For Immediate Release – August 16, 2006
Bridgehampton, New York—August 16, 2006—SavATree arborist Keith Schumpf performed restoration pruning on a 150-200 year old oak tree on an art farm in Bridgehampton called “The Ark Project”. The Ark Project integrates art and nature, and it features some of the most beautiful and historic trees in the Hamptons. Tundra Wolf, one of project’s owners, noticed discoloration on one of the premier oak trees and went through multiple arborists before the problem was correctly diagnosed by SavATree. Tundra said, “The tree is a signature piece, and we are very grateful for SavATree’s restoration work. This is all free of charge, and it is an amazing thing that they are doing this for us.” SavATree began working on the tree in mid-July, and will continue to perform restoration services on the oak once a month.
The tree is taller then most of the sculptures on the farm. Tundra added, “We were all very upset when we found out that the tree was imperiled. Losing it would be like losing a best friend. The tree deserved a chance, and Keith was the only one who gave it one. He understood the spiritual value and beauty of it, and he wanted to help. The work SavATree has done is extremely generous, and I am very thankful.”
Keith volunteered to take care of the tree because of the magnificence of it and because he knew that there was still life in it. Tundra said, “Keith Schumpf was the only person I have had in the park who was able to accurately diagnose the problem. Several different arborists came in last year to look at the tree, and one arborist told me the tree was dying because of old age. Nobody really knew what was going on, and nobody ever walked around to the back of the tree to notice that a good part of it had been eaten away by carpenter ants. Keith was the only one who looked around the entire tree, he and did a thorough diagnosis like a doctor.”
Upon diagnosis, Keith pruned the tree, cut down the dead branches, fertilized the roots, and provided it with supplemental water. Additionally, Keith recommended cutting the weeds around the tree and spreading compost and wood chips to give the tree proper nutrition and increase water retention. This work was done by the Ark Project staff. Since the Ark Project is also an active horse farm, there was plenty of rich compost on hand to complete the task.
He said, “Once I got back there, I realized what we were dealing with. The tree needed immediate attention because it was surrounded by vines. We pruned it and then fed it ArborKelp, which is a root stimulant. We plan to continue feeding it once a month until it has stabilized.” SavATree is still trying to eliminate the carpenter ants that are eating the core of the tree, which is extremely difficult because they live in the center of the tree. Tundra constantly checks on the tree to see if it appears healthier, and she continues to watch the tree on a daily basis. For more information, email us or call (914) 241-4999 ext.160.
About SavATree: SavATree has been providing environmentally sensible tree, shrub and residential lawn care to residents, businesses and historic properties for over 20 years. SavATree currently operates in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and Washington D.C. Industry certified arborists provide clients with expertise in tree care and help clients maintain a healthy, safe and beautiful landscape. SavATree’s services include tree trimming, disease diagnosis, woodlot managment, insect and mite treatments, organic lawn care, integrated lawn care and more. For more information, please contact us.
About the Ark Project: The Ark Project is a sculpture park and a horse farm that is located in Bridgehampton, NY. The Ark Project features monumental sculptures and steel that is integrated with the grazing animals around the sculptures. The farm is almost 100 acres, and it is completely preserved, which is very rare in the Hamptons. Aside from the woodlands and the area set aside for wildlife, a portion of the land is leased to a polo club, and polo matches frequently take place on the fields. For more information on the Ark Project, visit www.thearkproject.com.
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