About Us

Continuing tradition of premium arboriculture

Jeff Ott founded Northeast Shade Tree in 1978 to pioneer modern Arboriculture on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Today our service area encompasses the Seacoast up to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, over to Southern Maine, down to Amesbury, Newburyport, and other communities on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

David Steadman joined Northeast Shade Tree in 2001 and continues the tradition of quality service that our discerning clients have come to count on.

Northeast Shade Tree has been been caring for the health and beauty of New England arboriculture since 1978. We enjoy our work. Investing in the health and attractiveness of your property will both increase it’s value and enhance it’s quality. We take the time to understand your goals and vision. All of our work is overseen by a certified arborist. Our team applies their wealth of knowledge in tree biology and anatomy to ensure the highest quality results. Our honest work produces a completed job that stands the test of time.

Consulting and evaluation are our most important work because they form the foundation upon which all of our tree care work is based. Our certified arborists visually inspect your trees for canopy color and density, structural integrity of the trunk, main stems and crotches. We touch and tap on the bark to search for old wounds, cankers, cracks and signs of decay. We carefully lift up the lawn in a few places to look for tree roots and sample the soil. The end product of these observations and evaluation is to produce a proposed course of action which will help your trees be as healthy, safe and attractive as possible and to preserve them for the future. These recommendations are always made while keeping your goals in the forefront. We do not charge a fee for our initial consultations. We are also frequently called upon to evaluate trees on a property where construction of a new house or a new addition is taking place or a new landscape is being installed. In these instances, the goal of our work is to produce a plan intended to protect and preserve existing trees as construction takes place. We do charge an hourly fee for professional or industrial consulting service but the benefit is considerable.

Trees Are Carbon Sinks

To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide in the wood, roots, and leaves. Carbon dioxide is a “greenhouse gas” that is understood by a consensus of world scientists to be a major cause of global warming and climate change. A forest is a carbon storage area or a “sink” that can lock up as much carbon as it produces. This locking-up process “stores” carbon as wood so it is not available in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.