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TREE LOPPING SERVICES | BTE

Heavy rain along with a lot of wind can be a nightmare for trees that are stressed and weak and can lead to their branches getting broken or the trees being displaced. This is why you need to prepare your trees for the storm season.

When storm season comes around it can bring along some problems such as damaging properties. It should be noted though that not all destruction that happens during a storm is caused by strong and high winds alone because damage to property can also be due to trees falling down as well as landscape debris flying and moving around.

Storms could lead to limbs or the whole trees falling down and most times they can land on cars, houses, offices, various structures and even other trees. You can get prepared to help your trees cope well with the storm.

Tree trimming is a great way to prevent damage from storms

The first step to take to ensure that your trees do not get damaged from a storm is to consult with professionals and find out if there is

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TREE LOPPING SERVICES | BTE

Tree lopping can be described as the method of pruning several segments of a tree. The looping may include clearing limbs or branches away or making the trunks short. Regarding the process of looping and how it is practiced there are two different views. There are some people that believe that the process of looping has a lot of benefits while there are other people that believe the process of looping should not be practiced.

A method of tree looping is associated with the landscaping process. In this situation, the major aim of the tree lopper is to reshape the existing trees so that they go in accordance with the overall design of the landscape. This may include trimming the limbs and branches so that the shape of the tree can be adjusted. If the aim is to reduce the tree’s height then the process of looping may include taking away all the limbs and branches along with a section of the trunk. When new branches start to grow they are managed to grow in the desired directions, most times making use

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STUMP GRINDING SERVICES | BTE

Is there an annoying stump in your garden? Getting it out of the ground or trying to remove it might not seem achievable but using a stump grinder can make the process much easier and simpler.

WHY SHOULD TREE STUMPS BE REMOVED

At this point, you may be thinking why you need to bother yourself with stump removal services. There are some reasons that make removing a tree stump from your garden or yard a very good idea as there are various benefits you can achieve from doing this. They include the following:

Safety. If the stump is an obstacle that disturbs you from using a particular area such as a driveway, walkway or it is just in the middle of your yard or garden. In such situations removing the stump will be the best thing to do.

Also, there could be old stumps that have been in your garden for years rotting away causing mould and fungi to form which can contaminate the remaining parts of your garden and in the process can harm or even destroy the life of your

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When a tree has problems, it is important to come to a decision on whether to trim or remove the tree. Trees have a lot of benefits such as making your house beautiful, giving shade to your property and it can also increase the value of your property. Trees also help to hold the soil in place and help with climate moderation. If you, therefore need to tree trimming or cutting services, you have to weigh the pros and the cons before making a decision concerning the tree.

WHEN TO TRIM YOUR TREE

1. If the tree has diseased parts, you can call an expert to trim away all the dead parts and you can keep watering the plant. With time, the tree will grow back properly.

2. If the tree has some dead branches, the dead branches should be trimmed. Dead branches can cause harm to people and damage property. Once they are removed, the tree has the chances of growing back well. Remove rubbing and crossed branches as well as narrow branch angles that are prone to getting split.

WHEN

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BTE HABITAT PRUNING BRISBANE

As contracting arborist’s working throughout the urban environment in south-east Queensland, Brisbane Tree Experts frequently encounter large trees which our clients wish to remove. This often results from a concern with regard to the safety of the trees within their growing environments, and can be driven by a trees propensity to shed or drop large branches.

Trees are dynamic, living organisms, and much like humans follow a natural life cycle, which goes from juvenile and vigorous growth, to maturity, senescence and ultimately death. Trees that have reached senescence are often referred to as veteran trees, and their natural life cycle results in a reduction in the overall mass of the above ground parts of the tree.

This can often occur through the natural failure of individual parts of a trees crown, and this can represent significant risks when trees are growing within the built environment. These veteran trees however, are of great importance to our urban environments. Not only do these old established trees evoke emotions of purpose, wisdom and age to name a few, but they often provide habitat for wildlife

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SAFE HABITAT PRUNING | BTE BRISBANE

Earlier in our BTE Blogs we talked about the importance of retaining natural habitat within the urban environment whilst addressing potential risks associated with the failure or structural collapse of dead and/or dangerous trees.

So why is the retention of these types of trees so important? Many species of wildlife utilise tree hollows for nesting, shelters and safe refuges, and recent information suggests that this may exceed 300 individual species.

Some of the more common species that everybody would know, and which form part of our unique wildlife in Australia include Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Galah’s, Possums and Sugar Gliders, and that just scratches the surface! By removing trees that have the potential to provide habitat for these types of animal, we are having a significant impact on the biodiversity of our local environments.

It is generally considered that natural hollows can take between 120 – 150 years to develop in trees, through the process of failure and decay, and this alone highlights the important role that arborist’s can play, by reducing the occurrence of habitat destruction through education and the implementation of modern

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HABITAT PRUNING | BTE

So now you have seen the Brisbane Tree Experts team doing what we do best! The large and important landscape tree can now be safely retained in close proximity to the surrounding built environment, and will continue to provide important habitat into the future.

So what other pruning techniques can we apply as qualified arborist’s to create artificial habitat in similar trees without having to wait for natural hollows to form? A recent paper produced by the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation (VTIO) provides us with information on how, as arborist’s, we can create artificial hollows by utilising more specialised pruning techniques. We must however gain an understanding of the basic requirements of the type of wildlife that we are trying to attract, in order for this type of habitat creation to be successful.

Consideration regarding a range of factors is necessary, and the written material which was produced by the VTIO can be found by following this link via the Queensland Arboriculture Association (QAA) website. This paper provides more detailed information on the pruning techniques and considerations required by the qualified arborist

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TREE CARE SERVICES \ BTE

Much like people, garden mulch can be found in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours, so how do we know which mulch is best to use, particularly in relation to the long term health of our trees?

Generally speaking, mulches can be divided into two main categories, being organic and non-organic, and whilst both have benefits specific to their type, there are a number of general positive benefits which all mulches, regardless of their type or origin can provide, so let’s look at those as a starting point.

Mulches placed over the soil can provide a uniform and aesthetically pleasing look to garden beds, and can be used to formalise designated areas, particularly around existing trees. When spread thickly, between 75 to 100 mm in depth, mulches suppress weed growth, and when considering tree health can reduce competition, particularly from grasses and lawn which may be present over the root zones of trees. Mulches act as an insulator, moderating soil temperature. This provides a more constant growing environment which is beneficial to tree growth and general tree health. By eliminating

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MULCH SERVICES | BTE

Now let’s look at some of the additional benefits that can be achieved by using organic mulches as opposed to non- organic varieties such as gravel or pebbles.

Over time the breakdown of organic material adds valuable nutrients and trace elements to the soil that are required for tree growth. This gradual breakdown of the material also improves soil structure and aids in drainage, which in turn provides an environment which is more conducive to tree root growth. The addition of organic material promotes soil micro-organism activity. This in turn supports an increase of beneficial organisms within the soil environment such as earthworms. So now we have a basic understanding of the general benefits garden mulch can provide, how do we choose which path to go down? Generally speaking, it is my opinion that non-organic mulches provide a more uniform, consistent and formal appearance. Obviously leaf mulch spread around a Japanese water garden would look out of place, as would river pebbles in a large open garden bed full of mature established trees.

Clearly we need to consider the specific application and

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As a final point for discussion I would like to comment on some of the negative aspects of using grass clippings as a form of organic mulch, particularly around the bases of trees, as I so often see this occurring throughout the urban environment.

Firstly, there should no longer be the collection and build-up of grass clippings resulting from the manicuring of lawns within the urban environment. The best and most beneficial way to achieve this is by using mulch attachments on your mower which spread the clippings throughout the lawn being mowed. This rapidly breaks down within the lawn and improves the general health and condition of the lawn, without generating piles of unwanted garden waste.

There are a range of potential negative impacts resulting from the build-up of grass clippings around the bases of trees on their general health and condition and I have listed the most common of these below.

Often feed and weed products are used on our gardens to provide us with nice green lawns, and these products are specifically designed for grasses (monocots). Contamination through residual

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