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Changes in soil level

December 8, 2014

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The danger from soil stripping is root severance and removal of nutrient-rich soil layers, resulting in deficiencies, particularly for potassium and phosphorus (Craul, 1992; Harris et al, 1999). When a significant amount of fill is added to a landscape, soil conditions will change, as will the root growth potential of existing trees.

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Lichen

July 2, 2014

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I have long esteemed the seemingly innocuous lichen for the rich tapestry with which it adorns the landscape, and been intrigued by the intricate murals that result from its occupation of otherwise barren nooks and crannies on almost any surface, given long enough. Yet until recently my understanding of lichen was I realized, remote and […]

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Botanical name changes – trees

July 2, 2014

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It has been my experience that most people prefer to stick with things they know, in general routine and habit make them feel more secure.  Ironically, the one certainty in life is that change is inevitable, either on a personal level or in global terms. Albert Einstein once said “The world as we have created […]

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Quercus canariensis

July 2, 2014

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As a consulting arborist, much of my time is spent behind a keyboard, and my enjoyment of being among trees curtailed by the reality of office work. When I do venture out, it is often to view trees that have been compromised by the urban environment, or are earmarked for removal to make way for […]

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Benefits of tree retention – perception vs reality

November 27, 2013

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When undertaking tree assessments for development purposes we endeavour to try and retain trees of good quality.  However as I am coming to realise, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. I recently visited several landscape designs selected for the Rotary Garden Design Festival 2012 and one of the designs had a striking […]

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Fine for removal of significant trees on private property

September 12, 2012

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We found this article interesting. It relates to court fines imposed on an owner of some blue chip real estate in Toorak and his remiss in obtaining appropriate permits to fell some mature trees on his property before development of his new house began. Link here to a recent Age Article .

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