About Us

About Us

Tree Loving Care has been giving TLC to the trees of West Texas since 1978. For all of those years, we have been friendly to the environment and we use methods that are sustainable.

We have a wide service area including Lubbock, Midland, and Wolfforth, TX. Please also visit us at our tree nursery located at 6740 E. FM 1585 in Ropesville. You can select the next addition to your yard!

Our Arborists love your trees and landscape as if it were their own and develop a program for your yard that makes sense and will provide the best for you and your family. You can have complete peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are a company that loves trees, offers an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

Our awards and associations include:

Texas Arborist of the Year

James Tuttle
Certified Arborist (TX0117A)

James Tuttle was in the first group of arborists to test for certification at the inception of the program, becoming one of the first Certified Arborists in the state of Texas. For the first several years of the program, he was the only one between Ft Worth and Albuquerque. He has mentored many of the now approaching 40 Certified Arborists in West Texas. This was cited as one of the reasons he was honored in 2007 as Texas Arborist of the Year by the Texas Chapter of ISA. He has been judging the Texas Tree Climbing Championship for over 25 years and chaired the event for two years.

James served on the Texas Chapter Board of Directors for 9 years including serving as President in 2003-04. He has served on numerous other boards in the Lubbock community including Lubbock Memorial Arboretum Foundation, Keep Lubbock Beautiful and Native Plant Society of Texas/Lubbock.

This dedication to community has translated to Tree Loving Care's involvement in many projects over the years. Tree Loving Care has sponsored a tree care project for Arbor Day for over 25 years. These projects range from tree planting in several city parks to tree care at the Lubbock County Courthouse, Lubbock Children's Home and city parks for Wolfforth.

You can hear James and call in to ask questions about your trees and landscape on 'Tree Talk for Texas' which airs Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. on KWEL AM 1070 and FM 107.1. Both stations are live streaming so you can listen on the internet.

Theodore "Butch" Lathey
Certified Arborist (TX3624A)

Theodore (Butch) Lathey has been a Certified Arborist since 2008. Butch was a General Foreman for Asplundh Tree Expert and managed their operation in most of west Texas and eastern NM before being lured to Tree Loving Care. Butch is our Production Manager and Safety Officer. That means that he manages which crew comes to give your trees TLC and makes sure they have the right equipment to do it. Butch also handles most of the sales in the Lubbock market.

Butch's wife, Joyce, (Joyce is Director of First Impressions) is the sweet voice that you first hear when you call. They have 3 children and a delightful granddaughter that is certainly the delight of their lives.

Jeff Floyd
Certified Arborist TX3320A

Jeff Floyd and his wife, Pam are both Midland natives. Jeff got his Bachelors from UTPB in biology and his Masters from Texas Tech in Plant and Soil Science. Jeff was been Midland and Ector Counties TAMU Horticulture Agent for several years before moving up to County Agent. In this capacity, he wore many hats, most involving in getting good plant and landscape information out to the public.

Jeff officially joined the Tree Loving Care family January 20, 2020. He will be the in charge of the Midland office. He will also direct TLC Care, Tree Loving Care's Plant Health Care Program. He will also be responsible for all Tree Loving Care training programs. He will also continue to write articles for the Midland and Odessa newspapers.