Trees are multi-taskers. They intercept rain to reduce storm water runoff, regulate temperature through shading and evaporative cooling, attract native birds and other wildlife, stabilize the soil, and replace carbon in the atmosphere with oxygen for us to breathe. All those services you get for free from a healthy tree. Correctly pruning a tree helps maintain its health and longevity. We enjoy improving the structure and function of a tree with thoughtful pruning. Our knowledgeable and experienced Certified Arborist can work with you to strengthen the performance of any aspect of the tree. Information on the utility and application of pruning and other tree care methods is available from the International Society of Arboriculture.
Want to know the value of ecosystem services provided by your trees? The US Forest Service developed a software program, iTree, to facilitate an assessment of tree services from the scale of a backyard to an entire city. The National Tree Benefit Calculator applies the program to figuring the value of trees in your neighborhood. It’s a useful exercise for anyone living in western Washington to visualize the power of trees. Think that towering alder in your backyard is worth little? Check out the info below:
Harvesting fruit from a tree is another benefit to looking after your trees. We can work with your fruit trees to increase fruit quality, reduce the spread of disease, and shape the canopy. The Portland Fruit Tree Project has guidelines for homeowners on their website.
Trees and other vegetation can bring pollinators, such as butterflies and hummingbirds, to your garden. A comprehensive list of pollinator plants for the Pacific Northwest is maintained by The Xerces Society.
Many birds make a home in trees. It's hard not to appreciate the beauty and appeal of native birds. Several local cavity nesting species will move into a nest box hung on a tree and raise a family within view of your window. More information on nest boxes and nest box construction can be found on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.
Trees are fun, too. Climbing one in your backyard is a great way to connect with nature and see the world from a different view. Recreational tree climbing is taking to new heights in our area. AdventureTerra leads guided ascents to canopies towering 200' above the forest floor. They partner with Washington State Parks to access locations as close as Deception Pass State Park, just south of Anacortes. Get high this summer!
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