Laurey W. Glenn / styling: Rose Nguyen
It was crucial to homeowners Dan Melman and Ed Rogers that a large American elm in their yard be protected during the overhaul of their 84-year-old Washington, D.C. home that would encompass not only a footprint-altering addition, but also a backyard renovation.
Keeping the tree’s health in mind, they first placed a call to landscape architect J. Mark White, owner of GardenWise, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia. Then they called an arborist at The Care of Trees in D.C. While the landscape plan was still in the developmental stage, Mark worked closely with The Care of Trees to tweak the plans for both the house and the yard. “Six months prior to breaking ground, we prepared the tree for construction,” says arborist Shawn Siefers.
“The key is to start early,” he says. “Often, we’re called in too late, and it limits what can be done.” Here’s what the crew did at this home: