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Have you got old tree stumps on your property? Why you need to get rid of them.

Do you have an old tree stump in your garden that you haven’t taken much notice of, or just left it, as it doesn’t appear to be doing any harm?

Well that seemingly harmless stump may prove to be problematic down the track, here are several reasons why you should consider having it removed:

  • Tree stumps can re-sprout – from multiple places around the edge of the stump, or the roots, which can result in small trees growing. These roots can also crack water pipes and concrete foundations, wreaking havoc that you might not be able to see until it’s too late.
  • They can get diseases – even if a tree stump is dead and there is no risk of re-sprouting, they can get fungal diseases such as honey fungus. Honey fungus puts other plants and wood in your garden at risk, as it spreads underground to other roots.
  • Tree stumps don’t look pretty – they tend to attract weeds and other plants, which can be an eyesore on your perfectly landscaped lawn. It can also be difficult to mow around them, given their uneven shape.
  • Stumps can be a hazard – especially for children who will enjoy running and playing in the garden. They can also damage your lawn mower or whippersnapper if you accidentally hit it when mowing your lawn.
  • Stumps attract insects – such as termites, beetles ants and other wood-boring creepy crawlies. They may not be too concerning whilst in your garden, but it will be a different story if they make their way into your home.

Tree stumps are often large and heavy, and should be removed by an experienced tree removal specialist. There are several considerations for stump removal and a tree specialist, such as Australian Tree Services, will take into consideration your surroundings to ensure safe and effective removal of your stump.

References:

http://treescience.com.au/blog/5-reasons-why-you-need-to-leave-tree-stump-removal-to-the-experts/

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/6-reasons-why-you-should-remove-tree-stump.htm

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Choosing plants best suited for a low maintenance garden

Australia is a privileged country that is blessed with a wide and varied landscape, pleasant moderate weather and an abundance of diverse native flora and fauna. Gardening is a popular recreational activity amongst Australians of all ages and backgrounds. We take advantage of what our land and environment have to offer to add an aesthetically pleasing element and a sense of serenity in our home gardens. The theme of the typical Australian home garden varies based on factors such as climate, cost, and maintenance. Queensland typically experiences warmer weather year-round with an abundance of sunshine and limited rainfall. For this reason, many Queenslanders opt for a low maintenance garden. Let’s look at how to go about choosing plants best suited for a low maintenance garden in QLD.

Buy small plant that grow fast. Not only will they be easier to transport, but they don’t cost a lot to buy and in sunny Queensland they will grow very fast. Tropical and succulent plants such as the Agave, Flapjack, Frangipani and Cactus are good choices as they have a long life, are strong, drought resistant and they cost very little to maintain.

Choose plants that add density to give a luscious and tropical look to your garden and will also protect the soil from weather / weeds. It is also important to invest in a good quality compost to ensure that your soil is healthy and nutritionally rich. Check out https://www.calyx.com.au/list_of_plants.html for a full list of plants that are suited to Queensland’s climate.

Vines and climbers are a no-brainer. They grow practically anywhere, in most weather conditions, and are an effective choice for a low maintenance plant. Visit https://gardendrum.com/2014/01/26/subtropical-and-tropical-climbers-from-graceful-to-quick-fix/ to find vines and climbers best suited in tropical and sub-tropical weather conditions.

Of course, in any garden regular maintenance is key to keeping your garden looking lush and healthy. If you are planning a new garden or garden makeover Australian Tree Services can help with tree trimming or tree and garden maintenance. Visit http://australiantreeservices.com.au/ for more info.

How to Relocate Mature Trees

Do you have a tree that has grown in a bothersome spot or outgrown its location but you do not want to cut it down or you simply think the plant would look better in a different location? Then relocation could be the answer for you.  But how do you relocate mature trees?

What may seem an arduous and complicated project, we here at Australian Tree Services have written a quick guide for you to use and follow so that you can move that tree safely and easily.

  • First of all, you need to be real with your abilities, are you capable of moving the tree yourself, if you are not to sure you can do it yourself it will be worthwhile to hire the services of a professional.
  • Next you will want to decide the trees new location, be sure to take into consideration, sunlight, drainage and whether or not its close to property boundaries that could cause neighbourly disputes and we all want to avoid those.
  • After making your final decision you will want to start by watering the soil around the tree, be sure to take into account how long the roots of the tree are. Failing to water around the root network will make the relocation more difficult and could result in damaging the trees.
  • Once the soil is moist start by digging a trench roughly about a meter to a meter and a half away from the stump, this will reveal the roots of the tree.
  • You will then want to cut the tree’s roots, once this is done, you will want to begin lifting the tree from below the root ball, not the trunk otherwise the tree will be damaged.
  • Once the tree is successfully lifted, you can move the tree into its new home, apply the proper soil and nutrients and watch as your tree continues to grow.

Australian Tree Services can help assist you in all of your gardening and landscape needs, including mature tree relocation. Our highly qualified professionals will expertly plan and execute a tree relocation with minimal damage that would cause the plant to wither and die. Contact us today for an obligation free quote today, click here.

Trees to avoid planting to close to buildings or boundaries in Queensland

An excellent way to liven up any bare property is by planting trees & shrubs around the home or as a border to add extra privacy to your home; however, there are some trees, shrubs and plants to avoid planting to close to buildings or boundaries in Queensland to prevent hours of maintenance or even worse, neighbourly disputes that could turn nasty & cost you.

Selecting the right plants for your yard is vital, as a general rule, you will want to avoid Evergreen Figs (Hill’s Weeping Fig, Weeping Fig, the Moreton Bay Fig and the Port Jackson Fig), unless you have a sizeable property that can accommodate the massive size this species can reach.

Although popular amongst flower enthusiasts and often sought after for the perfume it releases, Jasmine (Jasminum Polyanthum) can quickly grow to sizes of 6 meters and is notoriously hard to control as it can spread both above and below ground.

Whilst a good option for providing security along borders, Bamboos such as the Golden Bamboo should be avoided, otherwise known as Running Bamboo. Running Bamboo is more likely to spread quickly and invade areas it is not wanted compared to its alternative Clumping Bamboo, which doesn’t spread so rapidly and is efficiently controlled.

Failing to understand the way in which your plants grow can cause a range of issues, such as cracked pavement and pipes, overreach into your neighbour’s yard, damaged fences or vital infrastructure which could result in costly repairs and possible legal action against you.

At Australian Tree Services, we provide a range of services from tree removal including large trees, tree maintenance such as pruning, tree lopping, root removal, and weed control for both commercial and residential properties.

Contact us on (07) 3288 7777 or through our website www.australiantreeservices.com.au, and one of our friendly staff members will assist you in your landscaping needs, click here.

Prepare firebreaks before fire season

Now is the perfect time to prepare your property with firebreaks prior to the hot summer months when fire warnings are high.  Bushfires have a devastating impact on homes, properties, livestock, wildlife and even human life or beloved pets.  Out of control fires move at a ferocious speed with immense intensity.  The trail of destruction left behind, as we have seen countless times before, is without mercy.  It’s this impact that highlights the need that everyone within these rural settings has a responsibility to ensure they maintain their property for both the sake of their own welfare and that of the community in which they live.

Firebreaks are used to help minimise or stop the rapid spread of bushfires by having a gap in the vegetation down to soil level, in which fire is unable to easily leap over or creep across.  Effective firebreaks help reduce the risk of fires entering or leaving your property.  Firebreaks can take many forms; they may be created by ploughing the soil in strips and removing vegetation, or in the form of established roads and paths or natural landscape such as rivers and lakes.  This creates a fuel break to slow or stop the progress of a bushfire.

The management of fire fuel loads includes; moving the winter woodpile and other flammables away from house, removing any dry or dead vegetation such as grass, leaves and bark, keep grass short, cutting long grass along fence lines and poisoning grass or vegetation in hard to reach areas.  There should be no flammable mulch in gardens, gutters and roofing kept clear of any leaf litter and lawns, trees and shrubs near the house are watered and kept green.

Mature trees need to be well maintained.  Ideally there should be no trees or shrubs within 20m of the house, and definitely no shrubs near or under windows of the home or close to branches of mature trees.  Any low or overhanging tree branches need to be cut back and heavily prune lower branches of shrubs.  Any such overgrowth or trees and shrubs are a major hazard.

It’s important to prepare your property before fire season starts.  Australian Tree Services can expertly assist you with the maintenance of your trees and shrubs in preparation.  Fire safety is your responsibility and as such fines for not maintaining your property may be enforced.  Act now to prepare your property or contact the professionals at Australian Tree Services, click here.

Tree Removal on Private Property

Trees are such a beautiful part of our gardens and backyards; however their safety, condition and growth may have altered or your changing landscaping requirements may necessitate tree removal on your private property. Trees can become problematic when tree roots cause property damage to pavers, fences or underground plumbing, cause allergies in susceptible persons, block sunlight for solar access, drop excessive leaves, fruits and seeds or worse still drop large limbs and branches.

Before removing trees from your property there are a few things to consider; firstly are there necessary permissions that need to be obtained, and you many need to consider if the trees protected and what are the local laws in relation to tree removal in your area. You can contact your local council to discuss your plans and find out what regulations apply to you.

A professional tree service with the right skills, experience, equipment and insurance will need to be used to remove the tree. Felling a tree is extremely dangerous work and poses a risk to occupants, neighbours and the surrounding buildings if not performed by professionals.

Things that need to be reviewed and considered as part of the process of removing a tree from your property is the proximity to electric powerlines and other structures, determining if there are any underground hazards such as buried cables, sewer or gas lines that could be damaged with stump removal, consultation with neighbouring properties where tree branches overhang, the amount of material needed to be disposed of when removing a mature tree and adequate insurance protection should it be required. For these reasons, it is necessary to have a professional tree removal company take care of all these considerations and perform the tree removal service in a safe manner.
If you have any requirements for tree removal on your private property, contact Australian Tree Services for further information, click here.

Why We Need Professional Tree Removal Service

At times people are forced to make important decisions about the trees on their property, for instance learning that a tree has become unsafe and a potential hazard that could cause damage to structures on the property. If you have this situation you will need to analyse the risks involved in bringing it down. Brining down a large tree can be dangerous and it is recommended to use a professional Tree Removal Service provider who is qualified in this work and can complete a risk assessment prior to commencing the job. Continue reading