Real World Gardener What Does An Arborist Really Do?

July 11th, 2018

DESIGN ELEMENTS

1-Kauri%2BPine.jpgWhat Does an Arborist or Consultant Arborist Do?

 

This series is about arboriculture and managing trees.

Did you know that there was an Institute of Australian Consulting Arborists?

So what is a consulting arborist and can they cut down your trees if you want them too?

Let’s find out?

 

If you’ve been asked for an Arborist Report, a Tree Report or an Arboricultural Impact Assessment then a consulting arborist is the best person to call because they often prepare these reports for clients with respect to trees for a range of reasons.

And where do you find these consulting arborists? 

Look no further than the Accredited Members of the Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists (IACA) (www.iaca.org.au ) provide written reports for their clients in the public and private sectors. IACA members do not undertake tree pruning or removal work.

The other organization is Arboriculture Australia which also lists consulting arborists.

www.arboriculture.org.au

 

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photo Capel Manor College-Arborist Course.

And where do you find these consulting arborists?

Look no further than the Accredited Members of the Institute of Australian Consulting Arboriculturists (IACA) (www.iaca.org.au ) provide written reports for their clients in the public and private sectors. IACA members do not undertake tree pruning or removal work.

The other organization is Arboriculture Australia which also lists consulting arborists.

www.arboriculture.org.au

 

If you have any questions about what arborists do, consulting or otherwise or have a suggestion either for me or for Glenice, why not write in or email me at www.realworldgardener.com

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Real World Gardener Winter Care of Ornamental Plants in Plant Doctor

July 11th, 2018

PLANT DOCTOR

Winter Care of Ornamental Plants

Ornamental plants are those whose leaves, flowers and fruits we don't eat.

Autumn is meant to gently acclimatise most plants to the cold.

What if Autumn is just an extension of Summer and then, whoosh, cold weather arrives all too soon and it's winter?

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Snow damage on Eucalypts

That is one reason that during winter some of our trees and shrubs don’t look so healthy and gardeners start getting concerned that something is wrong with their particular plant.

Unsuspecting gardeners might even think that their plant is dying because the leaves have started dropping of, yet it’s supposed to be evergreen.

Could it be just a response to cold weather or is something untoward happening in the soil that is affecting the plant’s health?

Let’s find out.. 

I'm talking with was Steve Falcioni, General Manager of www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au

The leaves can change colour due to the cold, and it may be just a normal reaction or because the plant can't access nutrients that it needs.

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Frost Damagon Avocado. photo Dept of  Primary Industries W. A.

If you make a note in your garden diary that a particular plant did this or that in winter, you may discover that it’s quite normal during the cold months of the year. 

Seaweed extracts help plants reduce stress factors and one of them is coping with the cold.

Applying it regularly though is a must for this to be of benefit.

If you have any questions either for me or Steve, you can email us Realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

 
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Real World Gardener Tree Selection in Design Elements

July 5th, 2018

DESIGN ELEMENTS

Tree Selection

 

This series is about arboriculture and managing trees.

Perhaps some people are put off trees because they can drop heaps of leaves and sometimes a branch or two, or fall over in storms.

But there’s a reason for that.

"For the trees in a landscape to grow, thrive and survive the test of time, many factors need to be considered when you are choosing the trees for your garden. "

Probably something we already know, and that is trees are an essential part of our landscape and according to the CSIRO, trees will clean air and are the lungs of the planet. 

Let’s find out who to call? 

I'm talking to Arboriculture Consultant and Landscape Designer, Glenice Davies.

When choosing trees you need to consider what you want out of a tree?

  •  evergreen or deciduous?
  • shape and habit
  • how big will it grow?
  • size of the roots.
  • flowering and/or fruiting?
  • life span
  • what maintenance is involved?

Research shows that people experience more deaths from heart disease and respiratory diseases in urban areas where the tree had been removed than from those urban areas where trees were still allowed to grow.

Still want to get rid of those trees?

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Cloud pruned trees, England. photo M. Cannon

 

If you have any questions about tree selection or have a suggestion why not write in or email me at www.realworldgardener.com

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Real World Gardener What Does An Arborist Really Do?

June 28th, 2018

DESIGN ELEMENTS

ManagingTrees: Role of Arborist. Part 1

Trees have a valuable role to play in our immediate environment and also to our native wildlife.

A lot of gardeners really care for their trees when it comes to fertilizing and maintenance but when it comes to tree maintenance such as pruning, it’s not that straight forward.

So you have a tree that needs lopping or even a tree that you want cut down.

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photo M Cannon

Who should you call?

Not Jo the lawnmower man or No Name Garden Maintenance.

You need to call a professional, but there is a distinct difference between these tree professionals and you need to know what they are?

This series is about arboriculture and managing trees.

Let’s find out who to call?

I'm talking with Glenice Davie, landscape designer.

 

People either love or hate trees, but trees have so many positive benefits.

Tree will clear air-they’re the lungs of the planet.

If you have any questions about tree maintenance or have a suggestion why not write in or email me atwww.realworldgardener.com

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Real World Gardener Pittosporum Tasman Ruffles in Plant of the Week

June 14th, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

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Pittosporum " Tasman Ruffles"

Pittosporum tenuifolium "Tasman Ruffles."

 

Are you interested in a screening hedge that can grow to a metre a year?

This next plant has varieties that have delicate lacey leaves that are contrasted by that very dark coloured bark. 

 

The genus comes in a variety of shapes and sizes from quite small and almost self hedging to the larger screening shrubs.

I'm talking with Jeremy Critchley owner of www.thegreengallery.com.au and Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.com.au

Let’s find out more about them

 

Originating in New Zealand, these plants are pretty hardy and even second line salt tolerant.

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Pittosporum Golf Ball 

Jeremy also grows Pittosporum Golf Ball, which grows into the size of a basketball.

This pittosporum is ideal because it's practically self shaping with the internodes being much closer than you would expect to see on a pittosporum.

 

Pittosporums are generally tough plants but there is one exception though.

If you’re trying to grow a pittosporum on the shady south side of a fence in just half a metre of soil next to a pool, be prepared to be disappointed.

The bottom half will lose its leaves and you’ll eventually see them die off one by one.

This is the experience of a neighbouring garden which is little more than pool, these poor pittosporums and a patch of lawn.

If you have a question either for me or the plant panel why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

 
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Real World Gardener Red Paw Paw is Plant of the Week

April 13th, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Red Paw Paw Bisexual

Paw Paw and Papaya, are they the same fruit?

Papaya (Carica papaya), also called pawpaw in Australia, is an exotic, tropical fruit with a juicy, sweet flavour.

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Papaya and pawpaw are the same species, however they look and taste different.

In Australia, the red-fleshed sweeter fruit is called papaya, while the yellow-fleshed fruit is called pawpaw.

Just to confuse everyone, from an Australian industry perspective however, the term papaya covers both fruit.

Let’s find out how to grow it.

I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of www.hortjournal.com.au and Jeremy Critchley owner of www.thegreengallery.com.au

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The papaya is a small, sparsely branched tree, usually with a single stem growing from 5 to 10 m tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk.

Something to note:

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  • Papaya plants grow in three sexes: male, female, bisexual (hermaphrodite meaning they produce flowers which have both male and female functioning parts).
  • The male produces only pollen, never fruit.
  • The female will produce small, inedible fruits unless pollinated.
  • The hermaphrodite can self-pollinate since its flowers contain both male stamens and female ovaries 

 

If you have any questions about red paw paw , either for me or for the plant panel or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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Real World Gardener Blueberry Ash is Plant of the Week

April 6th, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Blueberry Ash: Elaeocarpus retiuculatus

Here’s a small tree with lily of the valley type flowers and olive like fruit.

The flowers are either pale pink or white, often referred to as “fairy pettioats.”

A very tough small tree that’s native to the east coast of Australia that is also bird attracting especially to all types of parrots.

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Blueberry Ash: Pink form

Let’s find out more about it. 

I'm talking with Karen Smith, editor of www.hortjournal.com.au

 

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Karen’s neighbour keeps her blueberry ash trimmed down to 4 metres or you could leave it a bit bigger and “limb up” as Peter Nixon would say so you have a lovely shade tree to sit under.

The only place it doesn’t suit is those areas with heavy frost. If you have any questions about blueberry ash , either for me or for Karen or have some information to share, why not drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com

 
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Real World Gardener Small Trees that are Beautiful in Design Elements

April 6th, 2018

DESIGN ELEMENTS

Small Trees that are "useful and beautiful."

Have you got a small or large garden?

Chances are a lot of you are thinking, mmm, it’s pretty small but I used to have a large garden.

Either way, there’s always room for a small something, to fit into the design scheme that won't take up too much room, is out of the ordinary, and is "useful and beautiful."

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Bauhinia hookerii or White Bauhinia

Today, we’re talking about something that’s either a very large shrub or a very small tree. 

Let’s find out what they are.

I'm talking with Peter Nixon Director of Paradisus Garden Design www.peternixon.com.au

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Peter mentioned Hibiscus schizopetalus also known as Japanese Lantern which has the daintiest red flower.

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Hibiscus schizopetalus: Japanese Lanter photo credit: M Cannon

 

The flower almost looks like a ballerina suspended by a fine thread and are terminal, meaning that they're at the ends of the branches.

 

 

White Bauhinia or Bauhina hookerii with white butterfly like flowers.

Brachychiton bidwillii which may be grafted but can be summer deciduous in areas such as Adelaide.

If you have any questions either for me or for Peter, you can email us Realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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Real World Gardener Powder Puff Tree is Plant of the Week

March 16th, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

 Calliandra heamatocephala 

If someone told you that the flowers on a particular tree were like a powder puff, you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that it was from a lily pilly.

Lily Pillies don’t hold the whole ball of wax on staminous flowers.

In fact if you think about it, gum trees have staminous flowers: that is, flowers that are made up of stamens but no petals.

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Calliandra tweedii, Pom Pom bush

Today though, it’s another family that has this trait and it’s one to look out for.

Let’s find more.

I'm talking with Karen Smith of www.hortjournal.com.au

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Calliandra tweedii is also known as the Mexican Flame bush because of its fiery red flowers. 

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Calliandra tweedii: Mixican Flame Bush photo: Magnus Manske

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Real World Gardener 10th February Stunning Hong KOng Orchid Tree is Plant of the Week

February 23rd, 2018

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Bauhina x blakeana: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

 

We love our orchids because of the spectacular showy flowers, which can seem tricky to grow.

What if they were easy to grow and you didn’t have to fuss about the growing medium or the fertiliser?

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Bauhina x blakeana: Hong Kong Orchid Tree

Would you want that? Of course.

Let’s find out .how.

I'm talking with Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.com.au

 

Bauhinia_blakeana%2Bsingle%2Bflower.jpgThe Hong Kong orchid tree was discovered by a monk in the 1800’s then propagated and grown in the Hong Kong Botanic gardens. 

The residents there thought it was such a lovely tree that it was planted out all along the coastline.

If you live in the tropical parts of Australia, say Darwin, then expect to see this tree in flower from February right through to November.

If you are planting from seed you can expect your Bauhinia to flower from a year to two from when it was a seedling.

If you have any questions about HK Orchid tree either for me or for Karen, why not write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

 
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