Because Trees are more than Trees: 

Tree’s change.
Maintaining a tree is easy when they are beautiful, but, how do trees get there?

More often than not, they end up looking like a mess of tangled living and dead branches and twigs that have tried to regrow from whatever events happened to them.

If you are trying to find the ‘Beauty in the Beast’ that is growing somewhere in your tree, then you are in the right place.
Seeing the form of a tree, the ‘what is on the inside’, and the steps of “how to get to that beautiful functional tree that works beautifully with your needs”, is the conversation to have.

This conversation is also about building beautiful, useful productive landscapes using trees as anchor points.

lets have a conversation about your trees…

(including and not limited to: natural tree forms, niwaki: Japanese garden forms, European landscape park forms, hedges, espalier + food production orchard forms, way-finding billboard trees to ‘signature art trees’, small space ‘zoki-no-niwa’, and pine, ‘dai-sugi’, lets talk tree…)

Skillfully training trees to fit for your space,
specializing in meeting your needs with tree needs

this is “Where Art Grows on Trees”


fuzei + tree

delivering sustainable solutions for adapting & restoring the eloquence of Nature
Landscape Type + Pruning + Garden Experience = Solutions

clouds in mountains becomes the template for pruning Japanese maples in the Heiwa Teien New Denver BC

Pruning & Tree Design considerations with which to choose a finish

residential pruning: should you Do It Yourself ?

or should you book a learning pruning session ?

or have someone design and set up the framework ?

Pruning, grows a better tree:

We enthusiastically support people to prune their own trees.. and at the same time actively promote the de-stressing, meditative qualities that pruning and pruned trees bring. Beautiful landscapes are either formed around and because of a beautiful tree, or the landscape and owners are looking for at least one beautiful tree.

Everyone should prune their own trees. At least once to understand the decision making processes involved as well as the planning process of what steps are needed to effectively design a beautiful tree.

Pruning, the cutting of branches in the right place, is easy. Choosing ‘What to prune’ where and when… is not as easy… here is an example of a pruning plan:

Pruning older established trees, is easier than starting them from the sapling beginning,

Something to keep in mind is that after trees are pruned to a shape,

changing that shape is often impossible, or will take years to adapt, and making a pruning plan is recommended.

Way-finding: Pruning trees for directing people:

Our hard-wired brains, are automatically drawn by highly finished trees that are heavily shaped, such as topiary, hedges, niwaki, any ‘extreme’ manmade areas draw attention,

and everyone is hard-wired to ignore tree or shrub areas that have been left to nature and looking abandoned. Basically this sense of wild nature, as compared to tamed nature, is the reason behind ‘curb-appeal’ and creating the desire to enter buildings, or to avoid buildings.

There are three levels of finishing trees and shrubs ~ known as Shin, Gyou, Sou pruning:

Shin is Manmade high finish, high maintenance, and eye-catching, mostly niwaki, topiary, …

Gyou is the ‘Man:Nature inter-relationship’, and medium budget, a cleaned sense of manicured nature, most often understood as ‘a venerable beauty’ that emulates paintings from the Group of Seven.

Sou is Natural pruning, careful design, restfully restorative, and the easiest lowest cost maintenance afterwards.

.. pruning at the starting out phase, at the time of initial design, is mostly all the same, and if design decisions are made as soon as possible, then result is achieved much faster.

Opening conversations with your pruner should assess & determine the tree and shrub design understanding what the clients desired shape is, and crossed with the type of finish that works best for the tree & the clients needs, and considering the after-care costs involved.

Shin, a high finish that sculptures the tree, is a high cost setup, low cost mid-period of maintenance that has a high cost of thinning, with an high 2 or optional 3 times a year maintenance. This will always need maintenance.

Entry into Gyou is a little lower in setup cost, and has a lower aftercare cost of maintenance, because the growth can be slowed enough for care every few years.

While Sou, depending on the species, has a higher entry cost, and the lowest maintenance cost that means that the tree growth can be slowed and left on its own.

onSite / services // offSite

… to find out how you and your trees can benefit from our expertise, please connect with us,
.. tell us a bit about your project or what you have in mind, and how you would like those goals accomplished…
cascade of Pine branches
We offer the finest researched expertise with unique sustainable solutions that connect people to nature while beautifying trees, homes, and the landscapes between,
and provide full Japanese garden service in Alberta, and across Canada, with the Calgary region as a central base..
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    Pine pruning specialists

    pine pruning solutions, management techniques, education

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    pruning deciduous & fruit trees

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    installing the highest quality dry waterfalls (karetaki) and other primary stoneworks..

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    decks and shou sugi ban

    whether you need a deck or just a finish that preserves wood, the options offered are unlimited and creative

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    Stone art

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    Design Services

    all levels of Japanese garden design, from concepts to functional specifics, master plans of tsubo jar gardens to museums, and Friendship park gardens

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    beauty: maintenance during spring through fall

..making the cut:

edzard teubert

Journeyman Landscape Gardener, Arborist,
Japanese garden specialist, Landscape & Tree designer,
Bonsai-ist, Penjing,
and all around – myth to science
pruning phenology and design nerd…


… to get our experience working for you, email