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November 2017

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Seven Ways to Tell When Your Tree Is Diseased and Needs Removing

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Trees are a vital part of Australians diverse eco system and diseased or fallen trees can provide nutrients back into the earth and homes for Australia’s wildlife. However diseased, damaged or dead trees can be a threat in populated areas and should be removed immediately by Branch Management.

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Tree removal and pruning exercises are strenuous and time consuming, and may not be easy without a qualified person. Doing the job can be dangerous since you may lack the required skills. You need to make sure that the company you hire are certified and have the appropriate workplace liability insurance to avoid un expected cost.

There are various indictors that a tree may have a disease:

  1. Trees with branches that are dying

Trees that have branches that are bare during a time of the year when they should be covered in leaves. Also keep in mind that on dead branches of deciduous trees, dead leaves will cling well into the winter instead of dropping to the ground as they would on a healthy deciduous tree.

Dead branches on only one side of a tree can also indicate serious trunk and root damage.

Good Branch Management will help reduce the risk of falling branches which may cause damage to buildings and harm to people.

  1. Presence of Fungus

Large fungus — shelf or bracket fungus (aka wood conchs) — on the trunk or branch of a tree can indicate that your tree is has internal rot may be dead or dying.

  1. Location

Trees that remain after construction may have had their roots damaged and may be experiencing a significant increase in their exposure to sun and wind, which can detrimental to their health.

Nearby construction can also damage roots, soil compaction and changes in the grading

  1. Trunk Damage

Severe damage to the trunk of a tree can greatly affect the likelihood of your tree’s survival. In addition to any cracks or seams on the trunk, take a look at the bark on the tree — or lack thereof.

When a tree ages, old bark will fall off on its own and eventually be replaced by a new layer of bark if the tree is healthy. If new bark doesn’t reappear and areas of smooth wood remain, this can be an indicator your tree’s health is on the decline.

  1. Dead leader branches

A leader branch is one of the major branches of the tree stem. Leader branches depend on the kind of the tree, and some trees may have several leader branches. Trees with many leader branches mean that they are competing against each other for survival and dominance. When you prune your trees and select a leader branch incorrectly you may damage the trees ability to compete with surround trees. It is a natural phenomenon for trees to grow upright following the direction of the sun, certain layouts there can cause trees to grow outwards instead of vertically as they have the more room which may lead to long slander branches that may it to break under too much weight. You should prune them early in advance to avoid such damage.

  1. Leaf Rust

When you see orange, gold, or reddish spots rupturing leaf surfaces, you’re dealing with rust. While it rarely kills plants, rust fungus makes leaves unsightly and weakens the plant by interfering with photosynthesis, the process a plant uses to make food. Each plant species that is susceptible to rust, hosts a particular rust species that may vary from other rust species in appearance.

  1. The health of your tree

Anthracnose is a common disease that attacks a wide range of plants and trees. There are two ways Anthracnose disease can attack:

Spot Anthracnose that impacts tree leaves and blossoms and Canker that disrupts a tree’s vascular system.

Spot Anthracnose causes small light brown spots of dead tissue emerge on the leaves usually located along the leaf’s vein system and blossoms in the late spring and summer.

The disease is caused by a fungus that over-winters on the bark of the tree or on fallen leaves. In the spring, the fungus is spread by rain and wind, which transports the fungus to newly developing healthy leaves and blossoms. When the tree is severely infected over several seasons the fungus will infect and kill branches.

For more information about hiring the Tree Services team for the job – go to or Phone: 02 4984 6996 or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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The Six Tips For Cost Effective Tree Removal This Summer

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Homes that are surrounded by overgrown trees are in danger from falling branches, leaves and trees.  They pose a fire threat and can cause excess shading. Your neighbour may also complain that your trees are getting too big and they are affecting their activities in their homes.

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Clearing and removing the trees from your garden or your compound will make your place more appealing to the eyes and give you peace of mind.  Branch Management  Tree Services companies is recommended as they are the professionals and qualified to perform the work.  Here are five tips for tree removal:

  1. DIY vs. hiring tree removal services

If you think that you are competent to do the job yourself you need to consider first, the height of your trees, and the removal of debris and off cuts. The removal of trees near your property and if damage may occur if not done correctly.  Do you have the tools, skills and experience required?

Branch Management is an integral part of maintaining your trees and reducing any risk.  It is always recommended that you find a Branch Management Tree Services professional to undertake the works.

  1. Cost

Tree removal is influenced by several factors such as the variety of the tree and the height of the tree.  Handling the tree will depend on the species of the tree since there are some that can be controlled while others are more dangerous and require machinery to help out, for example, a crane or elevated work platform. A tree with branches that are overhanging will also affect the price because it will take more time and caution to remove it.  Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company will often remove any debris and off cuts as part of their service but you need to make sure that it is part of the service before hire.

  1. Quotation

When hiring the services Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company, you need to be sure what they are charging you for. Quotations should always outline the scope of works and be itemized so both parties are clear. Ask whether or not they are going to grinding stumps and if the debris is being removed. There are many Professional Branch Management Tree Removal companies and asking the right questions and understanding what you are paying for is important.

  1. Comparing average costs

Make sure you research different Professional Branch Management Tree Removal companies in order to find the best price and service. After finding local Professional Branch Management Tree Removal companies, you should ask for an itemized quotation from each of them, compare prices and what services they are providing, some Professional Branch Management Tree Removal companies will price match, so don’t be scared to enquire. Whoever you decide to go with should be efficient with the right qualification, and the charges should be reasonable.

  1. Getting your job done offseason

Many Professional Branch Management Tree Removal companies will reduce cost in the off season, while charge full rates during fire or cyclone season, this is normally caused by a high workload due to clients leaving Branch Management and Tree Removal until the last minute.

  1. Insurance

You need to consider if the company your are engaging has Public liability insurance.  Public liability insurance covers negligence caused by reasonably foreseeable harm:

  • injury or death, example falling debris
  • for some occupations, negligent advice such as saying a generator is sufficient to power a business in a blackout and it turns out it is not, causing a loss
  • nervous shock, such as emotional distress or a recognised psychiatric illnesses
  • property damage, such as negligently causing a fire
  • consequential loss, which occurs in very rare cases where a negligent act causes a third party business to lose expected revenue.

Be prepared, hire a Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company today, so you aren’t caught out at the last minute. At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices.

For more information about hiring the Tree Services team for the job – go to or Phone: 02 4984 6996 or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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Bushfire Season – How To Prepare Your Backyard And Property For Bushfires!

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Bushfires are a common occurrence in Australia during the dry season and can devastate large area of bush land, bushfires in Australia have cause catastrophic damage to homes and taken lives in the past. Australian’s need to understand the risk of bushfires and the potential hazards involved living near bush land, SES and the fire brigade are well equipped to deal with bushfires but there are some things that you can do to help them and yourself, by reporting fires they can be deal with quickly and effectively most of the time but have been known to spread quickly in the right conditions.

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Embers will help carry the fire further out from ignition point, often landing on homes and collecting in the gutters, window sills, accumulated debris, dead vegetation, timber decks, fences etc…

Being prepared during the dry season can potentially save your home and family, however you should never try to fight the fire and evacuate as soon as possible.

Planning ahead

To help avoid damage to your property, It is recommended that a Branch Management tree services professional is hired to check the condition of your surrounding trees, here the following preparations you should take before the dry season:

  • Cleaning out gutters as well as roof fittings since they accumulate debris and leaves which can catch and spread fire
  • Put your woodpile away at least 20m away from your property.
  • Keep your lawn well maintained and free of debris such as leaves ect.
  • On the approach of a fire wetting down your roof and around your property can help slow down the fire
  • Flammable materials should be stored in a separate building from the home, such as motor fuel, oil, paper recycling ect
  • Ensure that LPG gas bottle valves face away from your home and are stored a safe distance from the home
  • Ensure that your insurance is up to date and it covers bushfires
  • If you are renting a house in an area that is prone to bushfires, you should consult your landlord if there is inadequate preparation. If your landlord is not serious about the developments, talk to your local fire service and you will be assisted.
  • Think of a plan for evacuation and share the idea with people who are close to you.
  • Do not shelter in the swimming pool
  • Ensure your pool has water and may assist the fire brigade against the fire
  • Ensure you have a sound evacuation plan and you are ready to go at a moment’s notice, take only the essentials, but don’t forget anything that may hold sentimental value however have these items pre-packed
  • Branch management is important, be aware of surrounding bush land, remove fallen branches, dead branches from trees and branches that may hang over your property

Smoke Alarms

All homes should have a smoke alarm in Australia and be regularly maintained, when replacing smoke alarms, they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standards.

From 1 January 2027 Smoke alarms in all dwellings must:

  • be photoelectric (AS 3786-2014); and
  • not also contain an ionisation sensor; and
  • be less than 10 years old; and operate when tested; and be interconnected with every other smoke alarm in the dwelling so all activate together.
  • Smoke alarms must be installed on each storey:
    • in each bedroom; and in hallways which connect bedrooms and the rest of the dwelling; or if there is no hallway, between the bedrooms and other parts of the storey; and if there are no bedrooms on a storey at least one smoke alarm must be installed in the most likely path of travel to exit the dwelling.
  • Smoke alarms must be either hardwired or powered by a non-removable 10-year battery.

The high ground isn’t always safer!

A bushfire will spread up a hill much faster than down a hill. A bushfire will double the rate at which it spreads for each 10 degrees that a slope increases.

At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices.

  • Give us a call today
    • Phone: 02 4984 6996
    • Mobile: 0419 289 223

For more information about hiring the Tree Services team for the job – go to or Phone: 02 4984 6996 or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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