I have spent over a decade studying trees and landscape management in various capacities. I studied Forestry at Virginia Tech and first discovered tree climbing as a profession while there. I pursued horticultural training from the US National Arboretum and Arnold Arboretum and then worked at the Trustees of Reservations for many years on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
From there, I joined a tree crew in Manhattan, New York City (yes, there are trees there). It was one of the most challenging and colorful endeavors of my life. I learned many techniques and met many people from all over the world. I became a Certified Arborist while in NYC, but learning about tree care didn’t stop there. I continue to expand my knowledge as the science evolves and our environment changes. I started Spruced Up Tree and Shrub in 2014 so that I could have a fair, smart and safe work environment, and one that strives for quality before quantity. I now gladly work with people throughout the North Shore, helping them to manage and maintain their trees and shrubs.
George is a graduate of Montserrat College in Beverly, but he grew up in southeast Pennsylvania, running barefoot in his family’s garden. When he wasn’t pulling weeds and picking vegetables he was exploring the woods with immense Tuliptrees and ancient White Oaks. About six years ago he realized he didn’t know what an Elm or Chestnut tree looked like, though there were streets named after them in every town, so he bought a few field guides, learned about Dutch Elm Disease and the Chestnut Blight, and that was that. Now he is committed to planting and promoting our native trees and shrubs. He loves exploring both our wild and urban forests, identifying species everywhere he goes. His favorite thing to do is hunt for big old trees, measure, and photograph them.
Jack is originally from Worcester, MA. He has worked for tree care companies in New England as well as working on a logging crew in Costa Rica before joining Spruced Up Tree. He is currently working on becoming an ISA Certified Tree Worker. He enjoys sailing and boat building in his free time.