Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas

(919) 923-3669

a family run, small business


Caring for the Triangle's canopy since 2007

About Us


Residential & Commercial

We Care About the Details

We Care About the Details

Our residential clientele is the foundation of STC and continues to be a driving force in our success.  While we are here for your removal and pruning needs, our certified arborists are adamant in sharing knowledge in tree preservation to maintain the overall health and safety of our area's signature trees.  

While we are a small business, STC has completed large scale pruning and removal projects for but not limited to Duke University, the Town of Wake Forest and Carolina Meadows.  Don't let "small business" fool you, as STC has the crew, equipment and experience necessary to complete any project big or small with the speed and precision other companies admire.


We Care About the Details

We Care About the Details

We Care About the Details

Your satisfaction is our priority and we strive to provide a service we are proud of.  Our process begins with providing a thorough consultation to understand your expectations and the needs of the project. 

Our company pays special attention to the details of every project to ensure the complete satisfaction of each client.  We make every effort to leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Can't fell a tree, no problem! Our expertise in controlled rigging will leave you in awe.  Saturated yard?  From the ground protection we'll lay to protect your property to the equipment selection available to minimize ruts and damage, STC will make the right decision for you, your project, and your property.



Safety & Certifications

We Care About the Details

Safety & Certifications

STC maintains all the proper insurance certificates and qualifications necessary to  protect you and your property under any circumstances.  Proof of insurance can be provided at your request.

Mike's career began in the United Kingdom where the tree care industry requires strict training and qualifications that are next to none in the world.  

The training provided by the NPTC, National Proficiency Test Council, has helped Mike shape STC's safety protocol and ability to train and educate all employees with the highest standards available. 


Meet the crew


Mike Skillin - Owner/Operator

Mike founded STC in 2007 and has since grown his reputation throughout the Triangle as one of the most efficient operators and committed preservationists in our region's industry. After 20 years experience, his ability to breakdown challenging and complex projects into their simplest approach sets him apart from our competitors.  An arborist's arborist, Mike has proven himself as the go to solution when projects appear too difficult for others to safely and efficiently execute.  If they can't do it, he can.  



Ron - Foreman

A cornerstone of STC, Ron has been with our company since the beginning. While he's known for his banter with the crew and sincerely spirited interactions with customers, he's certainly earned his title for his hard work, commitment and loyalty could never go unnoticed.  


Joshua - Arborist / Climber

Joshua first worked in the tree care industry at the age of eighteen, spending his last summer before college as a groundman for a local tree service.  After graduating from NC State with a BA in English in 2004, he spent a couple years touring the country as a drummer for several local and regional bands.  To supplement his income, he went back to his old job as a groundman and was subsequently placed on a crew with Mike and Ron.  Over the next three years, Joshua learned how to climb, then eventually quit to pursue work as a contract climber and his arborist certification.  He worked for several local companies in that time, including Skillin Tree Care, until he finally decided to make the transition to full-time crew leader with STC in October of 2018.  He lives in Durham, where he was born and raised, with his wife and son.  



meet the skillins


Carys, Brooke, Evelyn, Noah & Mike - Summer 2019

Mike & Brooke live in Chapel Hill with their 3 children, Carys, Noah & Evelyn, and two pups, Raleigh & Duke.  When Mike is off the tools and Brooke out of the office, they spend most of their time around town with family and friends.  Born and raised in North Wales, Mike spent his time fly fishing and has continued his passion exploring the trout waters of the U.S.  Brooke studied ABA Therapy & Ceramics at Meredith College in Raleigh but has recently focused her time towards her family and STC.  

how to get in touch

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Monday - Appointments

 Tuesday - Friday: 7am - 5pm

Saturday: Emergency Hours

Sunday: Emergency Hours



Call/Text - 919.923.3669


Brooke - Brooke@skillintree.com

Mike - Mike@skillintree.com


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