Spring 2011 Leaf-let Newsletter: The Art of Pruning for Sitelines

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On May 1st Arboriculture Solutions changed its name to:

Logan Tree Experts

We hope that this new name will help define who we are, what we do and why we are different, with the added benefit of not being a tongue twister! This decision was certainly tough for us as we were and still are quite attached to the name Arboriculture Solutions, but when speaking to our clients, friends and advisory board it was clear that a name change was in order and that Logan Tree Experts fit the bill.

 

The Art of Pruning for ViewScapes

Do you enjoy your privacy but love the view from your window or deck? You can have it both!

From years of working in cottage country, the team at Logan Tree Experts has knowledge and experience developing viewscapes. This technique eliminates the need to cut trees down on your property or shoreline to gain beautiful views like the photo to the right. Arborists can strategically prune a tree to allow for views while keeping your trees looking natural.

Click here to read an article on viewscapes, written by Matt Logan, to learn more!

 

Introducing the 2011 Team!

Matthew Logan (Owner) A native of Lakefield, Ontario, Matthew Logan has been in the Arboriculture industry since 2001. He graduated from the Arboriculture program at Fleming College in 2003. In subsequent years, Matthew has become a Certified Arborist and Tree Worker through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and is a Certified Tree Risk Assessor through the Pacific Northwest ISA chapter. Matthew is also a trainer for Arboriculture Canada Training and Education, a nationwide arborist training company focusing on safety and innovation. Matthew started Logan Tree Experts to promote proper tree care and maintenance and to educate his customers on maintaining healthy trees on their properties.

Dylan Stevenson (Foreman/Lead Climber)Dylan is a graduate of the Humber College Arboriculture program and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Originally from Huntsville, Ontario, Dylan has
been in the industry for nearly 10 years and has become a very proficient climber and rigger. He has spent the last year working in the industry in British Columbia. When not climbing trees, he can be found climbing rocks and ice or hiking, camping or photographing nature.

Jonathon Murray (Groundsman)Jonathon, originally from Haliburton is going into his second year of the Fleming College Arboriculture program. He has already proven to be an asset to the team and Matt and Dylan look forward to showing him the “ropes”.

Tracy Logan (Office Admin) – Although she is not often seen up the tree, Tracy’s work behind the scenes is integral to Logan Tree Experts. Tracy manages the bookkeeping and payroll, and assists with marketing and advertising for the business. As well as keeping Logan Tree Experts in-line, Tracy also has a full time job in the field of environmental stewardship.

 

“Viewpoints” – The Art of Site Lines

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Site Lines (Photo by Phil Pavey)

In my opinion, few things in life are better than this: sitting on your front deck looking out onto the water, feeling the warmth of the sun and hearing a gentle breeze rustling through the trees. Now that’s a great day at the cottage.

Great cottage views are not always ‘born’—sometimes they must be created or nurtured. Trees often create that “special place” feeling, but they can also obstruct our scenic views.

As a certified arborist (a professional in the cultivation, health, management and study of tress, shrubs and other perennial woody plants), I talk to a lot of shoreline owners about site lines and vistas. People want the sunlight and the view, but they don’t want to create an unnatural look by “stripping” the bottom limbs or one whole side of a tree. Many cottage owners don’t realize that there are options other than tree removal. Sometimes a good prune by a trained hand is all that is required.

Site line pruning is a technique used by arborists to capture specific desired views while minimizing and/or eliminating the negative effects of whole tree removal. By leaving trees standing, many benefits are retained: shade and privacy, habitat for animals, wind and snow block, energy savings, aesthetic and increased property value. Imaging keep all that, plus gaining a view!

In my experience the key to a great site line pruning is good communication between the arborist and the client. Specific desired views should be discussed.  (“Is a view of the island achievable?”) Goals should be set and agreed upon by all involved. I always tell my clients that subtle and natural solutions always look the best. For example, reduce the length of a limb instead of removing it completely. When done expertly, site line pruning is almost invisible; you see the view, not the cuts.

In my experience, the best results come from site line pruning with the clients on site to direct and monitor progress. If the site line is from the deck, I would have them sit on the deck (I know it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it) while I work. From there, they can confirm when the desired view is created.

Some final tips: As with any tree issue, make sure you use a qualified, certified arborist with the proper insurance coverage. Remember, bad tree care, even if done with good intentions, still leads to negative results. Bring in a professional, and open up your vistas. When the work is done, all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the view!

(Photo by Phil Pavey)

Aerial Rescue Training

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Aerial Rescue TrainingWe take safety seriously! The crew at Logan Tree Experts took time this week to perform in-house aerial rescue training. Aerial rescue is required if a climber gets injured in the tree and needs to be rescued. All of our crew members need to be familiar with these proper procedures and techniques to ensure a safe work environment.

Wind Storm Damage Cleanup

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A blown-down tree from storm damageMore than a week after the wind storm on April 28th and the crew at Logan Tree Experts are just finishing the clean up! There were many trees lost across our region which raises awareness of how important proper tree care and maintenance are for the health and sustainability of our trees.

Healthy Soil Helps Improve Tree & Root Health

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Health soil makes for healthy trees!When you think of a tree do you picture its roots? Healthy roots are key to a healthy tree and to accomplish this we must provide the tree with healthy soil! Matt recently attended an urban soils course at the Toronto Botanical Gardens where 5 keynote speakers from across North America shared their knowledge on how to improve soils in an urban setting.
Remember healthy soil = healthy roots = healthy trees!