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Excel Tech: Experts in turf, weeds and trees

From page HGS9 | April 29, 2013 |

Although there are many advantages to owning a home and property, there is at least one downside: maintenance. Here in El Dorado County, star thistle, poison oak, mistletoe, bark beetles and so on are more than enough keep residents busy. But there’s good news. Excel Tech Inc. specializes in turf control and can handle any job so homeowners don’t have to.

“We do just about anything in the weed and tree business,” says Todd Schindler, president of Excel Tech. “From pest control and tree pruning to brush removal and root aeration, you name it and we do it. About the only thing we don’t do is mowing.”

Schindler opened Excel Tech in Shingle Springs in 1991, but he’s actually been in the turf control business much longer. Schindler has a BS in Agricultural Biology from Cal State Bakersfield and started working in the field in 1974. Although he is licensed to do both agricultural and structural pest control, he’s chosen to stay focused on agriculture. It’s one of many ways he’s shown his dedication to providing customers with the best service possible.

“What we do is very specialized. We do a lot of continuing education because everything’s so complicated. It’s not just about using a compound or chemicals to do a job. There are new ideas and methods and techniques all the time. It’s a lot to keep up with.”

Currently Excel Tech Inc. has three technicians including Schindler and two full-time office staff. All of the technicians are licensed and certified and trained by Schindler. The company hasn’t focused much on advertising in the past few years. It hasn’t had to. By doing top-quality work for customers, new jobs have come rolling in via referrals all by themselves.

“We come out and do the job right,” said Schindler. “We have the education and experience and are going to use the right materials for the right job. If we can’t do a job we’ll find someone who can, and we consult experts in the field if we have any questions. Very few people can do what we do. It’s not something you can just order off the Internet.”

Turf control can be hard work. On any given day Schindler and his technicians might be climbing trees to do mistletoe control, clearing star thistle from a horse pasture, fighting poison oak on a 50-acre lot or spraying large oak trees for oak worms. Every job is different, and that’s part of what Schindler likes about it.

“Every day is different and every job its own unique challenge,” said Schindler. “We don’t just give prices over the phone; we custom build every client’s service. It definitely keeps things interesting.”

In addition to working hard in the field, Excel Tech also recognizes the importance of giving back to the community. The company makes donations to local charities whenever possible and will go the extra mile to help someone in need.

“We’ve had some clients for 20 years who’ve been hard pressed like everyone else during the last few years,” said Schindler. “We don’t charge them; we just take care of them. It’s important to us to show that we really do care.”

Visit our booth at the El Dorado Home and Garden Show, May 3-5, and enter to win $500 worth of service from Excel Tech, Inc. In addition, anyone interested can receive 40 percent off any service requested at the home show. For more information about Excel Tech, Inc., please visit or call (530) 677-3183.



Jessica Cyphers



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