Some gardens seem full of natural light and feature plants which thrive on exposure to plenty of sunshine. On the other hand, a good many city gardens seem devoid of light, especially those which have high walls or fences at their sides. There again, some tropical parts of the country feature planting which would be more at home in the bush. Forming a canopy of a garden, just as you would find in nature, this can mean that light is blocked from lower growing plants and even into the interior of your home.
Every summer, bushfires present an enormous danger to the lives and property of many Australians. Recent bushfires have caused extensive damage to farmland near Canberra, affecting more than 2,400 hectares. To reduce the risk that a bushfire will spread to your property, you may wish to remove trees which are close to your home. However, before you fell any trees, there are several things you should do.
Check if you are covered by the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Scheme
Deciduous trees in your garden can provide a thick canopy of welcome shade on hot summer days and a riot of colour during the autumn when the leaves turn and fall. However, your shade trees could be at risk of attack by a common leaf disease called anthracnose.
So, what is anthracnose and how to you get rid of it?
Anthracnose is a very destructive disease that is caused by fungal pathogens.
Spruce and fir trees can provide a wonderful backdrop to your property. Their foliage offers an evergreen display all year round and their fallen cones can be used for decorative purposes or for fire kindling once the local wildlife has harvested the nutritious seeds inside.
Unfortunately, a great many varieties of spruce and fir trees can be vulnerable to attack by the spider mite pest. So, how do you spot spider mites and what action can you take to get rid of them?
Trees in your garden can provide year round interest and provide a welcome habitat for birds and wildlife as well as flowers in the spring time and fruit in the summer.
However, many species of trees can appear to be dead during the winter months, leading to accidental removal of an actually healthy tree. You should have dead or diseased trees professionally removed to avoid the risk of one falling and causing damage to property, but how do you tell which ones are healthy and which need to go?