My Tree Care Philosophy

Trees are living beings and deserve respect. There is a lot of work done on trees that is not in their best interest. Routine practices performed from habit that ignore the tree’s present state can be very injurious. An example would be standard thinning and shaping performed on a tree that is infected with a disease.

Trees get all their energy from the sun, mostly through their leaves or needles. The rest comes from photosynthetic tissue in young bark. Too much pruning not only stresses a tree, but forces it to generate suckers or shoots to try to replenish the lost leaf mass. There is a delicate balance among the leaves, branches, trunk and roots.

Being able to see clearly and access carefully is the greatest gift I can bring to a tree. Once we see clearly, knowing what to do is easy.

Why KRL?

Simply, a strong natural connection with trees, a caring empathetic approach that looks to do what is best for each tree, to increase its longevity and level of health.

In a town filled with tree services whose prime focus is removal, I'm one of the few who would rather see your tree alive and healthy.

Why hire a logger to prune your apple tree? Your trees took decades to grow. Why ruin them with one quick, cheap, uninformed pruning job?


Demystifying Tree Pruning

There is an idea that gardeners have no business pruning their own trees. I don't believe it. That idea means that as homeowners our main concern is to write the cheques and keep our hands off.

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Tree Repair

Tree repair or, formerly, tree surgery is a mechanically assisted method of reinforcing weak trees or putting split trees back together so that they will have added years of life.

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Tree Poem

How to turn on a tree?
I think the tree is always on
but it is not on and engaged with a person until a person
is there to be engaged with it. You need to choose this.

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Watering Calgary Trees

Water truly is the essence of life, all the more so in our continuing drought. Unable to move to water, trees are totally reliant on rain and snowfall and what you apply.

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Tree Pruning Theory

Trees, trees, everywhere. We tie our clotheslines to them, we hang our block heater cord from them, we use them for making a fence.

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Proper Tree Pruning

In order to prune trees, not only is some idea of tree function needed, but also a good understanding of the branch-trunk interaction zone.

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Calgary Soils

Once the trees and shrubs, the bones of a garden, are taken care of we can turn our attention to the flower and vegetable beds. Calgary's soils deserve some discussion.

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Kate's Mayday

This is Kate's Mayday. It arrived in 1990 as a wedding gift certificate to Sunnyside Garden Centre from a neighbour. It was a puny 1" caliber and a mere 7 feet tall in spring of 1991.

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