Finding the best solution for trees and people to live in harmony.


Posted on 28 Apr, 2024

Balancing Light and Privacy, the power of tree thinning in Auckland.

Trees in Auckland are often used as screens from neighbors, but this can sometimes lead to very dark areas of the property. You would be […]

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Posted on 30 Mar, 2024

How to plant a tree in Auckland.

How to plant a tree in Auckland. When you have spent time and money on a young tree, then take some time to make sure […]

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Posted on 30 Mar, 2024

Do your fruit trees fruit from new or old wood?

Many clients have pruned their pip and stone fruit tree only to find the following year they have no fruit. This is because it is […]

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Posted on 29 Mar, 2024

Why do trees “bleed”?

When a tree starts to “bleed” it is essentially exuding sap or resin through the bark in response to an injury or stress. Bleeding is […]

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Posted on 7 Mar, 2024

Heartwood Decay and Jelly Ear Fungus

Jelly Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula judae ) plays a crucial role in decomposing dead wood and recycling nutrients back into the soil. The problem is […]

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Posted on 29 Feb, 2024

Deciduous tree nutrition.

To give your deciduous fruit trees a head start for next season’s fruit, an application of sulphate of potash just before your tree begins its […]

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Posted on 28 Feb, 2024

Sooty Citrus?

Citrus trees bring a Mediterranean flair to New Zealand gardens, but their vibrancy can be marred by sooty mould, a common issue caused by sap-sucking […]

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Posted on 30 Jan, 2024

Kowhai caterpillar

Is your Kowhai looking a little worse for wear and losing its leaves? I’ve noticed my tree here in Pukekohe has started to get some […]

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Posted on 26 Jan, 2024

Toxic Karaka berries can be fatal for dogs.

We are seeing plenty of fruit this season on our Karaka trees around Franklin, especially in Pukekohe,  Papakura, and Manukau. This is great for reproduction […]

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Posted on 30 Nov, 2023

Care for your mature trees.

Looking after mature trees in Auckland and Franklin. A mature tree is a pleasure to behold in a garden and gives a sense of history […]

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Posted on 3 Nov, 2023

Tree care for Schools

If you are part of a School Board of Trustees you will know how critical it is to provide a safe environment for students, staff, […]

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Posted on 13 Oct, 2023

Magic mulch

If you look at plants in nature, the soil is not usually void of cover. There will naturally be leaf litter,  plants, and animal debris […]

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Posted on 28 Jul, 2023

Pruning your Palm

Palms grow well in Auckland and can add interesting aesthetics to any garden. There are many varieties to choose from, so choose wisely. The Phoenix […]

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Posted on 28 Jul, 2023

Topping hurts trees.

Topping trees is very stressful for the tree. If more than 50% of the leaf-bearing crown is removed, a tree can be temporarily starved, compromising […]

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Posted on 27 Jul, 2023

How to prune your apple tree.

Getting the most out of your apple tree will depend on how well you prune the tree. Apple trees benefit hugely from a good prune. […]

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Posted on 30 Jun, 2023

Getting the balance right.

Trimming trees promotes healthy growth, improves aesthetics, and improves safety. A crucial aspect of trimming trees is to obtain balance. Not only does a balanced […]

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Posted on 14 Apr, 2023

Specimen Citrus Trees

Citrus are underrated specimen trees that offer a massive bang for little effort or expense. They are evergreen, offering gorgeous waxy green leaves, great fragrant […]

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Posted on 3 Mar, 2023

Windthrown trees

As NZ experiences extreme wild weather, so too is it more likely there will be severe tree damage. It is essential that the homeowner understands […]

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Posted on 2 Oct, 2022

Why and how to remove sucker growth?

Trees are often grafted onto rootstock for several reasons. They include: Improved Growth Characteristics: Certain rootstocks are selected for their desirable growth traits, such as […]

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Posted on 17 Aug, 2022

Is a leaning tree always dangerous?

Often people assume that a leaning tree poses a danger to the safety of their house or their family and  therefore the tree needs be […]

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Posted on 31 Jul, 2022

Shaping leaves.

Trees have adapted ways to maximize how the leaf captures the sunlight without compromising tree health. Trees that grow in the lower canopy often have […]

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Posted on 21 Jul, 2022

Winter Nudity

What’s going on in winter under a naked tree? As the final month of winter approaches, it signals trees to start forming buds for the […]

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Posted on 17 Jun, 2022

Tree pruning for surviving storms

Good tree pruning can greatly reduce the risks of trees suffering damage during wind gusts and storms. A good visual assessment of trees will identify […]

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Posted on 30 May, 2022

Stake it right, save its life!

With the weather starting to deteriorate it’s a great reminder to check on your trees that are currently staked and any other young trees that […]

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Posted on 20 May, 2022


Phytophthora root rot is one of the most common causes of root and stem decay in trees and shrubs and removal of the infected plant […]

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Posted on 5 May, 2022

Lichen on your trees?

Worried about lichen on your plants? Don’t panic they are not detrimental to your tree’s health. They are simply using your tree as an anchor […]

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Posted on 11 Apr, 2022

Ringbarking damage on trees.

When this tree was hit by a car it lost substantial cambium and bark, crucial for the transport of water and food required for its […]

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Posted on 1 Apr, 2022

Trees or veggie garden?

There is something utterly satisfying about eating food you have grown, but if you don’t have room for both, consider and compare the effort and […]

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Posted on 17 Nov, 2021

Curley leaf?

Curley leaf, or Taphrina deformans, is a common unattractive fungal disease that affects peaches and nectarines. The spores overwinter in the bark of trees and […]

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Posted on 16 Nov, 2021

Outsmart the possums!

Possums are an introduced pest and eat new foliage, flowers, and fruit from your trees, and of course, they decimate our bird population by eating […]

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