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A message from Jim ward 2019

June 17, 2019 by Jim Ward, ISA Certified Arborist PD-53
Tadd Leaman, ISA Certified Arborist, and Johny Vito prune a beautiful Black Oak in Radnor.

In February, we participated in the International Society of Arboriculture, Penn-Del Chapter, symposium held in Lancaster. One of the programs discussed temperature warming and how this will affect trees in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Some trees, such as Weeping Alaskan Cedars, will do better with warmer temperatures. The bad news is that other trees, such as Sugar Maples — an important canopy tree in our community — will struggle. 

As a company focused on tree preservation, we have been challenged in recent years with a wave of insect and disease issues leading to the removal of many of our canopy trees including oak, ash, beech, and elm. Some neighborhoods in Haverford, Wynnewood, and Bryn Mawr have a different feeling without the large tree canopy arching over the roads. Unfortunately, rising temperatures could further damage our tree canopy.

Beginning with John Bartram (1699-1777), who was born in Darby, our community has had an uncommon tradition and appreciation for trees and landscapes. By the time of the Centennial celebration in 1876, Philadelphia was well known for having diverse trees, thanks to climate and soil conditions suitable for trees from all over the world. In order to keep this tradition and legacy alive we need to plant shade trees wherever and whenever we can. We are here to help.

Our company is enthusiastic and energized to continue to preserve trees in our community. We will work with you to stay one step ahead of upcoming insect and disease issues and provide clear communication to treat when appropriate and to let nature take its course at other times.

We have ambitious plans in 2019, including the sponsorship of the “Tree Canopy Conference” hosted by Haverford College and presented by Morris Arboretum. We support numerous conservancy groups and will assist with tree planting whenever we can. We enjoy suggesting what types of trees to plant and can refer the best landscape contractors in the area. 

Thank you for your continued confidence in our company and for the privilege of caring for your trees. We look forward to walking your property with you!

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