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Urban Arborists

Bill Logan founded Urban Arborists to care for trees and shrubs where they matter most: in cities and suburbs, where they are often people's chief link to the natural world. Throughout the tri-state area, from backyard gardens in Bed-Stuy, to Manhattan townhouses, to cathedral and museum grounds, to New York City streets, to Westchester homes and estates, Urban Arborists brings the highest standards of knowledge, attention and care to the woody plants that transform lots into landscapes, yards into gardens, streets into groves.

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Of Interest

You can now take a tree canopy walk four stories high and slide into a person-sized bird's nest at The Morris Arboretum. It's a great way to see trees the way birds (and arborists) see them..

To see great conifers, visit Bayard Cutting Arboretum in East Islip

Swarthmore College, near Philadelphia, has one of the best arboreta in the East. The trees and shrubs are beautiful, well-labeled, and appropriately used in garden settings. For a wonderful day trip, take Amtrak to Philadelphia and the regional SEPTA line right to the Arboretum at the Swarthmore stop. Look at their website, Scott Arboretum

If it's just too cold to admire trees outdoors, look at the lovely photographs by Larry Lederman in the Janet and Arthur Ross Gallery at The New York Botanical Garden.

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Seasonal Activities

Planting is winding down and we are preparing for winter! We are still planting until the holidays. However, soon we will put our planting spades away for the winter and it is time to focus on pruning. Winter is a resting time. Tree processes are slowest, and their pests and diseases are also at their least active. Some trees that have serious pest issues – the American elm, for example – should only be pruned in dormancy. Winter is also a fine time to clearly see and influence tree structure. Trees that lose their leaves reveal the complete pattern of branches and twigs. It is easy to see where branches are poorly attached or wounded, or where two branches are doing mutual damage by rubbing against one another. Winter is the best time to do structural pruning on these trees. This kind of pruning improves health, beauty and longevity, at the same time. Before spring comes and trees start growing taller, broader, and thicker both above ground and below ground, it’s a good idea to look around and assess the growing conditions of street trees in particular. If you have a street tree that is constricted in its growing space, Urban Arborists can help free it up by expanding the planting bed, removing concrete, asphalt or large debris from around the base of the tree, or removing grates, guards or other girdling obstructions. Winter is also our least busy time, so you are likely to see us offer seasonal discounts for winter work. .

News

Check out Bill Logan in this great video that Mighty Wild Acorn Flour made! Mighty Wild Acorn Video

Also check out the Mighty Wild Acorn Kickstarter page to learn more! Might Wild Acorn Kickstarter

Bill Logan to lead a tree and farm walk at Battery Park at 1 PM on Saturday, September 21. We will talk about the great difference between the soils that trees like and the soils that lettuce likes. Come see the wonderful things they are doing there!

September 24, 2012. — Urban Arborists featured in article about intelligent arboriculture in Crain's New York Buseinss.

August 11, 2012 — Bill Logan named by the International Society of Arboriculture a True Professional of Arboriculture, at 2012 international conference in Portland, Oregon.

Winter and Spring 2012 — Urban Arborists assesses, diagnoses and cares for two Great Trees in New York City Parks, a huge Manchurian elm in Kissena Park, Queens, and the Hangman's Elm in Washington Squre Park.

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March 27th — featured in the New York Times, Urban Arborists removes an ailanthus tree at the Noguchi Museum.

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Bill Logan gives commencement speech at NY Botanical Garden

NYBG Graduation Speech [45 KB doc]