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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.

Latest arborists articles

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering arborists related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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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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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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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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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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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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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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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Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Arborists on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Tree roots removal

Posted 1 week ago

Tidy up of a small area in the garden approximately 3m x 1m. Removal need for 2 half chopped dead trees and some overgrown tree roots of nearby trees.

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Stump removal, lawn removal

Posted 3 days ago

Our garden needs a whole lot of stumps removed(20-30?), and reshaping before we replant, the lawn also need dirts removed and new dirt brought in. It is probably a small digger job

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Stump removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

Need a stump removed from my front yard. Flexible on time/date. Last 2 branches in photo will be chopped to similar height as others by myself. But I am unable to get the branches cut lower to the ground with the equiptment I have. I need it about 10cm below ground level.

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Tree removal

Posted 1 month ago

Remove tree from back garden and chop for fire wood

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Tree pruning

Posted 2 weeks ago

Council have informed us that the trees in our rental property are overhanging the footpath and need a trim.

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Hedge and tree trimming

Posted 2 weeks ago

trim pittosporum hedges - height , Branch off silk tree. Maybe driveway photinia hedge. We can do body of hedges but at moment unable to do height.

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Tree & stump removal

Posted 1 week ago

Hi there We are looking for someone who can remove few trees from our property. We will also be needing stump grinding on some of the removed trees.

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Stump grinding and cabbage tree removal

Posted 2 days ago

Stump grinding of 3x stumps (2x cabbage tree and 1x fig tree) Removal of 7m cabbage tree on street frontage + grind stump.

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Quotes to have gum tree cut back and killed

Posted 1 month ago

We have a large gum tree that we have previously had cut back but is regrowing so we would like to have cut back and if possible killed to stop it coming back.

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Flax removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

Flax removal Med size flax (already half cut down)

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Tree removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

A little bit of advice needed. A tree's root has begun pushing a fence. We'll be happy to remove the whole tree if needed, but if it's removing the root, we'll be open to that too.

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Espalliering Fruit Trees and Grape Vines

Posted 3 days ago

Looking for someone who can come out and retrain our fruit trees - peach/pear/apricot and grapevines. Previous owner has attempted to espalier these - I would like to continue but want someone trained in this area to teach me how to do ongoing maintenance.

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Fell tree and cut up for firewood

Posted 2 weeks ago

Cut down gleditsia tree in our back garden and cut up for use on log burner. Tree is about 13 metres tall. No need to remove any of it. Logs will go on the log burner and twigs in our green bin. No need to grind stump.

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Tree pruning

Posted 1 month ago

Cut back trees hanging over fence.

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Furniture maker from tree

Posted 1 week ago

We have a large tree that we sadly have to take down but want to make something out of it. We would like to find someone that could help us make a coffee table or outdoor table from the wood. We do already have an arborist to take down the tree.

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Tree prune and shape

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our Robina Lace tree needs a prune and some shaping. If you could remove the cuttings as well that would be great.

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Arborist wanted to cut down 2 large trees

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi, I have 2 large trees that need to be cut down. Apologies for no photos, please message me back with your normal hourly rate, and I can send you through photos of the trees.

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Remove tree and stump

Posted 1 month ago

Large palm tree, needs to be removed and disposed to countine with on going renovations

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Stump grinding

Posted 2 weeks ago

Large stump to grind in back yard.

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Garden waste chipping

Posted 1 month ago

We have a fair bit of tree branch’s that need chipping. We are keen to keep the chip for use on our garden. Location is in Cashmere

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 187,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Stump Grinding

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree stumps removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shirley Intermediate trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree topping

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4

Overhanging Tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree stump removal x 3

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

30th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Stump Removal to ground level 2 old Stumps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cabbage tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cordyline Cabbage Tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Birch fell

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Peja & Gail

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Overhanging branches need to be removed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Driveway shrub/hedge pruning to 2.2m

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

2 x removal - 1 x trimming

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th August 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Trim and remove trees


31st December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

3 small tree stumps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

1x tree + 1x stump removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pines Felled

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Ben can sort it

Joined February 2015

Hi Im Ben and I have experience with over 100 Projects throughout the South Island, ranging from small landscaping projects to land and home packages, starting from the ground up . I have over 10 years experience and still love my work. In the past I have been a foreman on multi million dollar commercial projects and currently work as a project manger. I would like to utilize all of my skills to...

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AJC brick and block

Joined June 2016

Hi! My name is Adam I have 10 years experience in bricklaying and block laying industry I take pride in all my work. I can also do any general repairs or repointing to give old brickwork a facelift Contact me for a very competitive quote

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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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Paul Hussey Construction

Joined March 2015

Hi I a fully qualified and licensed builder, I specialise in Fencing, Decks, Barns, and Renovations I am very efficient, do not cut corners, and take great pride in my work

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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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Drake Pacific Contracting

Joined November 2019

Drake Pacific Contracting specialises in remote access ground stabilization, anchoring and equipment repairs and service. We pride ourselves on craftsmanship and efficiencies.

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Ideal property maintenance

Joined February 2014

Ideal property maintenance is a small property maintenance company which provides maintenance services to both residential and commercial customers in the Canterbury area

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Fowlertrades

Joined January 2017

Hi. Been in bussiness for 6years now with positive feed back from my clients. I'm a sole trader but can get people in for the bigger jobs! I take pride in my work and in providing a good service for my clients no matter how big or small the job. I like to Leave a job where the customer is happy with the works and with out blowing there budget. I do provide a variety of work around the home! Incl...

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Monumental Construction Limited

Joined January 2021

HI! I have had over 10 years building experience in all aspects of the industry! I always strive to give the client the absolute best end product and customer service. Cheers

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Fix It Fox Handyman Services

Joined December 2020

No Job Too Small. Hands on Engineer. I have built a broad spectrum of residential and engineering items. I have a full suite of skills - fabrication, building, roofing, plumbing, drainage, electrical etc ie classical handyman who does well in all trades. Good tool base. Multiple trailers. Can cart 9m lengths. Engineers built the world.

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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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Jays concrete plus

Joined December 2019

Hi I’ve been building roads motorways, footpaths and driveways for 12 years plus. I specialise in concrete work but can do all sorts of jobs from excavation, asphalt, kerbing, paving, landscaping. No job is too tough . I work hard to make sure any job i take on is delivered on time and to a very high standard. I take pride in my work, will give you a very fair quote and will always try to work wi...

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McDonnells Tree Trim

Joined January 2021

We're specialist shelter-belt, hedge cutters providing quick & tidy maintenance for farm & lifestyle block hedges & trees. Our ideal, high spec machines do both Flail & Saw work. Including 1 & 2 yearly regrowth trims, heavy overgrown work, tree topping, power line clearances, hills, flats, roads. From gorse hedges, anything up to pretty much the highest topped shelter-belts. Our versatile machines...

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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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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. ......

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DnB Landscapes services

Joined September 2019

Hi ive been sculptural landscaper for the last 6 years ive now just gone out on my own i am very professional and work very hard to meet deadlines.At dnb Landscapes we pride ourselves in our very affordable prices.

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bud landscaping

Joined October 2014

We offer a wide range of landscaping services, from Driveways, new lawns, irrigation and gardens right through to fences and decks! We are a Canterbury owned and operated business and cover jobs from North right through to South Canterbury. We offer a fixed price guarantee, and pride ourselves on meeting our clients needs. We look forward to hearing from you! Www. ...

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Hydroturf and Tree Services

Joined September 2010

Hydroturf We specialise in residential and commercial work across Christchurch and Selwyn Owner operator with many years of industry experience, I offer high quality workmanship along with expert advice. My comprehensive range of services includes: NEW LAWNS *Hydro-seeding *Bobcat and mini loader work *Rotary Hoeing *Trenching *Irrigation Systems *Full site preparation *Ro...

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Podium Landscapes & Gardens Limited

Joined June 2017

We specialise in bringing tired looking sections to life and maintaining them to a very high standard. From construction to section maintenance and everything in between. Get your section looking it’s best with a free quote from Podium Landscapes & Gardens Ltd. > Ready Lawn turfing > Mowing > Hedge trimming > Line trimming > Tree pruning > Irrigation installs > Barking > Stones > Edg...

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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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