As we move into winter, activity in the garden begins to slow. This Blog will detail some of the measures you can take to ensure good winter tree care in your garden during the colder months of June - August. Winter in the garden means that trees are shedding their leaves and drawing their energy back into their roots to be stored until it is needed in the spring. Although trees are in a state of dormancy at this time, there are still tasks that you can perform to give them a helping hand. Winter in the garden Where can you start in your winter garden? The first step towards good winter tree care is to check that your trees are well mulched. We have several blogs discussing the benefits of mulching trees, the main benefits being; weed suppression, moisture control, … [Read more...]
Tree Protection Grants are available within the Ōrākei Local Board!
Grants are currently available to support Tree protection within the Ōrākei Local Board. Orakei property owners can apply for 50% of the total cost of tree work and up to $2,000 per property. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply in our Blog Article.
Welcome to our Tree Care Tips April newsletter all about helpful gardening advice. This month we have three Blog posts to share with you. Tree Care Tips April Blog posts to help you look after your trees. First up is all about; "How will I know when tree care is required?" click here. Next is about a common question; "Is there a list of protected trees in Auckland? click here. Finally, we have an important update from Pro Climb, read about how we are working under COVID 19 Level 3, which begins today. Overall, this is positive news as our teams can go back to work. If you have any comments or questions, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Tree Care Auckland provides expert tree services in Tree Care Maintenance, Tree Removal Services and Tree … [Read more...]
Many of you who are reading this message have likely been busy preparing your business or workplaces for working under the restrictions of the COVID 19 Alert Level 3. Or for those of you who are considering what Level 3 means more broadly for your family, you will have some thoughts and ideas about how you want to engage with your contractor that you are allowing on to your property. As so often in life, it comes down to TRUST. It works both ways and involves mutual respect. You want to know that your contractor is keeping you safe and your contractor wants to know that you are also going to follow our rules so that we can feel safe on the job. In this blog I want to discuss what we have put in place to keep our staff and our client's safe from the spread of COVID 19 under alert … [Read more...]
When your car starts making a funny noise or it has been 10,000 kms since your last service you know it’s time to see the mechanic. If your computer is slow or won’t start you know it’s time to go to the technician. But what about your trees? How do you know when they need help? What do I need to look for as a tree owner to know that tree care is required? This blog is for anyone wanting to know how to decide if it’s time to call an Arborist. To the untrained eye trees can seem static, silent and unchanging. In reality, this could not be further from the truth. Trees are in a constant change of flux and as a result give away clues as to their well being. These clues can sometimes be subtle, such as slight changes in foliage colour or ripples in the bark. Beautiful … [Read more...]
Trees can be protected in a number of ways in Auckland. In fact, working on or near a protected tree requires you to have a resource consent. If you fail to do so you expose yourself to a potential fine of up to $250,000. So, we definitely recommend that you do your research to find out whether one of your trees falls into this category. Certainly, if you have any concerns at all, its worth making sure that you know whether your trees require any consent before they are worked on or maintained. It's also important to note that the way in which your tree is protected will determine whether it appears on a list or not. This blog aims to describe the different ways your tree may be protected and how to find out if it is. Trees can be protected in a number … [Read more...]
What do I need to do to look after my Trees in Autumn and ensure the best autumn tree care? Autumn is one of my favourite times to be working around trees. After the long, hot summer months it is nice to have a break from the intensity of the sun and ease towards the cooler months. Although it may seem they are slowing down, your trees can be quite active in autumn preparing themselves for winter. This blog will offer a few tips on what you can do to look after your trees in autumn and to support your trees. What happens to my trees in autumn? Its an important time to look after your trees and your garden. Trees losing their leaves was often viewed as a passive process; the leaves merely falling from the trees. Its is now understood that trees actively … [Read more...]
Nature’s Planting Season Is Here Autumn is a wonderful time in the garden. The leaves begin to change, and the varied hues of that change lend themselves to the most beautiful display of cooler in your garden. You get to admire the stunning burnt orange and gold leaves synonymous with autumn as spring fades and we move into the next season. Also, the fruit on the trees is ripe and birds and other wildlife come to the gardens at this time to collect winter stores. It is a great time for you to get out into garden and prepare it for winter by getting some necessary planting done. But why is autumn nature’s planting season? The best times of year for planting are during the autumn months through to late winter in mild climates like ours here in Auckland. Why? There are a … [Read more...]
Before you remove trees please read this. Trees have many benefits. Trees clean the air, they cool the air and they soften landscapes. Most trees provide shelter and food for other organisms, and trees are amazingly beautiful. So, considering all of this, why would you ever want to remove one? During my career as an Arborist, I have heard many reasons for why a tree should go. Many are genuine, some not so. In some cases, tree removal really is the only option to reach a sensible solution. In others, alternatives may be available. The role of a good Arborist should be to navigate this grey area to achieve an outcome that satisfies both the needs of the client and the tree. In this Blog post, I will cover some of the more common reasons for why a tree should be removed … [Read more...]
I remember back in the day of predictive text on mobile phones. When you used “Arborist” you were suggested “Arsonist”. So what does an arborist do… Recently when I returned to a shop where I buy water filters, they had my occupation in their system as “Abortionist” (true story!). What does an Arborist do? At times during my career, it has felt like I have come close to both of those professions but neither accurately describe what I actually do. This blog post is for those who wonder what is behind the mysterious title and to shed more light on the role of an Arborist. Photo of an Arborist in a tree. Type “Arborist definition” into Google and you get... “Tree Surgeon” (In German “Baumdoctor”). This is what I was often referred to as when I used to live in Germany. … [Read more...]
With the holidays speedily approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for a fantastic 2019 and the part you played. We are looking forward to the holidays and spending time with family, friends and to 2020! Please note our team will have a well earned break. Our office will be closed from 4 pm on Friday 20th December, and re-open on Monday 6th January 2020. All the best! From Rossy and the Tree Care Auckland team. 🎄 Our way of saying thanks 🎁 Over the summer be sure to read our "How to guides" for keeping you busy in the garden! These tree care guides are aimed for tree owners who are keen to get their hands dirty. Get stuck in on some of their own tree maintenance. Carrying out minor upkeep on your own trees can be very rewarding. Will also give you an … [Read more...]
Buy a tree as a gift. The life of many Christmas gifts is short lived. After the initial excitement the novelty soon wears off and the recipient is left with another item to find space for in their home. How about buying a gift that has the potential to get better and better as time goes on? Not only improving itself but also enhancing its local environment. What if you could buy a gift that at the end of its life returned to the earth without leaving anything behind. All these things are possible if you buy a tree as a gift. This Blog post will discuss some of the benefits of buying a tree as a gift and information for how to go about it. I have bought many trees over the years as gifts. It gives me peace of mind to know that they are either living, beautifying their surroundings and … [Read more...]
Read how can trees help bees. Life as a bee is becoming increasingly difficult. Since the initial detection of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in 2006, honey bee keepers have been losing roughly 30% of their hives annually. Although CCD is not fully understood, it appears to have several contributing factors. These include but are not limited to pesticides, parasitic mites, and increased viral levels. However, help is at hand how can trees help bees. It turns out that certain fungus that grows on trees is abe to improve hive health. This Blog post will discuss some of the work of Paul Stamets. Paul is a fungi expert and who along with other scientists has developed solution to the problem of declining bee numbers. Why should you care if bees are under threat? If not for the the … [Read more...]