By: Anthony C. Arnoldi, Board Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B
It is good to go driving, sometimes, to go to those communities and neighborhoods where one can find wonderful homes, like those often featured in Better Homes and Gardens. Some of these homes are truly estates. But did you ever ponder the elements that contribute to the feel of stateliness and success that these properties display so well? Is it the long drive, the manicured lawns and planting beds, the carefully placed sculpture, the dramatic walkway and approach to the front entrance, or the sheer size of the house? Undoubtedly, all of these things are important to the effect. One of the most important components to the visual presentation is the treescape.
The trees on these properties are strong looking and graceful. They show off and complement the dwelling. Their forms are not the byproducts of neglect or luck, but a strong sense of order and proper care surrounds them. They promote a sense of health and well being, a sense that all is well and that it would be safe to walk or play under them. They are, of course, very beautiful and practically beg to be photographed.
On the other hand, if the trees have been neglected, it really shows, in stark contrast to all of the other commanding elements of an estate property. It really can be enough to demote the property to non-estate status in the eye of the beholder.
True estate trees have been cared for by professionals with credentials. They have not missed many pruning cycles and therefore, have not been hurt by many storms. Weak structure had been spotted and reinforced. Decay has been minimized by thoughtful pruning decisions. Insect infestations were stopped before significant damage occurred. Care even tended to be proactive and holistic. That is why the trees look impressive.
Of course, not every property can be an estate. However, it has been said that a man’s home is his castle. If this castle is something that you want to show off, it is important to realize how much the trees can help (or hurt) this endeavor. Estate-like trees will tend to create an upscale look that gets noticed. Such trees will visually upgrade the whole property. Neighbors will ask who worked on these trees so their castles don’t fall too far behind.
At Wachtel we treat every tree as if it were an estate tree, because every tree has the potential to add prestige to your castle. And why not have a castle that is a bit more stately?
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