Rick Barnes, ISA Certified Arborist


Territory and Services:

Rick is an ISA Certified Arborist working out of SavATree’s Norcross, Georgia branch. He provides expert tree, shrub and lawn care to clients in and around Norcross, Alpharetta, Macon, Marshallville, Columbus, and Metropolitan Atlanta, GA. Rick and the team of professionals working out of the Norcross branch are highly trained to treat and diagnose issues unique to the landscape of the Atlanta, GA area. Some popular services that he offers to clients in the Norcross and Metro Atlanta areas include tree removal and take downs, tree pruning and trimming, shrub services including fertilization and trimming, organic lawn care and other organic care options, tree and lawn fertilization, lawn and tree disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment, lawn seeding, lawn aeration and pest control including mosquito and tick treatments. If you would like a qualified arborist to come out to your property and design a custom program unique to your needs and wants, then look no further than the SavATree team. Contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (770) 889-2822


Rick began his career in the interiorscape use of tropical plants, after which he co-owned a landscape design-build maintenance firm. The company was sold to a larger landscape company in 1996, where he then continued to work for the next 20 years in landscape design, enhancement, customer relations, and quality control. Rick changed direction in 2016 and joined Downey Tree Service as a Business Development Manager for Plant Health Care.


Rick earned his degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia.

Industry Involvement, Awards and Certifications:

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • TRAQ
  • CTSP with TCIA
  • Licensed Pesticide Applicator with the Georgia Department of Agriculture
  • Georgia Green Association – Past Chairman and Past Landscape Division President
  • Recognized for contributions to the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program
  • NatureScapes Employee of the Year 2008
  • Georgia Arborist Association – Tree Climbing Championship/Saluting Branches volunteer
  • Award winning landscape projects
  • Published author and speaker


Rick has called Atlanta home all of his life. He has been married for 40 years and has a son and daughter-in-law. Rick loves traveling, photography, the study of plants, hiking, and backpacking.

Why He Became An Arborist:

“I became an arborist to take my love of plants, trees, and horticulture to the next level.”

Customer Service Philosophy:

“Make clients happy – exceed customer expectations – do more than clients ask for. Build trust until clients know that I am a steward of both their environment and their resources.”

Community Involvement:

  • Co-President of Adult Sunday School Class
  • Scout leader for 15 years, including his son attaining Eagle Scout
  • Published author and speaker
  • Care of the City of Norcross’s Georgia State Champion American Elm (Ulmus Americana)



Territory List:



Metropolitan Atlanta