Providing landscaping services since 1990

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Living Sculpture Tree & Shrub Care, Inc is a landscaping company that has been serving the Twin Cities Metro since 1990.

Since 2015 we also offer Living Sculpture Trees™: superior-rooted, gravel bed trees which are grown to order.

Lilac tree roots after growth in a gravel bed
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Originally supplying only tree and shrub pruning services to their clients, due to client demands Living Sculpture began offering landscape remodeling designs, along with installations, and pond/stream/waterfall designs and installations. Currently, Living Sculpture provides about 50% tree pruning and landscape care and 50% landscaping services.

Allow us to put our many years of experience to work for you!

Products & Services

We offer a wide variety of landscaping solutions to fit every customer. Whether you are a DIY homeowner who just needs a jump start on your landscape remodeling plans, the landscaping committee for your condominium association that needs seasonal tree and shrub maintenance, or anyone in between, we are happy to work within your goals and budget.

If you have new ideas that are not covered in the list below, don't hesitate to ask us for a quote!

  • planting icon  Living Sculpture Trees™
    • Superior-rooted, gravel bed trees grown to order
  • tree icon Tree Care Services
    • Cable/brace
    • Consulting
    • Diagnosis of sick tree
    • Fertilization
    • Pest management
    • Pruning
    • Public education
    • Removal
    • Tree planting
    • Tree preservation planning
    • Tree risk assessment
  • landscaping icon Landscape Services
    • Landscape remodeling designs and installations
    • Wood and rock mulch
    • Planting
    • RainGarden design and installation
  • waterfall icon Pond/stream/waterfall designs and installations

phone (612) 803-9033   email Email us

About Us

What is Living Sculpture?

Started in 1990 in Edina, MN, by Jim Nayes, Living Sculpture originally supplied only tree and shrub pruning services to their clients. Later, due to client demand, Living Sculpture began offering landscape remodeling designs, along with installations, and pond/stream/waterfall designs and installations. Currently Living Sculpture provides about 50% tree pruning and landscape care and 50% landscaping services.

About Jim Nayes

Jim Nayes, holding a fish

Jim Nayes

ISA Certified Arborist
M.S. Plant Pathologist
Member: ISA, MSA, MNLA, Blue Thumb

Jim is an ISA Certified Arborist who really enjoys working with trees and the people who own and care for them. He is also a Certified Landscape Professional. He has owned and managed Living Sculpture Tree Care, Inc., since starting the company in 1990.

He has a B.S. in Agronomy and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from North Dakota State University, as well as an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jim is a lifetime member of the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture (president 2004 and 2005), a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Care Industry Association, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, National Arbor Day Foundation, Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

He was the Minnesota Tree Care Conference Chairman for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Jim has developed and taught the following Adult Education courses: “Organic Lawn Care”, “Compost and Composting”, “Pruning for Health and Beauty”, and “Pruning 101”. He has both served on the Planning Committee for the Shade Tree Short Course (STSC) and has been a seminar presenter at the STSC several times.

Blog

Serving as City Forester in the city of Sunfish Lake, you can read Jim's articles in "Treeways" covering a variety of topics.

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