Growing your own fruit at home can be a very rewarding experience. In the age of farm to plate eating, you cannot get much fresher than tree to mouth in seconds. Growing productive fruit trees can seem like a daunting process but it need not be. Learning a few basic principles can really help you get the best out of your orchard. This Blog post will discuss what time of year is best to prune your fruit trees to ensure you have a healthy crop of fruit for years to come. A common misconception is that you only prune fruit trees in winter. This seems logical as the trees are in a dormant period and so pruning will not disturb their other processes. Winter pruning is suitable for some trees at some stages of their lives; however, it is not true for most fruit … [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.
If you are a fan of Avocados, it can be a very satisfying experience to eat fruit grown from your own tree. Besides from knowing exactly where your food is coming from you can also save some money in the long term. Given the right conditions, Avocados can be relatively easy to grow. This Blog post will discuss how to get an Avocado tree started at your home and how to maintain it as it grows. Avocados are native to the rain-forests of South America. As such they like free draining, fertile soil and lots of sunshine. They do not like wind and will not tolerate frost or having roots in waterlogged ground. Lack of sun and cold temperatures can be hard problems to deal with and may determine if it is possible to grow Avocados at your site. The wind protection and soil … [Read more...]
Read our where to plant trees Blog post. There is a saying that goes “there is a tree for every garden..." basically meaning no matter the size of your space, the aspect of your garden or the soil it has, there will be a tree that is suitable. If this saying is true, it means there are far more trees that are not suitable for your garden. Often as Arborists, the reason we are removing a tree is because it is no longer appropriate for the space it is growing in. This can be a real shame when you are stood looking at beautiful specimen of a tree that has outgrown its environment. Overgrown trees can create a nuisance or pose a threat to the local inhabitants. This blog will discuss ways to avoid this situation by choosing a tree that is suitable for your site. Accurate … [Read more...]
Just because you own a tree does not necessarily mean you have the legal right to prune or remove it. Trees in Auckland can be protected in several ways. This Blog post will help you determine if your tree is protected. Here we explain the process for working on protected trees. Your trees may be protected in the following ways: It is a notable tree or tree in a Significant Ecological Area (SEA). Tree protected by a condition on a past resource consent. Tree protected by a covenant or a consent notice on a Certificate of Title. Tree or vegetation near a body of water. Trees or vegetation (non-pest species) are likely to be protected if: on or near (within 20 metres) steep coastal cliffs. if the cliff is within 150 metres of the high tide mark, on or … [Read more...]
Arboricultural terminology - How to understand by the tree experts. Sometimes a single word or a phrase can be very useful in describing something complicated. Arboriculture (tree work) is full of these phrases. When we are out on a tree site, we do our best to describe our intentions in simple language that can be easily understood by our clients. However, we are not perfect and sometimes technical terms can slip out. Or words fail us, and we instantly result to the one word or phrase that we know explains what we mean. As a client, having knowledge of Arboricultural terminology can be very useful. It will help you achieve the exact result you want for your trees. This Blog post is designed to shed some light on some of the common arboricultural … [Read more...]
Smart tree attachments - How to carry out tree attachments the right way. I must make a confession about the motivation for this Blog post. In part we help tree owners and the trees in situations where items need to be attached to trees. However, another factor is so that as an Arborist I no longer must deal with situations where less than ideal methods have been used for decorating trees. There is a quite unique emotion that all Arborists share when you hear a “tink” noise as you are cutting through a piece of wood and you know instantly that you have just hit metal. The time it takes to recover from the situation is directly proportional to the amount of time it will now take you to re-sharpen your chainsaw. This Blog post is to help this situation be a thing of the … [Read more...]
Read about if lichen harm trees. The title of this blog has come about as a result of a similar question that has been asked by our customers on a number of occasions. Trees in most property owner's gardens will have a good covering of moss and lichen. Many concerns are raised as to whether this is hurting the tree and what if anything can be done about it. This Blog post will aim to shed a bit of light on the situation and answer some of those questions. So, what is moss and lichen? And does moss and lichen harm trees? In basic terms they are green growths that may appear to be infesting the trunk and branches of your trees. Another similar looking culprit can be algae. In reality they are all quite different. They are sometimes confused or mis-identified as fungi (see our … [Read more...]
Professional arborists Blog post. Choosing trades people to work at your property can sometimes be a daunting experience. Often you are delving into worlds that are outside of your own. You may understand the general idea of what the work involves. But the specifics of exactly how the job will take place and what is needed to do it may remain a mystery. The decision process is further complicated by the fact there are many different companies. Seemingly offering the same service. So how do you choose? This Blog post discusses some of the qualities you should be looking for when choosing an Arborist to work for you. Before you start looking for a tree work company, try to have a clearer idea of what work you need done. This does not necessarily mean you need specifics, but more a … [Read more...]
How to stop tree leaves falling. This Blog post is written in response to a common request for tree work that we get from clients. Often the reason a client has contacted us is because they are overwhelmed with the amount of leaf fall on their property. So they call us to provide a solution... Attention is usually trained on the nearest source of leaves followed by a request to either kill or behead the offending specimen. These are just two options that can be applied to this situation. This Blog post will discuss the two options and alternatives for anyone who has a mountain of leaves where their garden used to be. The solution might simple... When leaves are the problem... Remove the tree... The trouble with this view is that it ignores all of the other qualities that trees … [Read more...]
Trees blocking your view cannot always be removed easily. Call an Expert! Often one of the deciding factors when buying a house can be the view out from the property. Whether it be a view of the ocean, native bush in the distance, or the city itself, Auckland has a range of stunning views on offer. However, due to how quickly trees can grow in Auckland’s environment the view you bought your house for may not last forever. So, what can be done? This blog discusses options for people trying to restore their views without destroying the trees around them. The first step is to accurately assess the situation. It may not be as simple as “those trees are in the way, cut them down!” You need to look at the purpose the trees are serving. The trees blocking your view might also be … [Read more...]