Trees eat sunlight. They produce their own food…which makes them pretty remarkable. We can’t do that!
It’s a simple equation for three Sugar Maples treated as a group: No Circulation=No food=Tree starving.
The Sugar Maples’ inner functionality was so compromised that they were actually starving…they have not been able to produce enough food for themselves in recent years.
I found that movement of fluids upwards in the trees was blocked, therefore fluids moving to the leaves for photosynthesis in past years was limited. Functionality was shutting down. Whatever food was left was not moving around inside the trees.
My treatment involved opening up circulation in the trees…getting fluids moving up to the buds so the trees would put on good leaves with maximum photosynthesis this year. Good food production should feed the trees. This will provide a feedback loop to functionality moving again and movement of fluids up into the branches.
Also, the trees should push out more roots this year which would provide a feedback loop to better uptake, better circulation, more photosynthesis, more food.
Goals of these three trees:
This Elegant Elm tree is in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
It’s 266 years old and well-loved by Sally, the owner of the property for the last 20 years. The house goes back to 1790. The tree sprouted in 1744, so it was 46 years old when the house was build just in front of it. This house is the charter house for the local town. In the 1950′s additions were made to the house so that the tree is now nestled inside of a “U” shape. The ground slopes gently down behind the house but the tree is on the high ground with the house.
We were asked to come to this property by a local arborist who cares for the tree not only as a part of his business but it’s also his favorite tree. He loves it. He asked us to come to New Hampshire to treat the tree and to introduce his staff to our work. There were about a dozen people plus the owner in attendance.
The arborist told us the story of the tree. Last year, the gentleman of the property passed away; a great loss to his widow. And, it turns out that just 2 months after his passing, the Elm tree lost all of its leaves in August.
This gorgeous, classically vase-shaped Elm tree has been diagnosed with Dutch Elm disease. With the heavy rains of 2009 in the Northeast, the tree was getting water-logged. Between the loss of the caring energy from the master of the house, getting water-logged and having the disease, I believe that the tree was trying to decide whether it wanted to live or not. The tree was not making a mental decision as people make, but this had to do with the overall ‘fabric’ of its being to either live or die.
In fact, what happened, the tree’s functions began to shut down and the tree had disconnected itself from the community of support from the trees nearby. We know that trees operate best in community.
Internal functionality in the tree was compromised including
- circulation system
- plant chemistry not in the proper consistency
- potential bud development
I did an initial hands-on treatment the tree. Then, I gave an introduction to the participants. Basia, the Chief Listener and my business partner, lead them in a sensory enhancement exercise and a guided visualization. They felt as if they stepped inside of the tree’s world. Then, the participants, followed my directions to help treat the tree.
By the end of the treatment, I was clear that root energy was pushing out to grow, the buds were filled with life and we could actually feel the movement of sap back up into the vascular system of the tree. All these changes were not visible to the human eye, but were perceptible to the tuned and caring human heart.
A shift in energy had taken place from a pulling in and decline pattern to a pushing up and out active growth pattern. I would say that the tree ‘wanted’ to live.
The treatment was all about the buds on March 5th. See the blog entry from that date.
Now, look at these beautiful buds!
The tree is telling us that the treatment worked!
Meet one of Pat’s fruit trees. It’s a Pear tree that lives in a modest New Jersey suburban backyard. Pat grows almost all of the food for her vegetarian family in this small yard…including pears!
I always ask a tree for permission to treat it. This tree told me “I’m sick and I need help.”
Whatever stressors may have weakened the tree, the tree’s internal functionality was compromised.
My energy healing, holistic treatment focused on re-establishing the flow of that inner functionality. Re-establishing functionality is something that products like fertilizers can’t do. A sick tree like this sweet little Pear can’t take up products.
This was clear to me as I did the treatment because uptake of fluids, circulation of those fluids and food production were the highlights that the tree told me about. The tree wanted to be able to feed itself to become healthy again. Remember, plants eat sunlight via photosynthesis.
I’ll recount the events of the treatment here.
- Movement of fluids inside the tree was slowing down.
- Tree wants more roots for more uptake of water and nutrients.
- Where the circulation was good in the tree, it had to compensate for where the circulation has been compromised because of splits in the bark.
- Plant chemistry had to be cleared and balanced. What does that mean? It means that the ratio of sugars, water and nutrients had to be brought into balance.
- Had to get movement of fluids to the buds and get the healthy cells in the buds to divide. Good, healthy buds will result.
- Good, healthy buds means more leaves…which means more sugars from photosynthesis from those leaves.
- This ties back to need for more roots for uptake of water and nutrients also needed in the leaves for photosynthesis.
See how the treatment comes full circle? Everything is connected to everything else.
All of the steps above should help to result in a healthy tree. A healthy tree will be able to put on good fruit.
Tree wants to grow and be healthy. It is living in slightly cramped quarters for its size (see picture below). I suspect that not only is the tree growing in limited space but that it also has a rock layer below to limit root development. This space was fine when the tree was small. But as the tree grew bigger, the space was more limiting. I had to balance the tree out to where it lives so it can maximize its growth potential in the limited space The tree can survive in this area.
I had to increase circulation and get more fluids into the intercellular spaces of the buds. So as the cells begin to swell they are readily able to take up fluids. I also had to work with the healthy cells in the buds so they would begin to divide rapidly at the appropriate time. The idea is to have healthy developing buds. Healthy growing buds will also help drive good circulation of fluids into the buds. This is a positive feedback loop.
In addition, I worked with the roots so they would put on additional root hairs for uptake of water and nutrients.
These steps should all help the tree with it’s goals to grow and be healthy.
The tree was saying “Please help me- I want to get well.” I basically had to open up the circulation of the tree and clear the plant chemistry. The idea is for the tree to produce and sustain more leaves and growth. This will help produce more food and strengthen the tree to help ward off the Phytopthora. More leaves and more growth will also help promote healing the internal functionality of the tree. See how tree is beginning to clear and ward off Phytopthora spots from my treatment to repair internal functionality in late Fall, 2009. I am really trying to help the tree to get healthy and well.
My treatment should help strengthen the buds to open better and increase survival rate. Better bud survival should also help produce more leaves needed for food (sugar) production. More leaves and food production should help with new growth. It should also help pull the circulation in the tree to keep it open since it was previously blocked. New leaves and new growth should help the tree with it’s goals to fill in, and be a beautiful centerpiece.
Elm tree buds have an inherent problem. The buds don’t always completely grow after they start to swell in late winter. They all start to grow. But they don’t all continue to grow. This became apparent in my work with a majestic Elm Tree today.
Problems with buds means less active growth. Less active growth means the tree is more susceptible to diseases and insects. This could contribute to why Elms were so devastated by the Elm Bark Beetle and Dutch Elm disease.
The Zoning Board of West Orange, NJ, has begun to hear public comments concerning the application by Seton Hall Prep. They intend to cut down a substantial part of one of New Jersey’s remaining old forests including many old and historic trees in order to build more sports fields.
We were impressed by the eloquent pleas from the young people of West Orange. They saw the need to protect the environment which is their future. They also pointed out that planting some new “replacement” trees never does replace big old historic trees. They felt it was selfish to remove these many old and historic trees for the benefit of a few.
Many older residents of West Orange also spoke out for the trees. Some who live next to the property are already experiencing flooding and other water problems from the work that has been done there already.
We applaud the work of Sally and Kevin Malanga. They have been fighting for these trees for years!
We believe that when the day is done, the trees will prevail!
Thanks to the Riverview Garden Club. We had a very enthusiastic response from over 50 people attending at the Wayne Public Library, Wayne NJ. Many good questions.
One of the most exciting things was the number of people who really appreciated their trees and plants. Some were even willing to admit that they hug their trees and talk to their plants! Good for them!
We thank the Riverview Garden Club for sponsoring such a great event.