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

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Three Cost Effective Tree Services That Won’t Break the Bank

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Three Cost Effective Tree Services That Won’t Break the Bank. Three Cost Effective Tree Services That Won’t Break the Bank. Many home owners live with tree problems simply because they don’t know these issues are simple and inexpensive to solve by a certified arborist. There are three common inexpensive services that you should consider, as well as a few reasons why you might need them.

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1: Tree Pruning and Shaping

Neglecting tree pruning and shaping will likely lead to obscured views, dead branches, bark defects and low limbs among other problems. There is also a real risk of falling branches especially in bad weather which is serious safety risk. Getting a professional tree pruning or shaping service while the tree is still young or medium sized ensures that it grows properly and avoids the aforementioned problems. Mature trees are also relatively easy to prune by a trained and experienced arborist.

Signs that you need this service include;

• Visible signs of stress or weakness

• Sick tree

• Dead tree

• Tree has grown too large

2: Stump Grinding

Many people don’t know that a tree stump isn’t as harmless as it seems. The stump is a breeding ground for insects and disease, it is unsightly, a potential tripping hazard and there is always the chance a new tree may grow on the stump. A stump removal service is actually more affordable than most people think. Tree grinding stands out as a particularly good solution for this problem. Machinery is easy to manoeuvre so it gets to the spot even in a dense yard. The grinding equipment is fast and efficient and doesn’t leave any holes or blemishes on the yard. Lastly, the waste material from the grinding can be used for mulch making this an ecologically sensible option.

Signs you need tree stump grinding include;

• Stump is old an beginning to rot

• Presence of insects and worms in the house

• Multiple stumps in the yard

• Large stumps which are impossible to remove yourself

3: Tree Removal

Another common misconception is that a professional tree removal service is expensive. Many people prefer to take “wait and see” approach which is a risky especially if there are loose or weak branches that look like they could fall any time. Cutting down a tree yourself is dangerous especially if you don’t have felling training or experience. Trees that are very close to the house or other structures are also notoriously difficult to cut down.

A professional tree removal service is affordable and gets the job done faster than doing it yourself. The professionals also have the proper safety equipment to avoid injury or other incident on your property.

Common signs that you need tree removal include:

• Tree roots are close to the house’s foundation

• Tree is visibly sick

• Tree is leaning

• You have had storm damage

• The tree is hollow

All these tree services are affordable and quick if you get the right tree service company. Alternatively, you can call an arborist to inspect your trees if you suspect you need professional help. The arborist can then come up with the most appropriate solution and give you a price quote before you make a final decision.

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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