Adding a swimming pool to your backyard provides you with many benefits. You get to spend more quality time with your family, have another means of exercise and you'll be able to enjoy the Australian summer without melting in the heat. If there are trees in your yard however, you'll need to plan carefully. Trees and pools aren't always compatible.
Plant near the wrong species of tree for example, and you might find yourself spending more time cleaning your pool than swimming in it.
In recent years, Australia has been hit with storms powerful enough to uproot thousands of trees across the country. With storm season once more on the horizon, tree owners need to make sure their trees are safe. This can be done by removing dead branches, cabling trees with double trunks, and even removing trees if necessary.
However, if the winds are anything like those that brought down power lines, leaving 18,000 homes without power in Sydney, in 2015, your trees could be at risk of being blown over.
Dead or dying trees in a forest serve as homes for a multitude of wildlife such as woodpeckers, dead or dying trees in yards destroy or damage homes. Trees do not die overnight. It could take years for a tree to fully die, or it could take months. The outcome, however, is always the same. Because dead trees no longer take in water and nutrients, they eventually become dry and brittle.
If you blinked and missed winter in Queensland this year, you weren't the only one. A mild winter means a quick swing into spring, where each day seems the same as the next. However, not too far away is summer, and that brings with it angry storms with lots of wind and rain. Since this will be your first summer in your new home, a tree inspection is prudent now while the weather remains calm.
If you have arranged to have one or more of the trees in your garden lopped, here are two steps you should take before your arborist arrives.
Inform your nearby neighbours
Tree lopping involves the use of several large electrical tools, including chainsaws and pruners. As such, it tends to generate a great deal of noise. It can also be quite a lengthy process if the tree which is being lopped is quite large in size or if you are having several trees lopped in a single day.