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Tree Pruning

Pruning is about improving the safety, health, function ability, beauty & longevity of your trees. Your Branch Manager is aware of and respects the prominent growth habits of most of the tree species grown on the Gold Coast. This allows our qualified tree climbing arborists to remove any weak and hazardous conditions from your trees, in ways that will promote reliable sound growth of good structural integrity and encourage the natural grace and beauty of your trees.

All tree pruning that is provided by Your Branch Manager will be in accordance with Australian Standards for the Pruning of Amenity Trees AS 4373-2007

Corrective Pruning to remove dead & misdirected branches

Although our qualified arborists will normally establish a better understanding of the tree that they are climbing than when pruning from a cherry picker, we do use an EWP as a matter of safety if the tree is infested with European bees or wasps.

Removal of hazardous branches

As poor structural habits are common in some species of trees on the Gold Coast, it is recommended that your trees are assessed by a qualified arborist during the establishment and throughout the maturity of your trees.

A Tree Safety Assessment will assist in in identifying the need for tree pruning.

Peter Mckelvey is available to visit your property at no charge and will undertake a tree safety assessment of your tree/s. Any conditions of poor health, decay, termite hollowing, previous storm damage and bifurcated branches or codominant leaders with included bark will be observed & recorded.

 Large trees might require ascending with rope climbing methods to more closely view a possible weakness in the tree.

With the knowledge known from the tree safety assessments, details of the corrective pruning that isrequired by a qualified tree climbing arborist will be provided for each of the trees that are in need of pruning.

When a hazardous tree of a moderate to high risk of failure is identified, if there are no practical options available to establish a condition of safety, removal of the will be recommended.

Pruning for Safety                                                                                                    

  • Pruning of termite hollowed branches.

  • Pruning of dead, diseased and damaged branches.

  • Canopy thinning to reduce wind load & the risk of branch failure.

  • Pruning of bifurcated trunks, leaders & branches with included bark.

  • Pruning of branches overhanging driveways, pathways & building.

Pruning to remove dead, damaged and decaying branches

Pruning for the Beauty of Your Trees & Property 

  • Canopy thinning to reduce heavy shading. 

  • Pruning of misdirected crossing/rubbing branches.

  • Pruning in harmony with each tree, to promote its natural symmetry.

Directional pruning to remove the branches that are over hanging, close to and growing towards the house and pool.

When do my Trees need Pruning ?

As a matter of safety it is common that trees will require some corrective pruning every 3 to 5 years, but this will depend on the trees structural condition, health, age, species, location and exposure to wind.

The best time to prune your trees is any time you think it is appropriate  

If you are uncertain if your trees need pruning, please contact Your Branch Manager to arrange for Peter visit your property and if of help a Tree Safety Assessment will be provided at no cost to you. This will make clear, the need and the priority of any pruning that might be considered.