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My Opinion on being a Female in a Male Dominated Industry

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Working as a female in male dominated industry has had its challenges. Below is some of what has happened in the last 14 years to make my life that little bit more interesting. Of course, this is just my opinion?

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Being a Female in a Male Dominated Industry?

There are always challenges in life, no matter who we are.

Fourteen years ago I became the sole owner of Branch Management, a tree maintenance company in Port Stephens. Although I had owned the company for six years beforehand, I was the voice of the business and my husband at the time was the face.

Becoming the voice and the face of the business was challenging as I knew nothing about the quoting side of tree work or the questions clients may ask and how to answer them.

“Wear a short skirt, a low top and you will win the quotes,” they said. So I did the opposite and wore knee length shorts and a t-shirt or shirt, tied my hair back in a ponytail and off I went having no idea what I would encounter along the way.

In the first 3 months I pretty much stuffed most quotes and just about went broke. I had two choices, either go broke or get my shit together and work things out and quickly. I decided on the latter.

As I went along things become more evident to me that I was a female working in a very male dominated industry. Other tree companies were trying to get rid of me, bad mouth who I was and my business, under quote jobs and try to give me a ridiculous offer to buy me out of business. Either they didn’t like me or were intimidated by me. Little did they know that this only gave me more motivation and drive to work harder and smarter. I definitely don’t mind a challenge.

I chose to put my head down, became too busy to listen to gossip and make this happen.

There were lots of other challenges along the way and here are a few:-

Propositions

My first encounter was when I went to quote a removal of a pine tree and the gentleman was sitting in his house with an oxygen tank next to him. I walked inside and introduced myself, he said “Come and sit on my knee and give a dying man his last wish”. That comment took me by surprise and made me feel very uncomfortable. I walked outside did the quote, upped his price by $500 and left it in the letterbox. I got the job!!

Other propositions were along the lines of “Was I single?” “Was I married?” “Will you marry me?” and the list goes one.

Once I was use to these comments I just mainly laughed them off. I do feel sorry for the woman that tried to hook me up with her son though. I hope he found someone.

Employees/Sub Contractors

As this industry is a physical one I needed to hire a crew that not only could take direction from a woman but be loyal, trustworthy and honest. I was lucky enough to hire a climber that was with me then for the next 10 years and together that all happen. The guys driving the truck and ute came and went, some weren’t that great and didn’t last long, others felt the need to steal items from me and then others motivated me in a way that made me a better person. I did get my work heart broken when one guy who challenged me, believed in my abilities and encouraged me left to pursue other things. We remain friends and will do for a long time.

I remember an old employee early on having a whinge to another person, saying “Shelley never says thank you”, the other persons reply was, “You get paid, she doesn’t have to say thank you. Besides, have you ever said thank you to her for hiring you?” I thought that comment was priceless. I also thought, I’m pretty sure in all the years of me working in any of my jobs, I don’t recall ever anyone thanking me for coming to work. Each to their own I suppose, some of us are needy and some aren’t. I then made it a mission of mine to say thank you and to show appreciation to my crew when I spoke to them. Yes ladies, I know what you are thinking!!

It is always nice to know you have people on your side as well, my AQF5 Arborist over the years has been a friendly source of knowledge and help.

Beer

Well, I don’t drink beer but the amount of beer I have purchased over the years is quite disturbing. Boys know how to drink and it can often be a peace offering, encouragement, thanks and/or a token of appreciation.

Everyone brings something to the team

We are a small business with a team of 4 people. I believe each person brings something valuable to the team. I quote and organise the jobs, there is a climber (always handy on the job), groundie with a truck licence and groundie with a vehicle full of tools. Together we all have an important part to make Branch Management work and provide a professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy service, and in return provide us with an income.

Clients

As I spoke with all my clients, they were always happy to leave their details with me for the GUY to come out and quote. When I said I was quoting, I could always hear the shock in their voice and then they corrected themselves and said they were happy for me to come out.

I could tell early on I was being tested by people about my knowledge and experience. It became very clear to me that I needed to have some sort of a comeback. I came up with the line “I am not an Arborist, I am happy to provide you with a free quote. If you would like Arborist advice I am happy to connect you with an AQF5 Arborist who can provide you with that information at a price”. I was lucky enough to become involved with an AQF5 Arborist and still to this day we recommend each other in our day to day businesses. We provide, what I believe, to be a complete professional package to be able to provide our clients with a knowledgeable and professional quote and service without it being seen as a conflict of interest.

My clients were always happy with our service and I have had over the years, lots of praise, encouraging words about our communication and efforts to provide a service that always exceeded their expectations.

Advertising

One of the biggest challenges was the change from advertising in the local paper and waiting for the call to online advertising with a Website, Adwords and Facebook. Small businesses don’t have the spare cash to throw thousands of dollars into advertising and marketing campaigns. Learning to do all of this yourself and remain sane has had its ups and downs. I have a few friends that have helped me out and of course spent time in the classroom learning these necessary tricks of the trade.

Good Old Fashioned Services

One of the things that I believe contributed to our success was providing good old fashioned service. I know I was and continue to be on time to any quote or meeting and if I am going to be late, a phone call will be made. I always got a pleasant surprised tone by my customer. Being on time often pleased the customer and gave a good impression. I don’t like my time being wasted so why should I waste there’s.

Women’s Intuition

Well they say you should always trust women’s intuition and mine is spot on. Often I can be talking to the boys over the phone or just thinking about them and a feeling will come to me. One employee I had the suspicion he wasn’t doing the right thing by me or my business. I asked around and as boys will look after boys, they didn’t say anything. One day it got the better of me and I asked a client to just get back to me when the boys turned up.  I had 2 crews working that day and all coming together on the last job. I got the phone call from my client saying that the climber turned up at the allocated time but the truck driver was late. He turned up 2 hours later. I was very grateful for her information and decided to turn up to the job they were all meeting at later in the day. I asked the truck driver, what time he turned up to work and he advised me it was 7.30am. I said, no it wasn’t, I asked the client to let me know what time you turned up and it was 9.30am. He was not happy at all being caught out and I asked him to remove all his things out of my truck and go home. His services were no longer required.

Over the years my business has continued and survived through a divorce, a baby, a relocation, 2007 Pasha Bulka Storm, 2014 Government Schools Programme, 2015 Newcastle Storm and anything else that has come my way. My business has provided me with financial independence and the opportunity to meet a lot of lovely people. At the end of the day all I want to do is provide our customers with the best possible service, have a crew that love their job and an income we can provide for our families.

So if you would like a free quote by a female working within the industry full of males give me a call on 0419 289 223. I won’t keep you waiting.

Choosing the right Tree Pruning or Tree Removal company can be tricky.  Be prepared, hire a Professional 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.

For information on fertilisers and your gardens.

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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Termites

Facts about TERMITES in Trees

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My tree is not looking healthy and I think it has termites, how can I tell if termites are present in my tree?

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How to Tell if my Tree has 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.

Choosing the RIGHT Arborist

Choosing the right Tree Pruning or Tree Removal company can be tricky.  Be prepared, hire a Professional 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.

For information on fertilisers and your gardens.

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

Get your FREE quote for Tree Services here

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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.

For information on fertilisers and your gardens.

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

Get your FREE quote for Tree Services here

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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

Get your FREE quote for Tree Services here

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Lake Macquarie Tree Services

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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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 https://www.branchmanagement.com.au/contact/ or Phone: 02 4984 6996 or Mobile: 0419 289 223

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