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Are your trees growing to their full potential? Are you getting the best out of your tree maintenance? As qualified arborists, we provide our clients with a wide range of tree maintenance solutions, to assist them in managing their most valuable and often loved assets, their trees! Unfortunately, we all too often see poor tree maintenance techniques being implemented throughout the urban environment. Whilst this may meet with a tree owner’s immediate requirements, it is often not a long term solution for achieving sustainable tree management. Making poor choices regarding your tree maintenance now can impact the way you manage these assets in the future. It can force tree owners into a repetitive, costly cycle of maintenance that could have been avoided given the right advice from the start. Through consultation with your chosen qualified arborist your desired outcomes can still be achieved in a sustainable and cost effective manner, allowing for the long term retention of your most valuable assets. The following series of blogs are designed to give you an understanding of some of the things your arborist may be


Specification 1: General crown thinning and tidying. The general crown tidying and thinning of your trees can be broadly defined as: o The removal of dead, dying or diseased branch wood from throughout the tree crown. See also Specification 2: Dead-wooding. (next blog) o The removal of broken branches or branch stubs which have been retained from previous tree surgery or pruning activities. o The removal of crossing/rubbing branches that may be causing physical damage within the tree crown. o The removal of undesirable epicormics (sucker) growth. This process may also involve the removal of unwanted objects from throughout the tree crown which may include ivy, and/or other climbing plants, nails or foreign objects embedded in the tree, redundant cable bracing, rope swings, tree houses and wind-blown rubbish, as well as any such debris from any cavities within the tree. It is generally considered that this process of cleaning out and general tidying is beneficial to both the tree and the tree owner! EXPERT ADVICE ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE OUTCOMES IN URBAN TREE MANAGEMENT! About the author: Dave is a qualified, experienced and passionate

the grass isn't greener

Many of us turn on the sprinklers during in the dry months and the hotter months to keep a nice green lawn. But does this benefit the trees as well? By following these basic rules, we can be wise with our H2O usage.

• When should I water? The best time to water is during the evening, or very early in the morning. This way the hot sun is avoided, reducing evaporation and allowing the water to really soak in.

• How often should I water? There are many variables to consider, such as climate and soil conditions. The general guide to good watering for your established trees is a minimum of fortnightly watering, but, ideally, weekly will give the best results.

• How much should I water? Ultimately, what trees really like is a consistent amount of soil moisture, over a long period of time. Not enough water and even the largest of trees may ultimately die! Too much water and trees may drown because of a lack of oxygen.

• How do I know if the soil has the right moisture


For the contracting and consulting Arborist inspecting and advising clients on trees with suspected termite nests is common place, especially in the warmer parts of Australia where the most destructive species are found. Termites (White Ants) are social insects living together in large colonies with an organised social structure, each termite caste performing a particular function. Some species can be found living in colonies of a million or more individuals. The natural predators of termites include lizards, spiders, birds, ants and other insects, numbats and echidnas.

The termite nest may be built on a tree, as a mound above ground, underground or in the base of a tree, depending on the particular species of termite. The food of termites includes wood and vegetable material such as grasses and plant debris.

Those species which feed on wood can digest cellulose with the aid of protozoan or bacterial micro-organisms in their gut tissue. Several species of termites can cause considerable damage to the wooden parts of buildings, fences, railway sleepers and to most living trees.

But just because your tree has been affected by


Choosing an appropriately qualified arborist to care for your trees is extremely important. You wouldn’t accept or engage an untrained electrician or plumber for obvious reasons, so why settle for less when working on your trees? The term ‘tree lopping‘ refers to the indiscriminate ‘topping’ or ‘lopping’ of your trees in a way which does not conform to the Australian Standard for the Pruning of Amenity Trees, AS 4373-2007. This poor practice, which is still common place within the urban environment, will leave your trees unsafe. Looking unsightly and will result in a broad range of undesirable outcomes, not just for your tree, but for you as well. So don’t settle for less, and don’t lop trees unnecessarily. Getting the right advice now will give you the best outcome, and save you money! A fine example of the unsightly appearance of a severely ‘lopped’ tree. The aesthetic and amenity values of the tree have been completely lost, with the tree now viewed as a blot on the surrounding landscape. Provision of shade and softening of adjacent built forms may never be replaced

bte safe tree work

One of the most common issues we encounter as contracting arborist’s is dealing with fence line trees and overhanging branches from neighbouring properties, and this can sometimes be a contentious issue! The most important thing of course, is to get along with your neighbour! Whilst the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal provides options for resolving tree disputes, these should only ever be implemented as an absolute last resort.

There are of course a number of things that can be done to address the issue of overhanging branches before QCAT gets involved, and these are best discussed between neighbours over a cup of Tea! Generally speaking, overhanging branches that are within 2.5 metres of the natural ground level can be pruned right back to the property boundary. Branches higher than 2.5 metres can generally be reduced to minimise overhanging foliage and this pruning should be carried out to suitable reduction points. We must of course remember that ‘fence-line pruning’ probably won’t comply with Australian Pruning Standards. In order to achieve an outcome which

heli lift | tree branches

The most exhilarating day since our business began When you love working with trees, every tree maintenance job is an exciting one.   But on January 21st, 2008, we certainly had one of the most exciting days of our 30-year career.

What was the big deal? The deceased eucalyptus on our client’s site was situated at the rear of our client’s property and was virtually inaccessible to large machinery.  Without large machinery, a conventional ‘take down’ is impossible.

Why we decided to use a helicopter  Originally, we were going to use an 80 tonne crane to extract the large eucalyptus; however, the only access to the tree was through the neighbour’s yard (that backed onto our client’s property).  After discussing the possible ramifications of using an 80 tonne crane on the neighbour’s property, we realised that we’d have to come up with a different plan. That’s when the idea of using a helicopter came to mind. We’d never used a helicopter before, and to be honest, at first the job seemed daunting and unrealistic.  However, after contacting McDermott Aviation, all our fears were quelled and


Driving around your neighbourhood you will see trees being worked on every day. Have you ever asked yourself why does that tree need to be removed? In this blog we respond to the 5 most commonly asked questions about tree maintenance from our customers.-

Is my tree safe? Queensland’s climate allows trees here in South East QLD to grow at an enormous rate. So we will see trees double in size in very short time frames. What grows slowly in Adelaide can become a noxious weeding Brisbane overnight. Having yearly Visual Tree Assessment’s on your tree by a Qualified Arborist will ensure the best diagnosis of your trees wellbeing. Healthy and safe trees can generally be maintained with only minimum work performed on them.


Should I trim my tree?  Cutting any tree for the sake of it or because ‘it’s that time of year again’, can be a big mistake. Deliberate and precise tree work prescribed by a qualified arborist is essential for a trees long term wellbeing. A qualified arborist will not prescribe trimming work if the tree doesn’t require it. Don’t be persuaded or conned to do unnecessary tree


Stump grinding tree stumps and tree roots can be a great source of relief and satisfaction once your tree removal has been fully completed. The small investment in stump grinding unwanted stumps can have huge benefits short term and long term.


So what is stump grinding? Stump grinding is when a machine with hardened steel teeth rotating at high speed inch by inch literally chips away the tree stump below ground level. By passing over the stump from side to side the spinning wheel gradually chips away at the stump until it’s just a pile of saw dust.

The top three reasons for stump grinding are-

Aesthetics– They are simply unattractive! Unsightly tree stumps dotted around the yard are not only an eyesore, but can devalue your property when selling. Tree stumps can also be very dangerous and an ongoing source of frustration when trying to mow around them. And they can even cause a huge amount of damage to vehicles if driven over. Landscaping– Once tree stumps have been ground down past a certain level you can reinstate grass, even replant another tree in the same spot or concrete


It’s safe to say we all love this time of year, the lead up to long summer days. The days get warmer, our barbeques and deck chairs are displayed in all their glory and we spend more time driving up and down the coast. Something else that’s synonymous with the summer months however, are wild storms.

September through to March sees an increase in cyclones, storms and heavy rain throughout Queensland. We have already seen some severe weather in south-east Queensland but with more storms forecast in the coming months, there’s still time to safely prepare for the worst.

Without El Niño or La Niña in full effect, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a typical storm season with tropical cyclones from January to March and increased thunderstorms between October and December.

Before we get caught off guard, it’s best to make the most of periods of milder weather to plan ahead.

Monitor Overhanging Trees and Gutters

We take pride in our leafy streets and native flora in Brisbane but any tree within close proximity to a powerline presents a significant risk

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