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Why Is Tree Pruning Important For Your Trees?

Why Is Tree Pruning Important For Your Trees?

Tree pruning can have a number of positive impacts both for your property’s aesthetics and the health of your trees. Have you ever seen a bonsai tree and been amazed by its miniature intricate branches? Chances are the bonsai was meticulously pruned over time to develop its interesting shape. Thankfully, regular sized trees don’t require pruning as frequently as their miniature siblings. However, pruning is absolutely crucial to maintaining its health and shape and keeping it clear of your property. Preventing diseases or damaged branches A major reason to prune your tree is to protect it against the spread of specific diseases. Damaged branches are vulnerable to insects, decay and organisms. Pruning will also allow trees to more quickly recover from storm damage. It might seem odd to think that pruning a tree can help it thrive but it’s true for many garden plants of course: the difference with trees is that successful pruning really requires specialist expertise and skill. Safety Overhanging branches or unbalanced trees could pose a real threat to the safety of yourself, your family and your home. Only removing the hazardous branch is often a better alternative than removing the whole tree. Get in touch, and we can discuss your options. It’s not only unbalanced trees or whole branches falling off trees that are cause for concern. Even if the nuts aren’t as large as coconuts, you may be surprised by the potential damage to property nut-bearing trees (such as chestnut) can cause, particularly to your vehicles. Tree pruning can also significantly reduce the weight of the tree, so if it is hit by extreme...
Tree Risk Management

Tree Risk Management

What is Tree Risk Management? In order to understand tree risk management, it is helpful to be familiar with the concept of risk management itself. Risk management relates to the management of public spaces. Basic elements of infrastructure are recognised to withstand acceptable levels of risk. These infrastructure elements include sidewalks, curbs, streets, playgrounds and utilities. So to restore these areas and maintain order in a given area, a community must systematically implement corrective actions within a reasonable timeframe. That way we are able to maintain order within a region before things become too problematic. Tree risk management itself involves the process of inspecting and assessing trees for their potential to injure people or damage property. For example, in a matter of the recent storms and seismic quakes, we wound want to eliminate any trees that lean. As they have the potential to collapse and damage property and potentially inflict harm to residents. When a tree is evaluated, the term traditionally used to describe a tree which has been evaluated as having failure potential is called “hazard” or “hazardous”. Tree risk management should not be limited to tree excavation. A successful tree risk management plan should integrate tree planting and regular tree pruning programs to promote healthy and structurally sound trees. In sum, the goal of a tree risk management program is to reduce the amount of risk people and properties are subjected to in a certain community in accordance to city policies and standards. What Are Benefits of Urban Trees? Urban pollutant filtration: reduces air pollution through leaf uptake of pollutants. They help promote a happy and healthy...
A Comprehensive Guide To Emergency Tree Removals

A Comprehensive Guide To Emergency Tree Removals

An emergency tree removal is critical in order to keep you and your house safe. From one season to another, our trees battle heroically through the various seasonal elements that can potentially spell disaster in the long term. It is important to know the signs for when you have to make the emergency call to get your tree removed, so you don’t have to face unnecessary destruction. So here at Jim’s, we’ve given you some handy tips and tricks on how to prevent a range of tree-based calamities. Check Your Property and Trees Weather can often dictate emergency tree removal. It is possible that the wind and rain can suddenly knock a tree onto your roof or your driveway. So if you fall victim to foul weather, it is advisable to check your property and the surrounding trees. If it’s needed, remove loose limbs that could easily break from a strong gust. Even if there’s no significant weather event or immediate emergency, it’s important to still have your property inspected to detect symptoms that could lead to any future complications. Check For Tree Disease Despite weather being one of the top offenders when it comes to emergency tree removal, the main reason that can cause a tree to begin to lean or tip over is soil erosion. Appearances can be deceptive and it is easy to remain ignorant if there are no obvious issues. A tree could look structurally sound but remains misleadingly upright, which can be a ticking time bomb. Undetected tree disease will eventually lead to the tree dying, which is a pain to deal with. A diseased...
What is an Arborist?

What is an Arborist?

A certified arborist is an individual who has trained within the field of arboriculture and gained the required qualifications and technical competence to successfully care for trees and other woody plants. Arborists have a wide ranging skill set; they are able to assess the condition of a tree, make recommendations for its care, and provide tree care services such as pruning, tree removal, pest and disease control and fertilisation among many others. According to the New Zealand Arboricultural Association, “A Certified Arborist (CA) is a professional who has over three years of documented and verified experience and has passed a rigorous written test from the International Society of Arboriculture.” Within the arboriculture industry, there are a number of specific roles, where arborists can specialise their skills, and gather further qualifications. We will go through these in more detail below. Grounds Person A Grounds Person role is where most individuals entering the industry will start out. Typical roles involve working within the team to carry out pruning or tree removal, operating machinery such as chain saws and wood chippers as well as assisting in rigging operations by controlling ropes and pulleys from the ground. A Grounds Person will be fully trained in the use of heavy machinery and requirements around health and safety. Climbing Arborist As more experienced members of the crew, who have had an even wider variety of training, climbing arborists with usually lead the crew. There main roles involve carrying out high-level work with tree canopies such as canopy thinning, pruning and branch removal. Climbing arborists will usually be in charge of carrying out some of the...
What Are The Risks of DIY Stump Removal?

What Are The Risks of DIY Stump Removal?

Do you have an unsightly tree stump on your property that you are considering removing? Tree stumps can be full of hazards to you and your garden. They are difficult to mow and landscape around, and are also the perfect place for pests to reside. These include dangerous fungi, termites and ants amongst many others which can all pose a risk to your personal health and the health of other plants in your garden. Before attempting to remove a stump yourself, there are a number of things that you should consider. Take a look at our top 4 reasons why attempting a DIY stump removal may be a bad idea. Stump removal can be hazardous Attempting to remove a tree stump yourself can be a hazardous process that could risk the spread of a pest infestation to the rest of your garden and most often requires the use of heavy machinery which can be dangerous to use. You also have to check for any underground hazards such as as sewer pipes, cabling and gas lines that could be damaged.  Using your own tools to attempt to remove a stump could pose the risk of a serious injury to whoever is carrying out the work. Tree root systems are often much larger than you realise, with reports stating that certain systems have the possibility to “occupy an area four to seven times the surface area occupied by the crown of the tree.” With basic tools this can be an almost impossible job, that poses the risk of broken tools and injury if you are trying to push your equipment to...

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