Four common tree myths in Sydney

Our beloved Northern Sydney, like any region with a rich history, is not immune to myths or half-truths. These tall tales can well, grow on trees, like the story of the Monsters in the Railway Tunnels.
Speaking of trees, there are plenty of myths that come fresh from the garden. From the mulch debate to general tree care, there are plenty of practices out there that won’t actually help your tree to flourish
So we’re here to set the record straight, with the four common tree myths you are likely to come across in Sydney.

  1. You can plant your own tree, without professional help

Planting trees is a great idea. It enhances your home, improves atmosphere and gives you a great activity to do with your kids. But is this seemingly simple task actually as easy as it seems? You might not believe it, but there are actually plenty of problems that can give the amateur tree planter a headache. You could use incorrect planting procedures or plant the wrong tree in the wrong place. This point is particularly important to consider in Sydney and throughout NSW, where bushfire conditions make things hard to predict. This is why it’s always best to seek professional advice.

  1. Planting a tree deep will make the roots grow deeper

It doesn’t matter how far you dig, this myth doesn’t hold any ground. Planting your tree deeper in the ground often kill your tree. When planting your tree the top of the soil in the pot should be level with the soil surface.


  1. Using a lot of mulch is good for the roots

Can you believe it? One of the most common pieces of tree advice is nothing more than a myth! The thick consistency of the mulch will actually harm the roots and their ability to grow. After a few days of a hot, dry, Sydney summer, over-mulching your trees can even lead to root death.


There is some truth in this myth however. If you simply apply 75mm of mulch it can prove to be beneficial for your trees. You just have to be sure to top up the level of mulch every year.

  1. Removing living branches before planting will balance the crown and roots

This is actually the last thing you should do if you want to benefit your trees and surrounding environment.
By removing living branches you will be taking away the essential leaves your tree needs to survive. The twigs, branches, and trunks of your trees have billions of living cells, which store energy reserves.


So there you have it! We’ve finished our pruning and revealed four common tree related myths for what they truly are. If you know a common tree myth, be sure to leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.



For any questions on tree trimming and care  in your garden, or tree removal in the northern region of Sydney Ku-ring-gai Council, Hills District and Hornby Council, contact the team at Bradshaw Tree Services – call 04 0357 2113 or email today!