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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Benefits of Using Mulch for Your Garden

The Benefits of Using Mulch for Your Garden

According to Wikipedia: Mulch is “a layer of material applied to the surface of the soil. Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.” So why are Jim’s Trees arborists discussing this stuff? Well, Mulch is made out of organically occurring materials, and it turns out one of the highest quality mulches available is produced from trees and their bark. This is why when Jim’s Trees remove a tree, it endeavours not to waste this valuable material, as it can provide such incredible benefits to gardens across New Zealand. Much has some powerful benefits for modern gardens. Firstly, spreading mulch over an area increases the soil’s ability to retain water. A further benefit is that high-quality organic mulches (like mulches produced from tree felling) naturally start to decay over time; this process creates vital plant nutrients that act as natural fertilisers. This process is especially helpful for soil with poor fertility. Depending on the type of wood the mulch chippings have been made from, the mulch may even provide some protection from pests by repelling common irritants like gnats, fleas and ticks. If your garden currently has some unsightly weeds then using mulch can be an incredibly useful way of preventing those weeds from germinating and spreading throughout your garden. This will not only remove the ugly devils but also stop them from sucking moisture and other nutrients away from your beloved garden plants. Some weeds can also cause damage to gardening equipment such as lawn mowers, so reducing their...

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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...

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Jim’s Trees Complete Guide to Tree Felling

Jim’s Trees Complete Guide to Tree Felling

What is Tree Felling? Tree felling is the process of cutting down the tree from the ground using specialist arboreal equipment and techniques. Tree felling can be a perilous task, particularly when performed on taller trees. Unless you have the expertise, you should never attempt any tree felling on your own. Tree felling is more than just cutting down a tree. Many factors require the judgment of someone with training. Factors such as the slope of the tree, level of the ground, weight distribution, and strength of the trees foundations all influence how to optimally perform a tree felling operation. What is the purpose of Tree Felling? Although complete removal of a tree should be a last resort, sometimes it’s entirely necessary.  It’s inevitable that occasionally trees will become sick or develop in such a way that they become too large for their weak foundations, becoming a significant risk to the surrounding environment. When it does become necessary to remove a tree, you ideally want to cause as little impact as possible on the surrounding environment. You want to ensure you’re extracting the trees without causing damage to their surrounding environment or any nearby property. It’s also important to identify whether any particular trees on your property are likely to become hazardous and take the appropriate actions to ensure future safety. How should you choose the right company for Tree Felling? It’s necessary to go with fully qualified, professionally trained arborists, but what else is there to consider? You shouldn’t only judge a company by their arborist certifications. Other certifications are also necessary to be 100% sure that whoever...

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What Are The Benefits Of Stump Grinding?

What Are The Benefits Of Stump Grinding?

Jim’s Trees offers a comprehensive, value for money stump removal and stump grinding service. They can remove any stumps, large or small, no matter the landscape and terrain surrounding the particular tree stump. 1. Prevent Hazards There are many reasons to get a tree stump removed. Not only can they be an eyesore but they are also potentially hazardous. If you have small children running around in your backyard, the last thing you want is for them to hurt themselves in a way that is foreseeable. Tree stumps can also harbour fungal diseases such as Phytophthora or Armillaria; these conditions can be a significant health hazard to nearby trees and vegetation. 2. Remove Pests If a tree stump is not removed, it can quickly begin to rot and can quickly become home for termites, ants and other pests. Although there aren’t any native New Zealand termites that are a danger to construction, there have been several infestations of Australian Termites in recent years. Australian termites can endanger properties, so it is a social obligation to remove dead tree stumps properly. This should eliminate the risk of this invasive species-taking root in New Zealand (source). We previously wrote an article on the danger of DIY stump removal. There are multiple reasons you should always hire the professional’s health and safety compliance is just one of these reasons. 3. Avoid Property Damage There are also major financial risks you should be extremely wary of. Tree roots can occupy an area four to seven size of the size of the visible tree stump, so there are risks to damaging underground hazards such...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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