Arbor Care & Pest Control Division Manager
Phil Buck brings more than 35 years of experience to the Crawford Landscaping team. Buck grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Forestry from Clemson University in 1980. He immediately started working for Davey Tree Expert Company, which is the largest residential and commercial tree service and landscape service in the United States. Buck moved to Florida in 1984 and in 1997 he opened a branch office for Davey Tree in Naples, which he grew from scratch.
Before joining Crawford Landscaping in 2009, Buck worked as the city arborist for the City of Naples. He’s a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, which there are less than 500 of in the world. Buck is also a Florida Certified Horticultural Professional (FCHP) and has a commercial pesticide operator’s license with the State of Florida.
“When I came to Crawford Landscaping in 2009 my job was to grow the tree division,” says Buck, Arbor Care Division Manager. “I’ve grown this division from $300,000 a year in revenue to $1 million a year in revenue. We’re growing and we continue to grow.”
Buck says the Arbor Care Division is much more than cutting trees. He says he takes pride in Crawford Landscaping’s ability to diagnose tree problems, install lighting systems, tree restoration and more. “When we go out on the client’s property to look at their trees, we see if there are any issues to be remedied. Then we put together a plan for the balance of the year, next year and the next five years.”
Buck says he is also excited to bring a new GPS service to Crawford Landscaping that maps out all trees on the property. “Tree inventory is so important, especially in a place where hurricanes occur. My clients can use the data to appraise each tree and establish a value of loss after severe storms.”
Buck says he’s proud of the team he’s helped develop at Crawford Landscaping. “We have a lot of knowledgeable professional people. The dedication to safety and doing a good job is something that I am very proud of. “
In his free time Buck and his wife enjoy traveling, playing tennis and spending time with their three daughter and three grandchildren. Buck is the president of the Royal Palm Chapter of the Florida Nursery Growers Landscaping Association (FNGLA) and is on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chapter of the ISA.