The Story of Liscombe Tree Service
I was 17 years old and starting my senior year when I found out my girlfriend (now wife) and I had a baby on the way. My daughter Sophia was born one month before my high school graduation and was there in the audience as I walked across the stage to accept my diploma. You may be wondering what any of this has to do with a tree service, my answer – everything.
With a new family of my own to provide for and little real world experience, I did the only thing I knew how, what I had seen my dad do every day for the past 18 years of my life as a union carpenter – I set out to make a living with my hands, through sweat and hard work in the labor field.
I earned an entry-level groundsman position with a Commercial Utility Tree Company, clearing power lines and learning the ropes of this industry. I had no real interest in trees at the time. I simply needed to put a roof over my family’s head and food on the table. I started at the bottom, doing the back-breaking work of dragging brush every day. I went on to learn the art of climbing trees through a few experienced guys on my crew who were willing to teach me their old-school methods. Within three years, I earned my ISA certification and worked all the way to the highest-level position of journeyman foreman, leading a crew of my own.
By now, with a three-year-old daughter at home and a stack of bills to pay each month, even with my full-time income we were living paycheck to paycheck. I emptied the small amount I had in savings to buy a beat-up trailer and a chainsaw and began hustling for side work in the evenings after work and every weekend. Even more than a hard worker and family man, I was a hustler at heart. Many around me had their doubts, they counseled me to seek out a formal education with my spare time instead, some even attempted to guilt me into staying small by suggesting I be content with what I had. I resisted and was fully committed to the idea in my heart and mind that I was capable of a life without limits to my time, finances, and freedoms.
During this time, the word “no” was not a part of my vocabulary. If there was an opportunity for money to be made, I confidently accepted whatever challenge was being thrown my way even when I didn’t know how I would execute it. With no real plan other than to make money, I continued along the path I had forged figuring it out one day at a time. This led to thousands of mistakes, many great stories and the official founding of Liscombe Tree Service LLC in April of 2016 – when I quit my full-time job at 22 years old and made a bet on myself and my side hustle to provide a better future for my family.
Since that day in 2016, with the irreplaceable support of a few loyal team members, LTS has grown exponentially. From a humble two-man operation all the way to the number one rated professional tree service in Saint Charles County. Our daily focus remains the same, to provide the highest quality experience to our customers – exceeding their expectations from the first phone call to clean up on the job site and earning their referral to family, friends and neighbors.
Our Companies bigger purpose has shifted over the years, what started out as a goal of providing a better future for my family has transformed into a mission of providing well-rounded lives and financially secure futures to our loyal LTS team members and their families at home. We serve the community with initiative, integrity and accountability, we leave work – at work, affording us the freedom and finances to enjoy the more important parts of life.
-Todd Liscombe / Owner
We Own it:
At Liscombe Tree Service, we value honesty and accountability. Every team member is honest with themselves and accountable to each other. We accept challenges and go above and beyond to meet your needs and expectations. Whatever the outcome. We make it right.
We Take Initiative:
As problem-solvers passionate about challenging ourselves, we do what needs to be done. We haven’t faced a tree care or removal project that we couldn’t complete safely and efficiently.
We Have Integrity:
We stand by our word and work. Our over 50 years of combined tree care experience in the St. Charles County area attests to our commitment to doing what’s right and never compromising quality and customer care.
We Are Creative:
Solution-driven, we approach every situation with an open mind knowing that we have the knowledge and skill to meet any challenge. We excel when situations require a creative approach and out-of-the-box thinking.
We continually look for new approaches, techniques, and technology to help us work more effectively and efficiently. By enjoying the journey, celebrating the highs, and finding lessons in the lows, we get better at what we do, which enables us to serve you better.
We Are a Team: We work together to win together.
We Create a Positive Impact:
Liscombe Tree Services strives to recycle and repurpose the trees and debris we create while keeping you safe to minimize our environmental impact. We participate in community events and help wherever we can. Whether serving you, our community, or at home, we seek ways to improve our world.