Christmas Trees

With Christmas in the air some of you may be looking at investing in a tree to make that air ‘pine-scented’. It doesn’t have to be a ‘traditional’ tree with many options available to the antipodean apart from the usual evergreen conifer such as a pine or fir tree. You may even like to grow …

Drought-proof Gardens

It might seem silly to think about drought proofing your garden with the steady bouts of rain we’ve been having and especially considering what it was like last summer. However drought conditions are really never as far away as you think. We had some record hot days in January! There’s a common misconception that natives …

Benefits of Trees

Trees certainly come to the fore around this time of year and with good tree management they can add a wonderful dimension to your garden. The benefits of trees are innumerable. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, a great feature in your yard, they are great for the environment too -they give us the very …

Allergies

Now you may or may not recall that I touched upon the bane of many garden lovers (or not), hay fever, this time last year – I may have been complaining. Well it’s that time again and as I sniffle and sneeze and rub at my eyes as I write this I thought it might …

Flowering Trees

When I think of spring I usually think of flowers. Annuals are classically in abundance but there’s nothing more spectacular than a tree or shrub bursting with colour. There’s some marvellous natives out there to choose from, like the wonderfully diverse arrays of Grevilleas, Acacias, Banksias, Callistemons (bottlebrushes), Melaleucas, and even the numerous types of …

National Tree Day

Sunday 29 July is National Tree Day. Now into its seventeenth year the Planet Ark event is designed to engage communities around Australia, promoting the care of the environment by way of Australia’s biggest community tree-planting. It’s simple -plant (and care for) a native tree or shrub to improve our natural environment and raise awareness …

Tree Safety

Tree safety starts with good tree health –even small branches can have a serious weight behind them when they fall and a potentially deadly weight in some of the larger branches. A regular pruning and lopping plan for practical health and safety reasons can be a good idea. A balanced general appearance will make your …

Unexpected Leaf Drop

It may be autumn but not all leaf drop is a good thing. Some trees simply aren’t designed to lose their leaves -or very few at least. Evergreens will still drop their leaves occasionally but it’s really when healthy, vigorous trees start to shed their foliage when they shouldn’t, that we should begin to worry. …