Below is a photo of what’s called a bifurcated tree, where two co-dominant stems are competing to be the dominant trunk. Why this is something to look out for is because it is only a matter of time before one of the stems is likely to fall, if not taken care of soon.
Here you can see there is a lot of overlap of the two stems pushing up against each other, and the more the tree grows the more either stem has a tendency to fall.
While this should have been looked after when the tree was juvenile, there are still a lot of preventative measures that can be taken to minimise the risk of either stem falling, such as cable bracing or weight reduction pruning.
This other example shows the same tree with another bifurcation, however you can see neither of the stems are touching, which decreases the chance of potential failures. While this doesn’t eliminate the risk, it is still something to be wary of as most stems typically have all of their weight leaning toward one side.
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A note on cable braces..
You may have a cable brace installed in one of your trees.. one thing to be mindful of is that they aren’t meant to be static or under tension - there should be a little bit of free play so the two stems can move about in the wind as they normally would without them (cable braces are designed to stop stems from reaching the point of breakage)
While they are designed to be installed this way, after a few years of tree growth, a lot of the time they are forgotten about and subsequently end up under lots of tension. This can be extremely problematic as trees get their strength from adding more wood to the parts where there is movement - if there is no movement (as a result of static cable braces) then the tree is no longer adding wood to where it is needed.. if that makes sense
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Far too often, trees in domestic settings are subject to having their health compromised as a result of many different human tendencies..
While trees can prove to get in the way of progress at times, by understanding the following you will be in better stead to be able best care for your trees and solve your problem at the same time. While of course this can’t be done in all cases, the information below is a great starting point in having an awareness of how they’re likely to respond if not cared for properly.
While there are many factors that contribute to a trees declining health.. the most common ones we’ve come across in Melbourne are:
1. Compaction of soil
Fundamentally, tree roots need oxygen, moisture and nutrients to survive. Soil compaction eliminates the chance of tree roots obtaining any of these.
The most common factors that contribute to soil compaction are cars constantly being parked under trees, landscaping works being done around trees (and no to little care being taken during the construction) and added soil/gravel around the base of trees.
As a general rule, it is underneath the trees’ canopy where tree roots are most susceptible.
There are a few exceptions to this - for instance if there is already an establish hard surface (such as bitumen or concrete), then activity above ground will most likely have zero affect on soil compaction.
2. Heavy pruning
While trees are pruned for a number of different reasons, to solve a variety of problems, there can be a tendency to over look the effect that pruning can have on a trees’ health when for instance trying to minimise leaf litter, make the tree smaller, bring more light in, make safer, etc. etc.
Now the great news is, is that more often than not the trees’ health can be maintained while solving the problem at the same time.
The bad news, well, the bad news is that it can’t be explained in just a blog post. Generally you can’t go too wrong by making lots of small cuts as opposed to few big cuts. However when in doubt, always consult an Arborist.
3. Inadequate Maintenance
One of the easiest things you can do to prolong the life of your trees is to use fertilised mulch. Far too often a trees health is compromised partly because of a lack of nutrients and moisture.
A great way to improve the aesthetics of your yard, minimise weeds and to maintain the health of your trees is to spread a 75-100mm layer of fertilised mulch around the base, under the trees’ canopy where possible.
Always keep an eye out for how your trees are doing, be mindful of any foliage dieback amongst canopies and consult an Arborist if anything is looking out of the ordinary.
Erin: "Treeincarnation's biggest achievements so far?"
Nick: "The dedication of our staff... We are building the Great Wall of China when everyone else is just laying bricks, so to speak."
A recent interview with the amazing The Rogue Ginger
The full article can be found at www.therogueginger.com/2016/10/interview-with-treeincarnation
I'd like to give a massive thanks to the newspapers, radio stations, international podcasts and blogging sites who valued what we do enough to share our story with their audiences. Also it was a please speak to a number of Rotary groups, thanks of having me folks!
3AW Melbourne with Darren and Millie from The Thrifty Gardener
I went along to a furniture expo a few weeks ago on a cold, Melbournian wintery Sunday, and me being me, I asked every stall holder I met what the origins of their building materials were. The majority of them replied with “imported”, “American Oak” or “not sure.” There were a few individuals who made their pieces from trees sourced locally, however 99% of the timber in that room, was harvested offshore.
This is an unfortunate status quo, not to mention that I was probably the only person in that room who had an awareness of how much timber gets wasted in our own backyards. As I was leaving the expo, I calculated in my head how many trees Treeincarnation had removed in just that same week. The list comprised of an English Oak, Eucalyptus nicholii, Iron Bark, Evergreen Alder and a Cedar Tree, all of which were fully mature, and perfect for making furniture. Had we not have been the chosen contractor to remove those trees, they most definitely would have been cut up for firewood, or disposed of as mulch. So it begs the question, why are we not utilising the timber from trees that are already being cut down, rather than harvesting plantation timber prior?
Treeincarnation is disrupting two industries that are doing things “because that’s the way it’s always been done” – which is the biggest thief of innovation. It is most definitely our intention, to have both industries follow, in order to create a better tomorrow, and believe it will only be a matter of time.
Inventing a better tomorrow begins with acknowledging, like so many pioneers before us, that the future does not need to resemble the past.
Now over to you.. where is your dollar being spent and how is it changing the world?
This is pretty close to our argument/the whole reason Treeincarnation exists, except if I could just understand why we're not utilising the timber from trees already being cut down (in urban settings) prior to reaching into our pockets and going to forests beforehand, I'd rest a lot easier at night..
It's disappointing that the answer to that is because our industry is doing things "because that's the way it's always been done," which is so mediocre, let alone embarrassing for humanity.
Just to be clear, we're not advocating the removal of trees, we just believe in being proactive with the timber when it comes time for one to go. The status quo across the board is to cut up and the trees and dispose of them as firewood or mulch, which not only discards a lot of the timbers' up cycling potential, but also releases the once stored carbon into the atmosphere, adding to our global warming problem.
So next time you hear of a friend that has to get one of their trees removed, we would greatly appreciate a recommendation so the tree can be up cycled, rather than wasted.
Founder of Treeincarnation