• August 8, 2018 in Services

    BEFORE & AFTER: removal of Canary Island Date Palm Tree

    What do you do when you need to have a massive 20 tonne Canary Island Date Palm tree removed from your backyard?

    You call the best palm tree removalists in the business! (call 07 3289 3610!)

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  • August 4, 2018 in Services

    BEFORE & AFTER: Removal of 4 large Tallowwood trees

    Here are some before and after shots of one of our tree removal jobs.

    We removed 4 large Tallowwoods (Eucalyptus Microcorys) at Cedar Creek.

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  • April 4, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Arborist or Tree Lopper – What’s the difference?

    “Arborists and Tree Loppers are all the same, aren’t they? What’s in a name?”  When it comes to Arboriculture, quite a lot: training, skills, knowledge, experience to name but a few.  An Arborist has undertaken training and studies that focus on trees and plants from a health and safety perspective.  When you engage qualified Arborist, you are getting the wealth of this training and experience to provide you with advice on what to do now and how this will affect your trees in the future.

    Good Arborists also work to the Australian Standards AS4373 (2007) Pruning of Amenity Trees when undertaking tree work.  These standards govern how a tree should be pruned and why certain techniques are used over others.

    “Lopping” or “topping” a tree refers to cutting the entire top section (crown) of a tree.  This causes extreme stress to a tree and it will result in the production of epicormic regrowth or “stress growth” or the tree could even die.  Epicormic regrowth is generally 80% weaker then naturally formed branches and is therefore far more likely to break or delaminate during a strong wind event.    

    There are only a few tree species and circumstances when lopping or topping a tree would be appropriate.   Unfortunately, Tree Loppers just don’t have the training and knowledge and regularly recommend a tree is lopped and sadly thousands of trees are permanently ruined or killed as a result.

    It is not uncommon for an arboriculture business to get a call from a customer who had a bad job done by a person who really was not trained in tree care and now they need qualified expertise to try to fix. 

    A qualified arborist can undertake technical work such as dismantling large trees in tight situations using a variety of tools and equipment including the use of rigging, tower cranes, elevated work platforms to safely remove trees without impacting on other trees and /or property in the vicinity.

    Just as a Plumber, Electrician, Builder etc. should be able to provide their trade qualifications, so should every tree worker who calls themselves an Arborist.  As a minimum they should hold a “trade level” qualification – AQF Level 3.  All North Brisbane Trees staff either hold their Level 3 or are actively in the process of obtaining their Level 3 qualifications through an apprenticeship.  Our Senior Consulting Arborists hold a Diploma of Arboriculture (Level 5). 

    So, when you think of tree work, always call a Qualified Arborist, you will be getting the benefit of skills, training and expertise and a job that is done right.

    North Brisbane Tree provides quality tree lopping services and can also provide Arborist Reports. Call us on 07 3289 3610 to talk.

  • March 9, 2018 in News

    Our thoughts on the fallen tree in Musgrave Park, West End

    There has been a huge uproar recently around a tree that was destroyed in Musgrave Park, West End due to the installation of a concrete slab for a basketball court.

    The full article is on Brisbane Times and surrounds Greens councillor Jonathan Sri as he was the one who approved the installation. Residents claim that the work involved with laying the concrete slab contributed to the demise of the tree because nothing else could have caused it like severe wind or vandalism.

    At North Brisbane Trees, tree safety is a huge priority for us and we are not in the business to remove a tree just for the sake of it. We love trees and simply would not indulge in any activity that encroach upon local laws or good old fashioned common sense. But when there is a tree in the news, you know we are onto it.

    Our resident tree expert Craig Bauer (Cert 5 Qualified Arborist) had this to say about the incident:

    “I should not speculate on this particular incident without knowing any of the facts and without visiting the site, but it is possible that a significant root may have been damaged or severed during the excavation works prior to pouring the slab.  A Consulting Arborist should have been engaged and a report / risk assessment should have been carried out on all the surrounding trees.  With this approach it would be guaranteed that none of the surrounding trees would have been negatively impacted.”  

    We should note that Councillor Sri has mentioned an Arborist Report was being put together and that would be able to close the loop on what has transpired.

    It is important to always engage Arborists and Tree Experts before carrying out any work that can impact trees. Many trees are protected species and there is special legislation around how they are handled. It is not as simple as cutting a tree down or ‘working around it’. As in this case, it appears the problems could have occurred well beneath the surface so whilst those involved may have taken care, they would probably only have seen what was on the surface.

    Of course, we hope for the best outcome here and will leave the matter for the authorities to handle. Just remember, when in doubt, give North Brisbane Trees a call on 07 3289 3610.

  • February 27, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Should home septic treatment system sprinklers be located close to large trees?

    No!…unless you want your septic system to be overrun with roots, blockages and potential damage to the pipes.  The nutrient rich wastewater would only encourage the trees roots system to grow at a faster rate than normal which can cause problems.  Depending on what pathogens or chemicals are used in your septic system you also have the potential to negatively impact your trees.

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  • February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    How to pack a storm emergency kit

    One of the best ways to weather any storm is to firstly be prepared for the storm. After you’ve followed our 5 ways to be storm ready, you will need to ensure you have a storm emergency kit packed for whenever a storm hits. Read More >

  • February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    5 ways to be storm ready this storm season in Brisbane

    Storms may be spectacular but they can also be quite devastating. South East Queensland and Brisbane are no strangers to storms and although we enjoy most of the year storm free, it’s important to be prepared for storm season. It’s the main season for property damage and it’s also important to keep your family and pets safe! Read More >

  • January 22, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    How to get free native plants in Brisbane

    Did you know you can get free plants for your property? Brisbane City Council has a Free Native Plants Program that seeks to promote and foster local flora and fauna and it also boosts forestry across Brisbane City. Read More >

  • January 21, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    Get 4 free native plants if you live in these Brisbane suburbs

    Did you know you can get 4 native plants from Brisbane City Council absolutely free?

    It’s part of Council’s Free Native Plants Program and is a special offer from Council to make it that bit more easier to grow your garden and beautify your property. 

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  • January 8, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Tree Lopping – a definition

    When people need a tree to be removed, they usually search in Google for ‘tree removal’ but they also look for ‘tree lopping‘. They’re not quite the same thing (we’ll explain why) but people often use them interchangably. So let’s look at the word LOP and see what it means. Read More >