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Tree Roots

First and foremost a healthy root system is key to a healthy tree. One of the key indicators  of damaged or struggling roots system is a decline in the health of the trees canopy  and often the formation of dead branches. It is these dead branches that can cause not only damage to property but can also be safety concern. Here are some quick facts about tree roots: Most tree roots are located within the top 60cm of soil. The… Read Article

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Disputes with Neighbours over Trees and Roots

Trees are a major cause of conflict between neighbours. Common problems include roots damaging sewer pipes, parts of a tree damaging a building, trees affecting views.  But one of the most major offenders is overhanging branches.   Can you Prune your Neighbours Tree? Although historically, common law gives us the right to perform pruning where trees overhang onto our property, many councils have curbed this right with what is typically known as “Tree Protection Orders”( TPO).  TPOs are created by… Read Article

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Tree Defects caused by Animals, Insects and Pathogens

Below is a brief summary of the most common defects you are likely to find caused by animals and insects and fungi.   Common Tree Defects caused by Animals, Insects and Pathogens Damage from Birds: Our experience has shown us that structural damage can be caused by birds.  This can lead to tree and/or limb failure. Birds will build nest and create hollows in trees by chewing  away decaying timber. Other times they chew on the bark looking for insects…. Read Article

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General Tree Defects

Below is a brief summary of the most common defects you are likely to find in your trees. Too often we get called out to tree failures that could have been avoided if the defect had been dealt with correctly.   Common Tree Defects Bark Inclusions: These are possibly one of the most common defects in trees and often lead to failure during wet and/or windy weather. These defects can be pruned out in juvenile trees but not as easily… Read Article

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Woodfire – Preparing for Winter

If you own a fireplace, having your own ready-made supply of wood can be a huge benefit.  And if you live on Sydney’s North Shore, with the abundance of trees, there is a good chance you have plenty of resources at your fingertips. When split correctly and stacked, many types of wood can still take up to 12 months to season properly.  Seasoned wood is wood that has been left to dry out. It is grey and dusty in appearance,… Read Article

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Why Use a Qualified Arborist?

What most people are not aware of is that our industry is not licensed. Therefore anyone can call themselves an arborist. You may have seen or heard of news articles such as on A Current Affair or as per this Daily Telegraph articles about tree scammers targeting unaware and elderly people. It is advisable that you carefully select the firm before engaging them to do your work. It may be tempting to settle for the cheapest quote but this can… Read Article

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Conifer Dieback

Conifer Dieback – What causes it? Cypress Canker and Cypress Weevil are both common diseases of Cypress trees (conifer trees) in Australia. They cause conifer dieback of the foliage that is not only unsightly, but can also be harmful to health of the tree and can lead to the death of the tree. Both can be effectively treated, but this is only possible if it is identified at an early stage of its development. Conifer trees are particularly susceptible after… Read Article

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How to Remove Tree Stumps

In this article I’m going to look at a few different ways to remove tree stumps. I’m sure you have at some time come across an unwanted stump that you wanted to remove. It may be in the way of where you want to plant something, or possible some landscaping work or even in the middle of the lawn and you have been mowing around it for years. The good news is there are several ways to remove stumps. Some… Read Article

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Are Your Trees Safe?

When does Tree Failure Typically Happen? Tree failure typically occurs during windy and wet weather. In Sydney this is typically during the cooler winter months as well as following a very hot and humid day during summer when a storm front roles through. There are a few other conditions trees can fail in but I will discuss them separately. Windy weather without rain often only causes minor damage to trees. Similarly rain without wind has a tendency to cause minor damage… Read Article

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Do You Need a Council Permit?

Do I need a Permit to Prune / Remove my Tree? Before conducting any tree pruning or tree removal work you want to check your local council requirements. All councils have slightly different “Tree Preservation Orders” (TPO) and in many cases these are outlined in the councils DCP (Development Control Plan). The purpose of these orders is to ensure that the tree scape in the area is maintained and managed to the benefit of the whole community. Trees on Private… Read Article

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