Category Archives: Tree Art

Nathan’s Private Japanese Garden in the Winter

A well-done Japanese garden is spectacular anytime of the year. Each season has its own glory and charm.

For example, the skeletal structures of the deciduous trees and shrubs present themselves for all to see only in the winter. In my garden this includes the Japanese and vine maples, the ginkgo tree and Japanese stewartia among other things. For example, take a look at the bright reddish pink trunk and branches of the sango-kaku coral bark maple against the dark green backdrop of the arborvitae hedge, or the red berry clusters on the nandina domesticas or heavenly bamboo plants. The bright colors of these plants pop as if to say, “Here I am, look at me!”

I am pleased to be able to share my garden with you for your viewing pleasure.

Our tree service, can prune the shrubs in your garden as well in a way that will delight all those who see it.

Another Tree Saved from the Saw

The owner of this house was ready to have us take down this large sycamore tree because its roots were lifting his sidewalk. Had I been a greedy arborist, I could have charged him a lot of money and removed the tree as he wished. However, I told him how he could cut some roots, install a root barrier to prevent the roots from growing under his sidewalk in the future, thus saving the tree. Needless to say, he was elated at being able to keep his tree and save a boat load of money to boot.

Saving trees from the saw doesn’t seem to be a popular thing among many tree services, who prefer, instead, to make a quick buck while preying on people’s fears and ignorance about trees. As an example of this, I received a desperate call from a homeowner who lives in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. He has a large maple tree that he believes is savable, but that the City and a several tree services have told him must come out. A couple of arborist told him that the tree can be saved with some pruning to remove some hazardous branches; however, the city has sent him a demand letter that he remove it or they plan to trespass onto his property and remove it and put a lien on his house for the costs involved. No local tree services want to go up against the city on this issue, so are acquiescing to city’s demands, even though they know they can save the tree.

Thus, this man saw my blog where I brag about the trees we save, and he called me hoping I could help him even though I live more than 1,200 miles from him. I gave him a lot of free advice on how to deal with the situation, who to contact, and how to save his tree.

We are trying to make a difference by making the world a more beautiful place one tree at a time.

Speaking of beautiful trees, here are some photos of trees that I recently took. Please enjoy.

A carpet of Oregon grape in a forest of Douglas-fir trees not far from my house.
A big leaf maple tree trunk sculpture in a forest near my home.
A cool autumn morning at Champoeg State Park.
A frosty fall morning on the Deschutes River in La Pine, Oregon.
A ponderosa pine tree in Central Oregon.
The bark scales of a ponderosa pine tree.
Nathan Lawrence of Good News Tree Service, Inc. in Wilsonville, Oregon

Autumn Colors—Streets of Gold

This side of the biblical New Jerusalem’s heaven on earth, this may be the closest thing to ever seeing streets of gold (Revelation 21:21)! This is a neighborhood where nearly all the residents are clients of Good News Tree Service, Inc. Please savor the Creator’s handiwork during this most beautiful time of the year.