Before the Storm… How to Prepare When preparing for storm seasons The summer (between December - February) is a season of storms in Gold Coast, the tropical storms are common in the late afternoon. To be prepared and to prepare the trees close to your property we created this post with helpful tips.
‘get ready’ for storm seasonTo help you the government of the City of Gold Coast created a webpage with a bunch of information to 'get ready' for storm season. You will find there a bunch of information divided between:
- Preparing for a disaster
- During a disaster
- Recovering from a disaster
- Disaster coordination
- City news updates - news.cityofgoldcoast.com.au
Strom Season 2018/2019 Advice for treesHave your trees inspected regularly (e.g. every two years) so that any problems can be addressed early and at a time that suits you. A qualified and experienced arborist can do this efficiently and economically.
Look for potential hazardsLook for potential hazards and investigate the condition of your trees. You or a qualified arborist should look for damage such as:
- cracks in the trunk or major limbs;
- ages and decayed trees;
- hanging branches;
- improperly formed branches;
- one-sided or significantly leaning trees;
- and branches that may come into contact with the house.
Know your treeSome species are more prone to storm damage. You should have a qualified arborist evaluate your trees for hardiness and resilience. Being aware of trees which may succumb to harsh weather conditions will help you decide if you want to replace these potentially dangerous species.
Do not top or lop your treesUntrained individuals may urge you to cut back or lop all of the branches, on the mistaken assumption that it will help avoid breakage in future storms. However, professional arborists say that topping, the cutting of main branches back to stubs, is extremely harmful and unhealthy for your trees. Re-growth will be weakly attached branches that are higher and are more likely to break when a storm strikes. Also, topping will reduce the amount of foliage, on which the tree depends for the food and nourishment needed for re-growth. A topped tree that has already sustained major storm damage is more likely to die than repair itself.
Protect your assetsTrees may increase property value by up to 15% or more. Find out if your homeowner’s insurance will cover any damage your landscape may sustain due to natural causes and include the total value of your trees when listing your assets for coverage. A qualified arborist can provide an estimated value by inspecting your trees. Trees are dynamic living things that require proper care. Hiring a qualified arborist who can assist you with pre-storm inspections and post-storm repairs can help avoid unnecessary loss of your trees.
Tree servicesPro Tree Works can offer you tree services such as:
Trees provide an enormous range of benefits, some are often overlooked:
- Enhancement of local environment and ecosystems
- Provision of shade and shelter
- Reduction of pollutants and sequestration of Carbon Dioxide
- Improved well being
Pruning and removing trees can be dangerous and technically difficult job, and should only be carried out by those who are trained to do so. Trees are also a great asset and can increase property values significantly as well as being large, complex organisms in their own right: poor maintenance of your trees can result in loss of tree health and/or structural stability. Arborists care for trees and provide services that can improve and enhance your tree’s health, visual amenity and long term structural integrity.
As water restrictions increase more and more gardeners are becoming water wise. Here are some of our helpful tips that will save you both time and money.
- Add organic matter to enhance your soil. Soils that are rich in organic matter absorb and hold moisture and nutrients more easily, while also containing the right structure for healthy root growth.
- Increase the soil’s water retention by mulching. Spread a thick layer of mulch over the soil, ideally 7.5cm or more thick.
- When mature, trees should not grow to within two metres of powerlines - that is, the powerline from the street to your home and the powerlines that run along your street or in easements (diagram 1).
- Before planting on ENERGEX easements always contact ENERGEX on 13 12 53 to check if there are any special planting requirements.
- If you want to plant taller plants, apply the 45-degree rule: Plant at a distance from the powerline at least equal to the expected mature height of the plant (diagram 2).