Tips & Advice

  • July 24, 2019 in Tips & Advice

    4 Expert Ways to Storm Proof Your Trees and Reduce the Likelihood of Damage

    If you’ve lived in Queensland all your life, you’re probably used to experiencing a few storms and cyclones each year. Because of this you may be well versed in the art of storm-proofing your home, outbuildings and maybe your car. But have you ever thought of storm-proofing your trees?

    Trees can cause a significant amount of damage during bad weather if they are unkempt and poorly maintained. Your best bet is to enlist the help of your local arborist in Brisbane to assess your trees and advise on what maintenance they need. If tree maintenance is poorly executed by unprofessionals, you could potentially cause more damage in the long run.

    Prune Your Tree Correctly

    Strategic tree pruning is a must, to give your tree added strength during a storm. While you might think thicker loads of branches will make your tree stronger, if you prune the correct areas it can actually make your tree more resistant to stormy weather. Pruning will rid the tree of dead or weak branches, give it a more stable base and encourage proper growth structure if done from a young age.

    Keep the Root System Protected and Strong

    While the root system is meant to be the trees strong anchor, if it’s not cared for correctly it can become weak and loose especially during high winds. Protect the land around the tree base by adding in mulch at regular intervals which will feed nutrients to the root system. Talk to professional tree services in Brisbane for help with mulching.

    Add Extra Protection to the Trunks

    If you know a storm is about to hit and you have a tree that you’re not confident in its strength, you can wrap the trunk with a protective material. Good options are a row cover or burlap which will protect the trunk from flying debris when the winds pick up. Another option for younger trees is to anchor the trunk with a stake in the ground next to it and tie a rope to connect the two together.

    Get Professional Arborists in to Assess Your Trees

    Before storm season hits, there’s no better way to ensure the safety of your trees than call in professional arborists. They can use their skilled eye to assess your trees and the likeliness of their security during a storm. If any tree needs to be anchored or secured they can provide this service for you, alongside pruning the tree to its ideal state.

    If any of your trees root systems are unhealthy, arborists can provide and spread mulch for you to boost the roots health. Don’t take any chances this storm season, call your local arborists in Brisbane for a free quote on enhancing and securing your trees health.

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  • July 15, 2019 in Tips & Advice

    Advanced Tree Planting

    As Qualified Consulting Arborists, we’re often asked, “What is the correct way to plant a tree”? Anyone can dig a hole and shove a tree in it however the goal with tree planting should always be to give the tree the best possible chance to flourish and become a amazingly healthy and well structured specimen, and to achieve this there are a number of guidelines that you should follow.

    The following example was a 3000L advanced Moreton Bay Fig, however the exact same principles apply for smaller trees.
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  • June 26, 2019 in Tips & Advice

    Pollarding is a Type of Tree Maintenance, but it’s not For Everyone

    Pollarding, also known as “lopping” or “topping” has been found to be mentioned as far back as Roman times, when Propertius (a Latin Poet) mentioned it during the 1st century BCE. The reasons for tree pollarding back in ancient times was to create fodder to feed livestock or to gain firewood. In the modern world, pollarding is a method of trimming trees to control their shape and size and for aesthetic purposes.

    Pollarding should be done by a professional arborist who knows how and where to cut the tree, without causing any damage to its health. This technique is sometimes used on trees that need their size to be controlled due to; power lines, a building, other trees or some other kind of restrictive element. A pollarded tree will mean its branches are cut back nearly to the trunk, creating quite a bare, lollipop look.
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  • June 26, 2019 in Tips & Advice

    Pruning, Watering and Fertilising – How Often Should You be Doing this to Keep a Tree Healthy?

    Having lush vegetation in your yard is a dream for some and a nightmare for others. If you love to be out in the garden taking care of your greenery, looking after the trees, shrubs ground covers and grasses in your yard will be great fun. Others might find this type of work a chore but luckily there are professional tree services in Brisbane you can call to give you a hand.

    If you have the time and inclination, there are a few simple ways you can look after the health of the trees in your yard. Trees are pretty tough and survived well before we started to look after them and still do pretty well on their own out in forests, but unfortunately suburban trees face a lot of added stressors that their bushland or forest cousins don’t have to endure, so here are some top tips to give your trees a healthy boost.

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  • June 4, 2019 in Services, Tips & Advice

    It’s Important to Maintain Tree Stumps in Your Yard, But Which Method is Right for You?

    You may have had a tree fall in your yard or a tree has been cut and a stump has been left behind. Either way, you’re left with two options to ask your professional arborist to; grind the stump down or totally remove the stump. Removing or grinding your tree stump down is essential to improve the aesthetics of your yard, improve sanitation and eliminate trip hazards.

    Stump grinding and stump removal both have their pros and cons and you have to weigh them up to see which is most beneficial for you. If left unattended too long, your tree stump will start to decay attracting pests like termites, beetles and carpenter ants. Contact your local tree lopper in Brisbane today to assist you with your tree stump.
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  • September 24, 2018 in News, Tips & Advice

    How to avoid paying hefty fines for tree removal

    Tree removals and tree lopping are best carried out by professionals with strong knowledge and public liability insurance.

    They should also only be done with local council approval and permission. But as these 2 residents found out, the price to pay is heavy when you act without proper approvals. Read More >

  • 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. Read More >

  • February 27, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

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


    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 >