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...]
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.
Tree health care is all our responsibility. In our drive for civilisation we have developed ever increasing demands for cleanliness and hygiene. There are obviously many situations, such as the operating theatre or kitchen, where this is a distinct advantage. However, one situation where it is not ideal to have everything sterilised and polished is in your garden. If nature teaches us anything it is that less is more. In this modern era, often our initial reaction to any situation is to think that we humans need to manage a situation to the finest detail for a successful outcome. When it comes to tree health care however, nature is many steps ahead of us. Ecosystems involving trees have been looking after themselves quite successfully for the last 370 million years. So it appears … [Read more...]
Read about the importance of pruning protected trees. All trees play important economic, environmental and social roles in any district of New Zealand. However, some trees are often thought of as being of greater value than others. What is a notable tree? That is, there are some specimen trees, or groups of trees, that stand out as being notable, significant or distinguished. It is those trees that, for various reasons, are selected by local authorities throughout New Zealand for inclusion on a notable tree schedule in a district plan. Through this mechanism they gain greater legal protection. Notable trees are generally those that a community or nation regards as being of special importance because they commemorate important events in a nation’s history. They are exceptional or … [Read more...]