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06 Feb 2018
Book: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

The Secret Life of Trees

John Gilbride of Premier Landscaping gives additional insight on The Secret Life of Trees

“Reading this book gave me additional insight into the world of trees. This book provides knowledge most people do not know, great read.” – John Gilbride Premier Landscaping

The World of Trees Explored

Do Tree’s have a social network? A community unto themselves? Helping each other in times of crisis when in a drought against insects or other potential predators? In the book The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben examines a world not known to the average human. Trees talk, taste, and have a sense of community with the other tree species and sometimes even trees within their own grove.
“Scientists in the Harz mountains in Germany have discovered that this really is a case of interdependence, and most individual trees of the same species growing in the same stand are connected to each other through their roots systems. It appears that nutrient exchanged and helping neighbors in the times of need is the rule and this lease to the conclusion that forests are superorganisms with interconnections much like ant colonies.”

Facebook for Trees

Below are excerpts from the book these excerpts reveal the science behind how each tree communicates with each other. Species communicating with species warning each other for security and sustaining others in time of drought. “Together, many trees create an ecosystem that moderates extremes of heat and cold, stores a great deal of humidity. And in this protected environment, trees can live to be very old. To get to this point, the community must remain intact no matter what. If every tree were looking out only for itself, then quite a few of them would never reach old age. Regular fatalities would result in many large gaps in the tree canopy, which would make it easier for storms to get inside the forest and uproot more trees. The heat of summer would reach the forest floor and dry it out. Every tree would suffer. Every tree, therefor, is valuable to the community and worth keeping around for as long as possible.”

A Security System for Trees

“The acacia trees that were being eaten gave off a warning gas (specifically, ethylene) that signaled to neighboring trees of the same species that a crisis was at hand. Right away, all the forewarned trees also pumped toxins into their leaves to prepare themselves. The giraffes were wise to this game and therefore moved farther away to a part of the savannah where they could find trees that were oblivious to what was going on.”
“When it comes to come species of insects, trees can accurately identify which bad guys they are up against. The saliva of each species is different, and trees can match the saliva to the insect. Indeed, the match can be so precise that trees can release pheromones that summon specific beneficial predators. The beneficial predators help trees by eagerly devouring the insects that are bothering them. For example, elms and pines call on small parasitic wasps that lay their eggs inside leaf-eating caterpillars. As the wasp larvae develop, they devour the larger caterpillars bit by bit from the inside out.”

Where to purchase The Hidden Life of Trees

If you are interested in this book you can purchase it on Amazon search for The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from a Secret World Hardcover By Peter Wohlleben (Author)
31 May 2017
John Marquard

Premier Landscaping Profile: John Marquard

A Jack-of-all Trades: John Marquard

A jack-of-all trades is someone who can do a little bit of everything, then there are those that can do a little bit of everything really well. John Marquard the operations manager for Premier Landscaping is one of those rare individuals.
John Marquard


Marquard started in the landscaping business 13 years ago at Complete Lawn-care. He was with Weedman learning about fertilization techniques for lawn-care. The last 3 years he has been with Premier Landscaping of Lakewood. “Once I started working with Premier Christmas Décor it just made sense to move full time with Premier and they made me Operations Manager.” Marquard said. “I really enjoyed my time with Weed-man, they were great, but it was just a good opportunity for me and my family.” Marquard has three children and a step-daughter, Ava 11, John 9, Tony and Lily is 5 years old.

Construction & Hardscape Knowledge

‘He has been instrumental in expanding our services, and his talent with woodworking is second to none. When it comes to our construction projects fences, patios, pergolas you name it he can build it. I know if we get a bid on that type of project, I have the confidence that it is in the right hands.’ Owner, John Gilbride of Premier Landscaping Lakewood. ‘When we hired him, it was a perfect fit because he already had fertilization knowledge from working at Weed-man. He had extensive training in grub control & frost burnt lawns; he has an expansive knowledge of turf care, he really knows his stuff when it comes to maintaining lawns.’ Gilbride said.

Customer Service

‘I like working with people.’ Marquard has great flexibility in regards to customer needs, whether it be an addition to a patio or an artistic vision that the client has, he is able to take it from a dream to reality. One of Marquards’ best attributes however is that he consistently over-delivers, the job he does exceeds the expectations of the client. “The project on West 44th was completely transformed from an empty lot into something great, lot of woodwork, built a fence, an arbor. Completely redid the whole place. Probably my favorite one we’ve done so far.’
Marquard has worked for a number of landscaping companies, there is something different about Premier though, “ John Gilbride is one of the most generous owners I have ever worked for. He always makes sure there is as much time for family as there is for work, he is pretty flexible in that regard.”

Field General

‘Marquard has done a great job of solidifying our organization, giving Premier a leader out in the field, & taking the pressure off our owner to pursue other endeavors.’ Said John Wellington, Director of Marketing of Premier landscaping of Lakewood. ‘He makes my job easy, knowing that he is out there I feel confident that every job will be done with quality and precision, it makes it much easier to sell.”

I kinda like it all.

John Marquard doesn’t like just one aspect of landscaping. ‘I like the jobs were you can see the immediate result, the transformation. Patios, fencing, woodworking, water features, lawn work, I kinda like it all to be honest with you.’
28 Apr 2017

Premier Landscaping of Lakewood: Service Areas and Services

Premier Service Areas & Services

Premier Landscaping of Lakewood receives a lot of questions from customers. Two of the most frequently asked questions are: What services do you provide? What are your service areas?

Premier Service Areas

Premier Landscaping provides landscaping to the west side of Cleveland including Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, West Park, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake. Premier provides winter maintenance services to only near-west Cleveland, Lakewood, Bay Village Fairview Park, West Park and Rocky River. Premier provides Christmas Décor lighting & Inception lighting to all of northeast Ohio.

Services by Premier

Lawn & Garden Care

Planting & Design

Hardscapes & Fencing

Landscape Lighting Repair & Inception Lighting

Christmas Decor

Winter Maintenance

26 Aug 2016

Landscape Renovation

Landscape Renovation

Landscape Renovation - Imagine a backyard of a property you just bought: overgrown with weeds; various plants that you don’t recognize; you don’t even know where to begin when transplanting or pruning; trees that are half dead with fallen limbs all over your backyard; hardscapes you either can’t see or that has been damaged over time. For your Landscape Renovation - www.premierlandscapinglakewood.net
If this is you, you fall into a category of customer that needs a LANDSCAPE RENOVATION. While most homeowners try to go the route of the DIY, enthusiasm at the beginning can lead to a burnt out family. Meanwhile all of the landscapers are busy with other customers who contacted them at the beginning of the summer and are all booked up. Don’t put it off til’ next spring, tear off that band-aid and get your Lawn Renovation project started TODAY!
What does a Landscape Renovation consist of? First we start by revitalizing your lawn and plants. Aerations, seedings and other fertilization tatics along with a hearty dose of watering will bring your lawn back. We will move & recycle old plants for future use while helping you finding better locations for those plants that didn’t live up to expectations.
Next we create a design for you that is simple, modern and easy to maintain. Premier can take previously unused space and create an atmosphere that is functional, usable & beautiful. Your backyard should be your own private sanctuary taking you away from the troubles of the outside world, that is one of our main goals at Premier Landscaping of Lakewood.
Tips to achieve a total Landscape Renovation: 1. Goals – what kind of landscape do you want, functional, dog friendly, modern easy to maintain or a private sanctuary. 2. Budget – Know what you can spend & Premier will work within those parameters. 3. Design - have an idea for your future landscape, types of plants, stone, mulch etc. 4. Flexibility – The ecosystem of a landscape can be very fragile. Some plants may not thrive in a desired location depending on their individual needs.
08 Jul 2016

Privacy Fences : A Tale of Two Fences

Privacy is an important part of all of our lives. Especially when it comes to your home. Fences have been a way to keep unwanted guests out for centuries. This also transcends to your families landscape. Landscapers are always looking to new and creative ways to turn previously unused space into the home-owners personal sanctuary. One way to transform your backyard into a private arboretum or into a Zen garden with a patio is with fences. How we create that privacy is also up for debate, there are traditional wooden fences or other innovative ways to create privacy along with elegant natural beauty.

The first example of one of these fences in Lakewood, where Premier is installing a brick patio & green space fenced off with 8ft. high wooden fence. With any landscape renovation, there can be drawbacks, for instance; if there are large trees on your property roots, rocks &  trees are to be removed they can inhibit progress.