[Southern California Permaculture] Arborist recommendation in SF valley needed

John Calvert jcalvert at crystal3.com
Sat Jul 6 13:13:39 PDT 2019

I'm not a professional arborist, but I do know that when trees
get old, parts of them can be dead or dying while other parts
are totally alive and thriving.  In general, healthy soil and enough
water are the keys to the health of the tree.  A dead tree can be
habitat for birds and bees.  In terms of aesthetics, one person's
view is different from another — one person may want to keep
a dead tree as a perch for hawks and owls, while another person
may want to cut it down.


On 7/6/19 06:30 AM, Barbara Wishingrad wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I am looking for an arborist or other person with tree knowledge who can consult with my mom who lives in Van Nuys. Her mow-and-blow gardener has suggested that an older pine tree might need to come out. He may be right, however, she would like a consult with someone more experienced with trees before she decides to do that. We are hoping there is an alternative treatment and would like to find someone who can do either.
> I took a bunch of pictures that I can share but we really need someone to see it in person. To my not that trained eye, I didn't see any evidence of insects or plague, but bark is peeling, and leaves on one branch are brown and crisp. Soil is not very good although I've planted wildflowers and succulents in that area that have been thriving, and got the gardener to put on a load of mulch.
> My mom is 97 and is in pretty good mental shape, not so much physically. I visit her every other week and would coordinate the consult with when I'm there.
> Thanks for any leads!
> Barbara Wishingrad
> 805-403-4566
> "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
> ~ Howard Thurman, African American mystic & activist
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