Growing up, the adults around me had their hands full trying to keep me out of trees, the Silver Maple in our front yard in particular. I spent most summers earning extra money doing yard work, having several regular customers in my neighborhood. Immediately after high school, my first summer job was working for the city parks department of my Michigan home town during that very sad period when Dutch Elm disease was ravaging our town’s population of American Elm trees. I learned a lot from that experience, not least of which was how satisfying and enjoyable I found the work to be.
I spent most of my adult life working in social services, intermittently earning a living as a gardener and arborist. I ran a gardening business for five years in the mid-1980s, and specialized in pruning trees and large shrubs in the mid-1990s, in Northern California, also serving during the same time frame as caretaker for two separate properties — an urban commercial campus and a private estate.
Raised by two artists, I particularly enjoy the extraordinary natural forms and shapes of trees. Like many of us, I never really lost that early, innate affinity for them. When I was able to retire from the world of social services, I started Pruningman. In business since January of 2001, I specialize in pruning trees and large shrubs. I work on all sizes and species of trees, doing both high work and on-the-ground pruning of delicate ornamentals.
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Please Note: If you’re currently, or do become, a tree client, don’t be unduly alarmed or surprised if someday you find my business card at your door or see me standing out in your yard. I’m not stalking you, really, I’m looking at your trees. A vital component of my continuing education involves revisiting trees that I’ve pruned (months or even years in the past) to observe how they’ve responded to the pruning.
I attend workshops and training seminars covering various aspects of tree/plant care and maintenance. I also maintain membership in several work related organizations and participate in mentor/mentoring relationships with other pruning/plant care professionals.
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While I am a dues paying member of ISA – which gives me access to the latest research, news bulletins, journals, training seminars, conferences and workshops – I am NOT an ISA Certified Arborist. Please see www.isa-arbor.com for a more comprehensive explanation of the difference.