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Managing Your Home Grown Trees

Maintaining trees on your property can be a tedious task at the best of times, but a very important part of managing your home and preventing conflict with neighbours and damage to you or your home and environment. Growing trees on your property has a number of advantages, such as shade, native wildlife, softening the visual impact of your home, and of course, they help to cultivate our environment.

There are different types of tree management techniques that need to be utilised in order to prevent any potential disputes with the neighbours, or damage to you, your home or surrounding properties. The first step is evaluating what needs to be done with your trees. Are they protruding over the fence and dropping leaves into the neighbour’s pool? Are the branches brushing too closely to gutters or one storm away from leaning on a power line? Are there too many low-hanging branches that might become a hazard? Or is the tree severely diseased or damaged from a heavy storm? 

It is important to know how you are going to maintain your trees before taking any further action. You can either prune your trees, which is like a light hair cut, or go for tree lopping North Sydney, which involves cutting most of the canopy away or removing the tree entirely (due to sickness or damage). You will also need to decide whether you will engage in the work yourself, or hire a specialist to do the work for you.

If you are not too much of a handyman or woman, tree pruning services are generally widely available in most cities or towns. However, if you feel comfortable using a small bush or pruning saw, secateurs and a small ladder, this work can be done on your own. It is important that you ensure your safety at all times such as using gloves, steel capped boots, safety glasses, head protection and general common sense, by stepping back and assessing the situation before you take action. It is also important that someone else be around in the event you may need assistance.

Tree lopping is a big job, and it is not advised that you undertake this yourself unless you are specifically trained in this area. This service, usually undertaken by a tree surgeon, requires the use of heavy-duty equipment and the necessary safety training. Tree lopping is important if the tree is diseased, or severely damaged. If the tree is just damaged, removing most of the canopy from the tree using this service will allow the tree to regrow (known as pollarding), and eventually return the tree to its natural healthy state.

Knowing your trees and maintaining them well on your property is key to preventing unwanted situations. You’ll keep your trees happy and healthy (and behaved!), and they will reward you with their natural benefits.

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