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Tree Pruning

The Experts in Tree Pruning Sydney

Our tree pruning service across the North Shore and Northern Beaches is undertaken by our qualified AQF Level 3 Arborists to the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007. Pruning will often be undertaken to clear electricity service lines, over roofs, swimming pools and driveways. We also thin trees to increase light and winter sun. Pruning of deadwood is common to reduce the risk of branch failure in Eucalyptus trees and other species. There are different forms of pruning and differing reasons for pruning to be undertaken.

Reasons for Tree Pruning

Reasons for pruning your tree include maximising winter sunlight into the property, power line clearance, unsightly seed and frond removal from palms and trees, clearing branches resting on buildings to reduce physical damage, reducing leaves dropping onto the roof or to prevent possums using your roof as a home or highway, pruning for views, pruning of dangerous branches, air movement, enhancing shape and bird control.

Types of Tree Pruning

Deadwood Removal – dead branches within a tree (particularly Eucalyptus) naturally shed from the tree at any time. To ensure the safety of your family and neighbours, these can be successfully pruned. Crown thinning is the pruning of the tree by approximately 10% removing small diameter secondary branches of 50 mm or smaller whilst maintaining the structure and shape of the tree. Advantages of crown thinning include increasing air circulation and sunlight into a property.

Tree Lopping – Lopping is not recommended if the natural shape of the tree is destroyed, or if the lopping of branches can alter the growth pattern and reduce the tree’s life span.  More information about tree lopping.

Selective Tree Pruning – the removal of specifically identified branches, often to gain clearance over buildings or remove diseased or decayed branches, prevent possums from gaining access to the roof or power line clearance.

Crown Lifting – pruning the lowest branches in the canopy to provide clearance for visual security or room for under planting.

Remedial (restorative) Pruning – the removal of damaged, diseased or lopped branches back to healthy, undamaged timber. This is carried out to promote or induce new shoots to create a new canopy, often undertaken on over mature, declining trees. This is an option to save your loved tree and prolong its life span.

Reduction Pruning – the pruning of a tree to reduce its height to lower internal lateral branches. This is often undertaken to maintain a view from a property or simply to contain the size of a tree. Unfortunately, not all trees can be crown reduced due to branch structure.

Formative Pruning – undertaken when the tree is young, the goal is to create a well shaped safe tree. Any weak junctions prone to failure are pruned from the tree including crossing branches.

Other Resources

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