Arboriculture On Maui
'O ka 'aina ka 'oia'i'o,
(the truth is in the land)
Trees, trees, trees. We establish, maintain, and preserve trees, also shrubs, vines and groundcover. My husband Derrick and I are both Certified Arborists, we manage trees and create sustainable landscapes.
Our best approach to tree care and the process of landscape design stems from an intimate relation with nature, of being familiar with the naturally occurring ecosystems in our environment and using them as a model to imitate. Water conservation and recycling of natural resources are some of our main concerns and planting the right plants in the right places is our mantra. We specialize in native Hawaiian plants and try to incorporate a large percentage of native species appropriate to the site along with fruit trees, Polynesian food crops and as many herbs and edibles as possible as this ensures resource self-sufficiency, and traditional cultural values. Another important part of design work lies in understanding and ultimately translating the needs and vision of a property owner into a workable plan that is sustainable and in harmony with the land.
What we offer relative to the design process are assessments of your property and preliminary designs or overviews in terms of how we see the potential of the land. We do not have a "signature" style, as each design is a collaboration of the needs of the property owner and the artistry of our team as we point out the various possibilities of functionality and beauty in your landscape. The design can be a delicate process, site conditions may dictate somewhat differently than client expectations however excellent solutions can be found if the process is a collaborative one where all parties involved can freely and thoroughly discuss multiple ideas.
All pruning is performed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A300 standards. Trees benefit from pruning, but only when the intensity, timing and techniques are appropriate for the species and site. When pruning is inappropriate, such as topping or overthinning, tree health and structure suffer. We do not top trees, but if you have a situation where a tree's height needs to be lowered we will be happy to discuss with you alternatives to regulate it's size or the removal and replanting of new trees that are a smaller size at maturity.
We also employ comprehensive programs of Plant Health Care for enhancing established landscapes or for landscapes experiencing stress, disruption or disease. PHC is simply high quality maintenance and problem prevention using observation, monitoring and diagnostics as ways to measure vigor, vitality, the presence of diseases and insect pests, as well as beneficial organisms. Appropriate treatments are applied when necessary however maintenance of plant health and effective management techniques aimed at avoidance of stress factors are central to PHC management.