Tree care is one of the most “outsourced” activities for master gardeners and others who enjoy an arboreal back yard. These are folks who insist on doing everything they can themselves, preferably by hand, because the results speak for themselves — yet, when it comes to caring for the largest plants in their demesnes, they bow to the experts, because they know that the tree services do it right.
Tree care has three general purposes: either you’re having a tree (or some parts of a tree) removed because it’s endangering something you value, you’re having a tree’s health maintained by experts because it’s in danger of falling ill, or the tree just doesn’t look right and you need a professional aesthetic modification. Here are some unique things you might find a tree care service doing that fall into that last category:
Canopy Grooming: Tree care in a garden setting largely involves making sure that the trees compliment the garden without overwhelming it. Canopy grooming is the process of sculpting the canopy of the trees, which can include removing branches that are low enough to interfere with the taller garden plants, removing branches that are blocking light to shade-intolerant plants, and of course actually shaping the tops of the trees to the desired aesthetic.
Canopy Extenuation: A.k.a. ‘Canopy Refining’. The main purpose of this operation is to remove the weakened parts of a tree without affecting the overall shape of the canopy. By removing sick, overgrown, or pest-infested parts of the canopy, the entire structure can be kept healthy and vital while maintaining as much of the aesthetics as is possible under the circumstances.
Brush Sculpting: Brush is kind of in that in-between land; not quite the realm of your typical gardener, but not quite a tree, either. It turns out that many of the same techniques that go into sculpting a tree’s aesthetic value work just as well on brush and hedges, and while not all tree services would appreciate being called out to shape your topiary, a surprising many would welcome the job. You’d have to call to find out which is which.
Tree Addition: Quite often what a garden needs is a grand tree in a place that didn’t make any sense at all given the configuration the previous owner had the garden in. It’s very hard to get a genuine old-growth tree in where you’d most like it, but a tree care services can find you a several-year-old tree of a fast-growing and beautiful variety. They’ll plant it right where it belongs, and in a few more years, your garden will start to look like you most want it to.