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 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 Tulip trees and ancient White Oaks. He first worked for his Aunt and Uncle’s landscaping company during high school. He moved to the North Shore to attend Montserrat College of Art where he was a groundskeeper during the summers and a custodian during the school year. After graduation, he returned to PA, where he worked on a large tree farm and was the personal gardener of an 80+ year old property outside of Philadelphia. It was at this time that 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, and taught himself tree identification, biology and pests. Now he is committed to planting and promoting our native trees and shrubs. He loves exploring both wild and urban forests, and identifying trees everywhere he goes. His favorite thing to do is hunt for big old trees, measure, and photograph them. Since working for Spruced Up, he has learned even more from Charlotte and Jack and is honing his skills with the goal of becoming a Certified Arborist himself.
Jack was born in NH and lived most of his adult life in Massachusetts. Tree care started in a high school GIS class that focused on tree and animal identification. At 19 he was working part time cutting trees and running ropes for an arborist around Worcester. Since then he has been doing tree work on Cape Cod and throughout the North Shore. After taking two years away from trees to learn wooden boat building, he returned to the industry to focus on climbing and tree care.
In order to tie all these skills together, Jack traveled to Costa Rica in 2018 to help on a project building a sailing cargo ship from sustainably harvested timber found in the tropical jungles. He has returned to the area to help build Spruced up Tree into a growing business with a quality service. He is currently working on becoming an ISA Certified Tree Worker. In his spare time he is still working on and sailing his own boats that he repairs with locally sourced trees.