With the recent storms still fresh in our memory here are some tips to save your precious trees after they've been damaged by the wind.
1. Assessing the damage. After the wind has died down it's time to inspect your trees, be careful when underneath broken branches as they can come crashing down at any moment. Check for splits or cracks in the main trunk or root uplift, as well as smaller broken branches.
With winter behind us and the warmer weather here it is time to think about firewood.
The fire is still the most common type of heating for rural homes and the cheapest, despite what many heating companies claim.
Doing your own firewood is very inexpensive as long as you have the right machinery and access to wood.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.