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Jim’s Trees Basic Guide to Tree Felling

Jim’s Trees Basic 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. Always seek out a professional arborist. Simply searching for “Tree Removal” or “Tree Felling” on Youtube will show you countless examples of how disastrously it can go wrong without fully trained arborists doing the job. Although many of these Youtube videos are labelled as “comedy” if the damage affected your property it’s wouldn’t be a laughing matter. 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 Tree Felling operation.   An ounce of prevention If professional Arborists manage the trees on your property properly, it can reduce the chances that a tree will need to be removed. However, 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.   Low impact tree removal Although complete removal of a tree should be a last resort, sometimes it’s entirely necessary. When it does become necessary to remove a tree you ideally want to cause as little impact as possible on the surrounding environment. Jims Trees team of qualified Arborists are experts at extracting...

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Why You Should Use Professionals for Stump Grinding and Stump Removal Services

Why You Should Use Professionals for Stump Grinding and Stump Removal Services

Why You Should Use Professionals for Stump Grinding and Stump Removal Services   Jims Tree offers a comprehensive, value for money stump removal and stump grinding service. They can remove any stumps, large or small. No matter the landscape surrounding the particular tree stump. Jims can handle almost any terrain.   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.   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. Risks 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...

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Why Tree Pruning is Essential

Why Tree Pruning is Essential

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 it’s 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 it’s health and shape and keeping it clear of your property. Saving your tree from 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...

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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 recognized 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...

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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. And when that time comes – when you have to make the inevitable emergency call to get your tree removed. It is important to know the signs for when you have to dial, as no one wants to face unnecessary and often preventable destruction. So here at Jim’s we will give you handy tips and tricks on how to prevent a range of tree based calamities. As mentioned earlier 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 needed remove loose limbs you might not need to remove the whole tree yet. However even if your trees do not exhibit those tale-tale signs after a significant weather event or no immediate emergency presents itself, it’s important to still have you property inspected by a certified arborist – who could detect symptoms that could lead to any future complications. However there comes a time when tree fallings are unavoidable, and when that happens we are here to offer our help and action. 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...

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What is an arborist and why hire one?

What is an arborist and why hire one?

Arborists – Everything you need to know. 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...

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Dangers of attempting DIY Stump Removal

Dangers of attempting DIY Stump Removal

Dangers or attempting 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...

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OHS Compliance and Why its important to hire a certified arborist in New Zealand

OHS Compliance and Why its important to hire a certified arborist in New Zealand

What you need to know when hiring an Arborist When thinking about hiring an arborist there are a number of things that you should consider. Alongside price, locality and reputation, it is important to consider whether an arborist hires professional, qualified workers, complies with legal requirements in terms of Operational Health and Safety and has the relevant insurance to protect both you and your property. Recent law changes in New Zealand mean that when engaging a contractor to carry out work for your home or premises, it is your legal responsibility to check that they comply with OHS guidelines. In this article we will discuss how you can check that you are hiring the best arborist for you, and safeguard yourself by being informed about your legal requirements when hiring contractors. Hiring Qualified Arborists  When considering hiring an arborist it is good to know that you will be getting a quality service for your money. Making sure that you hire professional arborists with the relevant qualifications will give you the peace of mind that the work will be carried out with skill, care and safety. 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.” At Jim’s trees we are proud to have professional arborists on staff who truly understand what trees need to do well, having years of experiences in providing tree care and maintenance of all kinds. All of our arborists have the necessary training to carry out their jobs...

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Thinking of selling your house? Simple steps to enhance your gardens curb appeal

Thinking of selling your house? Simple steps to enhance your gardens curb appeal

Thinking of selling your house? Simple steps to enhance your gardens curb appeal   Are you thinking of selling your house? One of the most important factors is grabbing potential buyer’s attention is the initial appearance of your property and grounds, the or ‘curb appeal’. A good curb appeal can really catch a potential buyers eye and draw them in for a house viewing, it is an essential first stepping in finding that all important buyer for you home. As well as the immediate exterior of your property, it is important to not underestimate the effect that the appearance of a front garden and surrounding grounds has on the opinion of a buyer. A well kept front garden associates itself with a well kept house. There are a number of initial, do-it-yourself steps that you can take to improve the appearance of your garden. These include: Mowing your lawn Make sure bushes and hedges are trimmed Add fresh mulch to your flower beds Remove weeds or dead plants Installing lighting so your property also looks good at night Some other important tasks that are equally important but can be a bit trickier to carry out yourself include assessing whether dead or diseased trees need removing, or trying to get rid of an old tree stump that may be causing access issues. This is the time to call in a professionally trained arborist who will have the knowledge and expertise to asses if your trees can be saved or how to safely handle their removal. Below we have expanded on some common procedures that can dramatically improve the curb appeal...

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Risks of DIY Tree Removal

Risks of DIY Tree Removal

  Tree removal is harder than most imagine. It can be a minefield of risks which can potentially turn into a very costly project. Whether it is cutting down or felling a tree, it is a task that should be best left to expert arborists. However, if the tree in concern is moderately short and small, you could potentially undertake the task with proper care and equipment. Regardless of whether it’s a small tree or a monster, safety comes paramount with in every step involved and should be the prime focus of all your actions during the process. You also need absolute certainty on how to chop down the tree efficiently and effectively prior to commencing the task. If you opt to do your tree removal, here is a list of some of the critical items you must consider: Underground Hazards If your tree removal requires removing the stump and root system, you must inspect for underground cabling, sewer pipes and gas lines that could potentially be damaged. Such damages are a common result of oversight and rushing into a job without proper planning and care – often leading to very hefty repair bills, potential fines and even prosecution in extreme cases.   Proximity To Buildings Clients often request trees to be removed that are too close to their home or buildings. Extra attention must be paid to remove encroaching or overhanging branches to avoid severe damage to your home (such as external heat pump vents). Small branches are often much heavier than they seem and a slight misstep can lead to damages to roofing, windows and walls. Identifying...

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Tree Care and Maintenance for Winter

Tree Care and Maintenance for Winter

Tree Care and Maintenance for Winter The run up to winter is a crucial time of year to check over your trees and carry out essential tree maintenance work such as trimming, mulching and securing branches, making sure you are prepared for whatever weather that winter brings. Winter can be hard on trees but here are some steps that you can take to minimise the risk of any damage from cold winter weather.   Tree-trimming and pruning   The run up to winter is the best time of year to trim your trees as your trees and beginning to enter their dormant stage of growth. Trimming or pruning trees can help sustain their health over the winter months as you are removing any dead or dying branches to aid in the overall health of the tree.   Tree -trimming can be a difficult task, doing it wrong can rip branches or damage bark, and for larger trees it can be a safety risk to reach the top branches. If in doubt, hiring an arborist to carry out the job for you might save you time and keep you safe.   Remove branches or trees that pose a risk to your property   Winter weather can be hard on your trees. Fallen trees and branches can cause damage to property, infrastructure and even a risk to life. As a resident of an area you have a responsibility to look after your trees to make sure they do not pose a risk to others. For more information, take at look at your local council’s checklist of tree owners responsibilities such has this....

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Be Wary of the Door-Knocking Tree Trimmer

Be Wary of the Door-Knocking Tree Trimmer

Police Issue Warning against Amateur Door Knocking Arborists With the series of storms hitting New Zealand over the past few weeks, there have been raising concerns over the past few weeks over amateur tree cutters door-knocking, intimidating and coercing residents and owners to user their services, often for exorbitant prices. Similar occurrences recently received media coverage around the Glen Eden and West Auckland region where elderly couples in particular were the target of such aggressive sales techniques. Police issued a warning to residents to no engage such dodgy amateurs and instead call emergency services to report. Amateur and unqualified arborists have been bad news for the tree removal and tree maintenance industry globally with thousands of nightmare stories of property damage, shady techniques and lack of professionalism. Insurance companies often also end up refusing property damage claims where unqualified arborists have been engaged, adding to the frustration of the parties involved. Like the saying goes in virtually every industry – you get what you pay for. This holds true for arborists as well. Jim’s Trees – What makes us the right choice for you Jim’s Tree and Stump Removals have been providing arboreal care to clients all over New Zealand for several years. Having accumulated tens of thousands of hours of experience, together with best in class training and equipment, we guarantee to give you the best advise at a fair price to reflect the quality of our workmanship. We provide residential and domestic tree maintenance, stump removal, tree lopping and tree trimming services throughout Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Hawkes Bay on a daily basis. Jim’s Trees are also often the preferred arborists...

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