Trees and Land

Trees are great friends, affecting areas far beyond their canopy, in all directions, from roots to the sky.

Do you notice how birds will choose one tree branch over another? Temperature changes when walking under a maple, or the smell and feel beneath a pine forest? Trees have massive power, and act on a timeline that is more patient than many can see. Trees deliver massive benefits: oxygen, shade, buffering wind, food and habitat for wildlife, and even protection from electromagnetic frequencies! Beyond all that, it is simply a unique relaxation which the shelter of a tree provides.

The majority of my free time growing up was passed exploring forest areas and observing trees, animals, and other events one may see while sitting quietly. I also climbed trees and it has become a natural inclination to learn this more safely today, with the advanced ropes and gear. My love for trees is truly deep, and it is a humble honor to care for them. Small but long-thinking adjustments to trees or a landscape may bring chosen affects naturally in their wake. Issues of tree health and safety, encouraging certain kinds of wildlife, buffering harsh seasonal winds, and providing strategic shade where needed, are all irreplaceable affects that can be had with a bit of foresight.

I began learning forestry more seriously in Oregon in 2009, studying with a number of foresters and doing trail creation and maintenance, assessing stands and creating thinning plans, harvesting firewood, and milling lumber to send to a kiln. Since 2015 I began working with a more residential tree crew locally and learned more about rigging and working in tight zones, tree health, and planting. My hard skills are intermediate, yet my lifetime of observation and time in the trees have developed a strong sight for the relationships trees hold within any landscape.

Tree Care

Along with learning felling in the forest, I began studying orchard pruning in 2009, and have successfully gotten non-bearing trees to fruit again. Opening trees up for better light dispersal, in relationship to the neighboring trees, nearby homes or gardens, and the ground below, can bring great changes. Trees are a magnificent storage of fuel and energy, yet they are not vigorous growers once reaching maturity. Every situation is unique, and in small-scale homesteading, reductions to tree cover can bring the area to life.

Planting

Plant Trees! Plant Perennials! I have helped replant clearcuts, and plant in urban sidewalks. Have transplanted splits from estates into small backyards. I even bring shrubbery. Working with plants and trees is so amazing. Immense care in the initial planting, defense, and first few years, set up a tree for a massive lifetime. Beneficial plants bearing food and medicine are also prime choices to bring to your land.

This is a very slim portfolio as I have not been in the habit of keeping phones around when doing this kind of dirty work generally, over the years. Reach out and talk with me about the types of pruning, forestry, and planting I focus on and am experienced with.

I have been doing this long enough to see the results of many transplants, including our work in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where I helped plant at least 60 trees throughout the city, mainly about 4-8′ tall at planting, in holes cut in the sidewalk, into very questionable urban sandy fill. I am happy to report that many of these streets have a 100% survival rate, after we replaced perhaps 5% within the first year (and some of those were harmed by humans). The power of trees cannot be overstated.

My latest favorite is a Ginkgo I planted that was about 14 inches tall in 2011, and now about 14 feet, well balanced, and almost guaranteed to hold space for decades to come. If you have patience and secure land, small trees can be had for small money, yet they won’t remain small for long.

Let’s do some planting!

I am glad to help with developing your vision that starts with a basic desire for including various elements, and becomes refined into a 3D plan where these elements interact in the most simple and passive ways possible. If you are considering any gardening or homestead, begin with a good look at your trees and how their presence will affect the environment.

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