|The Towering Giant|
For the new homeowner, however, trees immediately become things that fall and move to the top of the mind.
This fall (make that "autumn"), my wife and I bought our first home, next to which resides a beautiful towering spruce that, at the closing, loomed like Godzilla over Tokyo.
Picking an arborist to help tame a tree can be a tricky business, and pruning it down to the right candidate requires considerable attention, as I learned from Mike Stein of
Barking Up the Right TreeAs it happens, New York State has no licensing for arborists, so essentially anyone can call himself an arborist and not be wrong. So be sure to ask if your applicant is certified by the
|Hemlocks in Need of Help|
Branching OutOur work may have been relatively mundane, but the deeper-pocketed have almost endless options in making the most of an arborist's expertise. For several thousand dollars, someone with a similar line of hemlocks could have them cut to the same height and size for a cleaner aesthetic. Many golf courses go this route. Specialty-type pruning, referred to in the trade as "vista pruning," can open up views and is a favorite of waterfront and hillside property owners. Here, Stein counsels to avoid what's called "topping" the trees, i.e., indiscriminately lopping off their crowns -- a function that Integral, for one, will not perform.
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