Treepeeps is fighting Australia's tree epidemic

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Dedicated: Consulting arborist Cassian Humphreys has an intense passion for preserving and encouraging the natural environment in all stages.

Dedicated: Consulting arborist Cassian Humphreys has an intense passion for preserving and encouraging the natural environment in all stages.

There is an epidemic occurring right across Australia.

From cities to the outback, our native trees rarely survive beyond one third of their lifespans.

Yet there's little being done to address this problem - we are too focused on deforestation to make way for the high-density population expansion.

Imagine the priority given to action if it were discovered the majority of humans were not surviving beyond the age 25 as a consistent and growing trend?

With urban trees rarely living beyond the first third of their lifespans - that's exactly what we are doing to the trees.

The longevity and decline of trees are both intrinsically linked to the same four needs which trees must have to not only survive, but to thrive.

These are:

  1. Light - for energy.
  2. Oxygen - Tree roots need oxygen via aerated soil. In turn, trees produce this vital life-giving element that we humans need for survival.
  3. Water - When it rains, the water needs to soak through the aerated soil to reach the roots.
  4. Humus (or compost) - is nature's pro-biotic - produced by plants for plants in association with vital microbiology. Natures 'little guys' only found in humus - provide the trees with the soil-bourne nutrients essential to tree health.

The silent killer for trees is soil compaction which occurs every time we walk, drive vehicles, or have hoofed livestock on land.

Tony Aitkenhead.

Tony Aitkenhead.

The weight over time, compacts the soil, making it harder for oxygen and water to reach the roots.

The good news is that soil compaction can be reversed to improve the health of your trees.

When identified, remedial work can be done to the soil to reintroduce the oxygen, to encourage the humus rich in microbiology and in the process make soils retain water naturally.

Treepeeps in Parkridge can help with all tree needs.

Its qualified climbing arborist Tony Aitkenhead has over 25 years industry experience and the business has recently welcomed highly regarded consulting arborist Cassian Humphreys to the team.

Treepeeps provides all the traditional services of pruning, removals, and advice on tree health and stability.

This story How a tree needs to thrive first appeared on Jimboomba Times.