Updated on June 28, 2020
How to Hire a Tree Removal Company
You Can Rely On
Finding the right tree removal company for you is no simple task. I mean, certainly, there will be no shortage of people lining up with chainsaws offering their expertise, but you should avoid the cowboy tree-loppers at all costs. Instead, you should look to hire a tree removal company that you can confidently rely on. In this article, we’re going to list a few key things that you should look out for when going through the motions.
1 – Certification & Insurance
This is the big one! Certification & insurance should be an absolute necessity when looking to have a tree removed from your property. Should you end up with someone without the appropriate certification & insurance, you’re putting yourself and your property at serious risk.
If in the event that something goes wrong and the tree happens to fall in the wrong direction, you could end up with a 50 ft tree in your living room and a heft bill at the end of it.
By hiring a tree removal company with certification & insurance, not only will you be covered if in the event, but the likelihood of such an event occurring will be significantly less likely.
2 – Reputation & Testimonials
Reputation is everything! The finest tree removal companies will have a sound following and plenty of testimonials and recommendations to back them up. Should you chance upon a website with no testimonials, that doesn’t mean that you should rule them out altogether. However, if you can’t find any positive reviews online or social media, then you should probably avoid them. In this day and age, it is not difficult to get positive feedback for your work if you offer an exceptional service.
3 – The Right Equipment
If you hire someone and they turn up to the job looking a little unprepared, then it’s never too late to cancel. How well-maintained is their equipment? Are they wearing health & safety PPE? If they look unprepared and at risk of injury, then it is your prerogative to ask them to leave and find someone else who is more suitable and prepared for the task at hand.
4 – Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions
When trying to find the perfect tree lopping company for you, you should never be afraid to ask questions. Particularly about their past experience, their methods, certification & insurance, and any other conservation work that they take part in within your community. The best tree lopping experts will have an answer for every question that you may have, be able to produce certification & insurance, and will be passionate about keeping their environment safe and beautiful.
These are just a handful of the things that you should look out for, but most simply come down to common sense. It’s not too difficult to spot the unprofessional tree loppers without certification. Just keep your wits about you and be careful not to rush into the first deal that appears cheap. If it’s too cheap, there’s a reason for that. When you hire a tree removal company, you should not skimp on quality. Afford only the best for your property.
Updated on April 16, 2020
If you are looking for a truly memorable experience that you can cherish with your friends and family for life, then a group fishing charter just might be the one for you. In this article we are going to explore the experience in depth, and look at why they are so much fun, and why more and more people are seeking out the opportunity to hire a fishing charter.
It’s something different
A fishing charter can offer a truly unique experience to those who are looking to do something a little different. Most birthday’s might be spent having a meal, or going on a night out with friends, but a fishing charter can offer something else entirely.
You don’t need to be an experienced angler to enjoy it either. You could be a complete newbie, and still have an incredible time. You will gain new experience, learn some handy techniques, and you might even be lucky enough to land yourself a monster Marlin!
Who doesn’t love the ocean?
Being out on a boat on a gorgeous day in the vast blue is one of the most exciting ways to spend your day. Seeing nature in all of its majesty and capturing some of the most impressive fish you’ll ever have the pleasure of setting your eyes on is a wonderful thing.
Whilst not everyone enjoys the ebb and flow of the tides, for others, it’s a wholly enjoyable experience. If you can manage to get through it without being seasick, you’ll have a great deal of fun!
Eat what you catch
If you’re a lover of fish, you’ll be pleased to learn that you can keep everything that you catch when on a fishing charter. This means that when you return of an evening, you can head back home with an Esky full of delicious, freshly caught fish and cook everything up on a BBQ. What an amazing way to end the perfect day out! If that isn’t the finest way to create a memory to share, then we don’t know what is.
Watch each other succeed
When you see a friend of yours catch a monster fish for the first time, it will be a fishing trip you will remember. The sense of achievement that you will each feel as you land your first few fish of the day is something that cannot be explained. It’s a lot of fun and it sparks a healthy competition that you will look back fondly on for years to come.
A friendly and professional crew
What truly makes a fishing charter unique, is the crew. If you have a friendly, experienced and professional skipper teaching you the art of deep-sea fishing, you will have the most amazing time. Find a reputable company like Blue Reef Fishing Charters with over 20 years of experience, and you will take more than a few fish and some great memories away with you.
Updated on April 16, 2020
Working with Certified Arborists
Anyone can cut down a tree with the right tools, but to do so in a safe and controlled manner with the appropriate equipment requires a certain level of skill and experience that comes with being a certified arborist.
If you have a tree on your property that needs tending to, whether it be pruning, canopy shaping, or removing all together, then you should find a certified arborist to assist you. Why? Read on to find out the importance of doing such.
An arborist understands the many species of tree
There’s so much more to arborism than simply gutting and removing trees. A certified arborist will be able to identify a tree species and anticipate its needs. You may consider a tree to be beyond saving, whereas a certified arborist may in many cases be able to issue the appropriate treatment and prevent a tree from dying.
In addition to that, a certified arborist will be able to identify which tree species are on the protected list and which aren’t. Thus, if you were to want a tree removing, you could end up doing so with a protected tree and incurring hefty fines from your local council. It’s always worth seeking specialist advice.
They can fell a tree safely
There is a certain knack to felling a tree without causing any injury or damage to property. Especially if you have a tree that is dangerously close to your house, you’ll want a licenced and certified arborist who can fell a tree and essentially ‘thread the needle’, without damaging your property.
An added bonus is that if in the highly unlikely event that damage is caused, a certified arborist will have all of the relevant insurance so that you will be protected financially. A cash-in-hand gig with somebody that you found on Facebook on the other hand, will not.
Effective stump removal and tree disposal
What happens when a tree has been felled on your property? Do you know how to dispose of a tree safely and legally? Have you given much thought to the great big stump that will be left afterwards? Fortunately, a certified arborist will not only be able to remove the felled tree safely and legally, but they can clear the stump as well. This is using state-of-the-art stump grinding machinery that not any Tom, Dick or Harry will have. Additionally, a reputable arborist will help with the clean-up as well, leaving your property as spotless as they found it.
The fact is, tree felling, lopping, and all other related tasks, are very dangerous. They shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you work with a certified arborist, you will be working with a highly professional individual or company with a wealth of experience carrying out these dangerous tasks. If you want it done properly, safely, and effectively, then you must find a certified company like AB Trees.
Posted on November 15, 2019
Is your swimming pool looking a little drab at the moment? Perhaps it’s had a good life and seen plenty of usage over the years, but does that mean that it’s time to hang up the proverbial hat? Is it time for your pool to throw in the towel and fall into disrepair, only to never be used? Absolutely not! Instead, you should invest in a swimming pool renovation and bring it back to life, and there’s never a better time than right now, in Spring.
First of all, we’ll take you through why we think Spring is the perfect time for a pool renovation, then we’ll go through a few tell-tale signs that you definitely need one. So, if you tick off any of the boxes below, then contact your local pool renovations company and get yourself booked in immediately.
So, why is Spring the best time for a pool renovation?
Well, first and foremost: Spring is about re-birth! It’s when new leaves flourish on the trees and the birds & the bees are out in full force. It’s a beautiful and refreshing time of year when we know that summer is right around the corner! What better a time to give your pool a new lease of life so that you can have it BBQ-party ready in time for the summer? Do we need to give you any more reason than that? Let’s keep it simple and assume that we’re right.
Is your pool in need of a renovation?
1 – It’s stained and dirty
If you’re swimming pool is looking stained, dirty and discoloured, then it’s definitely time for you to invest in a renovation or resurfacing at the very least. These unsightly stains can come from the minerals, chemicals or other materials in the water such as leaves and natural debris.
2 – The material is coming off
Is your swimming pool starting to peel around the edges? Perhaps it feels like sandpaper whenever your swim and brush your hand along the wall. If that’s the case, then you need to have your swimming pool resurfaced!
Whilst there are many factors that can lead this problem, the outcome is very much the same. Such factors include:
- Years of heavy use
- Unbalanced pH levels
- Sudden damage (caused by fooling around in the pool with props that shouldn’t be in there, i.e., a bicycle)
In any case, resurfacing the pool can have it restored to its former glory in no time.
3 – Your pool is leaking
Cracks in your swimming pool can lead to leaking, which will invariably affect your water levels—and of course struggling to maintain the correct water levels will only lead to one thing: higher water bills. It’s a nightmare that nobody should have to contend with. So, if you’re spotted cracks and chips in the lining of your swimming pool, then you know what to do!
4 – Because you want to update your pool!
Whether you really need to update your pool or not, if you want to update it and you’re ready for a new look, then there’s no time like the present. Call West Coast Pool Resurfacing, and book yourself in for a renovation. Treat your swimming pool to a little love and TLC and give it that wow factor that you’ve been waiting for. With Summer just around the corner, Spring is the perfect time to breath a new air of life into the pool!
Updated on September 4, 2019
If you’re planning a construction project, then one of the most important aspects is going to be digging the initial trench for the building foundations. It’s a dangerous and difficult step that requires an experienced hand and the right experience. If you’re thinking about renting some equipment and going it alone, then you should definitely have a read of this article first. We’re going to list many of the hazards that can cause injury and damage to equipment. Provided that you are fully aware of the risks, then you can do what you want to do. However, after having read this, you may prefer to hire the professionals to come in and get the job done for you!
1 – Trenches can cave in quite easily
Without the proper protective systems in place, such as trenching and sloping, your ditch can quite easily cave in! And of course, the weather can certainly contribute towards this risk, like heavy rainfall for example. As such, it is important that you know how to dig a trench appropriately, put the relevant safety measures in place and be entirely aware of when it is safe to work.
2 – Flying debris is a common occurrence
Soil and stones might not sound too threatening, but if a large load is accidentally dropped on you, then you’re going to have a bad time. And of course, there is always the risk of having debris catch you in the eye as well. Don’t forget your eye protection!
3 – Tripping or falling into the excavation
It might sound unlikely to you, as you may well be sure-footed, but is everyone on your team? The fact is, accidents can happen, and, in that event, serious injury can occur.
4 – Flooding
Water can accumulate in a trench, causing it to flood. This can become a serious hazard.
5 – Contact with overhead powerlines / underground utilities
You must be aware of everything around you at all times—this means mapping out your surroundings and ensuring that you know of where absolutely every utility is. The last thing you need is to cut through an overhead power line, or to accidentally burst a water pipe.
6 – Slips & trips
Machinery gets wet and dirty and slips and trips can happen. As such, the proper maintenance is required to ensure that nobody gets hurt when handling or accessing heavy machinery.
7 – Being struck by heavy equipment
Heavy equipment can cause serious injury, particularly if it’s on the edge of your trench when it caves in. In addition to that, if you’re inexperienced with an excavator, it’s not uncommon for people to be accidentally struck over the head with a swinging bucket. Be careful!
Hire the professionals
You don’t have to suffer these hazards on your own! In fact, if you hire an established company like Webers Excavations, you won’t have to at all. They can come in and take care of absolutely everything on your behalf. An experienced excavation firm will have all of the equipment, experience, and insurances, to come in and do so safely and responsibly. It’s certainly worth thinking about!
Updated on May 30, 2019
Do you work in the agriculture, manufacture or construction industry? Then no doubt you will have had to consider means of transporting your equipment to and from one site to another.
Updated on April 4, 2019
Are you the proud owner of a Toyota Hilux? Then it’s likely that you’re quite the adventurer. We hope you’re not one of those 4×4 owners who only use their big vehicles to drive to work in the city.
Updated on February 13, 2019
For many people, collecting antiques is a hobby. It’s something that they thoroughly enjoy because you get to have a glimpse into the past. To see how people used to live years before us. Other simply love the magnificent styling and craftmanship back when the use of machinery and advanced tools was unheard of. However, most people like the look of antique furniture, but wouldn’t want to pay the full price! A great value reproduction Louis XVI dining set on the other hand, is a much more attractive prospect.
The fact is, not that many people know all that much about antiques, – it’s a very niche market. So, unless you’re an expert, of you regularly invite your antique enthusiast friends over for dinner, who is going to know the difference? Far too many people are obsessed with authenticity, when in actuality; a reproduction antique item is the more sensible choice.
For example: an antique piece of furniture is going to be very expensive. In addition to that, if there is a particular piece or style that you are after, you’re going to have a hard time getting your hands on it. So, you’ll have to keep an eye out on the internet and regularly browse all manner of antique shops and flea-markets with the prospect of never finding an original piece in mint condition.
When you go for a great value reproduction Louis XVI dining set for example; you get the look, you get the feel, and you get even more quality (for a fraction of the price). Understand that reproduction antique furniture is built using modern methods and materials. This means that when you buy it, you can actually put it to use without worrying about causing it any damage. After all, some antique pieces are hundreds and hundreds of years old, so how practical would it be to use as a family dining set? You’d never be able to relax when entertaining guests! Certainly, they might compliment you on the look of it, but if somebody puts their glass down on the table with too much force you might have a heart attack.
If you are an antique enthusiast then by all means, buy the real thing. If you have more money than you know what to do with, then go for it, do what you like. However, if you don’t have mountains of money and you want to make a smart investment and save as much money as you can, then you must opt for antique reproduction furniture. A great value reproduction Louis XVI dining set might not be the real deal, but it will certainly look it. Again; unless you’re an expert, all you will see is an absolutely magnificent and regal looking set of furniture that you will be able to get a lifetime of enjoyment out of!
Updated on February 4, 2019
That’s right, you can’t really get much greener than camping. However, there are more eco-friendly ways to do it that’s for sure. Here’s one right off the bat: buy a recycled poly mat for camping. See? It’s easy when you know how. So, if you’re interested in going even greener with your next camping trip, then read on for some extra eco-friendly tips!
1 – Make your own meals and snacks
When camping, you should be mindful of the amount of food you waste. Make a meal plan for the week and take the supplies that you’re going to need. You can save money as well, by stocking up on some cheap ingredients and then enjoy a healthy camp-fire meal. Sure, it will require more effort on your part; but the flavour alone will be worth it.
2 – Go organic
Whilst we’re on the subject of cooking your own camp-fire meals and bringing your own ingredients; go organic whilst you’re at it. Traditional agricultural methods use herbicides and pesticides which are harmful for the environment. A little contradictory if you’re trying to enjoy nature whilst indulging on some non-organic food, don’t ya think?
3 – Borrow what you can and buy the rest used or recycled
You’d be surprised by how much camping equipment you’ll be able to borrow off friends. All you need to do is reach out on Facebook and we guarantee you’ll get a fairly good response. And whatever you can’t seem to get hold off, buy used. Or again, buy a recycled poly mat for camping. There are loads of reputable supplies which provide eco-friendly camping equipment. Do your research, shop around and you’ll be certain to find some awesome, affordable camping bits!
4 – Introduce a ‘clean-up competition’
When it comes to camping, you can pretty much make a game up out of anything! So, when you’re out and about with your friends, family and children; introduce a clean-up competition. (i.e., whoever collects the most trash by the end of the trail gets to choose which board game you play later etc) It’s a great way to create a little healthy competition amongst your fellow campers, and to encourage your children to take an interest in preserving their natural environment.
5 – Opt for solar powered equipment where possible
There are plenty of eco-friendly, solar powered camping items on the market. Rather than having to worry about stocking up on batteries, you can allow your equipment to charge in the sun, whilst you enjoy a little sunbathing yourself. Two-birds, one stone and all that! (please don’t throw stones at any birds)
6 – Leave without a trace!
When it comes to packing up to leave, make sure that you leave without a trace. Don’t leave any garbage whatsoever. Don’t burn any of your trash either. Plastic bottles and aluminium cans will release a load of unnecessary pollutants. Try to reduce your overall impact and leave the space in the same condition that you left it in.
Updated on February 1, 2019
There’s nothing better than enjoying some alone time with Xtreme Car Audio, driving to your favourite tunes and blasting them out as loud as you like without anyone telling you off. In addition to that, you can play the same song five times in a row and nobody can judge you!