Fungi friend or foe? Fungi (or mushrooms) can be mysterious things. Most peoples’ experience of fungi is limited to the 2 or 3 kinds that are most commonly eaten. It is estimated that there may be more than 3 million species of fungi, this outnumbers tree species by a factor of 5. It is an estimate because there is a constant stream of new species being discovered. Fungi were the first organism to make it onto land about 500 million years ago meaning that everything on land (including us) has fungi as a common ancestor. The vast majority of a fungus is contained beneath the ground or within whatever it is eating. The mushroom or conk that it produces is often only a small indication of what is actually there. There is evidence of a long historical use of fungi by humans for both food and … [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.
A question we asked from time to time at Tree Care Auckland is “will you be painting the wounds after pruning?” The purpose of this Blog post is to explain why we do not paint tree wounds and instead leave them open to the environment. In theory painting over a freshly cut wound on a tree seems like a good idea. There was no gap in the protective layer of the bark before pruning so surely reinstating a new one would help the tree. In reality painting over a tree wound can either have no effect at all or can actually increase the rate of decay and restrict the tree’s ability to callous over the wound itself. Our expert advice is do not paint tree wounds. Do not paint tree wounds after pruning trees Trees have been shedding and losing branches for as long as there have been trees, which, … [Read more...]
Planting NZ native trees is an important responsibility for all New Zealanders. It is not unusual to hear someone advocating the protection or planting of native trees, but why is this? Surely a tree is a tree and all trees will benefit the environment... Trees do benefit the atmosphere in terms of storing carbon and producing oxygen. They can impact the environment both positively and negatively in other ways. This blog post will discuss the role native plants play in enhancing the local environment and why it is important to protect them. Planting NZ native trees has a critical role in the NZ landscape and environment. Native plants have grown in balance with their local environment over a long period of time and as such are equipped to live with the local climate, soil types, … [Read more...]
How trees communicate by Suzanne Simard. Can you remember when you were a child and you wondered whether your toys came to life when you went to sleep? As an Arborist I have had similar thoughts about trees and the forest. Do the trees all start having a big chat when I’m not around, just like in a Lord of the Rings book? Well it turns out, in the case of trees at least, that this does happen. And not just when your back is turned. The forest is alive with communication. This post will shed some light on how and why trees communicate with each other. When you first look out at a forest landscape it is easy to describe what you see as a collection of individuals, each preoccupied with advancing its own interests, and competing with its neighbor. We have this Darwinian idea that the … [Read more...]
Palm tree pruning can be tricky. Palm trees can be a good way of adding shape and texture to your garden. Palm trees can also add an exotic feel and look to your garden. And help create the illusion you are on a remote island holiday when you are still in your backyard. As with all plants in the urban environment, sometimes palms need pruning to help manage their natural processes. Left alone, the palm will happily “prune” itself, shedding its dead fronds when it needs to and losing the odd live frond to strong winds. This is not always great news for the garden owner who may have a pristine flower bed, glass house, or child beneath it. This blog post will discuss palm tree pruning options for palm trees to ensure your tree, and anything beneath it, is kept in its best condition. Palm … [Read more...]
Pruning Pohutukawa Trees Auckland Blog post by Rossy. One of our recent jobs at Pro Climb - Tree Care Auckland was to carry out some pruning works on a mature Pohutukawa tree growing in a residential suburb in Auckland. Due to its growing location, with targets beneath the tree, it was decided to prune the dead branches from the canopy to remove any hazard that they may have posed. The client also expressed concerns that the tree was outgrowing its surrounds, and if possible, could we take measures to retain it at its current size. The nature of the tree and its past management both contributed to difficulties when it came to carrying out the pruning. These challenges will be discussed in the Blog post below. There are a number of factors that determine the form and shape of a … [Read more...]
Welcome to our Christmas Blog post for 2017. As the holidays draw near, The Tree Care Auckland Team would like to thank you for helping to make 2017 a great Success. We wish you an excellent Christmas and Summer Holiday. This month, I'd like to share with you our latest TCA Blog Posts. Read our Pruning Pohutukawa Trees Auckland Case Study. Plus great tips How to plant and trim hedges the right way! And also Treating soil compaction near trees. The office will be closing Friday 22nd December 2017 and re-opening on Monday 8th January 2018 at 8.30am. We have finally found a much bigger yard for our fast growing business and are delighted to let you know we are now at 279 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland. It's now a lot warmer outside, so now is the ideal time to review … [Read more...]
Learn about treating soil compaction near trees in this Blog post. The trunk, branches and leaves of a tree are only telling half the story. A healthy tree is a result of the balance between the roots below the surface and the canopy above the ground. One is directly dependant on the other. Without the trunk, branches and leaves there is no structure to create the demand for water flow, and no system for converting sunlight into food. Without the roots there is nothing to keep the tree from falling over, and there is no means of absorbing water and minerals from the ground. The root system also has an important function in storing food (or energy) created during photosynthesis until it is needed. The root system below the ground, however, is easy to forget. It is easier to be mindful … [Read more...]
Read our Blog post about how to trim hedges and plant hedges. Hedges can provide many functions from defining the borders of a garden, to providing a backdrop for your feature plants. Or creating a windbreak, or helping to contain animals and livestock. A well-kept hedge can really add to the overall appeal of a garden. An out of control hedge on the other hand can dominate a garden, allowing little room for anything else and lead to an uninviting space to be in. This Blog post will offer some tips for anyone wishing to plant a hedge and also offer advice for how to keep it in its best condition. When deciding to plant a hedge it is important to consider what the function of the hedge will be. It may be that the hedge has more than one function so all of these need to be … [Read more...]
Creating edible gardens tips and advice - It's becoming harder and harder to know exactly where our food is coming from and the process it has endured along the way. Much of the fruit and vegetables we see in the supermarkets have come from overseas. It's also important to know most countries will have different regulations about the use of chemicals. Most foods have also traveled around the globe requiring vast amounts of energy to move it. One solution to these problems can be to grow your own food. Instead of your garden purely being there for visual appeal why not set it up to feed you too. This blog post contains links to sources of information for anyone interested in creating their own edible gardens. Creating edible gardens is easy and fun for all the family! Your edible garden … [Read more...]