A practical reference for experienced and novice tree owners alike.
If you are fortunate enough to live on property that includes trees, The Tree Doctor is the ideal, fully-illustrated manual for care and maintenance. A sapling requires different care than does a young tree or a mature tree. Trees growing in an urban environment face unique challenges that demand an appropriate approach.
Tree owners will refer to this comprehensive reference many times throughout their tree's life. The topics include:
The Tree Doctor provides invaluable guidance to those new to tree ownership with advice on the right species for every space, whether to choose a shade or flowering tree, what to look for in choosing a tree, and how to hire qualified experts if you need to. The resources section helps readers to locate experts across the country.
The authors also explain how climate change and recently emerging pests and diseases -- including the Emerald Ash Borer -- are affecting trees and they provide steps to mitigate these threats to tree life and health. Urban dwellers will appreciate the attention given to planting and caring for trees in a city setting, how to water and maintain city trees, and what trees are more ideally suited for planting in densely populated areas.
Dan Prendergast is an arborist for the City of Mississauga, Canada.
Erin Prendergast is chief of staff at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
[Review of earlier edition:] This work is a neat book, prepared by a professional arborist, in a refreshing and easy-to-understand style... well written and a valuable reference for the home gardener.
[Review of earlier edition:] A fount of information for the novice, and even for the more experienced... the illustrations are breathtaking and educational... This book continues the tradition of excellence for all Firefly Books. This book is highly recommended.
The book is an invaluable resource for anyone from homeowners with trees on their property to landscape professionals. Urbanites will appreciate the particular attention given to planting and caring for trees in a city setting.
Provides illustrated guidance on arboreal selection and placement. Even better, it advises smartly about tree care, from pruning to diagnosing problems.
[Review of earlier edition:] Nicely illustrated and accessible... addresses the fundamental do's and don'ts. The simple act of planting a tree is fraught with potential mistakes.
[Review of earlier edition:] An excellent, readable, superbly illustrated guide.
[Review of earlier edition:] Combining the reader-friendliness of [popular media articles] with (at least some of) the depth and authority of [textbooks on arboriculture]... This is an excellent information source.
[Review of earlier edition:] Great... a basic reference book for taking care of those trees... a must for anyone who has -- and appreciates -- trees.
[Review of earlier edition:] Helping homeowners protect their investments... topics... include choosing a tree and a site, planting properly, caring for the tree, pruning and diagnosing problems.
[Review of earlier edition:] Excellent illustrations and full color photographs make the text easy to understand... Highly recommended for its practical information, this book should be on the shelves of all gardeners, land developers, and civic officials concerned with the care of trees.
The book is well-organized, includes many color illustrations, and is easy to read... A great housewarming gift for someone moving into their first home.
This book is a good resource for both the urban gardener and the tree-growing novice... With extra thought and planning, this book helps the tree purchaser make decisions that should enable them to "maintain a healthy tree" and grow something beautiful in the space and location they have available... I would recommend this book on tree care to all local gardeners.
[Review of earlier edition:] It demonstrates that it is important to research thoroughly when choosing trees to shade our homes.
[Review of earlier edition:] Brimming with useful information.
[Review of earlier edition:] The definitive reference on trees... abounds with all sorts of great tips.
[Review of earlier edition:] Packed with tips for preventative care and maintenance, as well as solutions to tree problems.
[Review of earlier edition:] Enlightened advice... essential points are meticulously illustrated through well-defined photographs, detailed diagrams, and straightforward text.
Offers a survey of all aspects of planting, caring, feeding and cutting.
[Review of earlier edition:] Homeowners with trees on their property will do well to read this informative book... The photos and illustrations are specific, informative, making how-to sections easy to follow.
[Review of earlier edition:] If you need some maintenance advice for your trees, [this book] is a good place to start.