Trees and children - A symbiotic relationship Trees have many benefits. There are very specific benefits that they can offer to children, amongst these are their ability to enhance the education and development of children. Trees at early childhood centres present many opportunities and staff often use trees and plants as learning tools. What do we mean by this? Trees can introduce children to the idea of changes in the environment during different seasons, teach them where their food comes from, or just be a natural climbing frame for them to play on. Three things you need to know if work in an early childhood centre Like everything in life, trees also have inherent risks. This piece will help inform day care centres (or any other businesses open to … [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.
Pruning the right way every time Pruning fruit trees is a must for anyone who loves to grow fruit in their backyard. However, not everyone is comfortable with how to prune trees, fruit frees, or otherwise. If you have never been involved in pruning trees before, or have been pruning all your life but never read about best practice, this short post can help. Pruning Fruit Trees to Support a Bountiful Harvest Fruit trees can be a great addition to any garden. Eating food that has been produced from your own home can be a very satisfying experience. By giving good tree care and maintenance and pruning your trees effectively, you can have the best of both worlds with attractively looking trees that produce tasty fruit which is easy to harvest. If you are keen to learn … [Read more...]
Do you need some seasonal tree advice? The first tender young leaves are starting to grow. The sunny days are here. It’s safe to say that spring is on its way. The new growing season is a busy time for your trees as they produce flowers for pollination. They are growing new leaves ready for energy gathering during the summer months. There are certain things you can do at this time of year to support your trees during this hive of activity and plan for the summer to follow. Seasonal tree advice is something our team regularly provides for customers who want to look after their trees. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are well-versed in what your garden needs at this time of year to flourish this season and beyond. Spring is a great time to get out in the garden and … [Read more...]
Tree Trimming Auckland Experts. There is some variance in opinion as to best way to manage tree pruning and tree trimming. Trees are typically trimmed for one of three reasons: aesthetics, safety, or health. Tree owners often ask us about how to manage their tree maintenance. So we decided to write our latest Blog post about Tree Trimming in Auckland. We are Auckland tree care service providers and expert arborists in tree maintenance. We thought it would be useful to share some of our experience and insights with you. This month we address the myths around tree trimming and tree pruning. We are going to debunk some of the common misconceptions about tree trimming and tree pruning. However, before we do that let us start with why pruning is considered essential for trees. • … [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...]
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...]
Tree trimming is performed to assist in the growth of the shrub or hedge. Our Auckland Tree Trimming service helps to remove overgrown bushes that are preventing the shrub from receiving the required amount of moisture and light. The Tree Care Auckland Tree trimming services include the removal of deadwood, pruning, crown lifting, crown reduction and much more. Read our blog article to learn about the benefits of trimming your trees. Benefits of Tree Trimming Trimming trees brings many benefits to your trees. Here's our quick overview of some of the top benefits for trimming your trees: Tree Trimming can improve the health of your trees. Regular trimming can reduce disease and insect infestation. Generate greater sunlight onto your property. Read our blog post for the Importance … [Read more...]
Pruning fruit trees are a must for anyone who loves to grow fruit in their backyard. Fruit trees can be a great addition to any garden. Eating food that has been produced from your own home can be a very satisfying experience. By giving good tree care and maintenance, you can have the best of both worlds with attractively looking trees that produce tasty fruit which are easy to harvest. The following blog provides tips and links to help you get the best out of pruning fruit trees. When is the best time to start pruning Fruit trees? Pruning fruit trees or any other type of tree can open up wounds, breaching the barrier the tree has to the outside world. Knowing when to prune fruit trees can allow you to work with your tree’s natural defences, helping them to defend themselves against … [Read more...]
Summer Tree Care is just as important as any other season. No longer is it difficult to plant trees and take care of them in the Summer. Contact our team for expert Summer tree care advice and read our blog post to learn more. It is Never to Early To Prepare Your Trees For Summer After spending the winter avoiding the rain and the cold, the first few days of spring are a welcome change. With all of the parties or social gathering we may have planned for the summer months, now can be a good time for taking stock of our garden and making sure that it is looking its best. Summer Tree Care is important for every Season The high levels of both rain and sunshine that we receive in this part of the country cause trees and hedges to put on a tremendous level of growth in each season. … [Read more...]
Pine tree pruning is an essential task that needs to be undertaken by any property owner. Whether you love or hate them, you have to hand it to pine trees they know how to grow quickly. It is not hard to see why so many people plant them. Pine trees are perfect for having a quick screen for privacy or to shelter their property from the wind. In no time at all you can have a 10 meter green wall around your property. The problem occurs when the 10 meters becomes 12 meters, and the year after that it is 14 meters. This keeps going on and on until you look outside and realize those saplings you planted in the ground a few years back are now almost 30 meters tall. You will have no light to your property, and nothing grows in your garden except for your magnificent pine trees. So what is the … [Read more...]
What is tree management? Before I discovered I could get a job where I could climb trees every day I hadn’t considered that some trees had work carried out on them. I just assumed they took care of themselves. A majority of the trees in the world do manage themselves but in the urban environment things work differently. This blog is for anyone wanting to know why we manage trees and we'll also discuss what is tree management. So what is tree management and where do we start? Trees can provide many benefits for the urban environment in terms of improving air quality, visual impact and helping to stabilise temperatures. However, sometimes they can grow too large for the space available or develop certain defects. It may be necessary to prune trees for safety, to remove dead … [Read more...]
Is my tree dangerous? This is a question that can go through any tree owners mind, especially when you have children. It is a question that as an arborist you are often asked. Trees are living organisms that have evolved in a forest environment where it is okay to have branches fall over. They have not been designed in a way that other man-made structures have and do not come with a tested breaking strain. In some cases it can be very obvious a tree is unsafe due to the presence of a significant defect. There are also some trees that in their present form represent a very low risk, such as new planting. The majority of trees however fit somewhere between these two extremes. This blog will help you understand why you might not always get a yes or no answer to the question “is my tree … [Read more...]