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.



    The Arbor Master team adopted the Arborjet methodology of trunk injection to improve our practices with pesticide applications. We began using the Tree IV system to put 100% of the most effective product for Emerald Ash Borer prevention directly into trees because Tree-Age has been proven to be more economical and environmentally responsible than removing Ash trees. Not only does saving trees save the homeowner money, but Arborjet has provided us with the tools to do it with minimal impact on pollinators we love like bees and butterflies!



    We teamed up with All Energy Solar to install solar panels that provide the Cutting Edge headquarters with renewable electricity year round. The energy savings combined with a REAP grant from the USDA have given us the confidence to tell other businesses and property owners that it is worth it for anyone considering solar as a step toward "going green."



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



    In November of 2015, we attended the TCIA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA to purchase and pick up our EasyLift 70-36AJ. The EasyLift is like a bucket truck on tracks, providing our aerial arborists with 70 feet working height while only needing a 36" gate opening to access most properties. Whether lakeside or in a tight backyard situation, the EasyLift is also lightweight enough to do tree work without leaving massive ruts associated with the larger bucket trucks. We were so pleased with the 70-36AJ that we sold it and immediately upgraded to the EasyLift 87-48AJ in 2017 to get up to an 87 foot working height.



    Arbor Master and Cutting Edge leaders, Jesse Fox and Jeremy Glenney, combined their talents to move one of the largest trees ever transplanted in our area as part of a conservancy project in Clear Lake, IA. Jesse and his team dug the 30 ft tall cottonwood out of the swamp at Sister's Prairie using our Air Spade's supersonic air knife technology to excavate the roots without damaging them. Then, Jeremy and the Cutting Edge crew used their advanced rigging technique to lift the tree out of its hole and onto a pontoon to be ferried out to Lone Tree Point, where both companies worked together to plant the majestic poplar.

A Well-Oiled Machine

You guys are amazing! What a well-oiled machine. All that teamwork and in the rain to boot. That is dedication. Big storm damage mess cleared up in 2 hours. And to think our job was only the first on your list that day. Thanks so much.

Deb, Charles City, IA

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

Taking Immediate Action

Rarely at a loss for words I am struggling to express the depth of my gratitude to Kevin for taking immediate action to safely remove a tree at our house.

Melissa Norris, Clear Lake, IA

Totally Pleased

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

Ann & Mike, Des Moines, IA