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Spring – Time To Check Tree Health

Spring in the Garden is a time of new growth in the landscape. As soil temperatures rise and post-wet season soil moisture levels are high, garden plants, including trees, emerge from their hibernation and get growing again.

But how to tell if your tree is growing properly or whether it’s healthy or not?

This latest long and colder than usual Winter has stopped or slowed the growth of most plants and these conditions don’t offer many clues about the health of woody plants. Trees often respond to Summer’s high temperatures and Autumn’s extended drought to prematurely drop leaves and limbs, which are not good indicators of a tree’s underlying health status. So, Spring, whenever it arrives at your place, provides probably the best opportunity to check tree growth and health.

You can do this yourself by looking at your trees’ canopy or crown
Is the leafy canopy unevenly spread or are some branches bare without foliage? Is coverage thin at the top of the tree and thicker around the lower margins? Can you see twigs sticking out the top? Look a bit further. Are the leaves clustered and in big bunches? Can you see through clusters or are they dense?

If the answer is no, you probably have a perfectly healthy tree as the most obvious signs indicate normal functional growth meeting the tree’s demands.

Your previous efforts to water, fertilize and care for the tree are about to be rewarded with another year of beauty, shade, and property amenity.

If the answer is yes to canopy spread and leaf density, your tree is dehydrating and has a major problem. Sometimes it’s a sign that the tree needs water but in Spring it usually means that there is some sort of internal decay, pest, damage, or root loss interfering with moisture flows between the roots and the canopy.

If the extent of canopy decline or dieback is severe, the tree is likely in terminal decline and unfortunately will probably die. The growth of fungal fruit on the trunk or at its base provides an additional indication that the tree is severely decayed internally and remedy is unlikely.

The tree probably won’t fall over immediately but you should check to see what might be targeted if it were to eventually collapse and act accordingly.

If the degree of foliar decline is moderate, then prompt intervention during the active growing season could help restore its health and amenity.

  • Pests should be identified now or later as they get more active and the timing of appropriate treatment determined.
  • Dead branches can be cut out to prevent decay from spreading.
  • Check soil pH for nutrient availability and fertilizer treatment
  • Access to light and water can be improved or controlled
  • A Seaweed bioregulator to reactivate root growth and moisture supply.
  • Carbohydrates can be applied to reduce stress to other tree functions.

Of course, you can also call an arborist to get the right advice to help you address all these potential issues. If the tree is valuable to you, don’t accept a suggestion that it should be cut down before considering whether any other options to restore it back to health and value can occur.

Alan Cameron of Tree Assessment Services is a qualified and experienced consulting arborist who provides services to tree owners and developers across metropolitan Adelaide and rural South Australia.

Retaining Wall

What is the cheapest type of retaining wall?

The retaining wall should be made out of treated pine for it to become incredibly cheap.

How much does a 3-foot retaining wall cost?

The usual cost of building a three foot retaining wall would be around three thousand dollars. Of course, it can become more expensive depending on the quality of the materials used to build the all.

How thick should a garden retaining wall be?

The thickness should always be done right as it must be at least 215 mm.

Do I need to put landscape fabric behind the retaining wall?

Retaining wall

Yes, since a barrier is needed behind it in order to provide a ton of support.

At what height do you need a retaining wall?

If it is more than four feet then a licensed engineer will have to check it out.

Does a small retaining wall need drainage?

Yes as a matter of fact having drainage is pretty crucial to building the small retaining wall. Thus, better have experts on hand to make sure that it is built no matter what happens.

What is the easiest retaining wall to build?

When you are using masonry blocks, you are going to discover that the task is not that hard. Hence, there is a good reason why this is one item that is commonly used for this kind of situation as it is useful.

What can I do instead of a retaining wall?

A wooden timber is a nice alternative since it would look pretty nice. Of course, it is not as durable as you would think so better think of a way to make it all work.

Does homeowners insurance cover retaining walls?

Yes, as long as the right conditions are met. Thus, better to go over all the things that are stated on the homeowner’s insurance contract before finally being able to include it. It is possible that the damage would not be your fault so it can be included in it.

Why do Retain walls fail?

The main cause of Retain walls failing would be none other than poor drainage. Hence, this would be one thing that everyone should really pay attention to. If not, then you would need to expect the Retain walls to fail as it will only be a matter of time before that happens. When it does, the only person you can blame in this situation is yourself.

Which Retaining wall is best?

Brick is the best since it is pretty strong so it can withstand all the bad weather that comes to the area. In addition, it is really durable so it will be a long time before it needs to be get replaced so that is one problem out of the way.

How long do you wait to backfill a retaining wall?

It can take as much as a week before the retaining wall is completely filled up. During that time, you must observe proper procedures so the process can go along as planned.

Environmental Benefits of Gardening

Why gardens are good for the environment?

The mere fact that it would take you less effort to get food to your table is such a huge factor. It would mean that you would not need to take your car to the nearest market since you already grow your plants in your garden.

How can I make my garden more environmentally friendly?

It would be an awesome idea to grow your own food right in your garden. You would be able to save a lot of money in this process so that you can buy more food.

What is an eco garden?

Eco garden takes into consideration all the factors that make the plants live their lives even when in nature and not in a garden. Thus, the plants will feel like they have been living in the forest and not on a person’s property. It will make them feel great about themselves.

Does gardening reduce carbon footprint?

Yes, because it lessens the traffic that you will experience on the road since you won’t need to ride a bus or catch a cab just to get to the nearest supermarket that would enable you to buy fruits and vegetables.

What plants are best for the environment?

Peace lily and spider plants are the types of plants that you would want to put out in your garden. Better know that you must maintain these living things for them to survive the weather as we all know how often that thing changes.

What are 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint?

Going vegan is a nice way to do it which is avoiding meat and food coming from animals. It is a shame how animals need to be killed just for food. Another way would be to plant your own garden at home in order to reduce the transportation costs. The third would be to stop wearing clothes whose manufacturers abused animals. It is never a good idea to support people like that. Another would be to walk instead of taking your car.

What plants help stop global warming?

For this situation, colorful maple leaves are the best option.

What plants absorb the most CO2?

Trees do this the most so it would be advisable to plant a few trees in your backyard. Of course, you will need to consider a few factors such as space and the way you will need to plant these things when the time is right so better check out the weather first.

How many trees reverse global warming?

1.2 trillion trees reverse global warming as it is one of those things that would need the collective effort of so many people. Of course, it takes a lot of time to do this so you may have a hard time getting people to do it.

How can we reduce climate change?

It would be tough at first but it would be a lot better to actually eat the food that you buy and stop wasting them even if the servings are a bit small. Another idea would be to use solar energy which is energy coming from the sun. We all know this is one of those things that a lot of people are avoiding due to how expensive it is at first. The truth is it will benefit you a lot in the future.

Are our home gardens good for the environment?

Yes, and it would even be better if you would build homes for animals such as your pets so the garden would be used a lot.

What are the pros and cons of doing backyard gardening to the environment?

One pro is that it helps reduce the wasting of water. One con is that you will need to dedicate a lot of time to taking care of your garden. It is a good thing you will burn a lot of calories in the process.


How does organic gardening help the environment?

This method helps eliminate pesticides and that will go a long way in helping make a good looking garden for your home.

Why everyone should grow their own vegetables?

You can be sure that these vegetables are safe to eat since you know that you were the one who planted them.

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1. Driveways
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4. Gardens
5. Pool Surrounds
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Sea Gardens Landscapes offers a complete landscaping and gardening solution for domestic and commercial clients. From design to construction to maintenance, you can be assured of quality workmanship and attention to detail that helps you create your vision.

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Mark O’Shannessy has grown up and lives in the Sutherland Shire and his experience enables him to provide a wealth of local knowledge. He is familiar with every possible aspect of landscaping and horticulture in the area. Mark’s hard work and dedication to quality work has built Sea Gardens Landscapes into one of the Shire’s premier landscape companies.

Also, he has developed a fast-track job analysis system to ensure that his work is done on time, on budget, and to your satisfaction.

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