Call a Tree Care Specialist if you see any of these signs
A tree can be a fantastic natural feature in your backyard. But without proper care, your tree can become unhealthy. When a tree’s health starts to deteriorate it can become a safety hazard. Branches can become weak and fall off. In extreme situations, a tree can completely fall over and cause damage to your property.
To protect your home, it’s best to know when a tree is becoming a safety risk. That’s when tree removals are often recommended. There are many signs you can look out for when it comes to tree safety. Some of these signs show poor tree health. Offers may show signs of a pest infestation. But it’s not all bad news. Identify symptoms early on and you may be able to save your tree.
1. The roots are starting to rot
A poor root system is often one of the biggest signs a plant is dying. Tree roots are essential for a tree to absorb nutrients, grow, and maintain health. Any sign of decay or damage to your tree’s roots could be an indicator that your tree is on its way out. One way to identify if the roots are decaying is by assessing the ground around your tree. Identify if the ground has lifted or if the roots look severed.
Another way to tell if the roots are unhealthy is by looking at how the tree is standing. If your tree has started to lean to one side (especially after a storm) then this could indicate that the roots are weak.
2. Cracks in the trunk
Over time your tree may develop cracks in its trunk. The ones you really need to look out for are those that ap[pear between two opposite branches. Cracks like these can be a sign of serious structural damage. These cracks can show your tree is not strong enough to withstand much pressure from the elements.
One of the biggest risks associated with these cracks is damage from storms. Strong winds and heavy storms can strike your tree throughout the year. Your tree may struggle to withstand the pressure that comes from multiple storms. The result? The tree trunk could snap and fall over, causing damage to your home.
3. Signs of disease
Your tree can look strong and sturdy but it may still be vulnerable to diseases. Another problem with tree diseases is that they can spread. So it’s best to watch out for your tree and the others that surround it. One of the most obvious signs of disease is the condition of your tree’s leaves. Discolouration of tree leaves could be a sign of disease.
If the leaves are deforming this could also be a sign of disease. Over autumn it can be hard to identify whether leaves are falling from disease or just its annual growth phase. A change in pattern in the way leaves regrow in spring could be a sign of disease. Another sign to look out for is how different sections grow. It may just be one area of branches with a disease and therefore has no leaves regrowing on it.
4. Cavities in the trunk
Cavities in the trunk of your tree can make great spaces for local wildlife to rest. It’s not uncommon for possums and birds to make themselves comfortable in these little nooks. But these cavities could also be a sign of danger. If your tree’s trunk is full of holes then it could be an obvious sign the tree doesn’t have a solid structure anymore. So it could collapse at any moment.
Cavities in the trunk of a tree are usually caused by pests. Insects can quickly make a meal out of your tree and make substantial nests in the trunk. Cavities can also be an obvious sign that your tree is dying. Another obvious sign is the presence of fungi or mushrooms growing on your tree. They usually feed off dead or dying trees.
5. Close to your home and pedestrians
Sometimes a tree’s growing position can be a safety hazard in itself. Think about how close your tree is growing to your house. If it’s too close to your home’s roofline it is most likely shedding leaves onto the roof. A buildup of leaves can block gutters, cause flooding and costly water damage to your roof. Full tree removal may not be necessary. You could just need a few branches removed.
There’s also the risk of falling branches to consider. When heavy branches fall they can cause costly damage to your roof. If your tree currently has branches that are weakened from a storm or even disease, it’s best to get them removed asap. If your tree is situated near a pedestrian walkway then it’s also important to get it looked at. The risk of falling branches can put any pedestrian in immediate danger right outside your home.
Call a qualified tree removal expert now
Does the tree in your backyard show any of these warning signs? Don’t take a risk on the safety of your family and home. A tree removal expert like an Arborist can assess the health of your tree. In some cases your tree may not be a lost cause. Trees can be treated for pests and diseases without the need for tree removal.
A tree inspection is also just a great way to make your home safer for anyone. If your tree is suffering from disease or damage, then a tree removal may be your best option. In comparison, a tree removal can be far less costly than paying for repairs to your home. Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, our qualified tree care experts can carry out a full inspection of your tree. They’ll look for all the signs of an unhealthy tree. They can recommend the best course of action.
Sometimes all that’s required is a tree trimming service. But if the safety risk is too great, we will recommend a full tree removal service. Tree removals are usually done to protect you from falling branches or future tree collapses from storms. Simply call us today on 9897 4418 to book a tree inspection.
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Tree trimming in a cold climate
If you’re an avid gardener you know there’s a perfect time of year for gardening tasks. Different veggies grow in different seasons. Fruit trees provide crops through certain months of the year too. The reason why plants and trees have different maintenance needs comes down to the climate. Each season of the year brings with it a climate that is more suitable for growing certain plants.
Over spring and summer, you may find that the warmer weather sparks rapid growth for a lot of trees and bushes. All the beautiful flower varieties like daisies and sunflowers start to bloom. Over autumn and winter, you’ll see flower varieties like grevillea start to bloom along with veggies like onions, cabbage and turnip.
When it comes to Tree Trimming there is a perfect time of year for it. Winter is one of the best times of year for tree trimming and pruning. The cold winter climate helps make a tree dormant. Its growth virtually comes to a standstill. It’s at this time that you can start getting rid of unwanted branches from your tree.
The benefits of tree trimming in winter
A colder climate
As we previously mentioned, a tree basically becomes dormant in winter. Growth almost comes to a complete standstill due to the cold weather. One of the hardest parts of tree trimming is assessing what needs to be done. There’s a thick layer of leaves that’s obstructing your view. By the time winter rolls around your tree has dropped its leaves. You have better visibility of what’s up in the tree canopy. You’ll be able to assess the tree easier and make better decisions about which branches need to be cut.
Fewer pests around
During winter your tree isn’t the only thing that’s dormant. Many of those annoying pests that attack your trees and plants are also nowhere to be found. They are most likely laying dormant or simply haven’t migrated to your backyard yet. With no food in sight, they won’t try attacking your tree when it’s being trimmed. If you trim your tree in Spring or Summer you leave it vulnerable to attack. Open wounds from where the branches used to be are vulnerable to attack from pests over the warmer months.
Less stress on your tree
Another advantage of Tree Trimming in winter is that it doesn’t stimulate new growth. The cold climate will help stop new branches from growing after you’ve removed older ones. Studies have also shown that tree wounds from winter have a better chance of healing when they get exposed to Spring weather. If branches are removed in Spring or Summer the energy required for new growth and wound healing will stress the tree out a lot more. This excess stress is what can lead to the tree becoming susceptible to pests and disease.
Protecting surrounding trees
When you prune a tree over the warmer months you are also endangering other trees around it. Tree diseases are usually spread to other trees with bacteria, fungi, insects, and parasites. Diseases can easily be transferred from pruned branches of your tree. The chances of this happening over spring and summer are very high. During winter you are far less likely to spread any diseases from one tree to another because they can’t survive the cold conditions.
Winter can be a dangerous time to be around dead and dying trees. If your area is prone to wild winds and storms there’s a high chance of branches snapping and breaking off. At the start of winter, it’s a great idea to assess your tree straight away and remove branches that look weak or brittle. Removing these weak branches effectively eliminates any safety hazards. You’ll be removing branches that could be causing damage to your home or surrounding properties.
Book a tree trimming service now before it’s too late
Worried about the health of your trees? It’s better to be safe than sorry. Booking a Tree Trimming service in winter is one of the best ways to help restore the health of your trees. This is also one of the best chances you have to safeguard your home from any potential tree damage that could occur. Call Daryl’s Tree Care today on 9897 4418 for a free quote on Tree Trimming services in your area.
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Each service provides a different level of care for your tree
For the average Aussie, there can be confusing terms for tree care services. Some of these terms mean the same thing and some mean something completely different. When you’re ordering a tree care service it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting. A good tree care specialist will take the time to assess your tree and recommend the best service for it. They could recommend you a tree lopping or tree pruning service. It all depends on the condition of your tree.
Tree care specialists like Arborists will recommend a service depending on the health of your tree. A tree may be so unhealthy that they may recommend a service to completely remove it from your yard. This is usually the point of no return. This removal option is a last resort when they have identified that the tree has no realistic chance of regaining its health. An unhealthy tree also poses a safety risk. An arborist will recommend a tree removal service to help make your yard and home safe from a tree that could fall down.
So what is tree lopping?
Tree lopping is a dangerous practice because when the tree has new growth these branches are poorly attached to the tree.
As these branches grow bigger and heavier they are more likely to break and fall off. This can eause injury & death or property damage.
After Tree Lopping, your tree may also be vulnerable to diseases and decay. The wounds of the tree are not sealed. When wounds are not sealed with a proper solution they are more vulnerable to pests and other forms of decay.
This is why Daryl’s Tree Care does not recommend tree lopping under any circumstances. Instead, we follow the guidelines set out in the Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”.
Why tree pruning is a healthier and safer alternative
Compared to Tree Lopping, Tree Pruning is a safer option for a number of reasons. Tree Pruning is designed to help a tree fight off diseases and pests. This technique is also undertaken to sustain and even prolong the life of a tree. AS with any other tree care service, Pruning requires the skills and knowledge of a professional.
A professional Arborist will assess your tree’s need for a pruning service based on its health, safety requirements and appearance. If the health of your tree is too poor an Arborist may even recommend removing your tree completely. A Tree Pruning service is what you should rely on if you’re looking to extend the life of your tree. It’s the go-to option for improving the health of your tree. Health benefits of Tree Pruning can include the following:
- Encourages fruit production
- Provides more aeration
- Take control of pests and diseases
- Enabling more sunlight for photosynthesis
With optimum tree health comes the added benefits of safety. The healthier a tree is, the less chance there is of tree branches becoming weak and falling off. Weak and brittle branches can fall off and cause extensive damage to backyard features including other trees and fences. Large and heavy branches can also fall off and at the very least, cause costly damage to your home or neighbouring properties.
Choosing the right tree pruning service
With so many professional tree care services out there it’s hard to know which one to pick. You can go off local recommendations and customer reviews. But sometimes you don’t always have that option. One way to pick a professional tree care service is to assess their credentials. Your arborist should be certified along with having insurance such as work cover and public liability.
Qualified arborists will follow the guidelines in Australian Standards 4373-2007 “Pruning of Amenity Trees”. There are many techniques involved with Tree Pruning and your Arborist should be well versed in all of them to provide an extensive service for you. These techniques include canopy thinning, crown reduction, dead-wooding, weight reduction and crown lifting.
Start taking better care of your trees today
Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we offer a wide range of tree care services for all your needs. We understand how the health of your tree can affect your entire backyard. Our Tree Pruning Service can take care of all your concerns when it comes to the health and safety of your tree. All of our Arborists are certified,(or near) experienced and fully insured for the tasks they perform. Call us today on 9897 4418 or send an enquiry via our contact page to get a free quote on Tree Pruning in your backyard.
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Timing is everything when it comes to keeping your trees healthy
There are many good reasons for tree pruning. When tree pruning is done right it can help maintain the health of your tree for years to come. Pruning and trimming your tree the right way can also help support its structural integrity. With dying branches removed there’s less chance of tree branches falling off the tree and causing damage to your nearby house or fence.
Some homeowners decide tree trimming and pruning is the way to go if they want to improve the look of their home. Removing dead branches can help give a tree a more unified and neater shape. Trimming off excess branches can also help reduce the number of leaves in a tree canopy. When you open up a tree canopy, it lets more sunshine and airflow into your backyard.
Another great reason for tree pruning is to stimulate new growth. Depending on the age and species of your tree, pruning branches can help stimulate new growth in areas of the tree that previously weren’t thriving. Take a strategic approach to tree pruning and you can even train your tree to grow in a new direction. You could train the tree to grow away from a section of your backyard where it’s causing issues.
Here at Daryl’s Tree Care, we get a lot of customers asking us when is the right time of year for tree trimming and pruning. When you know the right time of year for tree pruning and trimming it becomes a lot easier to plan it around other gardening activities. Knowing the right time in advance also helps a lot of people budget for the cost of tree pruning and trimming.
For some tree owners, the task of tree pruning and trimming is relatively small when there’s only one tree to take care of. When there are several trees in a backyard, the task can become very time-consuming. It’s one of the reasons why many locals choose us for a professional tree pruning and trimming service.
Our Aussie backyards may be full of tree species from around the world. But one thing they all have in common is when they need to be pruned and trimmed around the same time of year. As tree care experts we recommend that all your tree trimming and pruning should take place between winter and early spring.
Why are winter and spring a good time for tree pruning?
Is your tree a deciduous tree? If so that means it loses its leaves in autumn and stays dormant in winter. One thing that happens in winter is that the tree doesn’t ooze out sap when it’s branches are cut. Sap usually attracts many forms of insects and pests which can start feeding on your tree. So when you choose to prune your tree in winter, you’re not leaving it vulnerable to attack from pests like you would in summer.
During winter your trees are also in a dormant state. They are not investing their energy into new growth. So during this period, they can focus all their energy on healing any cuts made from tree trimming and pruning. In winter your trees are also better prepared for protecting themselves from germs and pathogens in the environment around them.
Another reason to prune your trees in winter and early spring is to prepare them for wild stormy weather. In Melbourne, we’re used to strong winds gusting down onto our backyards. These winds are so strong that they can cause branches to snap and fall off trees. So overgrown branches and rotting branches can become a serious threat to safety.
Strong winds pose a real safety threat because they can cause branches to fall off and damage your home. That’s why we recommend that you remove overgrown or dead branches before they become a potential hazard in spring when the windy weather picks up. When you weigh up the cost of tree pruning and trimming with hefty repairs to your home it’s clear why more people choose to maintain their trees properly.
Prune your trees before it’s too late
Worried about the condition of your tree? You should get it looked at by a qualified arborist straight away. Arborists specialise in tree care and maintenance. They have the skills and knowledge to assess the health of your tree. They can instantly recognise if your tree is dying and figure out what tree trimming and pruning is required to keep it healthy.
While winter to early spring is the best time for tree pruning, sometimes there is a greater sense of urgency. If a tree is deemed to be unsafe by your arborist then it should be pruned and trimmed straight away. Weak or dead branches that pose a threat must be removed as soon as possible. If your tree is infested with pests then that’s another sign it needs urgent attention. Pest can end up spreading to other healthier trees in your backyard and cause further damage.
Call your local tree pruning and trimming experts today
To help you make the right decision about your trees, speak to a tree expert today. Here at Daryl’s tree care and surgery, we have professional arborists who can inspect and recommend the right service for your tree.
We offer many tree care services including tree pruning, trimming, pest control, and cable bracing. After an initial assessment, we can recommend how often your trees need to be trimmed and pruned. With a maintenance schedule in place, you can leave the rest to us.
Call us today on 9897 4418 to get a quote on any of our tree care services.
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