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Tend the Land with Elemental Tree Network

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We tend & support the health of trees, guided by traditional ecological knowledge and regenerative action. Our techniques are deeply rooted in restoration and soil remediation principles. Healing ecosystems from the ground up, we focus on supporting the soil food web to better enhance accessibility of nutrients and immunity against disease in Native California Trees. Based in Santa Cruz, CA on unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. We serve the greater Bay Area and beyond. 

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Soil Remediation 

In order to understand why intervention is necessary, we first must acknowledge that the ecosystems in California have become drastically depleted in nutrients, fauna and native flora. The natural cycling of nutrients in the soil has been disrupted over the past 200 years of landscape manipulation and colonization. 

Without the necessary influence of low intensity beneficial fire, native animal grazing, and traditional Indigenous management, we are currently seeing a major decline in the health of native trees. This is evident and identifiable in trees as cracking bark, thinning of canopies, discolored leaves, dying limbs and tops, open wounds in the tissue of the trees and colonization of the bark by mosses, lichens and insects. A soil test is first conducted to determine what is out of balance within the soil system. Organic amendments including NPK fertilizers, minerals, rare earth elements, Humic acids and compost are applied to the soil either through broadcast or injection within and around the Tree’s drip line. We specifically supply the necessary elements and compounds that the ecosystem is lacking. This is a whole system remediation approach, targeted and tailored to each site’s specifications and needs, to bring balance and health back to the land. 


Brush Clearing, Pruning & Thinning 

With over 150 years of fire suppression, we are now facing tremendous overgrowth in forests. This not only threatens homes and infrastructure, but also leads to canopy fires and the loss of old growth trees. When there are shrubs, saplings, suckers and brush surrounding established trees, there is a competition for nutrients that leads to soil depletion. We mimic the landscaping that a beneficial low intensity fire would create by pruning branches up to 8 ft, clearing competitive brush and saplings, and thinning overgrown areas. Without this preemptive clearing, brush and overgrowth cause ecological imbalance and fuel the catastrophic fires that are now happening annually in California. 

Surgical Removal of Infections

With nutrient deficiencies, ecological imbalance and lack of low intensity fire, the immune systems of trees are heavily stressed. This allows for pathogens including fungi, pests, parasites and other stem canker diseases to colonize tree tissue. We perform surgeries on Oak trees and other deciduous trees to remove infections and promote regeneration of tissue. 

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