About Us



As one of the longest-standing Austin tree experts, and the founder of Just Trees, Markus has been caring for this region’s trees for more than twenty years. Originally from Boppard, Germany, Markus made his way through Boston and New Mexico before settling in Austin. You are most likely to run into Markus if you need tree work that requires his knowledge of technical rigging and heavy equipment. Prior to pursuing arboriculture and becoming a certified arborist, he studied both engineering and medicine. However, his love of the outdoors and green spaces prompted him to give up medicine and become a tree doctor instead. He now holds certifications as an ISA Certified Arborist and a Municipal Specialist, as well as the Texas Forest Service’s Oak Wilt certification. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycling, kayaking, giving his daughter rides on the tractor, studying parts catalogues, arguing about politics, tending to the “ranch”, and pyrotechnics. He continues to hold out hope that his wife will one day let him buy an airplane.


Chris Poth recently joined Just Trees as a Certified Arborist and Oak Wilt Specialist after spending 13 years with Tree Clinic. He has worked in all facets of the tree industry since 1985 starting as a climber, progressing to plant health care technician, diagnostician and consultant. Chris is a fifth generation Texan. He was born in Houston and moved to the Austin area in 1974. He is married and has a teenage son. In his spare time, he enjoys salt and freshwater fishing and gardening.



Neil’s active interest in the outdoors has led him to a career in arboriculture. He has been with the company for almost 5 years. He is in charge of most of the (PHC) Plant Health Care side of the company. Whether it’s fertilization for construction mitigation, canopy sprays for web worms, or air spade work for foundation piers, Neil does it all. His family has been here in Austin since the 20’s and Neil was Born and raised on a ranch in Manor north east of Austin. Neil is a fourth generation Austinite and still lives on the same land that his grandpa bought in the 70’s. Recent college undergraduate who received a degree in Plant and Soil Science from Texas A&M University. He loves his three fur babies and met his wife during a puppy training class. In his spare time he and his wife compete in professional disc golf and are going on the road to compete on the weekends and bring home a trophy.


We’ve been thinking about starting an organization for kids, called “Future Austin Tree Experts”, or “FATE”. What do you think? We could teach them tree identification techniques, basic tree rigging, all the skills necessary for those budding arborists. Kristina hasn’t gotten to the rigging part yet, but she knows an oak from, well….okay, they’re all oaks to her. But we’re also teaching her to answer the phone, and we’ll let her take messages as soon as she’s learned how to spell.


Customer Reviews

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  • Your guys did a great job on our poor, dead pine tree today, the cleanup was greatly appreciated and the stump work is excellent. Tell the fellow who left... read more

    Gene Harrison Avatar Gene Harrison
  • Just Trees removed a hackberry tree that was causing the oaks around it to grow outward and down rather than upward towards the sky. They trimmed all the trees in... read more

    Robert Anderson Avatar Robert Anderson
  • Just Trees is the best tree service in Austin, and I've used excellent tree services here for 20 years. Chris Poth is honest and knowledgeable and cares about keeping... read more

    Agm Skinner Avatar Agm Skinner
  • They do an excellent job and leave the area very clean. I highly recommend them.

    Gladys Almaguer Avatar Gladys Almaguer
  • Called Just Trees to remove large Pecan in a very precarious location. Tree was taken down safely with no casualties to surrounding structures. Thanks to Just Trees! Denny

    Dennis Schey Avatar Dennis Schey
  • I had five different tree companies quote the removal of a giant post oak in my front yard that had died. Markus was the most knowledgeable and friendly of the... read more

    Sherry LeBlanc Avatar Sherry LeBlanc
  • Just Trees has done a great job with our trees on several occasions. They always have good advice.

    John Nettle Avatar John Nettle
  • We have used Just Trees for years. Markus knows his stuff and always quoted a fair price for the work to be done. We recommend Just Trees to anyone who... read more

    Joy Ruff Avatar Joy Ruff
  • Just Trees and Markus are AWESOME. Markus does not just trim trees, he is a tree doctor and surgeon..... a true arborist. He will only do what's best for your... read more

    Roger Funnell Avatar Roger Funnell
  • Just Trees was excellent. Professional, understood exactly what needed to be done -- was selling the house so I wanted the trees to look good but because I... read more

    Shannon Stewart Avatar Shannon Stewart

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