A Tall Tale

In Canadian and American folklore, Paul Bunyan is a mythical, superhuman lumberjack. He could out-chop, out0-saw, out-talk, out-roll a log, and climb a tree faster than any other man at any other logging camp.

When a friend recommended Chris Niemiec of Paul Bunyan’s Tree Service, in Ardsley, NY, to work on my alarmingly out-of control willow, maple, and oak trees, I didn’t think much of the company name. Another tall tale? But when Chris and his crew started working—amazingly, only a few days after I called—I realized that the name couldn’t be more apt. Chris, who’s been taking care of many of Westchester County, NY’s trees, for 25 years, really knows what he’s doing. Five hours after his three-man crew arrived, all the dead wood was gone—New York trees have really suffered from cold winters and and a hot dry summer—and the trees were pruned, shaped and much healthier looking.




A huge amount of debris was cleaned up. That day, I learned a lot about how to take care of our trees. A little fertilizer and some deep-root watering will keep them happy.


These guys made me happy.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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1 Response to A Tall Tale

  1. esk220 says:

    Hi Ellen, Hope all is well. The summer seems to be flying. Soon it will be September and back to the Garden Club! I enjoyed this and reading your blog.

    Best, Edna

    Sent from my iPad


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