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October 2019

How to Maintain a Chainsaw | Branch Management

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how to maintain a chainsawHow to Maintain a Chainsaw?

Having equipment is great, but having them working properly all the time is something else. For tips on chainsaw maintenance…

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Having been in the Tree Services industry for over 20 years we have bought many brands and sizes of chainsaws. Small climbing saws, extendable pole pruners, hedgers, medium all round chainsaws and large chainsaws.

A good crew on the ground are taught early how to maintain a chainsaw. How to mix the right ratio of oil to 2-stroke. How the chain should be tensioned and how the chainsaw should be running to avoid any major expensive damages.

Chainsaws like dry and dust free conditions so make sure you get into the habit of cleaning your chainsaws before putting them away. Here are a few tips:-

Emptying the fuel tank

Empty the fuel tank in a well-ventilated place and then clean it. Remember to drain the carburettor first, to prevent the carburettor diaphragms from sticking together.

Dismantling chainsaws

Remove the chain and guide bar, after that clean them and spray them with a protective oil.

Safe Storage in a dry dust free place

Your chainsaw should be stored indoors in a dry, well ventilated place away from the weather. This could be your garage, garden shed or truck. Your chainsaw may have come with a  storage case which is ideal for keeping your chainsaw protected. Also remember to keep your chainsaw out of reach of children.

Protect from the sun

Store the machine away from the direct rays of the sun. Exposure to the sun’s rays causes UV embrittlement.

Servicing

Your chainsaw should be serviced regularly to ensure longevity of your purchase.

Leave It To The Exports

If you have started a job at your home and realise that it is a bit too big and beyond your capabilities, don’t panic, give James a call on 0419 289 223. James has been doing all sorts of tree maintenance over the last 30 years and will save you on those awkward jobs.

For more information on each of these services we provide click here for more.

If you are sick of waiting for a tradie click here, we provide professional tree services Newcastle all the time.

To identify different species of trees an AQF5 Arborist is your go to person.  Our AQF5 Arborist has years of experience and knows his species. Looking for some pruning tips.

If you have any questions or comments go to https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or phone: 0419 289 223

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Safety Tips for Tree Removal Work Sites | Branch Management

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Safety Tips for Tree Removal Work SitesSafety Tips for Tree Removal Work Sites?

Are you thinking about becoming a tree removal worker in the Arborist Industry?  Well here are a few tips before you start…

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Training?

If you are thinking about working in the Arborist Industry well here are some Safety Tips for Tree Removal Work Sites? Depending on what level arborist you want to be, will depend on the certification you require.

Before you start your day you will need to be wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). These personal items start with steel cap safety boots, long pants, long shirt, hard hat, gloves, safety glasses and sunscreen.

Once you are all set up in your PPE, training for the guys on the ground starts with chipper & chainsaws. These certificates can be obtained after starting the position and training will begin on day 1. Correct use of the chipper and a chainsaw is important. It is important not only for you but for the safety of the other workers on site. Read here for more information on chainsaw maintenance.

Manual Handling

For the safety of yourself, manual handling training is very important. To use correct techniques when lifting heavy pieces of timber will save your back now and later on in life. As the tree industry is a physical one, there is no excuse not to be taught the correct techniques in lifting heavy pieces of timber. In most cases, a bobcat, skid steer or trolley will be used but there are always those tight locations that those sorts of equipment will not fit therefore manual handling is the only form of transporting timber.

Assisting with the dismantling

As you progress you will be asked to assist the climber in dismantling the tree by holding the ropes whilst standing on the ground. Usually the ropes are connected through the friction drum that is strapped to the trunk of the tree. The friction drum is used to allow the person on the ground to control branches and timber and takes the weight allowing the person on the ground to lower heavier pieces.

Hydration

Throughout your day staying hydrated is a must particularly on those hot days. Working in the outdoors will drain you and your energy so keep hydrated and well nourished. Eating plenty of healthy food and lots of water throughout the day will enable a faster recovery for you at the end of the day.

First Aid

Working on a site where accidents happen and people can get hurt it is always required to have a trained First Aid Officer and First Aid kits in all vehicles.

These are just a few points on working in the Arborist Industry.  There are many levels to Arboriculture ranging from Level 2 up to Consulting Level 5. Each level requires a TAFE course.

Branch Management have all different levels of arborist who can provide all aspect of tree work for you. Click for more information on each of these services.

If you are sick of waiting for a tradie click here, we provide professional tree services Newcastle all the time.

To identify different species of trees an AQF5 Arborist is your go to person.  Our AQF5 Arborist has years of experience and knows his species. Looking for some pruning tips.

If you have any questions or comments go to https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or phone: 0419 289 223

Get your FREE quote for Tree Services here

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Why Rain Water is Better For Plants Than Tap Water | Branch Management

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Why Rain Water is Better for Plants than Tap WaterWhy Rain Water is Better for Plants than Tap Water?

Ever wondered if rain water is better for plants than tap water?  Continue reading to find out why…

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Why is Rainwater so Good for Plants?

Plants use the moisture in the soil to replenish the water lost through transpiration. If there is no water in the soil, the leaves will wilt. As more water is lost, the plant will fail and eventually die. Rainwater builds up the moisture levels in the soil and assures a healthy plant.

Benefits of Rain Water that Tap Water can’t Supply.

There are several reasons rainwater is more suitable for plants than tap water, but the most important is chemistry. In tap water, chlorine is a necessary disinfectant and fluoride is added to prevent cavities (as long as you drink one glass a day).

While it’s true that tap water can help plants grow healthy, rainwater is actually a much better choice as garden water. Notice that after rain falls, plants take on a greener, cleaner and lusher appearance.

Nearly all plants are susceptible to chlorine toxicity, usually expressed in burnt leaf margins.

Calcium and magnesium

Calcium and Magnesium make tap water hard and damaging to pipes, which is sometimes remedied by the addition of sodium as a water softener. But none of these mineral elements — which are much less concentrated in rainwater — do plants much good when delivered through a sprinkler system. The white sediment you see on the leaves of your plants is calcium and magnesium sediment from irrigation water, and sodium, like chlorine, is toxic to plant tissue.

Furthermore, sodium that reaches the ground is damaging to soil structure, too. In a productive garden, soil particles clump together in beneficial aggregates. Sodium, however, disperses these aggregates and creates cracks on the soil surface.

Plants look greener after it rains since air is 78 percent nitrogen and nitrogen, above all other elements, is what makes plants green. Some of this element, in its nitrate and ammonium forms, comes down in the rain and is immediately taken in by plants through roots and leaves.

Oxygen

Rainwater also contains more oxygen than tap water. You might think your plants are dangerously waterlogged as a result of excessive rain. Yet, whereas waterlogging may bring about anaerobic soil conditions and lead to root rot if you overwater your plants with tap water, the fact that rainwater is highly oxygenated may provide a margin of safety when soil is saturated after a downpour.

Carbon dioxide is also brought down to Earth to the benefit of plants when it rains. Carbon dioxide, when it combines with other minerals in the atmosphere, imparts to rainwater an acidic pH. When this acidic rainwater reaches the soil, it helps to release micronutrients such as zinc, manganese, copper and iron that are essential to plant growth but are mostly locked up in our local soil, which typically registers a neutral to alkaline pH. (Excessive pollutants in the air can produce so-called acid rain, which is harmful to plants, but is more of an issue in the Northeast than locally.)

Another benefit of rain is that it leaches salts down beyond the root zone. These salts, which are carried in irrigation water, accumulate throughout the soil profile and inhibit plant growth. When these salts are flushed through the soil after several years of accumulation, as is happening this winter, the effect is pronounced and the growth of plants is explosive.

Rain also distinguishes itself by the simple fact that it falls uniformly in the garden. This means that all of the soil is leached so that even the furthest reaches of a plant’s root zone will be bathed and cleansed of salt.

And, of course, rainwater will also wash off the mineral deposits, dust and pollutants that cover the leaves of all our plants, each and every one a survivor of the profoundly anti-horticultural urban environment that we call home.

For more information on each of these services we provide click here for more.

If you are sick of waiting for a tradie click here, we provide professional tree services Newcastle all the time.

To identify different species of trees an AQF5 Arborist is your go to person.  Our AQF5 Arborist has years of experience and knows his species. Looking for some pruning tips.

If you have any questions or comments go to https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or phone: 0419 289 223

Get your FREE quote for Tree Services here

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