood Tree Experts sponsors the annual tree climbing championship and has staff volunteer at the event to help make it a success and promote excellence and safety in the industry. The Minnesota Society of Arboriculture is a non-profit organization who advances the education, science, technology and practice of arboriculture and community forestry, through awareness, appreciation and benefits to our residential tree communities.
It all started with Brian Curtis, who started Shadywood Tree Experts when he was in his 20s, back in 1967. He followed in the footsteps of his dad Bill and older brother, Bill Jr., who owned Vet's Tree Service in Bloomington. Back then Shadywood headquarters was Brian's basement office in Minnetonka, and there was no such thing as a certified arborist.
Brian grew a successful company from scratch with no formal training in business, and for decades he divided his time between making estimates and climbing trees. What began in the 1960s as little more than Brian, a ragtag crew, and whatever equipment he could scrape together, is now one of the most well-respected tree companies in the Twin Cities.
Shadywood has always been a huge part of the Curtis family. Brian's wife Sid helped run the business for decades, and his three kids all learned the value of a hard day's work at Shadywood. If you were big enough to drag brush, rake yards, or make copies in the office, you helped out. After college and a year traveling abroad, Keith Curtis started back at Shadywood and learned the business, becoming an expert in in his own right. Today he's an ISA Certified Arborist.
Shadywood's new ownership (2017)
As Brian neared retirement, the question of Shadywood's future came into play. In January 2017 the company moved on to the next generation when Keith, his sister Kelli and brother-in-law Mike purchased the business together.
Best of all, Brian still helps out with estimates when he's not golfing, relaxing at his lake home, or enjoying winters in Arizona.