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Tree Services

Our tree-care services are focused on developing and improving yields of forest-products (including tree-crops and timber) and vital environmental services (shade, air-purification, climate modification etc.) provided by the public and private forest estate. Together with our long-term collaborator, Gary Shambrook (who has over 30 years experience in the business), we provide specialist tree-shaping, pruning, and felling services. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

New planting at Arakai EstateWe provide advice and design on developing productive tree-systems at any scale (e.g. food/fibre/fuel-forests), but also cultivate a special interest in ultra-small-scale (i.e. backyard) production of select high-value sawlogs of native cabinet timbers. We can travel (or telecommute) anywhere in the world to assist you with design and implementation of your orchard or timberlot project, but unfortunately we cannot offer regular maintenance to clients outside the South-East Queensland region.

Timber milling and salvage operations in the South-East Queensland region are conducted jointly by us and the father-and-son team of Darryl and Brendon Collins, of Arakai Estate, using their TimberKing mobile bandsaw mill. The economics of larger jobs involving higher volumes of wood or a number of logs, may mean we can justify bringing this larger sawmill to the timber, however smaller loads and single logs will need to be loaded on a truck for transport to the mill. In cases where access to the log is too restricted to allow snigging (towing) it to a convenient loading area, or transport costs are prohibitive, we may set up a smaller mill (such as a Lucas) around the log to cut it where it lies.

We are also open to invitations to help promote or develop the concept of decentralised urban production-forestry in other cities, as we believe it is a vital part of urban redesign for sustainability.


Landscape Maintenance 

We provide competitively priced, permaculture-qualified property maintenance services to urban clients in the greater Brisbane region.

Native Pandorea vine in flower at one of our sitesWorking to a strategic plan and recommendations from an Aiki Designs consultant, our property maintenance team will guide the evolution of your site by regular, sustainable steps, using only approved organic inputs. Use of power-tools is minimised; microclimate management and soil-care is a prime priority, as is the identification and management of woody or invasive weeds, and their staged replacement with locally-appropriate productive species. For selected herbaceous weeds we may use our saturated steam system which is totally non-toxic.

We are organic lawn-care specialists, using probiotic fertilisers and deep-sward methods (i.e. a high cut) to promote healthy turf with minimal need for inputs of food or water. We also recommend and use composting and small animal systems such as poultry or guinea pigs, to do the gardening on many urban sites. On larger properties, including rural sites, we may use our state-of-the-art mobile grazing units to improve pasture, weed and mow verges and margins, and control understorey growth in clients’ orchards and agroforestry systems.

We suggest you let us use one or more of these systems to process organic residues from your property into free fertiliser on-site, but for an additional charge we can export biomaterials such as palm-fronds etc. to one of our bulk composting facilities.

Contact us here for a quote on maintenance services for your property.


Biochar in The Bamboo Garden

Black is the new green, if the buzz about biochar is to be believed. There are some good reasons to be optimistic about the potential for using black carbon as a soil amendment to improve local agricultural fertility and to combat global climate change. But of course, as with all technologies and tactics, there are serious strategic issues to consider, before we are able to declare “bio”char as “green”.

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