How To Maintain Your Trees in Summer

How To Maintain Your Trees in Summer

Summer is now officially in full swing, but are you doing all you can to maintain your trees and shrubs?

In this article, our experts will take you through everything you should be doing to ensure your backyard not only looks great in the summer months, but is as healthy as can be. 

What You Should Be Doing in Summer

While summer may not be the perfect time to plant your trees, shrubs and other plants, there are definitely other things you can do to maintain your  yard and ensure your flora is in optimum health.

Here, we’ll go through the most important tasks you should be doing:

Mulching & Fertilising

Technically, mulching and fertilising should probably be done in Spring, but Summer is also a great time to add mulch to your garden beds (or top up your existing mulch). Ensure you do your research and are using the right mulch/fertiliser for your plants before starting the process.

Pruning

Again, this is something you usually do in Spring (or whenever best advised by your nursery staff – depending on your tree or plant type), but if you haven’t got around to pruning, Summer may just be the time to do so. 

Watering

Everyone knows how hot it can get in Summer in Queensland. So while you need to maintain your own hydration levels, you should also ensure your plants and trees are getting the water they need to survive extreme heat.

Where possible, try to water your yard early in the day or later in the afternoon, when it’s a little cooler and you don’t burn your plants and trees.

Inspecting Your Flora

It might seem a little excessive, but it’s a good idea to inspect your trees every day (or as often as possible) if you want them to maintain their health.

By doing this, you will pick up on any anomalies and deal with smaller problems before they become major issues that will affect the rest of your plants.

Prepare for Storms

You’ll likely want to have prepared for storms before storm season starts, but the reality is that thunderstorms can hit at any time of the year. They’re just a lot more likely to occur in the warmer months.

The best way to prepare for storms in terms of your plants and trees is to arrange an inspection to assess which ones in your yard are likely to fall in a storm and cause damage to your property.

By removing the offending trees, you minimise the risk of damage, which keeps you and your family safe.

Organise Pest Control

In Summer, there are a lot of different pests around. If you spot pests and other nasty insects on your trees and plants, you might want to organise for a professional pest control company to come and inspect your property.

This will, hopefully, keep the disease and/or damage contained to that particular area, instead of spreading to nearby plants and trees.

Prevent Fires

Debris such as leaves, branches and other green waste are quite literally fuel for fire, and this is especially something you want to avoid in the Summer months (when the potential for bushfires increases exponentially).

Do the right thing and clean up your yard, or arrange for a professional land clearing team to get the job done.

How Affordable Tree Service Can Help

As a homeowner, you want to be sure you’re getting the right advice to maintain the health of your trees. And this is something you can be certain of when you contact our professionals at Affordable Tree Service.

Our qualified and highly skilled team members can assist with any number of services to maintain your trees, from stump grinding and land clearing, to health assessments, storm preparation, tree removal and so much more.

For expert help with maintaining your trees during Summer, contact us today.

What is Palm Tree Cleaning (& Why You Need It)

What is Palm Tree Cleaning (& Why You Need It)

Do you have a palm tree in your yard but don’t use professional palm cleaning services?

In this article, our experts will discuss what palm cleaning is, the benefits of investing in it, if you can do it yourself and when to call our qualified team members at Affordable Tree Service for assistance.

What is Palm Tree Cleaning?

Let’s start with the basics. What is palm tree cleaning, exactly?

Palm tree cleaning is fairly self-explanatory, really. It’s simply about removing any dead fronds seeds and other unnecessary hanging foliage from your tree. When cleaning your tree, you should also remove any pods as these attract birds and bats.

Can You DIY Palm Cleaning?

Technically, you can do your own palm tree cleaning. But the question is whether you actually should. Tree maintenance and palm tree cleaning can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing or have the proper qualifications and knowledge to get it done right and efficiently.

It’s also very time consuming and can be quite expensive when you factor in the cost of hiring equipment, obtaining permits and everything else that is involved.

For these reasons we would never recommend you attempt to do palm cleaning on your property yourself. Always contact a professional like those we have on our team at Affordable Tree Service. 

Why You Should Invest in Palm Tree Cleaning

As with other tree maintenance, there are so many benefits of investing in palm tree cleaning services. Here we’ll discuss some of the most common advantages:

Aesthetically Pleasing

When well maintained, palm trees are a great addition to your property, and can give your landscaping a grand appeal. But when you don’t have them regularly cleaned, they can look scraggly and off-putting, which is not great.

This is especially advantageous if you want to increase your curb appeal when selling your property. 

Maintain Tree Health

If you’re going to have palm trees in your yard, you want to make sure they’re healthy. You can do this by ensuring your trees are maintained and professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Improve Longevity

It almost goes without saying, but a healthier tree will live longer. When you invest in palm cleaning, you are improving your chances of your tree living longer.

Prevents Pests

Pests can destroy not only your palm tree but other plants and foliage on your property. If your palm tree is not cleaned regularly, you run the risk of attracting pests to your home and endangering your plants.

Safer

We’ve mentioned that we would not recommend cleaning palm trees yourself because of the danger involved. That’s one of the benefits of investing in professional tree cleaning. Not only will you get rid of the berries and fronds that could fall and potentially hurt someone, you also don’t have to put yourself at risk because you’ve arranged for a professional to do the work for you.

Save Time & Money

Another thing we touched on before was the cost involved in hiring equipment to do palm tree cleaning. When you choose to work with our professionals, you are essentially saving time and money, and who doesn’t love that?

When to Contact Affordable Tree Service

Affordable Tree Service has been working in this industry for over four decades, and we have the experience to match. All our team members are qualified, licensed and specially trained in palm tree maintenance and cleaning services to complete your work professionally and efficiently.

We even bring our own equipment and clean up after ourselves, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

Need palm tree cleaning on your property? Call our qualified experts today to arrange an obligation-free quote.

How Long Do Palm Trees Live?

In warm climates like those Queensland experiences, palm trees can be a great option for homeowners looking for a tropical outlook and privacy. But just how long do palm trees live?

In this article, our experts answer all your burning questions including providing information on the average life expectancy of a palm tree, how to tell if one is sick or dying and where to go for removal assistance.


What’s The Average Life Expectancy of a Palm Tree?


A palm tree’s life expectancy depends on the species you choose, and how you maintain it. Some of the most common types of palm trees include:
– golden cane palm
– Australian fan palm
– parlour palm

On average, a palm tree can live for between 60 and 100 years in the right environment. 

Signs a Palm Tree is Sick or Dying 


As magnanimous and impenetrable as a palm tree may seem, it is not adverse to disease. There are a few signs you can look out for if you think your tree might be dying, such as:

Discoloured Leaves 

Discoloured or wilting leaves are a sure sign your tree is lacking the nutrients it needs to live – potassium, manganese and magnesium.

Pests 

Pests are something you can rarely avoid with any tree, even a palm tree. Mites, caterpillars and other bugs especially enjoy these species. You can see evidence of their infestation through the holes they leave.

Brown Trunk or Yellowing Fronds 

A brown trunk or yellowing fronds is another sign your tree is unwell or dying.


It’s important to note that, unlike other trees, a dead palm tree will not fall over as soon as it dies. Often, they remain standing for 12 months or so before the bark dies off and they lose their stability.


Can You Revive a Sick Palm Tree? 


Technically, with the right treatment, a sick or dying palm tree may be returned to full health. Some things you can try are:

– moving the tree from its current location
– providing ample shade
– using fertiliser and other approved methods

Before attempting a treatment on your palm tree, you should consult an expert to ensure it’s the best course of action.


Where to Go for Assistance with Palm Tree Removal 


Sometimes – no matter how hard you try – it’s impossible to save a sick or dying palm tree. If this is the case, and you need to remove a tree safely from your property, it’s best to contact the experts.

At Affordable Tree Service, we have some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry, with decades of experience and professionalism. We’re prompt, with qualifications and licensing to back up all of our services, ensuring you receive the best work possible every time.

To arrange your palm tree removal services, contact our team today.

What to Consider When Planting or Landscaping in Your Backyard

Before you start planting or landscaping in your backyard, there are a few things you need to consider.

As professional arborists and specialists in tree maintenance or removal, we’re often asked about what trees are best to plant when landscaping.

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most important considerations you need to make when planning landscaping and planting in your backyard, and when to contact our experts for assistance.

Factors to Consider When Planting or Landscaping

In this section, we’ll be focusing on the factors you need to keep in mind if you want to ensure the plants or trees you choose for your backyard (or front yard) will be right for you.

Space You Have Available

The space you have available will always help determine the types of plants or trees you can choose from. For instance, if you have a smaller backyard that is not conducive to larger, more well established trees (or those with large root systems), you may want to stay away from them.

On the other hand, if space is not a problem, the sky may indeed be the limit in terms of what you have available.

What You Already Have

When choosing trees, shrubs or other plants for your yard, it’s a good idea to think about the species you already have. You want to make sure that whatever you introduce will not interfere or damage your existing flora, but rather enhance the space as a whole.

Your Environment

You need to also think of your environment, and the type of tree you want. For example, if you are looking at a tree that thrives well in full sun, but your backyard is shady and cold, you’ll need to review your choice.

How Big Your Tree Will Grow

One thing that some people forget about is how trees (and their root systems) grow.

You may pick and plant a smaller tree or shrub, but will it stay that way? And what’s it doing underground? You want to make sure it has the space it needs to thrive without interfering with your other plants or trees.

Lifespan & Maintenance

Also consider how long your tree is expected to live, and what you need to do in order for it to have a long life.

If you’re looking for something more maintenance-free, that you can swap in and out as the seasons change, your options will be different than if you’re prepared for something with a much longer lifespan or time commitment.

Additionally when considering the maintenance involved – or if you decide to outsource such things to services like ours – cost is another factor to keep in mind.

Preparing for Planting

In our business, preparation is key and that’s never more true than when you are revamping your landscaping or backyard layout.

If you need to remove existing trees to make way for new additions, or require services such as stump grinding, land clearing or something else entirely, you may need to talk to our team at Affordable Tree Service to assist you in this.

Permission

Do you need permission to plant your chosen trees? Or do you need permission from Council or body corporate authorities to arrange tree removal services? This is definitely something you need to consider before you proceed with landscaping or planting, especially in communal spaces.

Diseases, Pests & Insects

What kinds of diseases will the tree you have in mind fall victim to? Do you know how to treat them? Do insects like bees or butterflies love their flora, or is it something more prone to pest infestation? These are all things you need to factor in when making the right decision for you and your yard.

Pets & Children

If you have pets and children, one of the most important things you need to think of is whether the tree you want will be conducive to that environment.

Not only do you want to make sure your children or pets will be healthy and safe around it, also consider whether it’s durable and will be able to stand up to the wear and tear of their rough and tumble play.

When to Call the Affordable Tree Service Experts

We always believe in asking for help when the task is beyond your capabilities. As such, if you’re uncertain about the types of trees or plants that will suit your backyard – or simply need our services in removing existing trees – contact the qualified team at Affordable Tree Service.

To arrange a tree removal service or inspection from qualified professionals you can trust, contact us today.

Common Tree Diseases in Queensland

Tree Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Common Tree Diseases in Queensland

If a tree gets really sick, you need to do something about it.

In this article, we’ll discuss common tree diseases you need to be aware of when planting trees in Queensland, signs your tree might be sick and what to do about it.

We’ll also talk about when you’re able to diagnose a tree yourself, and when it’s best to consult the experts.

Common Tree Diseases in Queensland

No matter how much you care for your trees, it’s a fact of life that they may eventually fall victim to diseases and become sick.

Here we’ll break down the different types of tree diseases you need to be aware of in Queensland and signs you may have an unhealthy tree on your hands.

Cypress Canker

Cypress canker is a huge problem for conifer trees. It spreads via the wind, water and insects. It is known for thriving in wet conditions where a tree becomes waterlogged.

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle rust is highly infectious and should be treated quickly by a professional. This disease commonly attacks natives like bottlebrush, eucalyptus and tea trees.

It prevents new growth and weakens the immune system. If left to spread throughout your tree or to other trees, it will kill them.

Peacock Spot

Peacock spot is common among olive trees. Left untreated, it will result in stunted growth and poor fruit development.

Root Rot

Root rot is definitely a tree disease you need to be aware of, as initially, it can be difficult to identify. This is because it starts underground and doesn’t make itself known until well advanced.

Citrus Gall Wasp

As indicated by its name, the citrus gall wasp attacks fruit and citrus trees. It presents itself with a small protrusion (or gall) which needs to be removed as quickly as possible.

Pink Disease

Pink disease is another problem prevalent in citrus trees or woody trees, especially those in tropical climates. Look out for fungi with this one.

Signs Your Tree May Be Sick or Infected by Pests

While every disease presents with its own symptoms, there are some signs to look out for if you want to ensure your trees remain healthy. Common indications of a sick tree are:

  • pale and yellowing leaves or branches
  • wilting or chewed leaves
  • peeling or cracked bark
  • absence of lush growth
  • presence of galls (on fruit or citrus trees)
  • fungi
  • yellow spores
  • pests or insects on bark, trunk or leaves
  • black spots
  • white spots
  • ringbarking
  • slow growth or no growth at all
  • brown or grey spots (particularly those with purple or red haloes)

What to Do if You Think a Tree is Sick, Pest Infected or Dying

If you think a tree is sick, pest-infected or dying, we would not recommend trying to diagnose the issue yourself.

Our highly-skilled team of qualified arborists and professionals can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as options for removal.

To arrange for an accurate diagnosis of your sick tree or engage our removal services, get in touch with us today.

Cost of Stump Removal

Tree Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Cost of Stump Removal

When it comes to tree or stump removal, cost is often a major consideration for many homeowners.

In this article, we’ll discuss what you can expect to pay when organising professional stump removal services on your property, the factors that influence this and when to contact the experts at Affordable Tree Service for assistance.

What’s the Average Cost of Tree or Stump Removal?

Unfortunately, there’s no one price you can expect to pay when organising professional tree or stump removal services. Some tree removal will cost a couple of hundred dollars while others are much more expensive.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Professional Stump Removal Services?

There are several factors you need to consider when organising professional stump removal services, all of which may influence the cost you can expect to pay.

In this section, we’ll break down some of the most common considerations and how they affect the potential cost of your service.

Permits

Often if you want to remove a particular tree or stump in Brisbane or Queensland properties, you need to consult council for permission.

While your tree removal professional can help you in terms of providing direction, and often already have the right licensing needed to remove stumps, additional licensing or restrictions may increase your quote.

Type of Tree or Stump and Service Required

The type of tree stump you need to have removed will greatly influence the type of stump removal.

For instance, softer trees like palms are potentially a lot easier to remove than other trees, so you may not need specialist equipment. In this case, the cost may be a lot cheaper than other tree types and will often help determine the type of service you require from your experienced tree removal specialist.

Root Systems

Root systems sometimes come down to the type of tree, however this is worth its own point of consideration when helping to determine the cost of your service.

Understandably, the deeper and more ingrained the root system, the more difficult it may be to remove the stump. This may influence the amount of labour (and potential equipment) required, which in turn will determine the price.

Number of Trees

The more trees you have to remove, the more expensive your stump removal services will be. That’s why you need to specify this when requesting a quote from your professional stump removal service.

Condition

Often, the condition of a tree or stump will be taken into account and will help determine stump removal cost.

For instance, if a tree is dead but still in relatively good condition, it is likely that the cost will be much less than one that is incredibly sick or in terrible condition.

Clean Up

At Affordable Tree Service, we try to keep our work areas as clean as possible and leave your property in the same condition as we found it. However, this is something we (and others like us) need to consider when providing you with an accurate estimate.

Accessibility

Accessibility plays a large part in determining cost, just in the same way as the type of service you require and the type of tree you have will.

For instance, if access to the stump in question is tricky, and we need specialist equipment to access the area, this will need to be factored into any costs we provide you with when quoting on services.

When to Contact Affordable Tree Service

At Affordable Tree Service, we pride ourselves on providing quality service for stump removal that doesn’t cost you the earth. For a professional, reliable service you can trust, contact our team today.

To arrange an obligation free quote for your stump removal cost, get in touch with our experts at Affordable Tree Service.

The Thomases, Cashmere

We would like to thank the team of Affordable Tree Service for the work done on our property on Tuesday. We had obtained a number of quotes and your quote was more affordable than the other companies.

We had garden beds directly below the large trees and over the past few years these gardens had established themselves and were looking really good. We were putting off having the trees lopped for fear that the gardens would be ruined. When the team arrived I was assured that these gardens would not be damaged, looking at these huge trees I remained a bit skeptical. I was amazed how quickly and professionally these huge trees were lopped by the team, I was also astounded to see on completion of their hard work that the gardens remained unharmed and the property was left clean.

All we can say is thank you, thank you, for your professional service given by all, I would definitely use your company again and recommend you to all friends and acquaintances.

Kind regards,

Ms Lombardi, Aspley

I wish to commend you on your staff and the service they provide. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of dealing with your firm. My initial contact was very pleasant. The woman who came to give the quote (which was true to your name – very affordable) was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly.

On the day that the trees were to be chopped down your employees arrived right on time, which I truly appreciated, as I have had many experiences when trades persons have not kept to their schedules. The fellows performed the job with the minimum of fuss and acted in a very professional manner. I appreciated that they also chopped down a branch from a tree, which was not part of the original quote, without any fuss. They left my yard so clean, that apart from the missing trees, you could not tell that they had been around.

I wish to compliment you and your employees on a job well done, I have no hesitation in recommending your company to any of my friends.

T. Disbrough, Hendra | Affordable Tree Service

I would like to bring to your attention the fact that you are running a terrific service. The gentlemen who performed some branch cutting at my property yesterday were exceptional. They were polite and performed the work requested to a better level than expected. They really are a credit to your company. Please pass on my thanks to them for an exceptional job.

Congratulations on running such a wonderful business/service.

P.S. I was surprised your company put so much effort to leave the property tidy!!