Why do people remove trees?

You may ask. Trees are normally considered as vital assets on commercial and residential properties, particularly in areas where shade is significant in reducing energy plus cooling costs. They also provide beauty and improve the landscape. However, there are some few instances where tree removal becomes essential so as to preserve the value and long-term health of the property. Tree Removal Melbourne has compiled this list that are 15 reasons to remove trees

1. When the tree is dead. A dead tree or a dying one should be removed as soon as you recognise it. Otherwise it will continue to be a danger to anyone in its vicinity and could fall at any time.

2. When a tree becomes unhealthy. You should notice when its branches or the top is dying, or the trunk is showing signs of decay you should have it removed.

3. If it was damaged in a storm, or when its roots are encroaching on your garage, house, utility lines, or other important structures.

4. Tree removal is also necessary when it’s leaning in a precarious direction, like towards your property, deck, driveway or the kids’ play area. Occasionally this is not so obvious!

5. When it drops bothersome needles or leaves, cotton, sap, seeds and/or branches.

6. When it’s blocking your views, or creating too much shade and preventing the growth of your lawn.

7. Tree removal is also necessary when you are planning landscape renovations which might damage the tree.

8. Trees can also be removed from commercial or residential properties for construction or logistical purposes. For instance, industrial projects for building construction or road expansion may require land, and the existing trees to be removed.

9. When the tree has structural problems such as interior decay.

10. The environment a tree grows in also influences if it should be removed. Trees that grow on rock ledges or close to water body often have shallow root systems and these can be dangerous.

11. Tree removal can also be as a result of when it has cracks in the main trunk or it has formed a bad crotch.

12. There is crowding among trees on your property.

13. When an insect infection is going to eventually cause its death or may spread to other trees.

14. When the tree becomes too big for its location and poses a danger if it should fall down or drop branches.

It’s not advised that you should perform tree removal on your own without assistance of a certified arborist. An arborist may help you avoid a dangerous situation, and bring along the necessary tools for removing the wood and branches which normally create some mess on the ground.

How To Build a Garden Pond

Why You Should Own Garden Pond

In my humble opinion no landscape garden is complete without a water feature. Garden ponds can be a nice little place full of life and surprises of mother nature. A small garden pond can enrich your life and will add and beautiful surroundings.


Want to Have Your Own Paradise in the Garden?

Every time I get home, I let my eyes dwell on olive green leaves of water lilies, colourful flowers and merry group of gold fish which are playing between aquatic plants. I sat on the grass, close my eyes and listen to the murmur of the stream. Fish collect in a compact group and wait for food. Dove fly down next to me and quenches the thirst in the brook. Green and blue dragonflies fly above the water lilies and deposit their eggs among underwater vegetation. I started to feel at ease from my busy day and enjoy the moist air at the pond. I am calm and relaxed, worries are gone.

The beauty of water reflection, soothing murmur of moving water and life that is attracted by water makes the pond a popular place for all people, regardless of culture or age.

Relaxation At The Garden Pond In Every Season

Pond is a snapshot of nature, which eventually grows into a complete biotope unit. It’s like a living thing which is changing and evolving. For a healthy and clean water are important even the smallest parts of the pond – from the invisible microorganisms, through different plants and to lively fish.

We need to know that the Far East countries are the ponds for centuries an important addition to gardens and houses. The pond and its running water can greatly reduce the negative Chi and can bring positive Chi in our homes. The pond can certainly have a significant influence on inflow of positive energy in our home. Additions of rocks in the pond will soften balance of Yang energy and plants will have positive affect on the balance of Yin energy. And even if we leave aside the whole Feng Shui, we can talk about the pond as a relaxing garden area, which can be used for meditation. Pond with vivid fish and rippling water can change boring garden in a living place, which is highly inspiring and extremely relaxing.

Are You Ready To Rock?

Firstly we should check if our garden allows building pond. If we cannot set up the pond, we should at least think about setting up water fountain. But let us focus now to the pond.

When looking for a location for your pond you should take into account the size and depth of the pond and its vegetation. If you want to have lush vegetation, the pond must be at least 4-5 hours per day exposed to direct sunlight. The ideal location is in a full or partial shade during peak midday summer heat. Because of autumn leaves, it is recommended that the pond is not standing right next to the trees and bushes.

A Practical Guide to Building & Maintaining Your Pond

The book is a wonderful guide to the world of garden ponds. On more than 200 pages you will find all necessary information about setting up and maintaining the ponds, as well as plenty of practical advice on how to overcome any difficulties. Yes, difficulties can occur – the pond is as living creature.

Are You Convinced? Wanna Have One?

Well, we have decided. We will make a pond. Now what? Most garden ponds are made using plastic pre-formed pond or from special pond liner. Let’s look at both systems.

Plastic pre-formed pond

If you have limited space, I recommend the plastic pre-formed pond. Many plastic pre-formed pond models are already equipped with parts for the swamp, with edges for plant and animal ecosystems and different levels, which offer diverse conditions for plant growth.

Advantages: simple and rapid construction.
Weaknesses: limited size and shape.

How To Install a Pre-Formed Pond

Convinced? You might want to try one of these?

Liner Ponds

If you want a pond framed by your own notions of form and depth, it is an appropriate solution pond from the liner, which offers you design freedom. You can purchase pond liners online or from retail outlets.

Advantages: plants and fish are provided with more living space.
Weaknesses: sophisticated and more expensive layout compared to the plastic preformed pond.

How to Build a Root Cellar

Storing Your Vegetables in the Root Cellar you Built – How Exciting

The traditional method of keeping vegetables fresh without using electricity. This preserves the nutrients as-well. Vegetables can stay firm and crispy and is naturally insulated against the weather. Cool during the summer and prevents freezing in the winter. This is really an excellent way to keep fruits, vegetables and preserves. See how you can build your own root cellar, it’s not really that difficult!

This How to Build a Root Cellar

Where to Put the Root Cellar?
Usually it is placed in a slope, making a small cave in the earth and covering the walls on the inside with wood or other materials. Then, a door is put in front of it, or sometimes two doors. If you don’t have a slope handy, the cellar can also be dug into a flat ground, or prepared inside the basement of your house.

Build it with two doors. One is used to enter from the outside. Then you close that one before opening the second door. In that way the cold doesn’t come inside and the vegetables don’t freeze. The same goes for hot weather, it is a way of keeping a constant temperature on the inside.

Big Harvest
Making it in the basement

Potato Recipes If you are preparing your root cellar in the basement of your house, try to choose the coolest, dampest spot. If possible, use a wall that is underground and facing north.

You need two ventilation holes in the wall, both with fitted valves. One should be high up, close to the ceiling, the other about a foot from the floor. This will create a circulation of air in your cellar. Whenever the temperature outside is cooler than the one inside, the hot air will be drawn out and cool air in. If the temperature drops below zero, close one valve. This will allow air to circulate a bit, without destroying the food. If it gets really terribly cold, close both valves temporarily. You can also close them partially if the cold weather continues since it is necessary with ventilation.

How to Build a Root Cellar

A Cool Spot in Your Garden
Apple Recipes If you are making a root cellar in your garden, it is best to put it where there is a natural slope. Otherwise, dig about 20-40 inches down, making sure it is drained well. Then, prepare the structure with steel rods, wooden planks and mesh or other strong materials, covering it with earth. The layer next to the cellar should be earth, but further out it can be mixed with stones, if that’s what you have. You will always need to prepare the ventilation tubes.
When choosing materials for the walls, bear in mind that it gets very humid. Therefore, rot-resistant wood or gypsum boards are good, or stone.

Use an Old Fridge to Make a Root Cellar
Quick and Easy

Putting Your Stuff in the Root Cellar.

Inside a root cellar there should be shelves. The shelves closer to the ground will be damper and cooler, so it is good to consider what should be where. Fruit should be kept far away from vegetables as they transmit a substance that makes vegetables age quicker. If you live in a dry climate, it could be advisable to increase humidity by putting a bucket of water on the floor or covering the vegetables with a damp blanket.
You can also keep your veggies covered with sand in your root cellar. This works especially well with roots like carrots and beets.

Container Gardening – Going Vertical

If you do an internet image search with the phrase “vertical gardening”, you will see so many different ideas that it becomes both exciting and overwhelming. At least it was for me. Gardeners are creative thinkers and problem-solvers. When looking for more space, they will sometimes purchase additional containers but just as often they will build, recycle, and invent the most amazing solutions for adding planting area. I too needed more space for my vegetable container garden this year and am sharing my solution, the Bunnings Garden Shelving unit.

Making the most of my growing space. This is my first full growing season at this address. I have a fantastic balcony that receives brilliant direct sunlight through the afternoons and evenings. Last summer, I barely had time to experiment with a container garden. When the cold weather moved in, I brought my plants into the kitchen. It is now spring and my garden is gradually moving back to the balcony.

I am feeling more adventurous this year and I will need more space. While I love the wooden raised bed pyramids that are used for vertical gardening, there is no way one of those would fit onto my balcony. I also considered the manufactured pots that fit together to form a sort of pyramid, but I balked at the expense. As you can tell, I thought for some time about my options. We had a hard and snowy winter. I had plenty of time to daydream.

My garden plans are limited in space and budget. I am also very concerned about weight due to being on a 3rd floor balcony and having no idea what the structural limits of my balcony are. My solution. Due to the reasons above, I happily purchased two Style Selections shelves from Bunnings. Note, I am not a Lowe’s employee or stockholder. I just searched for quite some time to find something cheap and stable. And something that would fit on my balcony. I was thrilled when I found these shelves.

If you are not near a Bunnings, I have found that same thing with a different brand name can be ordered from Ebay. The Bunnings brand was approximately $10 per unit cheaper. Likely due to it being marketed as the store brand. The price tag suited my budget but I also had to drive to the store and pick it up. Depending on your location, it may be more cost effective to order them and have them delivered.

I love these shelves for the following reasons:
• They were very easy for me to assemble.
• The height of the shelves can be adjusted.
• I can use the 3 shelves provided or only use 2 shelves if I need to house taller plants
• They are very sturdy
• They appear to be of materials that will weather well outside (on my semi-protected balcony)
• There are adjustable feet – to prevent any wobbling
• The wire shelves allow the sun to shine through to the plants on the bottom shelf.
• Small window box shaped planters fit perfectly on the lower shelves.
• Larger window box shaped planters fit perfectly on the top shelf
• While the shelves are sturdy enough to meet my needs, they do not add too much weight to my balcony.
• Going vertical in this way is adding a pretty privacy screen to my balcony. I am blocking my neighbour’s view of me in an attractive and green manner.

My container gardening adventures. I am not a gardening expert. Not by a long shot. But the ability to grow my own meals excites me. I have experimented since moving to this new apartment. If you would like to see my other gardening adventures, I encourage you to look at the following lenses.