Experience to meet all of your plant care needs
SHADE TREE CARE
Whether an historic landmark tree, the tree under which your grandfather stole his first kiss, or the sapling that commemorates your child's birth, we have the expertise to care for these unique treasures. Structural pruning, cabling (of weak branches and trunks), crown restoration, preservation & protection, and storm protection pruning are our specialty. Click here for a deeper dive into the science of structural pruning.
PLANT HEALTH CARE
As our client you can be confident that each plant health care program is designed with your priorities in mind. Whether you prefer something completely organic - or tend to lean toward a more traditional approach - our team will offer the best solutions to meet your needs. All clients' properties are evaluated during the course of the season and recommendations are made as necessary, and with our renewal process at the start of each new year. For those who want an escalated level of attention, our customized THRIVE program is designed to offer V.I.P. service by scheduling regular monitoring visits to your property. This allows our certified plant health care technicians to quickly address any challenges before they escalate. We are always happy respond to any request to visit your property and discuss any questions you have about your current program.
Our MA and ISA certified arborists mastered their craft under the tutelage of industry pioneers, whose techniques hail from the worldwide study of plant health care and culture. This lineage of exquisite ornamental pruning is what makes our service an elite choice for your property.
Healthy soils are the key to a healthy planet. Our natural ecosystem thrives when carbon is drawn down into the soil through the process of photosynthesis or when organic matter decomposes. Carbon nourishes microbes in the soil and creates the conditions to trap more moisture - which in turn promotes better growth. There is also widespread evidence that drawing carbons into our soils is the key to reversing global warming.* Sadly, soils in our urban forests are often overlooked as a critical element of plant health. Neglecting their care can have a devastating effect on trees that have been placed in a “manufactured” urban setting. When planted outside of their natural environment, we must be particularly diligent to create the conditions which most closely simulate a forested landscape, in order to thrive as nature intended. The first step in working with new clients is to evaluate their soil health and determine a baseline from which to develop the best plant health care program.
* Check out these entertaining videos and documentaries on the critical role healthy soils play in the future of our planet!
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.
Structural pruning is a technique that reduces the mass within the tree, in order to create strength and resiliency.
When taking this approach, the limbs are pruned back to smaller, secondary limbs, which are large enough to continue growing from where the reduction cuts were made. The tree’s important growth hormones are then redistributed to encourage growth and foliar mass in other areas of the tree. Over time, the remaining portion of the formerly long limbs put on girth and therefore add stability. Because of the reduced weight, surface area and leverage, the shortened limbs are also less prone to “wind whipping” and structural failure in the event of heavy wet snow or rain.
Several circumstances dictate structural pruning, including the presence of dead, crossing, conflicting or redundant limbs. Depending on the size and species of the tree, further thinning may be recommended to reduce any competition with a dominant trunk or eliminate poor branch angles of attachment. Followup pruning is recommended 2 to 4 years after the initial structural pruning has been performed. Ideally, any steel support cables that are installed should be inspected on a yearly basis.
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.