A couple of weeks ago we issued a challenge. Having noted that our neighbors Bob and Wendy Palmer Patterson (NW corner of Euclid and Hurt) have one of the most beautiful and interesting yards in Inman Park, we asked y’all to try to identify three trees located there.
Well, here’s the answer! (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Yes, Inman Park is home to a coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, specimens of which appear below in their natural habitat (take note of the hiker on the trail, in order to get a proper sense of scale):
By contrast, back in 2010, our redwood was measured at a measly 71 feet tall and puny 75 inches in circumference. But in its own way, it’s just as distinctive as its better known cousins out in California and Oregon.
This young blackgum or tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a tree species native to Georgia, was beginning to sprawl into Euclid Avenue and the adjacent sidewalk. With the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes coming up, Tree Watch wanted to do some light pruning, fearing that someone would inadvertently damage the tree by ripping away a branch.
Rather than remove an entire branch or branches — this prize needs to photosynthesize! — we opted for a series of reduction cuts.
We get asked all the time by Inman Park residents to recommend a tree service. We always say: whoever you choose, be sure to ask whether that company’s arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Also, please note that every reputable company has workers trained in how to climb trees using ropes and safety harnesses. Even when a very large tree must be removed, it may be possible for the workers to start at the top and remove the tree in sections, lowering them to the ground with their ropes. In sum, although the use of a crane or cherrypicker is sometimes unavoidable, often it isn’t. And as you would guess, the price difference may be substantial.
Think that one tree in your back yard may be dead? Concerned about an ailing tree in your front yard or sidewalk planting strip? Frustrated that there’s a healthy but humongous tree growing three feet from the foundation of your house?
Tree Watch member Ken Taber likes to call the overgrown, neglected corners of Inman Park — with their tangles of wisteria, privet, leatherleaf mahonia, thorny olive, tree of heaven, and other invasive plants — “snarls.” They look something like this:
And for physical activity, Ken likes nothing better than charging his battery-powered chainsaw and strapping on the holster of his handsaw for an afternoon of reducing Inman Park’s snarl problem.