I’m a landscape architect, and have been working on tree-related projects all my life. My background has a strong emphasis on horticulture, and I was on the Georgia State Master Gardener board for several years as well as the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Technical Advisory Committee for the new Erosion Control Manual.
I started my career designing large-scale industrial and commercial landscape and irrigation projects, did years of design/build work, and spent the last decade plus reviewing hundreds of ornamental landscape design and streetscape proposals each year for a state department of transportation. I also helped establish a statewide vegetation management tree removal permit program and created a landscape grant funding program to spend the revenue from the permits, to mitigate for the lost trees.
The reward of all that experience was a true understanding of the value trees bring to living. One of my favorite movie scenes of all time was seeing the “Ents” in Lord of the Rings; the Two Towers, animated into speech and action. There really is a spirit inhabiting these wonderful plants. They deserve respect and careful landscape design consideration.
What do I want to tell you about trees?
• Trees are so big they can be dangerous. They can stop a car or fall on a house. Safety is the most important consideration when choosing a tree.
• They can sometimes live longer than we do! It all depends on how well they are planted.
• A landscape designer can easily stamp a long row of trees onto a plan, but a great landscape designer determines the right tree for the right place. Choosing the best location for a tree is simple.
The devil is in the details, though!
I want to share as much as I can with you about what I’ve learned over the years, but you can find detailed information in my Advanced Guide to Trees eBook. I would love to hear your comments and about your tree stories and experiences, too.
You might also enjoy the Advanced Guide to Landscape Grants eBook, full of practical tips for applying for funding and making your beautification project a success.
Note the legal stuff below. Thanks!
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