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Three Things To Consider When Planting Trees In Christchurch

If you are planning to add new trees to your Christchurch property as part of landscaping, it is important to choose the right plants if you want them to be successful and healthy.

There are three basic things should always be considered when you are deciding on which type of tree to plant - site, weather and the purpose of the tree. If you are not sure what would be best for your site, think about asking an arborist, who has knowledge of many tree varieties for advice. A local expert will also be able to advise you on the trees best suited to local conditions.

  1. Weather

    Depending on the location of your property in Christchurch, you need to think about the weather conditions and how they will affect the trees you plant.

    If you live in one of the seaside suburbs, for instance, you will need trees that can deal with salty conditions and potentially wind coming off the sea. If you live in the hills, you might need to consider plants that can cope with high winds and changes in temperature.

  2. Site

    There are many things to think about when considering your site in relation to the trees you want to plant. First you need to consider the soil as some varieties do better in sandy soil while others require dense material to survive. You also need to consider how the sun affects the property and whether the trees will be in full sun all day or will be shaded and whether they will be protected from the wind.

    Lastly, look at your site in terms of how much space your trees will have to grow and spread. Remember that trees spread underground as well so think about how the growing roots will affect your garden and house.

  3. What do you want trees for

    As well as the practical considerations of site and elements, thinking about what you want the trees to do for your site is also important. If your trees are to provide a strong visual element, then you might wish to look at exotic varieties with coloured leaves, while if you are planning to use the trees as shade, you will want to look for larger specimens with good leaf cover.

    If you aren’t sure how to manage the existing trees at your property or are looking at planting new varieties but aren’t sure where to start, then enlisting the help of a specialist arborist can help. As well as providing advice on the best types of tree, they can also assist with on-going maintenance to ensure your trees have a long and healthy life.

    If you do decide to get a professional in to help you, make sure you get an accurate quote for any work before signing a contract and check references before you hire. Most good tradespeople will have other satisfied customers who will provide testimonials, and you may even be able to see examples of previous work so check things out first.

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Ultimate Winter Ready Checklist

Posted 30/04/18

Autumn is a great time to get stuck in with preparations to get your home in the best shape and be a healthy place to be during the challenging winter months. Mould & mildew control Prevention is easier than treatment. Check around your house for spots that are prone to leaks, condensation or

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Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist for Homeowners

Posted 18/06/13

Queens Birthday weekend kicks off the official start to winter. You may be thinking there’s not a lot that can be done to your home during the winter months, but think again! Here’s your very own Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist, which you can use to work out what needs doing at your home. Y

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Winter Gardening Tips for March and April in New Zealand

Posted 13/03/13

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals. In climates with

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Choosing and Using an Arborist

Posted 23/10/12

There is an art to trimming back a tree - careless hacking can adversely affect the health of a tree, and in some cases cause it to die. Rather than lopping its top off, and completely ruining its shape and health, call in someone who can provide a solution to suit both your needs and the tree's

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8 Ways to Protect Your Trees Before Heading Into Winter

Posted 29/04/15

Many homeowners are under impression that the vast majority of winter damage to their trees comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. While this can be an aspect, there are other factors at play and we explore them... What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the u

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4 Reasons for Using Professional Tree Care Services

Posted 29/04/14

Hiring professional tree care services can save you time and effort - here's four great reasons why you should use professional tree care services. Saves you time: professional tree care service providers have the right equipment and skills to get the job done quickly. You don't need to take

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Arborists - what do they do?

Posted 05/11/10

An arborist is an expert in the care and protection of individual trees.  They know about the needs of a variety of trees and are trained to provide the appropriate care to the trees. Well looked after trees are both attractive and add value to your property. Trees that aren't well maintained wil

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Winterizing your House Exterior, Doors & Windows Part 2

Posted 18/06/14

The second in a three-part series sharing tips on weatherproofing your home to combat the Kiwi winter, focusing on the exterior of your home, doors and windows.  Winterizing your house exterior The first article covered, inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys and also discuss

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Cut trees

Posted 1 month ago

Neighbours tree overhangs boundary, massive branches need to be cut. It's a walnut tree. Other tree is a cabbage covered in clematis. There are power lines from street going onto neighbours property.

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Tree grinding - 3 stumps

Posted 2 weeks ago

3 stumps ground down with a stump grinder

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Tree stumps to grind

Posted 1 month ago

5 tree stumps to grind . 5 Medium size stumps and a cabbage tree stump in Dallington . Easy access

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Tree Pruning/Hedge trimming

Posted 9 hours ago

I’m am looking for someone to prune 5 mop head trees and trim hedge/bushes. In the next 2-3 weeks would be good

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Trimming to reduce height of trees

Posted 3 weeks ago

Reducing the height of 2 pittosporum trees by about 2 - 3 metres, remove a 5m high thin phebalium in residential back yard, side boundary, remove all green waste from site

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Tree Removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

Tree removal in the Barrington area. Approximately 4-5 meters tall and trunk around 20 cms.

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Golden Elm requiring a prune

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have a beautiful golden elm tree which needs about 4-5 large branches removing in order to gift some more light into the two gardens behind my house. I would like the pruned branches removed as part of the job. See the photos for the scope of the job.

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Two Trees to be Removed Pretty Please

Posted 1 week ago

We have two small-medium trees in our backyard which need removal. One is a yucca (3-4m) which is planted in a space in the deck. The other is a deciduous tree (4-5m tall) which is planted in a garden bed. I would like them chipped (if possible) and the chippings left on site. I can often be home during the day with prior arrangement.

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Major trim of several trees

Posted 1 month ago

Major cut back of trees on the street side of the property need cutting down to about four metres high. Same with 2 trees at the back of the property. Also trimming of another tree close to the house. Removal of cuttings and also another tree trunk already on the ground.

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Hedge Trim & Tree Removal

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have a rental with a large hedge which acts as a boundary fence along one side needing a significant trim. It needs trimming on top and sides, with probably about 2 metres or so taken off the top. Also interested to get a quote for removal of the large tree at the end of the hedge.

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Tree and hedge

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have two trees with branches overshadowing the house. Would like to have them pruned back. It's about 4 branches. The hedge is about 2 meters high and I'd like to have cut back to 1.5 meter. I estimate both jobs could take around 1.5-2 hours max including tidying up afterwards. I'm look looking to have this done either over the weekend or any day next week except Mon, Tue and Thursday. Let me know your quotes and availability. Looking forward to it.

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Tree and stump removal

Posted 4 weeks ago

Cut down one medium sized tree (acer - see pic) and remove tree and stump.

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Cabbage tree removal

Posted 1 month ago

Removal and disposal of cabbage tree

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Autumn Tidy Up

Posted 1 week ago

Require pruning of two large silver birch trees, a Magnolia tree and a cherry tree.

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Tree topping

Posted 1 month ago

I have just brought a property in cashmere and have some tree topping needed done

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Tree removal

Posted 1 week ago

I have several trees and shrubs I would like removed from the front of my property, highest approx 5m

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With over 135,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Tree prune or removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree removal and trim

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Ivy pruning and x1 tree to be shaped

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Fruit tree pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Stump removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cabbage tree removal


19th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

cabbage tree removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

remove 3 trees from courtyard

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Mike Eady


8th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree and stump removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th April 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Branch removal


19th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove small trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th February 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Pruning

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

28th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cut back overhanging trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shrub and general pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Top and thin tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

let in the light

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd April 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Tree Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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ACP CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

Joined March 2019

Combined we have 30+yrs experience within the Civil Construction trade and can offer a vast variety of Civil Construction services. We take pride in our work, therefore being able to offer fair competitive prices to suit your budget is a must. We are reliable and our time management allows for us to be able to make our deadlines. Both of us hold our Comprehensive first aid and relevant tickets and...

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J S Construction site clean up ltd

Joined July 2016

Plastering From small renovations and earth quake repairs to new housing, J S Construction ia a small too man team who pride themselves on quality work in the Canterbury region, recently we have done 3 bathrooms in Hanmer Springs and 1 in Timaru, along with new housing in Christchurch. We also Cove when required and Machine sand. James's Mowing/Gardning Site/ house clean up/ Rubbish rem...

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Ferguson contracting Canterbury

Joined January 2018

Been in the trade 10 years last two years self employed but a couple of houses for myself and others no job too big or small , can do excavations decks , anything and a full list of sub trades

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At Your Request Property Maintenance LTD

Joined July 2017

Hi, we are a family owned business. We pride ourselves in delivering the best results ensuring our customers are 100% happy. We provide competitive quotes and complete jobs at a affortable cost. Our services provide for residential and commercial.

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Hansen tranter contracting ltd

Joined October 2017

Hi H-T contracting Ltd is a new company specialising in driveways and landscaping. We are also involved in handymen work and cleaning services. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Fowlertrades

Joined January 2017

Im a small family bussiness operating for 5 years now that Does a variety of jobs inside and out of your property including removing all rubbish and clearing all property rubbish left from tenants! Tree trimmimg, hedge trimming, tree felling, stump Grinding also lawn mowing. Or needing a tidy up before sale.

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George Mallory Builders Limited

Joined February 2007

Hi - We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 10 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury. While we specialise in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time - check out the photos below. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines...

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Sculptural Landscapes LTd

Joined January 2018

Sculptural Landscapes has been beautifying Canterbury yards for over 5 years now. We will take on anything from putting in a few grasses to entire lifestyle block landscaping and management. We work very hard to keep out clients happy. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget and time. If its outside we can manage your job to a high standard. If your looking...

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Brothers Landscapes

Joined August 2013

We have been a family business for the last 14 years and specialise in hard and soft landscaping from garden tidy ups, tree felling, stump grinding, ready lawn, irrigation, paving, retaining walls, fencing, decks, concreting, planting and much more. FREE quote to transform your section. Experienced, professional and on time. Phone Brothers Landscapes in Christchurch for a prompt free no obligation...

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CJS Services NZ Limited

Joined August 2018

Hi, my name is Chris from CJS Services. I have a number of years experience carrying out work for residential and commercial clients. I pride myself on being friendly upfront and punctual. Feel free to contact me for a free no obligation quote. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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Podium Landscapes & Gardens Limited

Joined June 2017

We specialise in keeping your property in a clean, crisp, sharp & tidy looking condition. > Lawn mowing > Edging > Leaf blowing and raking > Water blasting > Gutter cleaning > Weed and lawn spraying > Green waste removal > Weeding > Planting > Pruning and trimming > Tree maintenance > Landscaping We are a small professional business who pride ourselves on customer satisfaction...

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edgeler contracting ltd

Joined April 2011

hi,we have been in the building game for twenty three years and aim our services at the smaller building jobs,ie fencing,sheds,decks,pathways,paving and renovations.we also under-take alot of work on farms and life-style blocks. with the can do attitude,there isnt much we cant reslove and to the highest standards. full insurance and owner opperated. free quotes and materials can be supplied.EQC,ha...

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Yella Digga Ltd

Joined November 2017

I would like to take this time to introduce Yella Digga Ltd. We are an excavation company that has been servicing the Canterbury region for 10 years. We are a family owned and operated business. We are an experienced earthmoving company focusing on commercial and residential foundations, driveways and also dairy conversions. We can help from preparing the foundation for building your new hous...

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LDH CONTRACTING

Joined October 2017

We have Contractors based in every major city throughout New Zealand operating under Labour-Day-Hire Contracting. Our business is to provide Expert Project Management offering Competitive Wholesale Pricing, but if preferable, we also cover General Labour Only. We cater to all forms of Home Renovations, Landscaping and General Construction. Enquire now to discuss your requirements.

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Tree Services

Joined September 2010

Hydroturf and Tree Services We specialise in residential and commercial work across Christchurch and Selwyn With many years of industry experience, we offer highest quality of workmanship along with expert advice and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Our comprehensive range of services includes: ​TREES *Tree Removals *Height Reduction *Trimming *Thinning *Hedge Trimming *Branch...

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Strathclyde

Joined July 2014

Established in July 2014, TC Groundworks Ltd Trading As Strathclyde is a civil construction company based in Christchurch, NZ. We are a family run business who have been steadily growing based off our budding reputation. Our employees are generally multi-disciplinary, which gives our business a great versatility in the work we can undertake. Please see our What We Do pages on our website, www.stra...

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Four Seasons Tree Care Otautahi ltd

Joined September 2016

Four Seasons Tree Care Otautahi Ltd is a family owned and managed company established over 12 years ago and based in Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand. Our arborists are trained nationally and internationally, having worked in locations are far London, Hamburg, Nepal, Singapore, Australia and USA. The preservation and maintenance of your trees is our aim. Our goal is to provide an environ...

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A LINE J &E CONTRACTING Ltd

Joined September 2014

I HAVE A bobcat an a 10 ton tipper at the moment I am digging out driveways for housing Nz Can get acess to all kinds of equipment have thirty years experience on all types of machines working from ground up

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Paul Rout Building

Joined January 2017

Qualified Carpenter and licensed building practitioner Competent in all types of Carpentry from high end architectural to EQC repairs. No job too big or small. Happy to take your calls and come out and give you a free quote and second opinion.

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Total trees limited

Joined April 2018

Professional and reliable team of arborist can tend to any of your tree related needs from removing large trees to pruning and trimming shrubs and bushes. There is no job to big or too small for our team to tackle. Call us now for No obligation free quote

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