“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” – Henry David Thoreau
In order to become an arborist one must have a love for trees. There is no denying that my dad loves him some trees. Growing up, no matter where the destination, my dad would stop to point out the trees along the way. I remember when I was in elementary school, and my dad came home with a rolled up poster. Was it a poster from my favorite TV show? Maybe a poster of the Backstreet Boys for me to tape up on my wall? Nope, it was a poster displaying a bunch of leaves. LEAVES I TELL YOU! But that was my dad, a man with a love for trees.
Every year while I was in elementary school, I would look forward to Arbor Day. Why did an elementary aged child know about Arbor Day, and why would that child look forward to it? The answer is, my dad was an arborist who brought trees to my classmates every year on Arbor Day. If you have never heard of Arbor Day, don’t feel bad it’s not exactly up there with the likes of Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Arbor Day is a holiday celebrating trees. It is a day specifically dedicated to the planting and caring of one of our most precious resources, trees. The holiday originated in Nebraska City by J. Sterling Morton. Morton was Secretary of the Nebraska Territory back in 1858, and was a huge supporter of national forest reservations. His love for the outdoors and of trees lead him to establish Arbor Day. On the first Arbor Day (April 10, 1872) it is estimated that one million trees were planted.
Why is any of this relevant? My dad is an exceptional arborist, whose love of trees makes him the best man for the job. Because “trees” is not just a business for him, McKinley and Associates is dedicated to helping you with whatever tree services you need. As a “tree lover” William McKinley will do all in his power to heal your ailing trees and plants. His extensive knowledge and dedication to research in the field, gives him a leg up on his competition. There are many tree consultants out there who do it for the money, but William McKinley works to make a difference. If he can help one family plant a lovely tree for generations to enjoy, that would make his day.
An arborist can help you with the planting process. It’s an arborist’s job to know about fertilization, pest and pathogen control, tree removal, tree pruning, and tree shaping. William McKinley has years of experience and practice in all these things and more.
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