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


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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Posted on 21 Oct, 2021

Dead and dangerous.

A dead tree presents major risks to property and people. As the fibers break down, the tree’s structural integrity is compromised and becomes brittle and […]

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Posted on 12 Oct, 2021

Stake out?

When is the right time to remove your supportive tree stakes? A lot depends on the tree species and how fast it grows. Other factors […]

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Posted on 16 Sep, 2021

Feeding your trees.

  Just like people, in order for trees to be healthy, they need good food and water to be their very best.   A lack […]

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Posted on 28 Jul, 2021

Magnificent Magnolias

Magnificent Magnolias. Deciduous Magnolias are spectacular at the end of winter when the flowers appear before the leaves.  This behavior is known as hysteranthous, and […]

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Posted on 14 Jul, 2021


Coffee for you and your trees! When you enjoy a barista-made coffee from your favorite café grab some of the used coffee grinds, and recycle […]

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Posted on 29 Jun, 2021

Fungi on your trees?

Have you seen these on the trunks of your trees? Commonly known as Bracket fungi, arborists generally refer to them as Ganoderma (genus). They are […]

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Posted on 28 Jun, 2021

How to plant trees. 

How you plant your trees will have a massive impact on how well they thrive. Some trees will experience planting stress and so careful handling […]

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Posted on 25 May, 2021

Adding the wow factor

Landscaping around your trees can create a bit of magic. If you lift the crown of your trees, it offers a glimpse at a handsome […]

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Posted on 7 May, 2021

Slime Flux?

Have you noticed a stinky weeping spot on the bark of your tree? This is a common symptom of Bacterial Wetwood or Slime Flux. The […]

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Posted on 28 Apr, 2021

Is your tree protected?

When a tree is protected there a number of rules that apply to specify what can be done to the tree without applying for resource […]

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Posted on 19 Apr, 2021

Does your tree have a virus?

Trees are precious, and one with a virus can present an emotional dilemma for the owner.  The virus will not usually kill your tree, but […]

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Posted on 30 Mar, 2021

When to prune pip and stone fruit trees.

  Knowing when and how to prune deciduous fruit trees is essential for good fruit production. Autumn is the optimum time to prune pip and […]

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Posted on 10 Mar, 2021

How to prune your tree.

When you are pruning your trees, it’s important to use the correct techniques. One of the biggest mistakes I see is the incorrect use of […]

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Posted on 10 Nov, 2020

Tree Failure

There are many reasons why trees can fail, including weak branch unions, mechanical, decay, pests, disease, and climate. When you know why, you can take […]

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Posted on 9 Nov, 2020

Phoenix Palms

A new year often spurs us to get things done and do things better this year. If you have one of the previously popular Phoenix […]

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Posted on 8 Nov, 2020

Trees v Powerlines = lights out

Your trees are your responsibility, and if you don’t keep them out of powerlines you could be fined up to $10,000. Trees close to power […]

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Posted on 7 Nov, 2020

Why mulch?

Mulch is a great way to retain moisture and protect your soil. In nature, soil is not usually exposed to sun and wind, it is […]

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Posted on 6 Nov, 2020

Neighbourly neighbours

A lovely aspect about living in Auckland is that everyone is so friendly, and for the most part get on well with each other. Our […]

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Posted on 5 Nov, 2020

New Year and New Ideas

Welcoming in the New Year carries all sorts of promises to ourselves and hopefully some of those involve our gardens. If you really want your […]

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Posted on 4 Nov, 2020

Summer casualties

When necessities of life are scarce, the old, young, and compromised decline first. The hot weather is fantastic, but pot plants, veggie gardens, and lawns […]

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