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    Compared to selective cutting or pruning, Tree Lopping is a more drastic tree trimming method that can be employed if warranted by certain specific conditions. It usually involves removing large sections of a tree by cutting a complete branch or stem all the way back, leaving only a stub.

    Considered by some to be a controversial or sometimes even harmful practice, it is in fact a technique which can be advantageous and beneficial in certain situations, but only when carried out by a certified tree surgeon or arborist. This article provides an overview of some of the situations where tree lopping might be the best tactic to use, as well as the benefits to be achieved.

     

    1. To Improve a Tree’s Overall Health

     

    The lifespan and health of stately mature trees can often be improved and assured through judicious lopping by a skilled arborist. Where parts of the tree are in danger of dying off or becoming unstable due to disease, pest infestation, lack of light or root damage, a tree surgeon will be able to determine whether the tree as a whole can be saved. By carefully cutting back just the affected portions, this can be done in such a way that the occurrence and direction of future regrowth will be optimised, both for the health of the tree and to reduce the risk of further issues down the road.

    1. To Neutralise the Potential Danger of an Unstable Tree

     

    Sections of mature trees that are hollow, damaged or diseased can become especially susceptible to high winds, heavy rain or other volatile weather conditions. Weak sections of a tree can easily break apart and crash down onto, or even right through, roofs and other structures on a property. Even worse, they can cause injury or worse to people, pets and livestock below them.

    A professional arborist will use their skills and experience to thoroughly assess the health of the tree as a whole, in order to determine whether its integrity can be restored by lopping or otherwise trimming certain sections. In some cases, complete removal of an unstable tree might be the best and only option.

    1. To Keep Trees Clear of Power Lines

     

    Trees and power lines can certainly be a deadly combination. Whenever a tree’s branches appear to be in danger of coming in contact with a live power line, you should never take any chances by attempting to remedy the situation yourself, or by hiring someone with questionable credentials to handle it for you. In such a situation, tree lopping might be the safest and most advisable course of action. Careful lopping can ensure that the immediate danger will be completely removed, and can also provide a level of comfort that the same dangerous situation will be unlikely to arise again as the tree continues to grow. 

    In addition to considering proper and safe clearance distances (as determined by state-wide industry guidelines), an arborist must also take into account the species of tree, the type of powerline and pole, and the sort of vegetation below the tree and in the immediate area (to assess the risk of brush fires). This is clearly a task that demands the services of a trained and experienced tree professional.

    1. For Aesthetics

     

    Large trees that have never been trimmed and have grown uncontrolled for many years will often take on a straggly and unpleasant appearance. Here again, an experienced arborist can employ selective lopping techniques to improve the balanced appearance of the tree and to encourage future growth to continue in the desired amount and direction. Aside from dramatically improving the shape, size and proportions of the tree, this can also reduce the likelihood that it will ever need to undergo similar drastic trimming in future, which, although sometimes necessary, will also cause considerable trauma.

     

    Whatever the individual situation might be which has led to considering tree lopping as a remedy, only a certified tree specialist can confidently determine if it would indeed be the best course of action, and carry it out in a safe, professional and competent manner. At All Trees Perth, each and every one of our team members has been thoroughly vetted and tested to ensure that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to provide a level of care that can ensure the continued good health and long life of each tree in the least intrusive and traumatic way possible. 


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    Many people are quite understandably confused when it comes to telling the difference between a tree lopper and an arborist, and might even have the impression that they are merely two different terms for describing the same thing. But this is definitely not the case! If you care about the appearance and health of your trees, continue reading to find out just what the difference really is, and why it should matter to you. 

     

    Tree Lopping” is a technique that was once widely employed and considered to be an acceptable method for trimming and maintaining trees. It generally involves cutting the branches or stems of a tree right back to a 'stub', or otherwise significantly shortening its trunks, and in certain situations, when properly done, it does indeed offer certain benefits.

     

    Lopping is sometimes the most advisable tactic to use when very large trees are overhanging and causing risk to a house or other structure, and to people underneath. Gutters and chimneys can also become clogged by debris falling from the tree. The greatest risk in these situations is that severe weather could cause a large and unstable tree to quite literally break apart, causing serious damage or injury below. 

     

    In addition, some landscapers and gardeners like the way that lopping can instantly transform the shape of a tree, encouraging it to develop to a desirable height, shape and appearance. When skilfully done, lopping can actually train branches to grow in a certain direction, which can in fact prevent a dangerous situation from ever developing, potentially reducing the need for more drastic cutting measures in future.

     

    But over time, tree experts have also come to realise that there are many situations in which lopping can possibly do more harm than good. In fact, indiscriminate and unskilled lopping is quite likely to result in any number of undesirable outcomes, including:

     

    • the tree’s shock, starvation, decay or even death;
    • New branches that grow back weakened and less sturdy, leading to a need for more lopping as they are likely to rot or become hazardous in high winds;
    • A dangerous imbalance of weight that leaves the tree more susceptible to splitting or toppling; 
    • Ongoing risk of harm, disease, or death of the tree, as it suffers increased exposure to extremes in temperature, sunburn, and/or higher likelihood of insect infestation.

     

    The term “arborist” can be defined as a “tree surgeon”. A person so certified has undergone extensive training in the art and science of every aspect of tree care, or “arboriculture”, including planting, care and maintenance. In order to ensure that the trees in your care continue to be healthy, and will not become a liability in future, it is therefore highly advisable to entrust their well-being only to an experienced arborist.

     

    But here’s where it can all get a bit confusing … Although certified arborists can safely and correctly perform Tree Lopping when it is deemed to be advisable, there are also many companies which might call themselves “Tree Loppers” whose workers will actually have nowhere near the necessary level of knowledge, skill and experience required to perform Tree Lopping properly. These businesses might also fall short in other areas, such as failing to take steps to ensure that a property will not sustain any damage as the work is being carried out, or perhaps not having adequate insurance in the event of property damage or other mishap.

     

    More than many other industries and occupations, tree work can be especially hazardous. On every job, complications can arise due to highly variable factors, including the condition of the tree, the weather and the surrounding terrain, as well as potential difficulties in accessing the area in which the work is to be carried out.

     

    In addition to in-depth knowledge of tree health and care, an experienced arborist, such as those employed by All Trees Perth, will have all the skills and knowledge needed to identify any potential hazards and to carefully plan the work so that any risks are controlled. They will also be able to easily identify and access the proper equipment needed to do the work safely.

     

    So there you have it … Arborists and Tree Loppers are quite often NOT the same thing, and all tree-care companies are definitely NOT created equal. When it comes to maintaining the health, long life, and beautiful appearance of your trees, make sure you trust no one but a skilled arborist, preferably a member of the experienced team at All Trees Perth


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  • 07/09/17--17:57: 5 Common Tree Care Mistakes
  • Caring for trees might appear to be straight-forward, but it’s actually quite easy to get it wrong. Even though you might set out with the best of intentions you could end up doing irreparable damage, and you could even end up killing the tree completely. Still, though, mistakes are still made all the time that are often irreversible. Here are some of the most common mistakes made by people that are trying to take care of trees.

     

    Unskilled Lopping

    Lopping is another pruning method that can be extremely harmful to trees. In addition to removing too much of your tree’s foliage, it can also increase the chance of infestation. Furthermore, it can cause your tree to grow back improperly because multiple shoots grow to compensate where there was a single, stronger branch. In many cases, lopping is done because it is thought that the tree will cause a hazard as it grows too large, or because it is blocking too much light. In reality, the multiple weaker shoots that grow can make the problem worse. The manner in which the tree will grow back after lopping can also be unsightly, and can block more sun that before due to a higher density of foliage.

    If lopping is deemed necessary, you really should ask for help from an expert that knows how to do so while causing minimum long-term damage. It is not necessarily a bad thing of done right, but can be disastrous if done incorrectly.

     

    Cutting in the Wrong Place

    Trees have a natural defence which protects them when they lose limbs. If they do lose a limb, they are able to seal off the rest of the tree from the lost appendage to help protect it from disease, decay and insects. Branches have collars at the trunk which are equipped to provide a natural barrier, protecting the rest of the tree. If the branch has been removed too close to the trunk, then this barrier will be removed along with it. Also, not cutting close enough to the collar will allow a passage for potential infections through the collar into the tree. Cut a branch in the wrong place, and you could be putting the whole tree at risk.

     

    Over-pruning

    The leaves on your tree help it to convert energy from sunlight into fuel using a process called photosynthesis. Without enough leaves to create the fuel that they need, they simply will not survive. When pruning, you should look to remove at most around 15-20% of your tree’s foliage, and in many cases even less is just fine. This will leave sufficient foliage for your tree to be able to feed itself and generate any new foliage that it needs.

     

    Under or Overwatering

    Tress are basically very big plants, and we all know what happens to plants that are under or over watered. It is a common mistake to think that trees are large enough to be just fine when there is little to no rain. The reality is that they too can suffer, especially younger trees that are 5 years old or younger.

    Overwatering a tree can also be problematic. In addition to helping the tree to take up water, roots also help trees to intake oxygen. This oxygen is usually found in gaps between soil particles and if there is too much water present, there will be no oxygen available. Overwater a tree, and you can end up quite literally drowning it.

     

    Wrong Timing

    Tress go through an annual cycle of growth and dormancy, depending on which climate they grow in. This cycle dictates the best time to prune a tree, along with the reason you are pruning it. In many cases, and for many species, the best time to prune a tree is in the winter soon before spring arrives. This is because most trees are dormant during the winter but will begin rapid growth in the spring, and this is the best time for healing. Whats more is that when the tree has no leaves, it is much easier to see the tree’s structure.

    Perhaps the biggest mistake of all when it comes to tree care is not asking for help from the experts. Get it wrong and you could end up having to pay a lot to have it put right, or even lose the tree completely. Hire somebody that knows what they are doing and you could save yourself a lot of money in the long term. 


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    Trees are one of the most important organisms in the eco system. They help create a balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Trees absorb carbon emitted into the atmosphere, helping keep the air clean. Trees also are habitats for millions of organisms, as well as food. Trees give the environment a calming effect, and they’re planted near businesses and homes for their aesthetic value.

    Trees have endless amazing qualities. This article, however, discusses a few of those facts.

     

    Trees Can Live For Centuries

    Did you know that trees can outlive human generations? Indeed, they’re the longest living organisms. The oldest recorded tree is the Great Basin Bristle Pine, in California. This tree is estimated to be 5064 years. Five centuries! One might be even tempted to ask whether or not trees die from old age. Well, trees, just like people don’t technically die from old age, but from other from factors associated with old age e.g. many wounds, inability to heal fast, or failure to get nutrients from the soil. However, a dead tree can remain standing for 10-20 years, still supporting a huge variety of microorganisms.

    The Hyperion tree is the tallest tree known. Apart from a few scientists, its location remains unknown, for fear of destruction by humans.

     

    Dead Trees Emit Carbon

    Dead trees, just like any other organisms release stored carbon back into the atmosphere.  Mature trees sometimes reach a stage whereby a lot of the tree is decomposing; hence the carbon absorbed equals the carbon emitted from decomposition. It's therefore important to harvest trees before death. Tree harvesting might require expert help, which can be gotten from  http://www.alltreesperth.com.au/tree-removal-perth-wa

     

    Trees Heal Themselves.

    Trees heal themselves, well not healing per se, but limiting damage through a process called Codit. The tree does this by isolating the injured part from the rest of the tree.  The tree produces a thick substance called callus or wound wood, which covers the damaged part, hence preventing further infections.

    Small branches- less than two inches in diameter usually heal faster than thick branches. They are also at a less risk for infection and decay. It is for this reason that trees should be fashioned to their final desired shape when still young.

    Tree trimming and pruning help in promoting healthy growth of the tree; this also increases productivity and life span of the tree, as well as preventing later injury from breakage of weak branches.

     

    Palm Tree Wonder

    Did you know that the tallest palm tree can grow over 197 high feet? Palm trees have over 2500 known species and are grown for fruits, e.g., coconuts and dates, or for aesthetic purposes around living areas. Palm trees have been around for centuries and have been symbolic to humans, even from biblical times. In fact, the Christian ‘’Palm Sunday’’ originates from when Jesus walked on palm leaves when heading to Jerusalem.

    Palm trees grown for beauty often need some pruning and trimming to remove dead leaves and keep them looking beautiful and green. However, palm tree trimming is potentially risky to the trimmer, with cases of death being reported. These cases usually happen when the trimmer trims the fronds (leaves) from below, rather than above. The fronds pile up on the tree, and when they can't withstand the weight anymore, they collapse and slide down on the climber, immobilizing him or her, and causing suffocation. This job, therefore, requires professional help to avoid accidents. See more here http://www.alltreesperth.com.au/palm-tree-removal-perth-wa

     

    Trees Protect Themselves

    When trees get attacked by organisms such as insects, they release phollics, a chemical that puts off the insects. Additionally, when a single tree gets attacked, it releases chemicals into the atmosphere, which trigger a self-defense mechanism for other trees, hence even whole forests can be protected from insect attacks.

     

    About Pine Trees

    Pine trees grow in all six continents but Antarctica. The pine tree remains green all year round, and it is for this reason that it is China’s symbol of everlasting friendship. The sugar pine species produces the hugest cones, which can reach up to 23 inches in length, and five inches in diameter.

     

    Tree of Death

    The most poisonous tree is the Manchineel tree, of the spurge family, found in South America. All parts of the tree contain poison, and something as small as standing beneath the tree when it is raining can cause blistering. The sap of this tree is reported to damage car paint. Eating the fruit of this tree leads to fatal effects and even death.


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    The Australian climate is very diverse and this, in turn, affects the type of trees and vegetation that grow in different states. For example, Australia’s tropics experience two different seasons the wet and dry. Winter in the tropics is not as cold as in the southern states.

    Let us look at the top 8 popular native trees in Australia that you can use to revitalize the beauty of your outdoor space.  

    Bottlebrush

    If you are looking for a bushy tree for your landscape, Bottlebrush is an ideal choice for you. It can grow up to a height of three meters, and this makes it an excellent choice for planting along fence lines and in smaller yards. It has an exceptional resistance capability to low levels of frost, and it can grow in a broad range of soils. It is not rare to find this native tree growing naturally along the coastal areas.

    Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus is another popular Australian tree that is common in places that experience extended periods of hot climatic conditions. One of the aspects that make it an ideal landscaping tree is that it grows very fast can last for years. It thrives best when planted in an area that is fully exposed to the sun. In addition, it can tolerate different soil types and requires little maintenance.  It is of paramount importance to provide ample water during the initial stages to promote its growth.

    Queensland Tree Waratah

    Queensland tree Waratah can grow up to 20 meters tall and its blossoms are similar to the New South Wales Waratah flowers. It is important to continuously prune and trim it to size to control its growth, especially in small gardens and yards. The beautiful flowers that it produces during spring season will give your outdoors a spectacular and welcoming look.

    Bangalow Palm

    If you are searching for a tall palm tree for your landscape, look no further. Bangalow Palm can grow up to 20 meters tall and has a unique long slender trunk that is covered by bright green leaves. It produces small red fruits that are loved by birds, and so if you enjoy bird watching, this is a perfect tree to grow in your yard. Once it matures fully, it will give the yard an elegant beach look and provide excellent shade coverage. Even though this tree requires minimal care, it is recommended to water it regularly during scorching conditions to prevent it from withering.

    Summer Red

    As the name suggests, this is a beautiful native tree whose stunning red color changes to bronze as the seasons change. During summer, Summer Red will create a romantic feel around your yard by producing beautiful red flowers. If left unattended to for long, it can grow up to 6-10 meters tall. Consider hiring a professional tree service company to prune and ensure that it grows in the desired shape and size. Otherwise, its branches may end up spreading to your neighbor’s garden. 

    Blush Satinash

    Blush Satinash is another fine native tree that is common in the Northern region of Australia. Its fluffy white flowers make it easy to distinguish it from other trees in the wild and residential gardens. Blush Satinash can grow up to 25 meters high, but you can keep it as a shrub by pruning it regularly. It is also important to note that this native tree is drought hardy and can withstand heat from the low and overhead sun with appropriate watering. You can use it for wind breaking, as a low shade or a casual screen to prevent prying neighbors from watching you.

     

    Bull Banksia

    Bull Banksia is a Western Australian native tree that is drought resistant, that is, it can tolerate extreme dry and hot temperatures. Its low maintenance, can thrive in different soil types, and offers a great shade. It is easily notable for its beautiful, large, and tubular yellow flowers.

    Burra Range Grevillea

    Just like the Bangalow Palm that we previously discussed, Burra Range Grevillea is a great bird attractor. It unique bright red flowers make it an ideal choice for improving privacy around your garden. It can also act as a screen or hedge. More importantly, it is quite hardy and can withstand the low Australian sun and hot temperatures.

    These are eight of the most popular native trees in Australia that you can use to give your landscape a unique, refreshing, calm, and beautiful appearance. Be sure to consult a professional tree looping company in Australia to get insights on how to take care of any of these native trees. 


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    The unfortunate truth regarding the circle of life is all living things die. Trees are certainly no exception. What makes the concept of dead trees so confusing is they can continue to stand even though they are dead. The question is – how can you tell that a tree is dead or dying? 

    The Trunk is Damaged 

    As tree ages, the trunk fills with vertical cracks and the bark begins to fall off. If the tree is young and healthy, a new layer of bark will regrow. If the tree is old, diseased, and/or dying, the bark will not grow back. A significantly damaged trunk or a bare trunk with little to no bark, are two signs the tree on your property is reaching the end of its lifeline. 

    The Empty Branches 

    Unless it is a time of the year when the leaves are falling off the branches, the branches of a tree should not be barren. Another red flag is a tree with leaves during the winter months. During winter, it is part of the circle of life for the leaves on a tree fall off. Dead branches, however, will cling to the leaves and prevent them from falling off. 

    Root Damage 

    The fact that a tree’s roots run deep into the ground make determining whether a tree suffers from damaged roots a challenge. If the tree has begun to lean, however, this is a major warning sign the tree suffers from root damage. Another big red flag is branches sprouting from near the base of the tree. Referred to as epicormics shoots, this only happens when a tree is under a great deal of stress. 

    Weak Joints 

    Weak joints (the point where the branches are attached to the tree trunk) are another red flag something is wrong with the tree. It is possible the branches are just growing too close together, but it is also possible the tree is sick. Either way, weak joints mean weak branches which can fall off the tree at any time. 

    Why is a Dying Tree a Problem? 

    The biggest question you might have is simple – why is a dying tree such a big deal? After all, it is continuing to stand. Is it really something to be concerned about? There are actually a number of different reasons you should remove a dying or dead tree from your property. 

    Pest Magnet 

    Did you know a dead tree doubles as a pest magnet? Sure, everyone loves the idea of a family of blue birds calling the tree in their yard home. The real question is, do you feel the same way about termites or rats? The problem with a dead tree attracting pests is it will not be long before the pests migrate from the tree to your home or place of business. Then, you have a real problem. 

    Unattractive 

    Another big issue with dead or dying trees is they are visually unappealing. If you happen to be a business owner, for example, the last thing you want on your property is ugly trees. After all ugly trees do not exactly make your business appealing to potential customers 

    Contagious 

    If your trees are dead or dying because of disease, the disease is contagious. This means it is only a matter of time before the other trees and plants on your property become diseased and start to die as well. 

    Protecting Your Trees 

    Fortunately, there are ways for you to protect your tree’s health. For starters, you should avoid doing yard work too close to your tree. Open wounds on a tree are not that different from open wounds on you, it makes your tree more susceptible to disease. Keep the area around your trees clean and clear, this gives your tree the room it needs to breathe and take in fresh water. 

    Watch out for exposed roots, as root rot is deadly to any tree. You also need to keep an eye on the weather and make sure your tree gets plenty of water during any droughts or dry spells. Lastly, make sure have your tree pruned from time to time. Pruning is something you should only have done by a professional. 

    Now that you understand how to identify a dead (or dying) tree in your yard and why this poses a problem, it is time to reach out to a tree removal professional to rid you of the problem. And don’t worry, you can always plant a new tree to replace it.  


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    When it comes to removing a tree from your property, the choice can be hard and emotional. Since trees can live anywhere from 50 years to several thousand years, they are often a part of a family or community for many years, making them important to many people. Trees are mentally, physically, and emotionally beneficial but they can be extreme safety hazards, as well. All trees eventually become too old or dangerous to stay on a property, especially when they are around homes. If you're concerned with the safety of one of your trees and considering removal, here are a few things to consider when making your decision.

    How Healthy is the Tree?

    The health of the tree is one of the most important factors when determining whether a tree is in need of removal or not. Signs that the tree is not healthy include halted growth and a strange appearance or shape of the tree and/or leaves. If over half of the tree has damage, this is a sign that it needs removed. To be sure the tree is damaged beyond repair, you'll want an arborist to inspect it.

    How is the Tree's Trunk Health?

    Along with the overall health of the tree, the health of the trunk itself can show a lot about the dangers of a tree. For example, cracks and cavities in the trunk of a tree is a sign that the tree could fall at any given time, endangering anything and anyone nearby. Along with cracks and cavities, dead branches and any visible wounds indicate severe damage to a tree's trunk. Another telltale sign that a tree needs removed is if it is hollow. A hollow trunk makes the tree much less strong and sturdy, creating a major safety hazard. In many cases, trauma to the tree will cause extensive trunk damage. It will also simply decline over time.

    Are the Roots of the tree Damaged?

    The base of the tree is another important piece of the puzzle. First, check the roots. If they are damaged or decaying, the tree could fall due to lack of support. Another sign that the tree is not structurally sound is space between the tree and the ground. If the tree is leaning to one side, this could mean that the roots are breaking and/or weakening. In this case, you want to have the tree removed as soon as possible.

    Are There Small Branches at the Base of the Tree?

    Although sprouts shooting out of the base of the trunk may look interesting, this is a sign of something wrong with the tree. Sprouts pop up when the tree is under severe stress. Possible causes of stress include:

    • New home construction injury
    • Over-exposure to the sun
    • Excavation
    • Soil compaction

    This doesn't always lead to removal of the tree, but you should have it inspected by a professional to be sure. While you're checking the trunk of the tree for sprouts or small branches, also be on the lookout for fungus or rot. If there are fungi growing directly on the tree, the tree could be rotting on the inside. If this is the case, the tree will need to be removed quick.

    Is the Tree Located Under Power Lines?

    Another reason you might want to consider have a tree professionally removed is if it is located under power lines and is still growing. If a tree is growing into the power lines, we can often thin it out but in many cases, it's much easier to remove it completely. Never attempt to remove close touching branches or limbs by yourself. Accidentally touching the power lines could lead to death. By hiring a professional to either thin the top of the tree or remove it completely, you can ensure your safety.

    Are There Many Dead Branches?

    If there are many large dead branches near the top of the tree, they can be dangerous for neighboring homes and buildings. If more than 25% of the branches are dead or leaning to one side, the tree will most likely not be able to recover. If less than 25% of the branches are dead, our experts can remove them and salvage the tree. 

     

    Deciding to have a tree removed from your property is never an easy decision. To avoid having to make this difficult decision, make sure you're taking proper care of your trees by avoiding these common tree care mistakes. If all else fails, turn to the professionals to ensure your trees are in great hands. 


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    Having a tree in your landscape is incredible, especially if it serves the purpose that you planted it for, but there comes a time when you have to make the difficult decision to cut it. Due to the numerous precautionary measures and steps that have to be taken before the embarking on the cutting process, it is recommended to hire a professional tree removal company that is legally accredited to offer this service and has a good reputation in the market.

    Today, we look at eight essential factors that you need to consider before tree removal to avoid unnecessary hurdles down the road.

    Local Council Regulations

    Before you get in touch with the tree service company, contact the local council to know if you need to get a permit to remove the tree from your yard. Familiarize yourself with the regulations and adhere to all of them to avoid legal tussles.

    Environmental Impact

    In the current wake of climate change and global warming, experts’ advice homeowners to plant trees in their properties to combat the adverse effects. Apart from providing shade, trees offer numerous environmental health benefits from preventing soil erosion, promoting soil fertility, to absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is therefore advisable to seek an arborist report to know the impact that the tree has on the local ecosystem. This report will help you make the final decision as well as provide alternatives.

    Electrical Hazards

    One of the risks associated with tree lopping and pruning is electrocution. The branches may come into contact with the electrical wires as the tree service company cuts the branches. Therefore, it is vital that you consider the electrical hazards of avoiding fires and other unfortunate incidents. Contact the power company a few days before the big day to disconnect the wires.  

    Falling Branches

    To minimize damage and ease the tree removal process, professional tree service providers will first cut the branches before embarking on the trunk. It is not usually possible to predict the direction that the branches will fall when cut. As a result, it is essential to make sure that you get rid of items such as toys around the targeted tree to avoid any form of damage.

    Property Damage

    If the tree you intend to remove overhangs your neighbor’s property, the risk of property damage when either pruning the branches or cutting the trunk is quite high. You should consider contacting your neighbor and informing them of your intentions to remove the tree to make the necessary arrangements. Such delicate projects should be handled by experts who have the necessary skills, expertise, and equipment.

    Doing it yourself will double the risk of damage and you will be solely responsible for any damage to the property that arises. Well, insurance companies do offer policies that cover properties from tree damage, but, rest assured that your claim will be denied if you fail to hire an expert tree removal company and opt to do it yourself knowing very well that you do not have the necessary accreditation.

    Waste Disposal

    How are you going to dispose of the tree branches, leaves, trunk, and other forms of debris? Contact the local waste management company to help you dispose of this waste in an environmentally friendly way. You can also use the trunk for other purposes such as creating a wooden playhouse for your kinds or a wooden fence or barrier around your kitchen garden. There is no shortage of ideas on what you can do with the trunks instead of disposing of them away to rot.

    Consider Other People that May be Affected

    Apart from the impact that tree removal will have on your property, you also need to consider other people who may be affected either directly or indirectly. You may be putting your neighbors’ pets and even family at risk. Therefore, you should request your preferred tree company to evaluate the risks and come up with an ideal plan to complete the mission without damaging the property and the surroundings.

    Hire a Licensed and Accredited Tree Service Company

    The government has put in place bodies whose primary role is to ensure that all tree service companies abide by the stipulated rules and regulations. Only those that meet the set guidelines are issued with accreditation documents.

    The bottom line is that; you should only entrust the tree removal process to a tree service company that is legally accredited and has a good reputation in the market to get value for every dollar that you spend on the service as well as avoid unnecessary challenges after service delivery. Also, inquire if the company offers powerline clearance service to eliminate electric hazards.


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    Your landscape is one of the distinct sections of your home that make it unique from the rest of your neighborhood. Research studies have proven that homes with adequately maintained trees fetch high prices in the real estate market as compared to their counterparts. Therefore, if you are planning to sell your home in the near future, it is imperative to plant the right trees.

    Unlike other landscaping plants, trees can live from one generation to another if well taken care of. Today, we will look at seven essential factors that you need to consider when selecting trees for your landscape.

    What are The Reasons or Underlying Purposes?

    Homeowners have different reasons for growing certain types of trees in their landscape. If you want a tree that will provide shade for your family, consider going for the deciduous trees. If you live in a densely populated area, you can choose a tree that can act as a natural barrier for extra privacy. Have a list of the reasons and use it to compare and contrast the characteristics of the various trees that grow well in your locality.

    Lighting Conditions in your Yard

    Trees need ample light to grow optimally. Without enough light, certain essential biological processes such as photosynthesis will be hampered. Certain trees only require a few hours of sunlight while others need at least 7 hours of natural sunlight to thrive. Based on these facts, it is essential to consider the amount of light available in your outdoor space to choose tree species that can do well in such conditions.

    Available Planting Space

    Make sure that your yard can offer ample space for the trees that you intend to plant. Do extensive research online and offline to know the average height and spread/canopy upon maturity of every tree in your list. As you do the evaluation, consider underground utilities and connections such as electricity and gas lines as well as proximity to the streets. Ideally, the trees should be at least 10-16 feet away from the foundation of your house.

    Soil Fertility

    Some trees grow well in acidic soils while others require saline soils. It is recommended to carry out soil fertility tests to know the condition of the soil before planting the trees. This will help you to know if you need to apply fertilizers and other inputs to make the soil conducive for the trees that you intend to plant. A professional tree service company can help you choose tree species that resonates with the fertility of the soil in your yard.

    Tree Growth Speed

    How long will the tree take to fully mature and start providing shade or producing flowers? Knowing the amount of time that the tree will take to grow and mature fully will help you to make an informed decision. Go for the fast-growing species if you want trees that will bloom quickly. On the other hand, if you are not in any hurry, you can opt for the vast array of slow-growing trees in the market.

    It is important to note that the fast-growing trees require more attention as they tend to have aggressive roots that spread wide in search of nutrients to support the fast metabolic processes. Most of them also develop weak branches and so you might need to hire a professional tree lopping service provider to cut off the weak branches regularly.

    Disease and Pest Resistance

    The first thing that you need to know is that no tree species is immune to diseases and pests. However, there are some that are more prone to pests and require continuous assessment. Consider choosing trees that are less susceptible to both pests and diseases to save time and money on maintenances and other additional expenses.

    Evergreen vs. Deciduous Trees

    One of the main reasons why you have decided to plant trees is to enhance the beauty and elegance of your landscape. Most of the common landscaping trees fall into two categories - evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous trees such as downy serviceberry and trident maple are an ideal choice if you are looking for trees that will color your landscape during the fall season. Evergreen trees retain their beautiful green color throughout the year can act as natural backdrops for ornamental grasses.

     

    Final Thoughts

    The growth of the trees and the impact that they will have on your landscape is dependent on the manner in which that you take care of them. It is recommended to hire a professional tree pruning company to ensure that they grow in the right shape and size. The professionals will also give insider tips on how to take care of them to get maximum benefits.


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    The journey to having the best landscaping trees is a long and slow one. Knowing what you need to do during every step of the way is essential to not only having healthy trees but also in helping the trees stay relevant and beautiful.

    There is no question that a lot of maintenance goes into keeping a tree looking good but, you don’t need to be an expert or understand all the processes. There are the primary eight steps which, if done correctly, offer everything your tree needs for great results.

    1.       Planting the right tree the right way

    You need to start by picking the right tree for your landscape and fostering health in planting it the right way. Even with the best maintenance processes, a tree that is not suited for your set up will stick out like a sore thumb.

    When picking out the seedlings, you want those with plenty of root growth and good color. You will also need to consider whether you want a big tree or a potted one. The requirements for each of the trees is different as well as the planting process.

    How you plant the tree depends on the seedling you have bought. Bare root tree seedlings have a different planting process compared to Balled and Burlapped and containerized trees. Once you have selected the right seedling and followed the right planting procedure, your tree is off to great start.

    2.       Mulching

    This is an important step for your tree that helps to insulate the soil and it also provides a buffer against high and low temperatures. Mulching also helps to retain the moisture content of the roots and keeps weeds at bay.

    While mulching, you should keep the mulch away from the trunk to avoid rotting and spread it out across a diameter of up to three feet for the best results.

    3.       Pruning

    There are a lot of technicalities when it comes to pruning and the approach you take is mainly dictated by why you are pruning. In cases where you just want to get rid of the deadwood, pruning can be done at any time.

    Pruning is best for instances where you want to foster a burst of new growth. For this, it is best you wait until the coldest times of winter have passed for the best results.

    During summer, you can prune to direct the growth by getting rid of branches that slow down the growth process. This can also be done to improve the yield of the tree. When pruning, you should always make sure you do not remove more than ¼ of the tree’s crown in that season.

    4.       Apply fertilizer

    Fertilizers provide the tree with vital nutrients that propel its growth and lushness. Even though they are important to trees, they are only effective if the right type and amount is used at the right time.

    You should be careful not to over-fertilize your tree since this can quickly poison the root system which will affect the growth of the tree. You can tell that your tree is over fertilized if it has dead branches, there are salt deposits on the surface of the soil, or there is yellow foliage around the tree.

    5.       Manage diseases

    For lush looking trees, you have to keep a close eye on pests and diseases. Without proper and timely detection, pests and diseases can ravage a tree in a very short time.

    When combating such challenges, it is always best to try and approach it from a biological point of view. However, if the damage has progressed, you have no other option but to apply chemical methods.

    6.       Monitor soil compactness and nutrient deficiency

    Compacted soil presents many problems like reduced water and nutrient penetration which eventually affects the health of the tree. Before you add any fertilizers, it is important that you check for any nutrient deficiency by testing the soil to identify the right fertilizer.

    You should always test the soil before planting and once every three years after the tree has been planted.

    7.       Watering

    Water is life to trees. Even though this is a simple step, it happens to be one that is regularly forgotten. If you want a tree with a lush look, hydration is a must. How many times you do it should depend on the humidity of the surrounding.

    8.       Constant monitoring

    You will not need any tools for this other than your eyes but, it is among the most vital steps in keeping a healthy landscaping tree. Different pests and disease symptoms will present themselves differently in various trees. Whenever you notice any changes, you should engage a professional for advice on the way forward. 

    Trees are a great addition to your backyard landscape. They offer shade and promote healthy growth to the surrounding plants not to mention the beauty they bring to the fold. Keeping them healthy is the ideal contribution to the beauty of your lawn.

     

     


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    Shade trees for your yard

    Most of us know that trees provide us with valuable oxygen. They also provide much needed shade in those long hot summers. Take a look around your yard. A shade tree or two can transform your garden area, making it an ideal place to sit and relax. Trees can also transform your property, altering its contours and filling it with bursts of colour. Shade trees are easy to grow too. Plant in the autumn and just keep them well watered in the first couple of years. What are best shade trees for your yard? Actually you are spoiled for choice. Here are six of the best

     

    Paper Birch (Betula pendula)

    This tree is known for its white bark which looks stunning in any yard. The trunk sheds its bark in paper thin sheets and looks gorgeous all year round. It grows to 15m-21m with triangular leaves that turn a glorious yellow in the autumn. It requires very little upkeep and provides much needed solar protection in the summer months. Falling leaves and catkins can be a bit of a nuisance in the autumn months but the bare branches allow winter sun into your yard so it’s well worth the job of sweeping up.

    Jacaranda (mimosifolia) 

    Jacaranda

    Most people fall in love with the Jacaranda lined the streets in spring. Originally from Brazil, its superb blue/purple blossom creates a riot of colour and is ideal for your yard. The tree flourishes in tropical and warm temperatures and is hardy enough to withstand harsh summer sun. The Jacaranda reaches a height of around 10-15m and looks great as a single specimen, and because its branches spread outwards, up to 10ms, it’s perfect for shade. A word of warning, don’t plant too near water pipes and paths as it has a very vigorous root system.

     

    Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

    If you want shade for your yard then the Japanese Maple is a must. This is a beautiful addition to your garden, but flourishes best away from harsh summer sun. The leaves are quite delicate and can burn. The tree grows to around 6-8m and is great for a small yard providing splashes of red, orange and yellow in the cooler weeks before winter. It has a shallow root system so flourishes best in moist soil.

     

    Golden Ash ( Fraxinus excelsior ‘Jaspidea’)        

    Golden Ash

    This tree is a favourite in most large yards. It’s hardy enough to withstand the summer sun and provides ideal shade. It grows at a rate of 45cm a year and once established can withstand periods of drought. It grows to around 5-12m. The leaves remain golden yellow, turning into a display of gold in the autumn. Ideal for large yards, the Golden Ash needs little attention and provides a haven of cool shade even in the hottest of summers.

     

    Native Daphne (Pittosporum undulatum)      

    This tree is native to Australia and is a useful addition to any yard. It’s quite small compared to other shade trees and dense, spreading its branches quite wide, reaching around 12m and spreading to 7m. When in blossom the tree displays fragrant white flowers, giving way to orange berries in the autumn, lasting even into the winter months. This is a rapid growing tree and can become invasive but its wonderful fragrance is well worth keeping on top of this problem.

     

    Tulipwood (Harpullia pendula)

    This is a hardy evergreen which is ideal for small yards. A tough addition to your garden, it is able to withstand the harshest sun. It grows to around 10m. Its main characteristic is its dense foliage and red fruit which adds a startling abundance of colour to your garden. The Native Daphne is popular as an urban tree as it thrives even in the city. If planted strategically, this fast growing shade tree adds contour and a sense of design to your yard, providing dense shade in the hot summer months.

    Tree Maintenance

    When designing your yard for fast growing shade trees, remember that some trees grow very tall. It is worth spending a few dollars occasionally to get your trees lopped. Whilst some experts believe that lopping is not necessary, if you have a small to average yard, your trees may overhand neighbouring garden or cause problems to nearby structures. Getting an expert to lop your trees can, in many instances, improve the condition of the tree. So go ahead transform your yard and beat that summer heat.

     

     

     


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    Choosing the right tree for your landscape and taking good care of them is one of the guaranteed ways of giving your compound a touch of class and elegance. There are hundreds of trees that you can plant, but the results mainly depend on how you take care of the trees.

    Today, we look at the top seven things that you should not do to your landscaping trees.

    Too Much Care and Attention

    Mulching and staking are two of the most important maintenance practices that need to be done on newly planted trees. However, the two can be destructive if not done correctly. For instance, guying and staking ensures that the trees grow to the optimal height and protects them from mechanical damage due to heavy winds. Nevertheless, some trees require no staking, as they are independent, therefore, staking such species can result in bark damage, abnormal truck growth, and girdling.

     On the other hand, too much mulching can negatively affect bark and root functioning. Ideally, the depth of the mulching material around the tree base should not exceed 3 inches.

    Girdling Landscaping Trees

    If you take time to walk around your neighborhood, the chances are that you will come across trees that have girdles. One of the main reasons why homeowners use them is to cushion the crepe myrtle from the lawn mower. Studies have proven that girdling is not effective in achieving these two goals. Over time, the girdles strangulate the tree thereby compromising its growth and development.

     

    You should also desist from covering the tree trunk base with metal or plastic material to protect it from various mechanical tools used to maintain the yard. Instead of these destructive practices, apply good mulch and an environmentally friendly herbicide around the base to keep weeds at bay.

    Planting Trees on Utilities Right-of-Ways

    Imagine spending thousands of dollars in sapling for ten years only to watch in despair as your favorite tree is topped down by the electricity utility team when the branches come into proximity to the electric wires. It is recommended to avoid all utility right-of-ways when planting the trees to prevent such unfortunate scenarios. Alternatively, you can plant trees whose potential maximum height is less than the electricity wires. More importantly, seek the services of a professional tree lopping company to ensure that it grows to the desired size and shape.

    Limited Exposure to Sunlight

    Too much shade will hinder the growth of your landscaping trees as they rely on sunlight for various biological processes such as photosynthesis. Most of the hardwood and conifer tree species need maximum exposure to sunlight to survive. Such trees are referred to as shade intolerant species. Examples include:

    • Most oak species
    • Poplar
    • Pine
    • Black cherry
    • Willow
    • Douglas fir
    • Hickory

    Concisely, you should make sure that the trees get ample sunlight; otherwise, they will eventually die leaving your yard empty. Not to mention, you will have to spend more money purchasing new seedlings and on tree maintenance services.

    Unsupportive Neighbors

    First, it is important to note that different trees have varying growth potential that is controlled not only by the maintenance services that you do on it but also its genetic growth potential. There are plenty of credible tree guides online that you can use to know the growth pattern and traits of your preferred landscaping tree species. It is highly recommended to check the guide before planting the trees.

    For example, planting Leyland cypress trees next to oak is not a good idea. This is because of the Leyland cypress one of the fastest growing trees, and soon it will outgrow the oak thereby suppressing the latter’s growth. It is also important to note that the two species will compete fiercely for the available nutrients.

    Using them as Fence Posts and Flag Poles

    It is tempting to use tall trees as light poles, fence posts, or even ornament stands. Attaching invasive anchors on the tree branches and trunk has the potential of affecting the health of the tree by acting as entry points for harmful bacteria.

    Bonus Tip

    Lack of a proper landscape plan results in poor tree placement and poor selection of tree species. The two will negatively affect your property and expose you to numerous risks. Ideally, you should desist from planting trees that are fond of outgrowing the available or provided space as they could damage your home’s foundation as well as utility lines. Ensure you hire a reputable and accredited tree removal company to assist you maintain all your landscaping trees.

     

     


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    The Australian climate is very diverse and this, in turn, affects the type of trees and vegetation that grow in different states. For example, Australia’s tropics experience two different seasons the wet and dry. Winter in the tropics is not as cold as in the southern states.

    Let us look at the top 8 popular native trees in Australia that you can use to revitalize the beauty of your outdoor space.  

    Bottlebrush

    If you are looking for a bushy tree for your landscape, Bottlebrush is an ideal choice for you. It can grow up to a height of three meters, and this makes it an excellent choice for planting along fence lines and in smaller yards. It has an exceptional resistance capability to low levels of frost, and it can grow in a broad range of soils. It is not rare to find this native tree growing naturally along the coastal areas.

    Eucalyptus

    Eucalyptus is another popular Australian tree that is common in places that experience extended periods of hot climatic conditions. One of the aspects that make it an ideal landscaping tree is that it grows very fast can last for years. It thrives best when planted in an area that is fully exposed to the sun. In addition, it can tolerate different soil types and requires little maintenance.  It is of paramount importance to provide ample water during the initial stages to promote its growth.

    Queensland Tree Waratah

    Queensland tree Waratah can grow up to 20 meters tall and its blossoms are similar to the New South Wales Waratah flowers. It is important to continuously prune and trim it to size to control its growth, especially in small gardens and yards. The beautiful flowers that it produces during spring season will give your outdoors a spectacular and welcoming look.

    Australian Queensland Tree Waratah

    Bangalow Palm

    If you are searching for a tall palm tree for your landscape, look no further. Bangalow Palm can grow up to 20 meters tall and has a unique long slender trunk that is covered by bright green leaves. It produces small red fruits that are loved by birds, and so if you enjoy bird watching, this is a perfect tree to grow in your yard. Once it matures fully, it will give the yard an elegant beach look and provide excellent shade coverage. Even though this tree requires minimal care, it is recommended to water it regularly during scorching conditions to prevent it from withering.

    Summer Red

    As the name suggests, this is a beautiful native tree whose stunning red color changes to bronze as the seasons change. During summer, Summer Red will create a romantic feel around your yard by producing beautiful red flowers. If left unattended to for long, it can grow up to 6-10 meters tall. Consider hiring a professional tree service company to prune and ensure that it grows in the desired shape and size. Otherwise, its branches may end up spreading to your neighbor’s garden. 

    Blush Satinash

    Blush Satinash is another fine native tree that is common in the Northern region of Australia. Its fluffy white flowers make it easy to distinguish it from other trees in the wild and residential gardens. Blush Satinash can grow up to 25 meters high, but you can keep it as a shrub by pruning it regularly. It is also important to note that this native tree is drought hardy and can withstand heat from the low and overhead sun with appropriate watering. You can use it for wind breaking, as a low shade or a casual screen to prevent prying neighbors from watching you.

    Blush Satinash Australia

     

    Bull Banksia

    Bull Banksia is a Western Australian native tree that is drought resistant, that is, it can tolerate extreme dry and hot temperatures. Its low maintenance, can thrive in different soil types, and offers a great shade. It is easily notable for its beautiful, large, and tubular yellow flowers.

    Burra Range Grevillea

    Just like the Bangalow Palm that we previously discussed, Burra Range Grevillea is a great bird attractor. It unique bright red flowers make it an ideal choice for improving privacy around your garden. It can also act as a screen or hedge. More importantly, it is quite hardy and can withstand the low Australian sun and hot temperatures.

    These are eight of the most popular native trees in Australia that you can use to give your landscape a unique, refreshing, calm, and beautiful appearance. Be sure to consult a professional tree looping company in Australia to get insights on how to take care of any of these native trees. 


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    The unfortunate truth regarding the circle of life is all living things die. Trees are certainly no exception. What makes the concept of dead trees so confusing is they can continue to stand even though they are dead. The question is – how can you tell that a tree is dead or dying? 

    The Trunk is Damaged 

    As tree ages, the trunk fills with vertical cracks and the bark begins to fall off. If the tree is young and healthy, a new layer of bark will regrow. If the tree is old, diseased, and/or dying, the bark will not grow back. A significantly damaged trunk or a bare trunk with little to no bark, are two signs the tree on your property is reaching the end of its lifeline. 

    The Empty Branches 

    Unless it is a time of the year when the leaves are falling off the branches, the branches of a tree should not be barren. Another red flag is a tree with leaves during the winter months. During winter, it is part of the circle of life for the leaves on a tree fall off. Dead branches, however, will cling to the leaves and prevent them from falling off. 

    Dead Tree Perth

    Root Damage 

    The fact that a tree’s roots run deep into the ground make determining whether a tree suffers from damaged roots a challenge. If the tree has begun to lean, however, this is a major warning sign the tree suffers from root damage. Another big red flag is branches sprouting from near the base of the tree. Referred to as epicormics shoots, this only happens when a tree is under a great deal of stress. 

    Weak Joints 

    Weak joints (the point where the branches are attached to the tree trunk) are another red flag something is wrong with the tree. It is possible the branches are just growing too close together, but it is also possible the tree is sick. Either way, weak joints mean weak branches which can fall off the tree at any time. 

    Why is a Dying Tree a Problem? 

    The biggest question you might have is simple – why is a dying tree such a big deal? After all, it is continuing to stand. Is it really something to be concerned about? There are actually a number of different reasons you should remove a dying or dead tree from your property. 

    Pest Magnet 

    Did you know a dead tree doubles as a pest magnet? Sure, everyone loves the idea of a family of blue birds calling the tree in their yard home. The real question is, do you feel the same way about termites or rats? The problem with a dead tree attracting pests is it will not be long before the pests migrate from the tree to your home or place of business. Then, you have a real problem. 

    Unattractive 

    Another big issue with dead or dying trees is they are visually unappealing. If you happen to be a business owner, for example, the last thing you want on your property is ugly trees. After all ugly trees do not exactly make your business appealing to potential customers 

    Contagious 

    If your trees are dead or dying because of disease, the disease is contagious. This means it is only a matter of time before the other trees and plants on your property become diseased and start to die as well. 

    Protecting Your Trees 

    Fortunately, there are ways for you to protect your tree’s health. For starters, you should avoid doing yard work too close to your tree. Open wounds on a tree are not that different from open wounds on you, it makes your tree more susceptible to disease. Keep the area around your trees clean and clear, this gives your tree the room it needs to breathe and take in fresh water. 

    Watch out for exposed roots, as root rot is deadly to any tree. You also need to keep an eye on the weather and make sure your tree gets plenty of water during any droughts or dry spells. Lastly, make sure have your tree pruned from time to time. Pruning is something you should only have done by a professional. 

    Now that you understand how to identify a dead (or dying) tree in your yard and why this poses a problem, it is time to reach out to a tree removal professional to rid you of the problem. And don’t worry, you can always plant a new tree to replace it.  


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    When it comes to removing a tree from your property, the choice can be hard and emotional. Since trees can live anywhere from 50 years to several thousand years, they are often a part of a family or community for many years, making them important to many people. Trees are mentally, physically, and emotionally beneficial but they can be extreme safety hazards, as well. All trees eventually become too old or dangerous to stay on a property, especially when they are around homes. If you're concerned with the safety of one of your trees and considering removal, here are a few things to consider when making your decision.

    How Healthy is the Tree?

    The health of the tree is one of the most important factors when determining whether a tree is in need of removal or not. Signs that the tree is not healthy include halted growth and a strange appearance or shape of the tree and/or leaves. If over half of the tree has damage, this is a sign that it needs removed. To be sure the tree is damaged beyond repair, you'll want an arborist to inspect it.

    How is the Tree's Trunk Health?

    Along with the overall health of the tree, the health of the trunk itself can show a lot about the dangers of a tree. For example, cracks and cavities in the trunk of a tree is a sign that the tree could fall at any given time, endangering anything and anyone nearby. Along with cracks and cavities, dead branches and any visible wounds indicate severe damage to a tree's trunk. Another telltale sign that a tree needs removed is if it is hollow. A hollow trunk makes the tree much less strong and sturdy, creating a major safety hazard. In many cases, trauma to the tree will cause extensive trunk damage. It will also simply decline over time.

    Are the Roots of the tree Damaged?

    The base of the tree is another important piece of the puzzle. First, check the roots. If they are damaged or decaying, the tree could fall due to lack of support. Another sign that the tree is not structurally sound is space between the tree and the ground. If the tree is leaning to one side, this could mean that the roots are breaking and/or weakening. In this case, you want to have the tree removed as soon as possible.

    Are There Small Branches at the Base of the Tree?

    Although sprouts shooting out of the base of the trunk may look interesting, this is a sign of something wrong with the tree. Sprouts pop up when the tree is under severe stress. Possible causes of stress include:

    • New home construction injury
    • Over-exposure to the sun
    • Excavation
    • Soil compaction

    This doesn't always lead to removal of the tree, but you should have it inspected by a professional to be sure. While you're checking the trunk of the tree for sprouts or small branches, also be on the lookout for fungus or rot. If there are fungi growing directly on the tree, the tree could be rotting on the inside. If this is the case, the tree will need to be removed quick.

    Is the Tree Located Under Power Lines?

    Another reason you might want to consider have a tree professionally removed is if it is located under power lines and is still growing. If a tree is growing into the power lines, we can often thin it out but in many cases, it's much easier to remove it completely. Never attempt to remove close touching branches or limbs by yourself. Accidentally touching the power lines could lead to death. By hiring a professional to either thin the top of the tree or remove it completely, you can ensure your safety.

    Are There Many Dead Branches?

    If there are many large dead branches near the top of the tree, they can be dangerous for neighboring homes and buildings. If more than 25% of the branches are dead or leaning to one side, the tree will most likely not be able to recover. If less than 25% of the branches are dead, our experts can remove them and salvage the tree. 

     

    Deciding to have a tree removed from your property is never an easy decision. To avoid having to make this difficult decision, make sure you're taking proper care of your trees by avoiding these common tree care mistakes. If all else fails, turn to the professionals to ensure your trees are in great hands. 


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    Having a tree in your landscape is incredible, especially if it serves the purpose that you planted it for, but there comes a time when you have to make the difficult decision to cut it. Due to the numerous precautionary measures and steps that have to be taken before the embarking on the cutting process, it is recommended to hire a professional tree removal company that is legally accredited to offer this service and has a good reputation in the market.

    Tree Removal Hurdles WA

    Today, we look at eight essential factors that you need to consider before tree removal to avoid unnecessary hurdles down the road.

    Local Council Regulations

    Before you get in touch with the tree service company, contact the local council to know if you need to get a permit to remove the tree from your yard. Familiarize yourself with the regulations and adhere to all of them to avoid legal tussles.

    Environmental Impact

    In the current wake of climate change and global warming, experts’ advice homeowners to plant trees in their properties to combat the adverse effects. Apart from providing shade, trees offer numerous environmental health benefits from preventing soil erosion, promoting soil fertility, to absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is therefore advisable to seek an arborist report to know the impact that the tree has on the local ecosystem. This report will help you make the final decision as well as provide alternatives.

    Electrical Hazards

    One of the risks associated with tree lopping and pruning is electrocution. The branches may come into contact with the electrical wires as the tree service company cuts the branches. Therefore, it is vital that you consider the electrical hazards of avoiding fires and other unfortunate incidents. Contact the power company a few days before the big day to disconnect the wires.  

    Falling Branches

    To minimize damage and ease the tree removal process, professional tree service providers will first cut the branches before embarking on the trunk. It is not usually possible to predict the direction that the branches will fall when cut. As a result, it is essential to make sure that you get rid of items such as toys around the targeted tree to avoid any form of damage.

    Property Damage

    If the tree you intend to remove overhangs your neighbor’s property, the risk of property damage when either pruning the branches or cutting the trunk is quite high. You should consider contacting your neighbor and informing them of your intentions to remove the tree to make the necessary arrangements. Such delicate projects should be handled by experts who have the necessary skills, expertise, and equipment.

    Doing it yourself will double the risk of damage and you will be solely responsible for any damage to the property that arises. Well, insurance companies do offer policies that cover properties from tree damage, but, rest assured that your claim will be denied if you fail to hire an expert tree removal company and opt to do it yourself knowing very well that you do not have the necessary accreditation.

    Waste Disposal

    How are you going to dispose of the tree branches, leaves, trunk, and other forms of debris? Contact the local waste management company to help you dispose of this waste in an environmentally friendly way. You can also use the trunk for other purposes such as creating a wooden playhouse for your kinds or a wooden fence or barrier around your kitchen garden. There is no shortage of ideas on what you can do with the trunks instead of disposing of them away to rot.

    Consider Other People that May be Affected

    Apart from the impact that tree removal will have on your property, you also need to consider other people who may be affected either directly or indirectly. You may be putting your neighbors’ pets and even family at risk. Therefore, you should request your preferred tree company to evaluate the risks and come up with an ideal plan to complete the mission without damaging the property and the surroundings.

    Hire a Licensed and Accredited Tree Service Company

    The government has put in place bodies whose primary role is to ensure that all tree service companies abide by the stipulated rules and regulations. Only those that meet the set guidelines are issued with accreditation documents.

    The bottom line is that; you should only entrust the tree removal process to a tree service company that is legally accredited and has a good reputation in the market to get value for every dollar that you spend on the service as well as avoid unnecessary challenges after service delivery. Also, inquire if the company offers powerline clearance service to eliminate electric hazards.


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    Your landscape is one of the distinct sections of your home that make it unique from the rest of your neighborhood. Research studies have proven that homes with adequately maintained trees fetch high prices in the real estate market as compared to their counterparts. Therefore, if you are planning to sell your home in the near future, it is imperative to plant the right trees.

    Different Tree Sizes for Landscaping

    Unlike other landscaping plants, trees can live from one generation to another if well taken care of. Today, we will look at seven essential factors that you need to consider when selecting trees for your landscape.

    What are The Reasons or Underlying Purposes?

    Homeowners have different reasons for growing certain types of trees in their landscape. If you want a tree that will provide shade for your family, consider going for the deciduous trees. If you live in a densely populated area, you can choose a tree that can act as a natural barrier for extra privacy. Have a list of the reasons and use it to compare and contrast the characteristics of the various trees that grow well in your locality.

    Lighting Conditions in your Yard

    Trees need ample light to grow optimally. Without enough light, certain essential biological processes such as photosynthesis will be hampered. Certain trees only require a few hours of sunlight while others need at least 7 hours of natural sunlight to thrive. Based on these facts, it is essential to consider the amount of light available in your outdoor space to choose tree species that can do well in such conditions.

    Available Planting Space

    Make sure that your yard can offer ample space for the trees that you intend to plant. Do extensive research online and offline to know the average height and spread/canopy upon maturity of every tree in your list. As you do the evaluation, consider underground utilities and connections such as electricity and gas lines as well as proximity to the streets. Ideally, the trees should be at least 10-16 feet away from the foundation of your house.

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    Soil Fertility

    Some trees grow well in acidic soils while others require saline soils. It is recommended to carry out soil fertility tests to know the condition of the soil before planting the trees. This will help you to know if you need to apply fertilizers and other inputs to make the soil conducive for the trees that you intend to plant. A professional tree service company can help you choose tree species that resonates with the fertility of the soil in your yard.

    Tree Growth Speed

    How long will the tree take to fully mature and start providing shade or producing flowers? Knowing the amount of time that the tree will take to grow and mature fully will help you to make an informed decision. Go for the fast-growing species if you want trees that will bloom quickly. On the other hand, if you are not in any hurry, you can opt for the vast array of slow-growing trees in the market.

    It is important to note that the fast-growing trees require more attention as they tend to have aggressive roots that spread wide in search of nutrients to support the fast metabolic processes. Most of them also develop weak branches and so you might need to hire a professional tree lopping service provider to cut off the weak branches regularly.

    Disease and Pest Resistance

    The first thing that you need to know is that no tree species is immune to diseases and pests. However, there are some that are more prone to pests and require continuous assessment. Consider choosing trees that are less susceptible to both pests and diseases to save time and money on maintenances and other additional expenses.

    Evergreen vs. Deciduous Trees

    One of the main reasons why you have decided to plant trees is to enhance the beauty and elegance of your landscape. Most of the common landscaping trees fall into two categories - evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous trees such as downy serviceberry and trident maple are an ideal choice if you are looking for trees that will color your landscape during the fall season. Evergreen trees retain their beautiful green color throughout the year can act as natural backdrops for ornamental grasses.

     

    Final Thoughts

    The growth of the trees and the impact that they will have on your landscape is dependent on the manner in which that you take care of them. It is recommended to hire a professional tree pruning company to ensure that they grow in the right shape and size. The professionals will also give insider tips on how to take care of them to get maximum benefits.


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    The journey to having the best landscaping trees is a long and slow one. Knowing what you need to do during every step of the way is essential to not only having healthy trees but also in helping the trees stay relevant and beautiful.

    There is no question that a lot of maintenance goes into keeping a tree looking good but, you don’t need to be an expert or understand all the processes. There are the primary eight steps which, if done correctly, offer everything your tree needs for great results.

    1.       Planting the right tree the right way

    You need to start by picking the right tree for your landscape and fostering health in planting it the right way. Even with the best maintenance processes, a tree that is not suited for your set up will stick out like a sore thumb.

    When picking out the seedlings, you want those with plenty of root growth and good color. You will also need to consider whether you want a big tree or a potted one. The requirements for each of the trees is different as well as the planting process.

    How you plant the tree depends on the seedling you have bought. Bare root tree seedlings have a different planting process compared to Balled and Burlapped and containerized trees. Once you have selected the right seedling and followed the right planting procedure, your tree is off to great start.

    2.       Mulching

    This is an important step for your tree that helps to insulate the soil and it also provides a buffer against high and low temperatures. Mulching also helps to retain the moisture content of the roots and keeps weeds at bay.

    While mulching, you should keep the mulch away from the trunk to avoid rotting and spread it out across a diameter of up to three feet for the best results.

    3.       Pruning

    There are a lot of technicalities when it comes to pruning and the approach you take is mainly dictated by why you are pruning. In cases where you just want to get rid of the deadwood, pruning can be done at any time.

    Pruning is best for instances where you want to foster a burst of new growth. For this, it is best you wait until the coldest times of winter have passed for the best results.

    During summer, you can prune to direct the growth by getting rid of branches that slow down the growth process. This can also be done to improve the yield of the tree. When pruning, you should always make sure you do not remove more than ¼ of the tree’s crown in that season.

    4.       Apply fertilizer

    Fertilizers provide the tree with vital nutrients that propel its growth and lushness. Even though they are important to trees, they are only effective if the right type and amount is used at the right time.

    You should be careful not to over-fertilize your tree since this can quickly poison the root system which will affect the growth of the tree. You can tell that your tree is over fertilized if it has dead branches, there are salt deposits on the surface of the soil, or there is yellow foliage around the tree.

    5.       Manage diseases

    For lush looking trees, you have to keep a close eye on pests and diseases. Without proper and timely detection, pests and diseases can ravage a tree in a very short time.

    When combating such challenges, it is always best to try and approach it from a biological point of view. However, if the damage has progressed, you have no other option but to apply chemical methods.

    6.       Monitor soil compactness and nutrient deficiency

    Compacted soil presents many problems like reduced water and nutrient penetration which eventually affects the health of the tree. Before you add any fertilizers, it is important that you check for any nutrient deficiency by testing the soil to identify the right fertilizer.

    You should always test the soil before planting and once every three years after the tree has been planted.

    7.       Watering

    Water is life to trees. Even though this is a simple step, it happens to be one that is regularly forgotten. If you want a tree with a lush look, hydration is a must. How many times you do it should depend on the humidity of the surrounding.

    8.       Constant monitoring

    You will not need any tools for this other than your eyes but, it is among the most vital steps in keeping a healthy landscaping tree. Different pests and disease symptoms will present themselves differently in various trees. Whenever you notice any changes, you should engage a professional for advice on the way forward. 

    Trees are a great addition to your backyard landscape. They offer shade and promote healthy growth to the surrounding plants not to mention the beauty they bring to the fold. Keeping them healthy is the ideal contribution to the beauty of your lawn.

     

     


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    Shade trees for your yard

    Most of us know that trees provide us with valuable oxygen. They also provide much needed shade in those long hot summers. Take a look around your yard. A shade tree or two can transform your garden area, making it an ideal place to sit and relax. Trees can also transform your property, altering its contours and filling it with bursts of colour. Shade trees are easy to grow too. Plant in the autumn and just keep them well watered in the first couple of years. What are best shade trees for your yard? Actually you are spoiled for choice. Here are six of the best

     

    Paper Birch (Betula pendula)

    This tree is known for its white bark which looks stunning in any yard. The trunk sheds its bark in paper thin sheets and looks gorgeous all year round. It grows to 15m-21m with triangular leaves that turn a glorious yellow in the autumn. It requires very little upkeep and provides much needed solar protection in the summer months. Falling leaves and catkins can be a bit of a nuisance in the autumn months but the bare branches allow winter sun into your yard so it’s well worth the job of sweeping up.

    Jacaranda (mimosifolia) 

    Jacaranda

    Most people fall in love with the Jacaranda lined the streets in spring. Originally from Brazil, its superb blue/purple blossom creates a riot of colour and is ideal for your yard. The tree flourishes in tropical and warm temperatures and is hardy enough to withstand harsh summer sun. The Jacaranda reaches a height of around 10-15m and looks great as a single specimen, and because its branches spread outwards, up to 10ms, it’s perfect for shade. A word of warning, don’t plant too near water pipes and paths as it has a very vigorous root system.

     

    Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

    If you want shade for your yard then the Japanese Maple is a must. This is a beautiful addition to your garden, but flourishes best away from harsh summer sun. The leaves are quite delicate and can burn. The tree grows to around 6-8m and is great for a small yard providing splashes of red, orange and yellow in the cooler weeks before winter. It has a shallow root system so flourishes best in moist soil.

     

    Golden Ash ( Fraxinus excelsior ‘Jaspidea’)        

    Golden Ash

    This tree is a favourite in most large yards. It’s hardy enough to withstand the summer sun and provides ideal shade. It grows at a rate of 45cm a year and once established can withstand periods of drought. It grows to around 5-12m. The leaves remain golden yellow, turning into a display of gold in the autumn. Ideal for large yards, the Golden Ash needs little attention and provides a haven of cool shade even in the hottest of summers.

     

    Native Daphne (Pittosporum undulatum)      

    This tree is native to Australia and is a useful addition to any yard. It’s quite small compared to other shade trees and dense, spreading its branches quite wide, reaching around 12m and spreading to 7m. When in blossom the tree displays fragrant white flowers, giving way to orange berries in the autumn, lasting even into the winter months. This is a rapid growing tree and can become invasive but its wonderful fragrance is well worth keeping on top of this problem.

     

    Tulipwood (Harpullia pendula)

    This is a hardy evergreen which is ideal for small yards. A tough addition to your garden, it is able to withstand the harshest sun. It grows to around 10m. Its main characteristic is its dense foliage and red fruit which adds a startling abundance of colour to your garden. The Native Daphne is popular as an urban tree as it thrives even in the city. If planted strategically, this fast growing shade tree adds contour and a sense of design to your yard, providing dense shade in the hot summer months.

    Tree Maintenance

    When designing your yard for fast growing shade trees, remember that some trees grow very tall. It is worth spending a few dollars occasionally to get your trees lopped. Whilst some experts believe that lopping is not necessary, if you have a small to average yard, your trees may overhand neighbouring garden or cause problems to nearby structures. Getting an expert to lop your trees can, in many instances, improve the condition of the tree. So go ahead transform your yard and beat that summer heat.

     

     

     


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    Choosing the right tree for your landscape and taking good care of them is one of the guaranteed ways of giving your compound a touch of class and elegance. There are hundreds of trees that you can plant, but the results mainly depend on how you take care of the trees.

    Today, we look at the top seven things that you should not do to your landscaping trees.

    Too Much Care and Attention

    Mulching and staking are two of the most important maintenance practices that need to be done on newly planted trees. However, the two can be destructive if not done correctly. For instance, guying and staking ensures that the trees grow to the optimal height and protects them from mechanical damage due to heavy winds. Nevertheless, some trees require no staking, as they are independent, therefore, staking such species can result in bark damage, abnormal truck growth, and girdling.

     On the other hand, too much mulching can negatively affect bark and root functioning. Ideally, the depth of the mulching material around the tree base should not exceed 3 inches.

    Girdling Landscaping Trees

    If you take time to walk around your neighborhood, the chances are that you will come across trees that have girdles. One of the main reasons why homeowners use them is to cushion the crepe myrtle from the lawn mower. Studies have proven that girdling is not effective in achieving these two goals. Over time, the girdles strangulate the tree thereby compromising its growth and development.

     

    You should also desist from covering the tree trunk base with metal or plastic material to protect it from various mechanical tools used to maintain the yard. Instead of these destructive practices, apply good mulch and an environmentally friendly herbicide around the base to keep weeds at bay.

    Planting Trees on Utilities Right-of-Ways

    Imagine spending thousands of dollars in sapling for ten years only to watch in despair as your favorite tree is topped down by the electricity utility team when the branches come into proximity to the electric wires. It is recommended to avoid all utility right-of-ways when planting the trees to prevent such unfortunate scenarios. Alternatively, you can plant trees whose potential maximum height is less than the electricity wires. More importantly, seek the services of a professional tree lopping company to ensure that it grows to the desired size and shape.

    Limited Exposure to Sunlight

    Too much shade will hinder the growth of your landscaping trees as they rely on sunlight for various biological processes such as photosynthesis. Most of the hardwood and conifer tree species need maximum exposure to sunlight to survive. Such trees are referred to as shade intolerant species. Examples include:

    • Most oak species
    • Poplar
    • Pine
    • Black cherry
    • Willow
    • Douglas fir
    • Hickory

    Concisely, you should make sure that the trees get ample sunlight; otherwise, they will eventually die leaving your yard empty. Not to mention, you will have to spend more money purchasing new seedlings and on tree maintenance services.

    Unsupportive Neighbors

    First, it is important to note that different trees have varying growth potential that is controlled not only by the maintenance services that you do on it but also its genetic growth potential. There are plenty of credible tree guides online that you can use to know the growth pattern and traits of your preferred landscaping tree species. It is highly recommended to check the guide before planting the trees.

    For example, planting Leyland cypress trees next to oak is not a good idea. This is because of the Leyland cypress one of the fastest growing trees, and soon it will outgrow the oak thereby suppressing the latter’s growth. It is also important to note that the two species will compete fiercely for the available nutrients.

    Using them as Fence Posts and Flag Poles

    It is tempting to use tall trees as light poles, fence posts, or even ornament stands. Attaching invasive anchors on the tree branches and trunk has the potential of affecting the health of the tree by acting as entry points for harmful bacteria.

    Bonus Tip

    Lack of a proper landscape plan results in poor tree placement and poor selection of tree species. The two will negatively affect your property and expose you to numerous risks. Ideally, you should desist from planting trees that are fond of outgrowing the available or provided space as they could damage your home’s foundation as well as utility lines. Ensure you hire a reputable and accredited tree removal company to assist you maintain all your landscaping trees.

     

     


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