We have developed a long term relationship with a commercial client in Seattle. The client manages an incredible indoor botanical garden with many large trees. Anchoring the center of the garden is a 45' tall Ficus rubiginosa. We had been performing an annual prune of the tree by climbing it and using arboricultural techniques. We determined that work could be performed more safely, efficiently, and with greater quality if we could use the structure of the building to access the tree. Rope access is an entirely different discipline utilizing equipment and techniques and certifications distinct from Arboriculture. Additional training and equipment was required for our arborists Anne and Allen to safely complete the project.
We worked collaboratively with the tree managers to develop and implement pruning specifications, listed below Pruning Objectives: -Improve appearance -Improve structure -Contain growth -Promote artificial light penetration Pruning Treatment: -Reduce (shorten) branch ends around the crown exterior to contain and to reduce load on leaning stems -Thin dense pockets in the crown -Remove low branches a needed to clear canopy walk Pruning dose: -No more than 25% of the live foliage to be removed
The project required two days to complete. Work was performed on a weekend when the garden was vacant.
We really enjoyed the project as well as developing a long term relationship with the tree. Watching the tree grow and change over time has been an incredible learning experience. We look forward to our next visit!