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4 tips for a strong and healthy tree

Trees are a thing of beauty and are often a focal point in our garden; they also give us years of enjoyment if you take care of them.  A big...

Trees are a thing of beauty and are often a focal point in our garden; they also give us years of enjoyment if you take care of them. 

A big healthy tree provides clean air, shade and also can be host to all kinds of fauna. The tranquillity of just  sitting under a tree on a warm day and watching the kids play is what lasting memories are made of. 

Planting a tree on your property can also be somewhat of an investment.  Ever wondered why real estates advertise properties as “on a tree lined street”? It’s because larger trees can increase the value of your home.  

But it’s not always as easy as live and let live. A healthy, strong and long lasting tree is benefited by a bit of work and some smart choices. 

These 4 tips will help you to start with the right choice and might even see the tree outlive you. 

1. Choose the right tree for the right spot

Tree care really starts from this time you first plant it. Put the wrong tree in the wrong spot, it doesn’t matter how much money you spend trying to keep it, you really are just flogging a dead horse. So, here’s some things to think about;

 

  • What is the purpose of the tree? Is it aesthetic only, for shade, privacy or a windbreak? Knowing this will help you choose the right kind of tree.

 

  • What limits do you have on space and what are the conditions of the area you want to plant in? How close to powerlines is the spot you want to put a tree? Are there any underground lines? What is the soil condition and much (or little) sun will it get. 

2. Mulching

Adding mulch to a young tree is a little bit like armour. It keeps the tree insulated and warm and protected from injury (from lawn mowers and whipper snippers) 

 

Continuing to mulch a tree right into maturity will do much of the same and more. You’ll get the added benefits of avoiding root competition, retaining water and reducing environmental stress. 

Take note though, don’t put mulch directly on the trunk. No matter what age or size your tree is you should leave about a 5cm circle around the tree covering as much of the root system as possible. 

3. Pruning

Pruning your tree is necessary to maintain structural integrity and overall health. It also helps to mitigate the risk of falling branches and keeps your tree looking good for the long term. 

 

 

Small tree pruning might be safe to do yourself. But large tree pruning can be pretty risky and will likely need the knowledge and equipment from an expert arborist to make sure you and the tree are safe.

 

If you’re not sure check with Tree Amigos. We offer free quotes and our expert arborists provide the best advice on what, if any pruning is necessary, how often you should have it done and on the overall health of the tree. 

4.Regular inspection

As a living being you wouldn’t go your lifetime without needing some kind of health check up. It’s the same for your trees. 

 

A regular inspection by Tree Amigos is an opportunity to determine the trees overall health. We inspect for signs of poor tree health, pests and disease, structural integrity and as in all health matters early detection can make all the difference. 

Once we’ve inspected your tree we’ll assess what the next steps are and provide our recommendations to address any issues before they get worse. 

We recommend check ups annually and in some cases we might suggest a more frequent check up to manage any issues that we think need closer attention. This can help to keep a tree healthy safe and avoid the need for tree removal.

 

Trees are a beautiful asset to our environment and our lives. Routine maintenance could be the difference between a tree you enjoy for many years to come or becoming a liability. 

We’d love to hear any questions about your trees. Come and join the discussion over on our Facebook page 

 

At Tree Amigos Victoria we pride ourselves on quality work and excellent service.  Our consistent outstanding customer reviews are a testament to that.

For more information on Tree Amigos Victoria and the services we provide in and around Melbourne please visit our website at www.treeamigosvictoria.com.au

 

What is an Arborist and why do I need one?

So, what is an arborist?  An arborist in simple terms, is a tree surgeon, but there’s nothing simple about the work of an arborist or the...

So, what is an arborist? 

An arborist in simple terms, is a tree surgeon, but there’s nothing simple about the work of an arborist or the importance in the work they do. Practical arborists climb trees, use lifts and cranes. Consulting arborists assist with planning, consulting and providing reports for construction. While some are specifically trained to work with tree care around power lines and some do a combination of all three.

We think putting a quality arborist in a big tree is where they really shine! 

Like all good surgeons, when it comes to performing any kind of operation, arborists have to know the minute details of tree care, health and safety. We apply our expertise to maintain trees and hedges, pruning  and stump removal. We can identify pests, diseases and structural problems, providing solutions that keep trees healthy and people safe. Unfortunately for diseased trees, by the time symptoms appear,  that doesn’t always mean staying upright.

Tree Amigos provide tree removal services throughout the north western and north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Whether taking down a gum or pruning the hedges it’s our job to understand the most effective and safest method of treatment or removal. We provide expert advice and knowledge for best industry practice and a top notch outcome.

Maintenance

 When it comes to maintenance, an arborist will  help to improve and prolong the life of trees in an urban landscape by pruning trees back either for aesthetic, safety or practical purposes.

Pruning can be best for a tree to ensure a healthy and more structurally stable plant. However over or incorrect tree pruning can impact growth or may not actually rid a diseased tree of parasites. Your arborist will know how to keep your plant looking good and healthy. 

When it comes to maintenance, arborists help to improve and prolong the life of trees

 

 

WHY DO I NEED AN ARBORIST?

It’s important to know that not all people who provide tree services are qualified or recommend the best strategies for tree removal that also takes into account the footprint on ecosystems and  the benefits on the community of trees in the urban environment.

Always get a qualified and professional tree service provider with a diverse understanding of the local tree species and the most common concerns and are expert at working in limited space, or where access is difficult. 

At Tree Amigos Victoria, we provide recommendations for routine maintenance and safety with insight into assessing and resolving issues to remove the risk of property damage or personal injury.

Always get a qualified and professional tree service provider with a diverse understanding of the local tree species and the most common concerns

Without the expert assessment of a qualified arborist you might end up with an unsafe tree left intact.  Alternatively, removing an important tree, valuable to a healthy ecosystem and without proper approval from local council could see you lumped with a hefty fine. A fine like this would far outweigh the cost of a correct and professional tree service. 

Any arborist worth their salt wouldn’t touch a tree requiring approval from council without a permit. Some Melbourne councils require you to obtain a permit to remove some trees its always worth checking. Your arborist will advise you if you should get one. 

Safety

An arborist who cares about your property and safety (as well as their own) will work within safety guidelines and are trained to use specialised equipment, taking all the necessary precautions to avoid serious injury.  They should utilise head protection gear, top quality tools and superior tree climbing techniques and intimate knowledge of how to protect a tree and the people in the vicinity.

Arborists are trained to use specialised equipment and take precautions in order to avoid serious injury.

Insurance

Insurance and qualifications should be non negotiable when choosing someone to do any work on your property.  Tree Amigos are fully qualified and insured arborists with more than 20 years’ experience in tree and garden care. If you need to see our insurance certificates just ask, we’re happy  to provide them. 

 

Quality Assurance 

So, having your tree work done by a reputable business will almost definitely save you money and time in the long run. 

How do you find a good arborist in Melbourne?  Word of mouth is always a great way to establish a professional and reliable tree or stump removal service. Try checking out their website or social media channels for positive feedback. Their reputation should speak for itself.

At Tree Amigos Victoria we pride ourselves on quality work and excellent service.  Our consistent outstanding customer reviews are a testament to that.

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For more information on Tree Amigos Victoria and the services we provide in and around Melbourne please visit our website at www.treeamigosvictoria.com.au