We had a second round of tree pruning done on Saturday by our friend and former neighbor who is an arborist for the city. Tony has worked on the majority of trees in the garden. This time he was pruning another of our honey locusts. I love this shot of him with his saw and pole pruner at the ready!
Tony was working in one of a pair of "smaller" locusts compared to the one that we had Goodland recently prune. Mark took this shot from the highest point in the garden with a bit roof of our house visible at the bottom right.
As a gardener himself Tony is very respectful of our plants. I always know he and Mark will make sure everything is protected as much as possible. Mark has a roll of what he calls "surveryor's tape" that is thin enough to weave through wire cages as well as the trees and shrubs themselves. I love the contrast between the color of the tape and the seriousness of the usage!
Pink tape is marking a pair of boxwoods that we put in pots on the deck each summer as well as a clump of Hellebores, a new tree from Khelm, two dwarf Ginkgo shrubs and assorted perennials in my "holding bed." That's another name for the berm which will finally be planted this year now that exterior construction on the Tea House is finished.
At the last minute Mark had the idea to use saw horses and a piece of plywood to put over our low, spreading Pagoda dogwood. It was a perfect solution. Not a thing was evern slightly injured even though Tony did major pruning — enough that the two of us spent most of the afternoon picking it up. And enough for two pickup truckloads of debris which Mark took to the yard waste dropoff that afternoon.
Though we still have some pruning that needs to be done — other than annual maintenance — Mark should be able to handle those jobs. So we feel like the garden season is off to a very good start.