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How To Prepare & Care For Your Trees in Winter  

How To Prepare & Care For Your Trees in Winter  

When seasons change in New Zealand, farmers and homeowners have to adjust the way they care for plants, animals and trees on their property. Lower temperatures or increased precipitation can put certain species at risk of infection, breakage, or freezing. As the temperatures start to drop, the experts at Jim’s want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to protect and nourish your trees. Consult the following tips on how to prepare your trees for the upcoming autumn and winter months. With proper preparation and professional advice from New Zealand arborists, you can feel confident in the health of your farm or garden, even through freezing temperatures and snowfall. 1. Clear Fallen Fruit and Debris During Autumn, leaves will fall around the tree and create a space for pests and diseases to grow. Prevent these diseases from spreading to the tree by keeping the area around your trees clear of any litter or leaf matter that collected over the previous months. Clearing the area also allows for a healthy flow of air during the winter months. Start this process early in the autumn to prevent a long afternoon of work in the winter. 2. Apply Spray to Prevent Pests Take preventative measures to keep pests from burrowing around your trees. Sprays are available to deter pests without harming the tree. These sprays may be made out of natural ingredients. Consult a professional arborist about the best methods for preventing pests from disturbing your trees. 3. Mulch Around the Tree Although they may look almost dead during the winter months, this time of year is essential in...
What You Need to Know Before Hiring an Arborist

What You Need to Know Before Hiring an Arborist

Do you need a tree removal permit? In most tree removal cases, you can’t just immediately go ahead and remove a large oak tree from your property. For most larger tree removals you need to get a tree removal permit from your local council. There are also some trees that are exempted from this requirement. Depending on where in New Zealand your property is located, your local government may have different rules regarding tree removal regulations. However, since 2012, a new law was introduced that removed some of the bureaucratic red tape surrounding tree removal. Since then, only a distinct named list of trees and plants can’t be removed without permissions. If you’re at all unsure, we can help you determine whether you do in fact need to submit a permit before removing a tree. What is their safety and insurance policy? Arborists are involved in an inherently dangerous profession. Dealing with high-powered machinery, heights, and large trees comes with numerous safety hazards and risks. Therefore when hiring an arborist, it’s vital to ensure that they have proper health and safety protocols, as well as have a history of few critical incidents. Do they have arborist certifications? Often people are entirely unaware that tree loppers are not the same as arborists. However, it’s important to note that any individual or company calling themselves “tree loppers”, as opposed to arborists, are not sufficiently qualified to carry out the work of an arborist. They merely remove problematic branches without taking into account other factors that require significant training and expertise to judge. Within New Zealand, there are several qualifications that are...
What is the Difference between an Arborist and a Tree Lopper?

What is the Difference between an Arborist and a Tree Lopper?

When you’ve got trees that need servicing,  you want to hire someone with the right experience and skills to do the job. You not only want the pressing issue resolved immediately, but you don’t want to have to deal with the same problem again further down the road. You certainly don’t want a quick fix now to lead to a more serious problem later on. That’s why it’s important to know the different services offered, the names of professionals of various skill levels between people, and which professional is right for the job at hand. In this blog post, we will cover the difference between Tree Loppers and Professional Arborists. What is a Tree Lopper? A Tree lopper is quite simply someone who “lops” off the part of the tree that is causing an issue. Usually, tree lopping refers to making vertical cuts to trees to remove particular branches. The terminology for lopping or topping is considered fairly outdated by modern arborists. However, it’s still a term used as part of planning legislation, so it’s partially held onto for that purpose. To quote the British arboricultural association: “Lopping refers to the removal of large side branches (the making of vertical cuts) and topping refers to the removal of large portions of the crown of the tree (the making of horizontal cuts, generally through the main stems). Often used to describe crude, heavy-handed or inappropriate pruning.” Companies calling themselves tree loppers will generally have some of the tools to get a simple job done but none of the skills, training and experience to anticipate the lasting effect of the job...
How to Become a Qualified Arborist in New Zealand

How to Become a Qualified Arborist in New Zealand

Professional arborists are highly trained professionals who perform necessary maintenance and removals of trees in both public and private areas. Becoming a fully qualified arborist isn’t an easy feat; it’s a lengthy and challenging process. You’ll need to be someone without any fear of heights, become comfortable operating powerful machinery (such as chainsaws) and enjoy intensive physical labour. You’ll also have to spend extensive periods of time outdoors in the sun as well as other challenging weather conditions. If you’re someone who enjoys heights and working outside, then arborist may be the perfect role. Preparation for training as an Arborist Education Arborists require a sufficient level of education to be able to learn some of the intricacies of horticulture including plant and soil biology, tree species identification, and methods of pest control. Therefore, it’s imperative that prospective arborists have completed a minimum of three years of secondary education. The most useful high school subjects for those considering a career as an arborist include: horticulture, biology, math and English. Physical preparation Before any aspiring arborists begin their practice, it is extremely advantageous for them to possess some experience in the following three domains: Knowledge of horticulture and gardening experience Experience climbing and using ropes Experience working at height, such as window cleaning Working as an Arborist is often exceptionally physically demanding given the sustained periods spent climbing, lifting heavy machinery, pruning or sawing parts of trees, and other forms of manual labor. Therefore, prospective arborists need to attain a high level of physical fitness before they even initiate their training. Although their fitness will inevitably be improved by performing their...
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...
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...

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