There's nothing like eating a piece of juicy fruit that you've just picked from your own tree. Some of the most common fruit trees in Australian backyards are citrus and stone fruit - particularly peaches, apricots and nectarines. These are usually selected because they are self-fertile, and do not require pollination by insects or other creatures. They also thrive in most Australian climates, although stone fruit don't tend to do so well in colder parts of the country.
Ignoring a tree when it needs some maintenance and trimming can actually be downright dangerous, as falling branches can be a hazard on their own, but they can also bring down power lines and cables when they fall. Sometimes it can be obvious that a tree needs some maintenance and trimming; a branch may be literally resting on power lines as it starts to cracks at the base, and of course it then needs to be trimmed.
When you visit a lumber yard or home improvement store, all those pieces of wood may look exactly the same to you. However, there is a reason why there are so many different prices for timber, and why they're often classified with different technical terms. Choosing the wrong type of timber can mean selecting pieces that detract from the overall look of a project and which in turn requires more work for you, or it may mean overpaying for a type of timber you do not really need.
For a homeowner, removing the stump of a recently felled tree can be the most difficult part of the job. Tree stumps look unsightly and can be a potential trip hazard. In an attempt to remove the stump, homeowners use chainsaws, axes and fire. In most cases, this only serves to remove a section of the stump. There are two very effective tools to use together to get rid of the stump entirely: potassium nitrate in powder form and time.
Many property owners covet trees for their ability to provide privacy, scenery and screen the property from some of the harsh outdoor weather conditions. Some general small branch maintenance can be done to trees with a set of secateurs. However, removing a large and heavy branch or limb needs an altogether different approach. There is a technique to it; this article examines the proper way to remove a large tree limb and also looks at what can happen to the tree if the limb is removed incorrectly.
If you live in an old house, you might find that some of the trees in your yard are as old, or older, than your house. Trees are a great link to the past of the house, but as they get older, like any living thing, they need a little more tender loving care! I help homeowners restore and maintain the trees at their house so that they look beautiful and healthy again. If you are the proud owner of an older tree and want to make sure it retains its natural glory, keep reading for my hints and tips.