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Having Your Own Business | Branch Management

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Tree Services NewcastleHaving Your Own Business?

Wanting to start your own business , well let me tell you all about my 20 year experiences…

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As a Tree Services Newcastle company owner, I have been approached by young people wanting to learn how to climb trees. Climbing trees isn’t about sitting an exam and passing with flying colours. It is about having a teacher who is patient and capable to teach you how to climb and also a company that has the money to back you whilst you are learning and gaining speed.

We like to appreciate our crew by saying thanks and great job.

Jack has wanted to learn to climb trees and in the past we haven’t been able to accommodate him with his request. He recently came back to work with us after being overseas for a while and we are now in a position to help him fulfil his dream. James our full time climber has the patience and teaching ability to show Jack what is required and why? In the last few months Jack has been able to climb some small trees and has advanced to being able to climb trees side by side with James. We now have Jack pruning small and medium sized trees comfortably by himself (with a spotter always keeping a close eye on him).

What James is teaching Jack

  • Safety checks – the most important rule before starting to climb is checking your equipment. Check your harness, ropes, pole belt and any other climbing and safety equipment associated to tree climbing that is vital to keeping you safe within the tree. Check for fraying or splits on your equipment. Also checking your chainsaws is important too.
  • Before climbing the tree, assess it. Check the tree for any hazards and make necessary steps.
  • Ascending and descending the tree with ropes and harnesses.
  • Ropes and knots appropriate for pruning/removal.

Climbing trees can be seen as an arrogant profession. Yes there definitely is the inexperienced and “she’ll be right kind” attitude kind of climbers. When looking for the right climber for your trees, look for confidence but not too cocky, experience, knowledge and just straight down to earth and friendly.

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.

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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Climber Training Tree Services Newcastle | Branch Management

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Tree Services NewcastleClimber Training Tree Services Newcastle?

Ever thought about becoming a tree climber for a profession with the best Tree Services Newcastle Provider? Our tree climber trainee, Jack is learning the ropes…

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As a Tree Services Newcastle company owner, I have been approached by young people wanting to learn how to climb trees. Climbing trees isn’t about sitting an exam and passing with flying colours. It is about having a teacher who is patient and capable to teach you how to climb and also a company that has the money to back you whilst you are learning and gaining speed.

We like to appreciate our crew by saying thanks and great job.

Jack has wanted to learn to climb trees and in the past we haven’t been able to accommodate him with his request. He recently came back to work with us after being overseas for a while and we are now in a position to help him fulfil his dream. James our full time climber has the patience and teaching ability to show Jack what is required and why? In the last few months Jack has been able to climb some small trees and has advanced to being able to climb trees side by side with James. We now have Jack pruning small and medium sized trees comfortably by himself (with a spotter always keeping a close eye on him).

What James is teaching Jack

  • Safety checks – the most important rule before starting to climb is checking your equipment. Check your harness, ropes, pole belt and any other climbing and safety equipment associated to tree climbing that is vital to keeping you safe within the tree. Check for fraying or splits on your equipment. Also checking your chainsaws is important too.
  • Before climbing the tree, assess it. Check the tree for any hazards and make necessary steps.
  • Ascending and descending the tree with ropes and harnesses.
  • Ropes and knots appropriate for pruning/removal.

Climbing trees can be seen as an arrogant profession. Yes there definitely is the inexperienced and “she’ll be right kind” attitude kind of climbers. When looking for the right climber for your trees, look for confidence but not too cocky, experience, knowledge and just straight down to earth and friendly.

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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Tree Removal Services Newcastle

The Five Steps for Selecting the Best Newcastle Tree Services

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There are many reasons to hire tree services Newcastle including for overgrown trees, broken limbs, tree removal or you simply need some work done on your garden. Hiring a professional for tree work ensures that you are safe and that the job is done right the first time around. There are 5 steps you should take before hiring a tree service.

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 1: Research Tree Services in Your Area

Prefer a local tree service to guarantee that your yard work gets done on time. Local services are also much cheaper since the arborist doesn’t have to travel long distances to get to the job site. A simple search engine enquiry for best Newcastle tree Removal service should give you a good place to start.  Visit the company websites and narrow down your options to two or three plausible ones based on what you find on the website.

2: Ask the Right Questions

Anyone with a chainsaw and ladder can pass himself off as an arborist so you need to ask the right questions. Once you have narrowed down the options, ask whether the company has insurance. The insurance protects you in the event an arborist or other professional gets injured on your property. In addition to this, insurance guarantees that any damage to your property that occurs in the course of the tree work is paid for by the tree service or insurance company. Also ask about a business license to confirm that the company is legally allowed to perform tree work.

3: Consider Safety  

Check that the tree services Newcastle arrives with the necessary safety gear and equipment. These include steel toe boots, protective glasses, face shields, helmets, climbing gear and so on. An arborist showing up with only a ladder speaks volumes about his professionalism and expertise and should not be allowed to perform any work on your property. The safety equipment not only keeps the professionals safe but also protects your property from falling branches and other potential accidents.

4: Get a Written Estimate

Once the tree service has satisfied the aforementioned criteria, it is time for work to begin. Insist on a written estimate and a contract before the actual work begins. This precaution protects you from the arborist inflating prices midway through the work. It is also very unlikely that you will have to pay a down payment. Unlike a remodelling contractor who has to buy materials, an arborist uses his own equipment and manpower.

5: Go Over the Fine Details 

Finally, confirm the fine details including;

• What happens to larger branches and debris?

• Who cleans up the leaves after the job?

• Does the service include shaping the tree or just trimming dead branches?

• Does the arborist grind the stump after tree removal?

• Does the tree service haul away branches and shrubs or leave them?

The best Newcastle tree services will be happy to accommodate your requests as long as they are within reason. Ensure that these details are either included in the contract or you have them down in writing.

Follow these steps and you should be able to hire a competent arborist or tree service and have your expectations met at the end of the job. It is thoughtful to ask the arborist if there is anything you can do to make his work easier such as moving garden furniture.

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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