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Remember the Archer family? They were one our three 2017 Gift of Beautiful Trees recipients, and we recently cut their split maple tree down that was heavily damaged in last June's tornadoes. (You can read more about their story here). Not long after we removed that tree, Cub Scout Troop 1885 was looking for an opportunity to plant a tree for a service project and they heard about the Archers through our Gift of Beautiful Trees charity program. The perfect match!
What to plant?
When clients and friends ask us, "What should I plant?" we always refer them to the ReTree Nebraska's list of 17 Trees for 2017. This is a great list of native or regionally adapted trees that do well in the Great Plains. And, when we can, we send our clients over to our good friends at Great Plains Nursery in Weston, NE where they have an amazing selection of high quality trees, most of which are grown from local seed sources. They take incredible care in ensuring their trees grow fibrous root systems, which lead to the best planting outcomes. Great Plains Nursery was so generous to offer to donate a tree to the Archer family. They chose a Northern Catalpa (my personal favorite!) which will be provide good shade over their house and their lovely June flowers will not only beautify their neighborhood, but also attract pollinators. What's not to love about a Catalpa? (Can you tell it's my favorite?)
Call in the troops!
With summer fast approaching, we needed to beat the heat and get the tree in ground soon. On May 8th, Troop 1885 met at the Archer's house, ready to dig! Okay, maybe Jeff did most of the digging. But we had plenty of helpers to move soil back into the hole and to water it in!
The scouts learned many tree planting tips and techniques. They got to see and feel the difference between fibrous roots (which take up water and nutrients), and structural roots (which give the tree stability). They got to see what a high quality tree looks like from a nursery that uses RootMaker bags, which prevent circling roots and encourage fibrous root systems. They learned how to plant a tree at the proper depth so as not to bury the root flare. They even learned how to properly mulch around the tree, and why mulching is important for protecting the trunk from weed trimmers and mowers, and regulating soil temperature and moisture. (Remember, Troop 1885: No mulch volcanos!)
There's no better way to teach the next generation of tree huggers than to give them hands on experience. We're honored that our community has continued to bless the Archer family with their generosity and kindness, and this new tree will continue to give back for decades to come.
We wrapped up our third annual Gift of Beautiful Trees program this month, providing tree trimming and removal services to THREE families in need this year. We were overwhelmed this year with the number of applications we received, and we couldn't just pick one family. We enjoyed reading each and every story that came through and were inspired and touched by how our community is full of so many good people seeking to care of their neighbors, friends and family. Trees truly are a living, breathing component of our community that tie us all together. Keep up the good work, Omaha!
Our crew made quick work of a few trees that desperately needed to come down. We also trimmed a beautiful red oak tree in the front yard and a silver maple over the roof. Her home got a major facelift, and we hope we also lightened the burden for Amelia who has worked so hard to support her family, all while being a great friend.
Congratulations again to our three recipients! We look forward to doing it all over again this December! Follow us on Facebook for updates and for information on how to nominate a family in need!
Another holiday season has passed, and another Omaha family has been given the Gift of Beautiful Trees! This is the second year of our charity program where we ask the community to submit nominations for their deserving neighbors, colleagues, families and friends to receive up to $2,500 in free tree trimming and removal services. While it may not seem like much, we truly believe that, "the meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
Our 2016 Gift of Beautiful Trees recipient, Jill, was nominated anonymously by a neighbor who new of Jill's recent battle with thyroid cancer. Jill had a declining ash tree in her front yard that needed to be removed, and two red oak trees that had storm damage that were in need of a good trim.
OMAHA: Arbor Aesthetics was given the Green Industry Award for educating customers about ethical tree care and cultivating a love and appreciation for trees in the Omaha community. Arbor Aesthetics supports and sponsors many tree-related events: Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Omaha Earth Day Tree Climb; the “Gift of Beautiful Trees” charity program giving Omaha families free and much-needed tree trimming and removal services at no cost and the Nebraska Arborists Association Summer Field Day and Winter Conference.
Read the original complete press release here.
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It's that time of year when we all pause to count our blessings and express our gratitude. Unfortunately for many families, it's also a time when everyday financial burdens feel heavier than ever. For those struggling to make ends meet, putting food on the table and presents under the tree can be a real challenge. Further, as priorities shift during the holidays, necessary home maintenance projects fall by the wayside.
We all deserve beautiful, safe and healthy trees. Trees add value to our homes and to our lives. They can be a point of pride and a symbol of strength. But when they aren't properly maintained, they can become unsafe or just plain unsightly. For so many families, there just isn't room in the budget for the luxury of proper tree care.
Do you know of a family in dire need of tree care? Is a dying tree hanging precariously over their home that ought to be removed? Are dead branches littering the yard? Are overgrown branches running into their house or roof? We want to help by giving a family in need the Gift of Beautiful Trees!
Fill out the form below to nominate a family in need for the Gift of Beautiful Trees. On December 21st, we'll select a nominated family to receive up to $2,500 in free tree trimming or removal. It's our way of giving back to our community and the families that have supported our business over the years.
In the spirit of Christmas and the holidays,
Jeff, Amy & the Arbor Aesthetics Crew
Official Rules: Nominee must reside in the Omaha metro or surrounding areas, including Elkhorn, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista and Millard. Property must be owned by the nominee and serve as the nominee's primary residence. Commercial or rental properties are not eligible. Winner will be selected based on the scope of work, level of need, and reason for nomination. Winner will be notified by telephone. Should the winner choose to refuse our services, an alternate winner will be chosen. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, December 18,, 2015. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 21, 2015 via e-mail to address you provided above, as well as on our Facebook page and website.
Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner