Asking for your Free Quotes | Branch Management

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Tree Removal Newcastle

So, who am I talking to for my Free Quotes?

Have you ever wondered who is behind the phone when you ring for your Free Quotes?  Well it is Shelley the Tree Lady of course. Read more for what Shelley the Tree Lady does…

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She has owned Branch Management for more than 20 years and has been managing the Company including all office work, free quotes and organising all jobs. From your very first point of contact to us usually via the phone to organise your Free Quotes, organising the job and then performing the task is quite a busy process.

Our customers like a prompt service with professional and happy people. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and willing to help others attitude.

Free Quotes

From when you first ring to arranging your FREE Quotes, we are interested in your request and try to make it as hassle free as possible.

A time will be arranged that suits us both and as promptly as possible. Shelley will turn up to your property on time, every time otherwise you will receive a phone call. The free quotes will last as long as necessary cover all your queries and questions. You will receive a written quote from our quote book identifying what will be done and a price that will be competitive.

We do not ask if you have received other quotes and or other prices. Our price is guaranteed to be our best price all the time.

If you are sick of waiting for a tradie click here, we provide professional services 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.

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

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Fertilisers and Your Gardens | Branch Management

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Fertilisers and your garden

Fertilisers and your Gardens?

Blood and bone is an organic fertiliser made from animal products which is abattoir waste. It is essentially what its name describes, usually with some added ingredients….

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Blood and bone is a good fertiliser for most plants as it is slow release. It adds humus (organic matter) to soils, which improves soil structure and encourages desirable microorganisms. Soils with good structure have improved aeration and water availability, where sandy soils dry out quickly, and clay soils retain water but have poorer aeration.

Following an application of Blood and Bone, it is advisable to mulch the garden bed. Organic mulch is best as it also adds humus as it decomposes. Mulching assists in stabilising soil moisture and temperature, and while non organic mulch such as pebbles have some positive effect, they do not improve soil as organic mulches do.

Mulches

The best types of organic mulches are those which decompose more quickly. These include leaf mulch, sugar cane and composted manures. The disadvantage of these is that they need to be topped up more often. Raw manures can burn roots due to their acidic/alkaline nature which is neutralised by composting.

Some organic mulches such as wood fines can bind together and create a layer around the plants which becomes impervious to air and water movement, thereby retarding plant growth. Fine mulches such as these should be mixed with coarser mulches such as sugar cane or leaf mulch if they are to be used.

Mushroom compost is another good mulch, however, it is usually strongly alkaline and is not suitable for acid loving plants such as Azaleas and Camellias. Chicken manure is also alkaline and is not suitable for acid loving plants.

The optimum depth for organic mulches is 75 – 100 mm. Less than this will not have the best effect, and more than this can impede air and water movement. Mulch too thick can allow fungal problems to become established.

As with the use of any garden product, always follow the directions on the label or seek professional advice. If you are sick of waiting for a tradie click here, we provide professional service all the time.

Parasite Plants

All organisms have evolved to differing mechanisms of survival. Parasites, both plant and animal, make use of a host’s resources to varying levels without returning anything beneficial to the host. This is in opposition to Symbiotic organisms (often fungi) which use some host’s resources while assisting the host to survive. Epiphytes are another type of plant which uses a host for mechanical support but takes no nutrients from that host. Birds Nest Ferns are an example of an Epiphyte, as they sit in tree forks and catch falling organic matter for nutrients and rainwater for moisture.

Mistletoe

One of the most common parasitic plants in Australia is commonly called Mistletoe. There are various genera and species; some are host specific, that is, they only infest one species of host.

There are varying levels of parasitism in plants. Some have their own leaves and utilise the host’s water and nutrients while photosynthesising themselves. Others feed off host sugars, producing no food of their own.

A host tree, if it is healthy, can support one or two infestations of Mistletoe, however, if the tree is under stress, and more infestations occur, it will eventually die.

Australian Mistletoes are usually spread by birds which eat the fruit, fly to another host and deposit the seed on a branch. These seeds have a sticky coating which is not destroyed by the bird’s digestive system and sticks to the branch when deposited.

Once it germinates, it begins to grow into the tissue of the host, combining almost completely with the host wood and utilising host nutrients and water.

Mistletoes cannot be pulled or pruned off a host branch; the whole [host] branch must be removed. Read more for a guide on pruning trees in winter.

Dodder

This is another parasitic plant which has a tangled stringy appearance and often covers entire shrubs if not controlled. Dodder infests Lucerne crops frequently, causing crop reduction and in some cases cattle poisoning.

Native Cherry

Native Cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis) is a shrub or small tree to approximately 8 metres high and is an example of a root parasite, although it appears to not be detrimental to its host(s). This plant is native to NSW, and acquires nutrients from neighbouring tree roots when younger, but becomes more independent as it matures.

The fruit of Native Cherry is edible, although not palatable until mature.

References

Parsons, W.T. and Cuthbertson, E.G. (2000) Noxious Weeds of Australia 2nd ed. CSIRO publishing.

National Herbarium of New South Wales (2007) Cuscuta campestris. PlantNET – FLoraOnline.www.plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au (14/01/2008)

https://www.ten.org.au/common-native-cherry

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.

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

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Waiting for the Tradie | Branch Management

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Waiting for the tradie

Are you always left Waiting for the Tradie?

Are you sick and tired of waiting for the tradie to turn up and give you that quote or do the job? Branch Management will turn up on time, all the time. We will not keep you waiting..

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Good old fashioned service is our style and we don’t want anyone thinking they are waiting for the tradie to turn up and here’s why:-

  • We will answer your call, or call you back as soon as we can.
  • We will appoint you with a day and time for the quote and yes we will turn up.
  • If we are running 5 mins late, we will ring you. We believe in common courtesy.
  • Although, our tree jobs don’t always run to schedule, we will advise you of a general time frame and if we are out of that time frame, yes we will ring you.

Do I hear you ask, HOW and WHY?

Your Time is Precious

I know your time is precious and you are probably juggling work and a family life.

We want an exceptional business where people say, thank you for turn up and on time.  Lucky for me, I get that all the time.  I will call you if I am running late.

Our crew are polite, respectful of your property and want to give you the best possible service.

Not all Arborists are the same so ensure to choose a contractor that is insured, one that comes highly recommended and how much do Arborist’s cost?

If your tree is in decline click here to read about 3 ways to identify your trees decline.

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.

For information on fertilising your garden .

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

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10% off your FREE QUOTE till end of May | Branch Management

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10% off FREE QUOTE till end of May

10% off your FREE QUOTE till end of May 2018

Well say no more, give us a call and receive 10% off your FREE QUOTE. Whether you are after tree pruning or tree removal, call us on 0419 289 223 for your FREE QUOTE….

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This is not a hoax, this is for real. Until the end of May 2018 Branch Management Total Tree Services are offering 10% off the quoted price.

If you have had a quote by our competitors, give us a call and we will better any price by 10%. This promotion is valid until the end of May 2018.

We provide all aspects of tree work including tree transplanting.

This promotion does not include Tree Reports or Stump Grinding.

To ensure you are picking the right contractor, not all Arborists are the same, Ensure to choose a contractor that is insured, and comes highly recommended. So, how much do Arborist’s cost?

If your tree is in decline click here to read about 3 ways to identify your trees decline.

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.

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

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Your guide to Pruning Trees in Winter | Branch Management

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Pruning Trees in Winter

Your guide to Pruning Trees in Winter

Pruning deciduous plants in the winter promotes fast regrowth in the spring, as most plants are dormant during the winter. It’s also easier to see the shape of deciduous plants in the winter, since their foliage is gone. For your guide on pruning trees in winter…

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For best pruning trees in winter:-

  • Prune on a mild, dry day.
  • Prune first dead and diseased branches.
  • Then remove the overgrown and smaller branches to increase light and air at the crown of the tree.
  • In general, your goal is to keep the branches that develop or maintain the structure of the tree.
  • Cut branches at the node, the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another.

Not all Arborists are the same so ensure to choose a contractor that is insured, and comes highly recommended and how much do Arborist’s cost?

If your tree is in decline click here to read about 3 ways to identify your trees decline.

Pruning Pointers

Nature is the Great Pruner because trees can grow too close together causing branches to die as they compete for sunlight and airflow.

Pruning is a necessary part of gardening. Consider these three reasons:

TO THIN

Thinning is about cutting out all dead, diseased, and damaged parts to let in more air and light and enhance its health.

TO REDUCE

In Nature, most plants we grow are in splendid isolation, trying to spread unnaturally fast. Our job is to prevent certain shrubs and trees from outgrowing their position in a yard. Judicious reducing helps plants develop into sound structures without over-stressing their limbs. Also, maximum flowering and bountiful fruit are only possible by pruning.

TO AMPUTATE

It sounds harsh, but severe pruning is necessary to restore older trees and shrubs to better health. Most plants are amazingly forgiving with experimentation. Think twice, cut once, and watch carefully. Your plants will tell you in their own way how to do better next season.

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.

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

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How do we identify Trees | Branch Management

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How do we identify trees

How do we Identify Trees

Many types of trees grown in gardens look different from one another, and people become familiar with particular species. Frangipani trees (Plumeria acutifolia) look very different to gum trees (Eucalyptus sp. & Corymbia sp.) and are easily identified by their leaves & flowers.  So how do we identify trees?

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For example, how do we identify trees, two species of Stringybark trees which look almost identical. This comes down to the leaf size and shape, and the gumnut size and shape. The White Stringybark, Eucalyptus globulus, has gumnuts clustered together on their stem. These fruits have very short individual stems called pedicels.

The Brown Stringybark, E. capitellata, also has gumnuts clustered onto a stem, however, these fruits have no individual stems, and this type of attachment is called sessile.

The shapes of unopened flowers is also a way in which Eucalypts are identified.

If your tree is in decline click here to read about 3 ways to identify your trees decline.

Why do trees have leaves of different shapes and sizes.

Trees (and all plants) have leaves which have evolved to function the best way for the tree’s survival. Trees from hot dry climates such as Australian arid areas have leaves which may hang down. This reduces the amount of leaf surface which is exposed to direct sunlight and helps to keep the leaf cooler. Some Eucalypts have thick leathery leaves which helps reduce the amount of moisture lost through transpiration.

Trees in moist environments such as rainforest areas have larger leaves to make best use of limited sunlight. Larger leaves generally point upwards which funnels water down the stem to the roots. This is important as there is much competition with other plants in crowded rainforests. The leaves of rainforest trees are usually softer to facilitate more water movement through transpiration.

Some rainforest trees may also have compound leaves; many smaller leaflets on a long stem. Leaflets also have a large combined surface area for photosynthesis, but are less likely to be damaged (by wind for example) than a single large leaf.

Trees from cold countries generally have thin needle like leaves or scale like leaves. This shape prevents snow build up which can add large amounts of weight to branches and stems causing breakages. Snow covered leaves also cannot photosynthesise due to blocked light. Many trees from cold areas shed their leaves every autumn and go fully dormant.  How do we identify trees?

To identify different species of trees and AQF5 Arborist is your go to person.  Our AQF5 Arborist has years of experience and knows his species.

You may require some pruning to your trees, for all your pruning needs and free quotes.

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

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how to tell if my tree is in decline

3 ways to TELL if my TREE is in DECLINE

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How to tell if my tree is in decline, well, trees provide us with important information on the health and safety just by the way the tree looks.  Here are a 3 ways on how to tell if my tree is in DECLINE?

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How to Tell if my Tree is in Decline

Bracket Fungus

Trees can be tricky as sometimes a tree will look very healthy, having lots of leaves and not much deadwood. There may be something happening inside the trunk. The trunk holds up the branches, but if it has a certain type of fungus inside it, it may look strong on the outside but be weakening on the inside. Often, it is impossible to tell if the tree has a fungus inside until a little round piece of wood grows straight out from the trunk. This is called a bracket fungus.  This is one way on how to tell if my tree is in decline.

When this happens, if the fungus is a certain type, the tree has to be removed or the trunk might collapse.

Not all bracket fungi are bad though.

Sometime a tree will have lots of deadwood. This usually means the tree’s health is suffering, and more investigation is needed. Sometimes trees like this can be repaired so there is no need to remove the tree.  Click here to see what a bracket fungus looks like.

Borers

Borers can be found in all types trees. They are only harmful to trees that are not healthy or trees that are under stress.  Trees can be under stress for the following reasons:-

  1. Soil deficiency
  2. Age
  3. Moisture (either too much or too little water)
  4. Air and water supply being cut off from the roots by plastic, concrete. Soil compaction either from vehicles or human and animal foot traffic.

Once the tree is under attack of borers they have a natural defence mechanism to fight off the borers.   In gum trees they produce a red substance called kino, in wattles they produce gum, figs produce a white milky substance called latex and pines produce resin.

Resin, gum, latex and kino are the 4 most common natural defence mechanisms in trees.

The female adult borer, whether she be a moth, weevil or a beetle, lays her eggs in every tree she can. The eggs hatch into young larvae and start eating the tree, usually in or under the bark. If it is a healthy tree then the tree drowns the insects with kino, gum, latex or resin and that gets rid of the problem.

If the tree is not healthy or under stress and cannot produce enough kino, resin, latex or gum the borers will attack the tree and eventually the tree will die.

There is no treatment for borers.   You can try to improve the health of the tree.

Termites

Termites, also commonly called White Ants, are not ants at all.

Scientists have classified all life forms into different groups to help identify which organisms are related.

These groups have been given names (usually derived from Greek or Latin) which usually describe some aspect of the animals in the group. While there are many groups for each animal [or plant], the groups called orders distinguish various types of insects.

The group (order) for termites is called Isoptera, and termites are the only member of this order. Ants though, belong to the order Hymenoptera which includes bees and wasps.

This shows termites and ants are not related.

There are some different types of termites, however, those that concern Arborists are Subterranean (underground) and Arboreal (a mud nest in a tree).

Subterranean termites are the most destructive to trees, as they hollow out branches and trunks. They may not be found until a branch falls from a tree. This creates a very high risk potential around areas of high use such as schools. These are the termites which invade and damage houses.

Arboreal termites are not as destructive as subterranean termites, as they build external mud nest which can be seen from the ground. These termites generally feed on decaying plant matter, and are an indicator of a tree’s declining health.

Controlling termites in trees can be difficult, and removing the tree is often the only option.

Using wood chip from a tree infested with subterranean termites can cause a new colony to begin which may damage the owner’s house.

If your tree is in decline

Choosing the right Tree Pruning or Tree Removal company can be tricky.  Be prepared, hire a Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company today, so you aren’t caught out at the last minute.  Not all Newcastle Arborist’s are the same.  At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Arborist Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices.  Read more about the 5 ways to save money on Arborist Services within Newcastle.

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Trees are important to our environment.  Here are some reasons why we need trees!

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at: https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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Why are trees so important

Why are Trees so Important

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Why are Trees so important?  There are many reasons why Trees are so important to us and our environment.  Trees are the biggest plants on the planet and they provide us with oxygen, store carbon dioxide, provide shelter and food for wildlife and humans.

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Trees are vital to our everyday needs.    Here are 5 reasons why are Trees so important to us?

Trees provide Oxygen

Trees release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide.   Humans inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.  The relationship between plants and humans.

Trees protect the Environment

Trees clean our soil by absorbing dangerous chemicals.  The trees can either store the chemicals or change them to be less harmful.

Trees can clean the air by absorbing odours and gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter those particles out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

A row of Trees can be used for noise pollution for freeways.

Trees are 100% recyclable.

Trees grow our Economy

People are attracted to buy a house, work in a workplace, play in a park and invest in property in greener surroundings.   Maintaining and caring for your trees is an asset to your property.

Trees provide Food & Shelter for Animals and Humans?

There are thousands of species of trees in the world and many provide us with food.  Where do most of our fruits come from??

We are also provided shelter from trees, which provides us with protection from the UV rays of the sun.  Trees provide homes (called hollows) to animals.

Trees provide wood

The timber from trees can be turned into homes and buildings and we can also make furniture.

 

For the right care and maintenance to your trees, choose a reputable tree company with Qualified Arborist’s and a crew particular on safety.  Why not click here and meet our crew.

Choosing the right Tree Pruning or Tree Removal company can be tricky.  Be prepared, hire a Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company today, so you aren’t caught out at the last minute.  Not all Newcastle Arborist’s are the same.  At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Arborist Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices.  Read more about the 5 ways to save money on Arborist Services within Newcastle.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at: https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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How much does an Arborist cost

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There are many reasons why people require the services of an Arborist Company and often wonder how much it is going to cost them?  So, how much does an Arborist cost?  5 ways to save money on Newcastle Arborist Services.

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There are a couple of factors to consider when hiring a contractor for your tree removal, as not all tree companies are the same.  Why are all Newcastle Arborist’s not the same?

Do they have a qualified Arborist to perform the work?

For tree pruning or tree removal a Qualified Arborist is essential with a minimum level of 3.  This Arborist has the knowledge base to safely and correctly prune your tree without harming it.

What level of insurance do they provide?

Different tree companies will have different levels of insurance.   You should always ask to see the level of insurance and ensure that the tree company has adequate insurance for your job.   Some tree companies may not have insurance altogether and these companies are to be avoided.

What equipment do they have to make the job an easy one?

Most tree companies will turn up with a minimum of a team of 3 people, truck, chipper and appropriate sized chainsaws.

Do they have a license to perform the work required?

There is no license required to have a tree company although there are individual certificates required to perform tree work.   For example, the climber should have a Working at Heights Certificate.

There are also a couple of factors that will determine the final price

  1. The size of the Tree
  2. The location of the Tree
  3. Stump Grinding
  4. The disposal of the debris
  5. Tree Reports and/or Permit Required

Be prepared, hire a Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company today, so you aren’t caught out at the last minute.  Not all Newcastle Arborist’s are the same.  At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Arborist Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices.  Read more about the 5 ways to save money on Arborist Services within Newcastle.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at: https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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Why all Newcastle Arborist's are not the same

Why all Newcastle Arborist’s are not the same

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TREE LOPPER versus ARBORIST

Why all Newcastle Arborist’s are not the same!  Many people are mistaken when it comes to understanding the difference between a Tree Lopper and an Arborist.  Do they do the same thing?  No, this is not the case?  Do they cost the same?

Continue reading if you care about the appearance and health of your trees and you will understand why all Newcastle Arborist’s are not the same.

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Tree Lopping is a term used for cutting the branches to stubs or otherwise known as reducing the size of the tree.   A Tree Lopper is a person to cut those branches back to stubs and reduce the size of the tree.

An Arborist is known as a Tree Surgeon.  This person is certified and has had extensive training in ‘Arboriculture’ understanding the science behind a tree and capable of the care and ongoing maintenance of trees and plants.  There are multiple levels of training ranging from Level 2 to Level 5.

Find out the 5 ways to save money when paying for Tree Services or an Arborist.

Understanding the needs for your tree care?

For the maintenance and on going care to your trees it is advisable to contract a tree company with a Qualified Arborist who can perform the works with the understanding and knowledge of how a tree is best to be pruned or removed.  There are 2 types of Arborist’s:

  1. Climbing Arborist – minimum Level 3 required
  2. Consulting Arborist – minimum Level 5 required

A climbing Arborist is a person who performs the tree pruning or removal.  They can also perform an aerial inspection, which is assessment of the trees health and safety from an aerial position.

A consulting Arborist is a person who assesses the tree for defects or potential hazards.  This assessment is done from the ground.

Be certain to hire a Professional Branch Management Tree Removal company, so you aren’t caught out at the last minute. Find out how much an Arborist costs here.

At Branch Management we strive to offer you quality, professional and safe Tree Arborist Services Newcastle and surrounding areas with competitive prices. Read more about the 5 ways to save money on Arborist Services within Newcastle

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

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