Rods Tree Service

About Rod's Tree Service

Rod’s Tree Service, Inc. (RTS) is a 3rd-generation family-owned business based out of San Clemente, CA. RTS is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We have been servicing South Orange County since our founder, Richard R. Rodriguez (ROD), began in the tree industry in 1964. Rod, a Yaqui Indian from Pascua Village in Tucson, AZ, made his way to California via the United States Marine Corps in the mid-1950s. After the service, Rod began working as a city employee for the City of San Clemente while also serving as a reserve Police Officer for the San Clemente Police Department. During his tenure as a Reserve Police Officer Rod found his passion for the tree business, responding to an incident involving a vehicle and a tree. At that time there were no local tree services, so Rod bought a pickup truck and chainsaw, and began tree service work on weekends.  It got to the point where he was so busy that Rod’s Tree Service was established. Aside from tree work, Rod cemented himself as a prominent figure in the community via volunteer work with numerous community events, functions, and local service clubs.

After the passing of our beloved founder/grandfather, the business is owned and operated by the next generation of Arborists. Richard R. Rodriguez (Rick) is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Operations from Humboldt State University, he started working for Rod’s Tree Service in 2007. Alex Gonzales has been working at Rods Tree Service since 2009. He is the epitome of hard work and dedication, he started as a grounds-man and worked his way up to being a business owner of Rod’s Tree Service. Matt Garcia is an ISA Certified Arborist, started splitting firewood during his summers in middle school. He has worked hard to improve his tree knowledge and to get his Class A driver license and become a business owner of his grandfather’s business. Jason Garcia took a leadership role in the business after graduating high school in 2007, beginning as a foreman, earning a Commercial Driver’s License, and becoming our Field Operations Manager. Being bilingual he has impacted our business with his leadership of teaching and practicing a safe working environment for our crews.

The four of us have grown up idolizing our grandfather, we are eager to expand on the foundation he set forth for us in the tree industry, as well as continue the company’s community involvement. Rod’s Tree Service, Inc. has built a solid customer base of loyal returning homeowners, landscape contractors, property management companies, Homeowners Associations, real estate agents, and commercial properties. We pride ourselves on working with other local businesses to keep business local.

Awards and Achievements
-1996 San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Rod Rodriguez
-2001 San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Rod’s Tree Service
-2020 San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, Rick Rodriguez
-2020 San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, Rod Rodriguez
-Wall of Recognition City of San Clemente, Rod Rodriguez