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Seven Ways to Clean Up Your Property or Back Yard This Spring

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Spring is a glorious time when the sun finally comes out and your back yard begins to show signs of life. The season also means its time to clean up property which is most likely in dire condition. If you go about it the right way, you can enjoy spending quality time with family and friends outdoors for the coming months. Below are seven ways to clean up your back yard or property this spring.

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1: Prune Damaged and Dead Branches
Your shrubs and trees have probably been damaged by wind, snow and cold so the first order of business is pruning. Use a handsaw for branches larger than ½ inch in diameter and prune back to the live stem. Use a hand pruner to shape your hedges. Electric shears are definitely easier but these leave a thick outer growth that makes it impossible for sufficient air and sunlight to reach the middle of the shrub.
Stay away from flowers and plants that bloom in the spring such as forsythia and prune them once they flower. Don’t be tempted to do any Tree Lopping Newcastle because this will simply expose your trees to potential rot, decay and disease. You are better off calling an arborist to help you take care of larger dead or damaged tree branches and general pruning.

2: Divide and Cut Perennials Where Necessary
Prune your ornamental grasses to about 2 or 3 inches and 4 to 5 inches for height for your flowering perennials. The idea here is to allow for new growth. Check for areas where the soil has already thawed and dig up the perennials such as daylilies. Divide them into separate clumps of about three stems each. Use the excess to fill out any empty areas. This is also a good time to cut damaged rose canes about an inch below the black area.

3: Clean Areas around Plants
Rake dead foliage, fallen leaves and other debris from around the plant. This debris can create an ideal environment for disease and smother your plants if left unattended. Remove the old mulch once the ground has completely thawed and prepare for new mulch. Clean up your borders and flowerbeds and fertilize plants if necessary. The spring rain helps to sink the fertilizer into the plant’s roots.

4: Make Compost
Create new compost using spent foliage, old mulch, cuttings, leaves and other organic debris that you have collected during clean-up. You can use inexpensive wire fence to make a rudimentary corral. It is necessary to chip branches bigger than ½ inch in diameter and shred the leaves to speed up the decomposition process. Turn the pile once every two weeks and keep it moist.

5: Spruce up Your Lawn
Test the soil PH levels so you know any changes you need to make before the grass starts growing again. Remove any damaged grass and prepare the patch for new planting. Plant the new seeds immediately you see forsythia begin to bloom.

6: Clean Up Your Hardscape
Clean up the patio and walkways of any debris and fill in depressed areas with new gravel. Now is also a good time to refill flagstone joints and repair pavers. Use a pressure washer to clean your walkways and hardscapes and to remove leaf stains and algae spots.

7: Repair Fences
Finally, remove damaged or rotting lattice, boards and pickets. Scrub the wooden fence using water, bleach and liquid mild soap. Replace any damaged areas and repaint the fence as necessary.
DIY spring clean up property is a hard job and you might need some help especially with tending to your plants. Call an Arborist Newcastle or tree service to help you with your trees and shrubs for the best result. Some jobs are often best left to the professional.

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 Five Dangerous Tree Lopping Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

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Tree lopping is a term that is often misused to refer to cutting branches, pruning, removing trees or reducing the tree size. In the true sense of the word, tree lopping Newcastle usually means removing the main stem of a tree or the entire top half. An arborist worth his credentials would not be willing to perform this service for a number of reasons.

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1: It’s a Temporary Fix for Aesthetic Reasons
Tree lopping seems like a good solution for a tree that has grown too big for the yard. Once the tree is lopped however, wild growth begins at the stubs and it’s only a short time before you have wild, unsightly growth.
A good way to avoid this problem is get the tree removed entirely by a trained arborist.

2: Tree Lopping is A Safety Hazard
Once a tree is lopped, its natural mechanism is to grow new shoots at the point of cutting. A normal branch is linked to the tree at the socket by overlapping in the tree’s tissue. The new growth on a lopped tree is only attached to the exterior layer of the tree.

This weak anchoring makes the new branches incredibly unstable and susceptible to breaking and falling especially in windy conditions. A solution to this problem is to hire an arborist to find a better alternative such as pruning if you are interested in getting rid of weak or unproductive branches.

3: Potential Tree Decay
A healthy tree is equipped with a mechanism to naturally close wounds such as at the point where it is pruned. Tree lopping Newcastle creates large wounds at the lateral branches which most trees are incapable of closing.
Add multiple wounds to the problem and healthy wood tissue is exposed to decay. This decay soon spreads through the branches to the main tree and eventually causes the entire tree to die.

Again, a less dramatic alternative such as canopy thinning by a trained arborist can help to avoid this problem.

4: Exposes Tree to Sunburn
One important function of leaves is to protect the tree from constant assault from the sun by absorbing most of the light and heat. Tree lopping Newcastle dramatically reduces the number of leaves and suddenly exposes the tree to the full glare of the sun. This exposure can quickly lead to bark splitting, cankers and even kill off branches.
It is only a matter of time before the entire tree dies in this case. Again, canopy thinning is an equally effective alternative if you are concerned about your trees blocking light or obscuring views.

5: Dangerous Activity
Finally, there is always the risk of falling from a great height when attempting to perform DIY tree lopping Newcastle. Few amateurs have the tree climbing skills and safety equipment of a professional. Considering how ineffective this method is in the first place, there is no reason to risk injury and death. An arborist would be better equipped to handle the tree issue without compromising your safety and that of the tree.

Tree lopping Newcastle is an outdated, ineffective and dangerous activity that has no place on your property. Fortunately, a certified arborist can inspect your trees, listen to your concerns and come up with the best solution for your tree issues.

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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