Tree Selection with Arborist Christine Rampling
(22 May 2014)
I love plants and the people you inevitably meet who also share this passion (surely it must be one’s destiny to do so). Recently I met fellow plant nut and arborist Christine Rampling from Southern District Tree Services, and got to chatting with her about everything tree related, particularly in regards to tree selection.
Christine has a holistic approach to tree selection and maintenance, believing that a good arborist has the ability to bring trees and infrastructure as close together as possible with minimal compromise. She says it is possible to maintain the health, structure and vitality of a tree while at the same time allowing maximum enjoyment and minimal maintenance for its owner. Christine is an advocate of tree retention where possible, promoting the value and beauty of trees and the distinct sense of place they engender.
Christine recommends the following when selecting a tree/s for your garden:
And in regards to specimen selection:
Lastly, when it comes to planting and aftercare:
If you are interested in learning more about trees and their care, Christine suggests checking out literature by Claus Mattheck, who uses characters Stupsi and Pauli Bear to clearly explain tree biomechanics. For something more in depth, she recommends beautifully written text, Touch Trees, by Alex Shigo.