Jerry is the arborist for The Todd Group’s sister company, Peters Todd’s Tree Service, and joined the company in 2013. Peters Todd’s handles all tree and shrub care needs—from enhancements to preservation to removal. Jerry evaluates clients’ trees and develops pruning and plant healthcare programs that include pest management, insect and disease suppression, and fertilization. His expertise is in tree diagnostics, though he has worked in all areas of tree and shrub health and maintenance. Jerry is an executive board member of the New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. For Todd Group clients, Jerry strives to recognize the emotion attached to trees while offering scientific analysis of how best to care for them. That delicate balance makes his approach unique—and keeps clients happy.
Keeping-it-real job title
Professional Tree Geek
Giant sequoias because they’re so magnificent and phenomenal. They defy gravity and laws of nature. When you stand before one and see it up close and personal, you just have this indescribable feeling. Pictures don’t do them justice.
Five things you need to do your job well?
A microscope for diagnostics, a diameter tape for measuring, a clear mind without any preconceived notions about the tree, an analytical mindset so I can look deeper than the surface to find any tree’s problem, and of course, a tree!
Home is where the heart is: where’s that for you?
Anywhere my wife is. No matter where we are, when we’re together, I feel like I’m at home.
What are you most passionate about in this job?
I’ve been a plant and tree lover my whole life, something I got from my mom. I love helping clients maintain their trees and visualizing their properties alongside them so I can help bring their vision to life. I get a great feeling when we keep a client’s tree alive—one that they thought they would lose—and I see the happy look on their face.
I grew up in the same town as Jon Bon Jovi, Sayreville, New Jersey.
What do you love to do outside of your job?
I love to spend time with my wife and son. We like to do anything outside—kayak, hike, ride bikes, fish, camp in the Adirondacks, garden, look for cool or interesting trees. If I’m outside and with my family, I’m happy.
How would your coworkers describe you?
Passionate about trees. I’m definitely a nerd about them.
A.A.S., Urban Tree Management, Paul Smith College, 1993