Top Notch Tree & Excavating

Tree removal, construction and site excavation for over 20 years.


Commercial & Residential

Tree Removal

Commercial & Residential

Concrete Crushing

Rubble Master 70

With over 20 years of experience, Top Notch Tree & Excavating has served commercial and residential customers with an unrivaled commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. We are a full-service site work construction and tree trimming company covering the New Jersey/New York tristate area. Our innovation, proficiency and long-standing relationships with industry partners gives our customers confidence that Top Notch Tree & Excavating is the best choice for their needs.

Founder and president, Jim Van Wyckhouse, leads our team of motivated and professional employees by being hands-on with of all aspects of Top Notch’s services. All share his passion and drive to deliver results that often exceed every customer’s expectations.

Our highly-skilled team uses state-of the-art estimating and management information systems to monitor projects in real-time. We self-maintain a comprehensive fleet of modern equipment featuring advanced technology including GPS and kept in excellent operating condition by our team of in-house mechanics. To deliver our superior level of service, we schedule and transport this equipment and machinery from site to site giving us the flexibility necessary to complete projects efficiently and on-time.

Always a professional yet friendly experience when working with Top Notch. From the owner to all the employees they are dependable and provide an experience second to none. And best of all is the product of their work. You will never be disappointed!!

-Kevin T


The outstanding track record and success of Top Notch are built on the foundation of stringent quality standards and meticulous attention to detail. Our team of committed, experienced, and reliable professionals oversees every phase of development, ensuring seamless coordination throughout the entire process from the ground up.

Since its founding in 2000, Top Notch has consistently proven that it has the knowledge, experience, resources, and insight to coordinate and execute any project. From tree clearing and site excavation to retaining walls and construction, no job is too big or too small.

Top Notch is an integral partner and consultant in all your land development needs. We work closely with site engineers, architects, and developers to analyze site plans and fulfill construction requirements while ensuring the highest levels of precision and accuracy.

We believe in using local providers for most of our materials, making them easy to obtain and keeping costs as low as possible without sacrificing quality or control over the end product. Top Notch uses state-of-the-art machinery and equipment to ensure the highest levels of efficiency, quality, and clean up for all of our projects.



Ensure the safety of our employees, the public, and your property


Punctual, reliable service


Greatest productivity in the least possible time


Always get a great price for services

“Top-Notch” Quality

The highest quality work, 100% of the time

Who we serve

  • Tree removal
  • Stump clearing
  • Emergency services
  • Septic systems
  • Site Clearing
  • Site Excavation and Grading
  • Septic Systems
  • Retaining Walls
  • Walkways, Parking Lots
  • Parks, Fields, and Playgrounds

We’ve used many tree services over the years. This was our first experience with Top Notch Tree, and they impressed us the most. Seven workers arrived to remove one tree. They were efficient, neat, careful, and competent. Top Notch had every piece of equipment to do the job right the first time. The climber was hoisted up to a 100’ tree with great skill. The crane operator did an amazing job navigating overhead wires. Thank you, Top Notch!

-Andrea P

Top Notch Tree and Excavating Service did an excellent job on our property. Their employees took extra precautions not to damage lawn and other landscaping. Took the time to clean up the street, and adjacent properties as well as our own. It is refreshing to see people care about the job they do. Gladly use them again.

– Dylan F

Hands down the best service we’ve ever received, and the quality couldn’t have been better! Will certainly recommend to all friends and family!! Thank Jimmy!!

– Michael P

We’ve used them on several occasions and are very pleased with their work. Rene is a perfectionist who provides very accurate quotes. We never paid a dollar more than he quoted us! (Other than a tip!)

Highly recommended!

– Richard W B

Amazing, professional crew. Huge oak tree came down during Isaias in an awkward spot. Balanced on a retaining wall and half in the pool. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Top Notch. Quick and fair estimate, great equipment, and professional crew. I hope we never need an emergency tree service ever again, but I know we picked the right one and would use them for maintenance in a heartbeat. Don’t think twice.

– Kim N B

I called Top Notch and spoke to Jim he explained everything in great detail he sent Rene who estimated the work and was awesome. They sent the crew of employees who were the best company I have ever dealt with they are the best company out there hands down. Their prices and their work is amazing great job.

– Pat C

A big shout out & much thanks to Rene and his crew! What an awesome experience! The team works like a well-oiled machine! Watching them work is truly a sight to be seen! Last min scheduling & very accommodating! Great service!

– Kristina W R

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83 Grant Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446