Brookline is rich in heritage, shaded with some of our country's oldest and most majestic trees. Whether your property hosts a tree planted in the era of Olmstead, or you are looking to nurture newer trees for generations to come, our arborists can provide the care you need. Harrison McPhee, Inc. is a TCIA Accredited tree care, plant health care, and landscape design/construction company, employing industrial athletes whose rare combination of talents meld artistic vision with physical skill. Specializing in tree preservation, we aim to create happiness by mindfully connecting you with these amazing living organisms.
Shade Tree Care/Structural Pruning
Structural Pruning is a valuable asset to your tree care. This service helps to maintain the health and safety of your trees by pruning them to reduce the risk of failure due to wind, storms, or other conditions. Pruning provides safety for your family, home, and property by removing dead, diseased, or hazardous branches. Click here for a deeper dive into the science of structural pruning.
Our Ornamental Pruning service is inspired by the artistic techniques and practices passed down by renowned industry pioneers. We continually hone our craft while staying focused on maintaining the health, ideal size, and aesthetics of your smaller trees. With proper and precise cuts at the right time and location, we can help make your trees both beautiful and healthy in their "urban forest" setting.
Plant Health Care
At Harrison McPhee, Inc., we pride ourselves on being experts in tree care. Our mission is to create a growing environment that thrives, which is why we offer a variety of services designed to maintain the health and beauty of your trees. We believe that plant health care is key to healthy soil, and we use organic choices in care whenever possible, to simulate a natural forest environment. Read more...
Healthy soils are the key to a healthy planet. They provide the foundation for our work and increase a plant's ability to thrive (or even survive) exponentially. Taking a comprehensive soil test is standard practice in the care of our properties and provides a baseline upon which we can achieve optimal health. Read more....
As the grounding element of your outdoor living space, a well crafted hardscape looks as though it was created by nature. Whether you enjoy a modern, clean look or rustic elements covered with centuries of character, we will bring your perfect landscape to life. Our stone artists have earned multiple awards for their work in the New England area.
Landscape Design & Construction
Your property tells the story of who you are - what you enjoy, and how you define your personal space. It is an extension of your home and should bring a sense of balance and joy from every interior vantage point. It is living art that grows with the story of your home, and is captured in the memories created there. Whether you currently work with a landscape designer/architect, or choose to work with our design team, Harrison McPhee, Inc. will will bring your expression to life - setting your perfect stage for generations of enjoyment.
Although disappointing to lose a lawn to drought, grass can be replanted and bounce back in a season. The effects can be much more severe for a tree, however, lasting several years. If a tree is destroyed by drought it can take decades for a replacement to grow to the same size. The summer of 2016 was the driest on record in Massachusetts and our trees used every bit of energy they had to overcome the negative impact. The spring of 2020 hit them hard again. A healthy tree can absorb up to 400+ gallons of water a day - a quantity they certainly haven't seen in recent months. To mitigate damage and speed recovery, we provide rehydration programs that utilize wetting agents and nutrients. These are injected at the root system for maximum absorption. Just as a healthy recovery drink replenishes our systems after a rigorous workout, our drought treatment is a "smoothie" for the trees.
Large Tree Planting
Large tree planting is generally offered by a small number of tree service companies. It takes acute horticultural knowledge and a strong understanding of the soil conditions to give this large investment the best chance for survival. First, we make sure that the right plant is being chosen for the right place. Nothing can hinder the long term success of a tree like planting it in conditions not meant to support it. Next, selecting a healthy tree and properly preparing it for planting is critical. After settling the tree into its location, attentive aftercare - particularly for the first few years - helps the tree acclimate and thrive in its new surroundings. Our team of plant health care experts see to it that your investment is protected by setting up a proper after-care plan.
When trees have grown to "heritage" status and loom above our homes and playspace, they are targets for lightening strikes. It is devastating to lose generation-old trees to a passing storm. It also creates a safety hazard for everything in its shadow. Lightening protection can ground the tree so that damage is avoided or minimized. Our team can install discreet grounding wires that will protect you, your family and your home from harm. Trees are so important to the stability and health of our soil structure, the protection of our wildlife, the quality of the air we breath, and our general wellbeing. Large trees do not need to be a source of fear. We CAN live among them, with a sense of security that they can survive in harmony with Mother Nature.
If you are interested in the collective value and health of the trees on your property, we can provide a comprehensive tree inventory. Cataloging size, age, state of health, and location, tree inventories can be very helpful for homeowners and commercial properties that want to monitor care and replacement of their collection.