Cutting Edge Tree Services & Arbor Master, Inc

Our Background

Cutting Edge Tree Services & Arbor Master, Inc. are proud to be Northern Iowa’s leader in tree care and plant health services. Founded in October of 2002 by ISA Certified Arborist Kevin Hardy, we're committed to helping home and business owners preserve, protect, and beautify their trees. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to offer the highest standard of quality in tree care.

Our tree care experts are trained to spot and treat problems such as disease or insect infested trees. We follow stringent guidelines and adhere to standards set by the Tree Care Industry Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.

Our Service Area

Based in Mason City, we serve residential, commercial, and municipal customers throughout Northern Iowa including Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Floyd, Hancock, Winnebago, and Worth counties, as well as adjacent areas.

What to Expect

  • ISA-Certified Arborists committed to the highest standard of ethics in tree care
  • Knowledgeable and courteous staff devoted to safety and continuous improvement
  • Proper tree pruning in accordance with ANSI A300
  • Surface-friendly equipment to minimize turf damage
  • Timely arrival and completion of work
  • Complete cleanup and waste removal
  • FREE estimates and consultations
  • A commitment to improving the community - one tree at a time

Company Timeline



    We began offering non-invasive tree climbing services. The International Society of Arboriculture banned the use of spikes or spurs when climbing trees to be pruned because of the damaging effects to the tree's cambium tissue. The cambium tissue sends water, nutrients, and sugars throughout the tree.



    We began using Alturnamats and TrakMats, or ground protection mats, to improve traction when traveling across turf, to eliminate leaving ruts in our clients' yards, and to help avoid compacting the soil around trees with the use of heavy equipment.


    We began using an arborist block and tackle tree rigging system designed to eliminate cambium scalding friction abrasion on trunk & branch crotch regions caused when lowering limbs using natural crotch rigging.



    Kevin Hardy became a certified chemical applicator. We began offering an array of tree treatment services to improve the health of our client's trees.



    Owner Kevin Hardy became an ISA Certified Arborist. The purpose of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certification Program is to improve the level of knowledge and standard of practice within the tree care profession. The program is designed to assist the public in identifying those professional in arboriculture who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of tree care practices.



    We acquired a 4X4 aerial bucket truck with a 60-foot working height for removing taller trees. The addition of a second aerial bucket allows us to conduct jobs safer, more efficiently, and complete separate jobs simultaneously.



    We built a new 6000 sqft shop to keep its equipment protected from Iowa's harsh environmental conditions. We also began building a new office at 400 North Monroe Avenue in Mason City.



    We moved into our new office and acquired a new Aerial bucket truck.



    We built a custom chip truck with a higher capacity chip box to reduce our miles on the road per job, an environmental and economical improvement.



    Our crew became certified as Line Clearance Arborists, the OSHA/ANSI requirement to come within 10 feet of power lines while trimming trees.

The Whole Job Was a Success

The whole job was a success to me, from the removing of the trees, the stumps, filling in with dirt, planting of the new tree, trimming the other tree to the cleanup. You did an amazing job, and in record time. You have a hard working crew.

Dianna, Garner IA

Will Undoubtedly Look to You Again

I will undoubtedly look to Cutting Edge Tree Services again in the future for additional work with trees around historic preservation.

Sarah, Clear Lake IA

Totally Pleased

Totally pleased with your work at our Clear Lake property! Thank you, thank you!

Ann & Mike, Des Moines IA

Fantastic Job

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic job you did on my yard. The front tree looks amazing, and the backyard without the trees is a wonderful sight.

Dianna, Garner IA