What is the Correct Tree Pruning Technique?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tree branches should always be pruned back to the branch collar. The branch collar is the area of  tissue around the base of the branch. It is usually identified by a distinct collar of built up wood around the branch base. Some tree species have more distinct collars than others…. Read more »

Central Coast Trees Affected by Myrtle Rust

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A fungal disease called Myrtle Rust is affecting many areas on the Central Coast. See earlier post 9th June 2010. The disease affects many native species from bottlebrush, melaluca, through to eucalyptus species. Leaves get a purple discoloration with yellow spores. Leaves also become distorted or deformed, see image below…. Read more »

Damaged Property Caused by Broken Tree Branches

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

        We have had quite a few emergency calls lately from broken tree branches falling on properties lately. Reasons for this? Its spring time, well summer now, however we did have a late start to spring this year. Yes, the extra weight an branches as new leaves,… Read more »

Preparing Your Garden For Spring

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Late winter and early spring is the best time to get your garden ready for the growing season. Here are our 10 tips to keep your garden looking its best. Clear out dead plants and leaf litter Pull out any weeds and undesirable species Prepare your soil by aerating and… Read more »

Arborist or Tree Lopper – Which One Should I Hire?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Anyone can lop a tree. Lopping refers to indiscriminate hacking of a tree with no respect for the trees health, tree safety or for the customer. Lopping a tree creates a wound which will inevitably be detrimental to a trees long term health. It is also unsightly and the new… Read more »

The Benefits of Mulch and Your Garden

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mulching is one of the most important ways to maintain healthy landscape plants. A mulch is any material applied to the soil surface for protection or improvement of the area covered. Mulching is really nature’s idea. Nature produces large quantities of mulch all the time with fallen leaves, needles, twigs,… Read more »

Subterranean Termites The Real Threat

Monday, May 30, 2011

Even though there are many species of termites the one that can cause the most damage to our homes is the subterranean species. These termites eat wood from the inside out, so you won’t necessarily realize that your wood is being hollowed out through termite activity because they leave the… Read more »

Do it Yourself Tree Hazard Assessment Questionaire

Monday, April 11, 2011

What does the average home owner have to look out for to see if their tree is safe or healthy? If you answer YES to any of the questions below, then, YES, you should have your tree inspected by a qualified Arborist. 1. Has any recent construction or excavation taken… Read more »

Spiked vs Spikeless Tree Climbing

Saturday, April 2, 2011

There are two standard techniques for climbing trees. Spiked Climbing and Spikeless Climbing. Spiked Climbing Spiked climbing involves the use of spikes or spurs, which are strapped to a climbers boots (see below image).                   The climber wears a harness with a… Read more »

The Summer Branch Drop Phenomenon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Summer Branch Drop (SBD) is a phenomenon that occurs to trees all over the world as well as to trees here on the Central Coast. It can happen to healthy trees that have no visible defects. ‘Summer branch drop’ occurs in afternoons of late summer, or early autumn, during calm… Read more »

Beat the heat. Plant a tree!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Whether you believe in climate change or not, there is no denying that modern urban developments are hotter places to live than more established leafy suburbs. New urban areas and cities are comprised of hard surfaces, roads, paved areas and buildings. Hard surfaces absorb heat thus heating the surrounding air…. Read more »

Why Hire an Arborist?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to… Read more »