Planning a garden for the NZ climate and weather conditions requires expert advice. Your very own garden is a very good addition to your home's property. We all love eating or dream about eating produce from our home grown garden :) And spending time planting flower beds, young trees and shrubs. I know my dream home was always the nice house with garden to spend my weekends outside in the sun. Important conditions to consider when planning a garden. Important condition number one is the type of soil and its composition - The most important condition to planning a garden is the composition of the garden soil. It's very important all the soil has plenty of nutrients and minerals. Speak with your local gardening expert or arborist. Important condition number two is the existing … [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.
Pro Climb Limited T/a Tree Care Auckland is very proud to be approved as a NZ Living Wage Employer. It is part of our company's philosophy to take note of inequalities and to help reduce these where we can. Most of our team members are highly skilled professionals and earn much more than the Living Wage minimum, but being a Living Wage Employer does not stop there. We are committed to working with other Living Wage Employers that service our business and by doing this hopefully increasing the circle of people with a fair income. What is the New Zealand living wage? The Living Wage has emerged as a response to growing poverty and inequality that continues to hold back so many New Zealand workers, their families and the NZ economy. The Living Wage concept is very simple, yet such a … [Read more...]
How to create a garden requires expert advice and we have this blog post just for you :) Just like people, gardens can come in many forms. There are no hard and fast rules about how to create a garden. It can be your own canvas on which you can paint your own scene. The visual aspect of a garden however, only has one lens to view it through. What about other functions of a garden beside the aesthetic? How to create your garden could be so your garden becomes a home to a myriad of wildlife. Before we began digging up the bush and laying lawns, wildlife was spoilt for choice in where to roam. The situation they face today is somewhat different. Demands have been place on land that often leave the four legged and feathered amongst us homeless. This blog post will discuss how you can create … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]