Arborist Services

Tree & Shrub Planting

Trees often fail at the time they are becoming prominent figures in the landscape as a usual result of improper planting techniques in the first place. We specialize in proper planting of trees and shrubs in environments where they will flourish.
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Tree planting by the professionals

In addition to cutting trees, Arbor 1 can fulfill your tree planting needs. We can happily provide arboricultural advice on the best trees and shrubs for a particular space. Choosing the right tree for the right place is important, not least because it is likely to become a feature to be enjoyed for many years to come. The final size of the tree, when and how it flowers, what requirements the tree has to flourish, are just some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration. A poor choice can lead to the premature death of the tree, or equally may require constant remedial work to keep its size in check.

Remember, We have planted trees for a great number of years, Tony proudly carries a Diploma of Arboriculture and he spends more time with trees than he does with his family. This means I has a great deal of knowledge to offer you in the building of your new tree landscape.

Just as important as picking the correct tree, is a system of monitoring and maintenance especially in the tree’s early years. Poor maintenance of newly planted trees (frequently something as simple as adjusting the stake ties) can cause serious damage or even premature death. Equally problematic; failure to detect and correct early problems in the way the tree is growing can allow potentially dangerous features to develop that may need expensive and potentially harmful remedial work many years in the future.
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Transplanting Trees

Occasionally, a client will ask us to move a tree from one place in their landscape to another. This can be one of the most stressful things that ever can happen to a tree, and it takes several years for a tree to regenerate a normal root system. In the meantime, the root system will have difficulty supplying enough water for the leaves. Above ground growth will slow to a fraction of what it was before moving, gradually returning to normal as the root system grows and stress is reduced.

An established tree’s root system extends far beyond the branch tips (drip line), with a network of fine roots to absorb water from a large volume of soil. Unfortunately, we cannot always remove all the roots as generally a medium sized tree root system is bigger than a backyard swimming pool. Thus, when we dig a root ball for transplanting, even following the standards we generally need to cut a significant amount of root away.

This is an inescapable fact of transplanting, but one that underscores the importance of following proper digging and moving procedures. Let us use our techniques to help ensure transplanting success.

The best time to dig the tree is when it is dormant. The tree is better able to withstand the stress of root loss if it’s not also trying to support a leafy crown.
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Soil Testing

In order to better gauge the fertilization needs of your tree, we provide soil testing that checks soil reaction (pH), specific nutrient deficiencies, as well as soil drainage testing.
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Fertilizing

Trees growing in a residential setting are often found lacking essential nutrients because of competition with grass and other shrubs. In addition to this, the decomposing leaves that would normally put nutrients back into the soil are raked up. Our general fertilization program is a program designed to compensate for this situation. In tailoring a fertilization program to a customer’s property, we take into account the specific needs of the tree, any signs of deficiency, and the surrounding environment.

Types of Fertilization:

Soil injection

To enhance tree and shrub health, we inject fertilizer 4”-8” below the soil surface into the root zone, where there is little competition from turf for nutrient uptake. We use our slow release custom blend fertilizer, which includes mychorrizal fungi, biostimulants, and nutrients.

Tree injection

In emergency situations, where time is of the essence, we also carry out stem injection which is quicker but we do need to drill holes in the tree to apply.

Mycorrhizas are beneficial fungi that live in a symbiotic relationship with a tree or plant. They attach themselves to the root of the plant and spread out into the soil where they transport water and nutrients to the plant. They in turn live off the plant’s sugars. This mutually-beneficial relationship helps trees through times of drought and stress, and can even decrease the chance for root-related diseases.

Watering

We can check moisture levels in your gardens and advise on watering amounts needed. This is important during times of drought. We can even carry out watering if you are away.
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Mulching Laying

Mulching is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your trees and shrubs. Placing mulch around your tree improves soil quality, provides nutrients, reduces competition from turf, and reduces the likelihood of damage from Whiper snipers or lawn mowers. Mulch also adds insulation in both Winter and Summer plus it retains moisture. Helps to sustain a comfortable soil temperature which is very important considering the harsh conditions we have experienced over the years.
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Tree/Shrub Problem Diagnosis

It is usually fairly obvious if a tree is dead or dying. A dangerous tree is much harder to ascertain. When you visually inspect your tree we look out for fungal fruiting bodies, unnatural leans, swellings, cracks, cavities, weak forks, loose bark, damaged roots or crown dieback. These are possible indicators that all may not be well with the tree.

During the course of you walking around your gardens it is always a good idea that if anything arouses your suspicions as to a tree’s health and condition your first step is to write it down and take photos. Your arborist should only be a phone call away, and if you seek further advice then you should always call on a competent certified arborist to come for a further inspection.

Remember the sooner the tree is inspected, then the better the chances of a remedy.
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Insect and Disease Control

Certain insect or disease problems can be controlled to below a certain threshold by cultural controls that the customer can implement. If chemical controls are deemed necessary, we can offer a full pest control program using time-tested insecticides and fungicides.
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Pre-Construction Advice

When planning large-scale landscape construction (or home additions) in which large equipment will be driven in proximity to trees, it is best to get us to mark out protection zones for trees. When it comes to trees and construction, preventative tree work is cheaper than ongoing rejuvenation or tree removal.

Preventative tree work is far cheaper than trying to repair damage to trees.
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Consultations

  • We can carry out surveys and management development plans for existing trees and shrubs.
  • We can diagnose disease, insect, or other plant health care issues.
  • We can give individual tree assessment for the purpose of evaluating hazardous trees.
  • We can plan and implement tree safe working, protection zones, and rejuvenation requirements of areas to preserve the trees on sites before and after construction occurs.
  • And we can make evaluations of individual trees and shrubs, or entire properties, for any legal, tax, or insurance purposes.

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Leveling

We can level out the areas where your trees were removed so you can start on your next project.
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Turfing

We can turf areas where trees have been removed, at a cost so you are not left with a dirt patch.
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Seeding

We can seed areas where trees have been removed, at a cost, so you are not left with a long lasting dirt patch.
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Logs for Milling

We are able to get your logs milled if you wish, at a cost, we can do this in one of two ways, either onsite or off-site.
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Logs Milled

We can also direct you to our Miller to source milled timber and crafted natural wood.
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