PROFESSIONAL TREE SERVICES
To keep your garden in good shape, providing your trees with the care and maintenance they need is crucial. Tree pruning or trimming is one of the most common and important tree maintenance procedures to maintain tree health, vitality and desirable form.
Tree Services Melbourne provides professional tree pruning and trimming services
Every branch that is removed from a tree means the tree can divert the energy that was used to maintain the pruned branch into other areas. So, it’s important to know which branches to remove and where to cut. This gives the tree the best chance to heal the wound and grow well. Pruning can beneficial to encourage new growth. That’s why proper pruning of fruit trees can increase the health and fruit harvest from the trees.
Proper tree pruning requires an understanding of tree species, growth and biology, as each cut to a tree can change not only it’s form, but it’s future growth. It can also impact surrounding trees and the undergrowth. In many cases, small shrubs and trees such as fruit trees, can be pruned by yourself. However, pruning larger trees, and certain species of trees like palms is much harder.
The team at Tree Services Melbourne have the knowledge, experience and equipment needed to ensure your trees are pruned properly and safely.
Trees of all growth stages and types benefit from pruning.
How fast a tree grows depends on its species, growth stage or age, the type and quality of soil, water, drainage, light and many other factors. So, the same type tree could even grow at different rates in different parts of your garden.
Good pruning of young developing trees trains them to establish primary branches, a strong structure and desirable shape. This enables young trees to grow into strong, beautiful mature trees that need less corrective pruning. Younger trees from 1 to 5 years old benefit from pruning each year whilst mature trees benefit from pruning every 1 to 5 years depending on the species of tree and environment.
For older trees, removing dead, weak, or damaged branches reduces the risk of the branches falling and damaging property, assets or even hurting people. Diseased branches need to be pruned to help prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the tree. Pruning trees can also help to increase light as well as encourage better air penetration to the tree and the undergrowth below.
At Tree Services Melbourne, we understand that every tree has unique needs.
Pruning has to be done carefully, considering every impact it has to the health of the tree as well as the surrounding environment. Before tree pruning or trimming, we assess each of your trees so we understand how pruning would benefit your trees and the environment most. We only resort to tree removal if it’s the best solution possible. We can also assist you if you need power line cleaning services for your property. Rest assured that we take care of your trees as though our own.
TREE PRUNING AND TRIMMING
At Tree Services Melbourne we provide tree and branch reduction services such as:
- Canopy thinning or Crown thinning
- Canopy lifting
- Tree reduction
- Deadwooding or Deadwood removal
- Crossing branches
- Duel leading trunks
- Shaping and formative pruning
- Fruit tree pruning
- Hedge pruning or trimming
- Tree topping or Tree lopping
- Palm pruning
Canopy thinning or Crown thinning
Canopy thinning or Crown thinning involves taking off 10 – 30% of the canopy’s internal branches in an even way to reduce the overall number of branches. This can be useful for trees that are near your house that are blocking out too much light. Once the canopy has been thinned, it let more light through your garden or home.
Canopy lifting involves pruning the lower branches of the tree to raise the height of the canopy. You’ll effectively see more of the tree trunk and is helpful for managing the shape of the tree. It’s also a useful way to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians and provide better visibility closer to the ground.
Tree reduction is a major pruning job that involves removing a good proportion of the tree’s outer branches and foliage in an even way to reduce the overall size of the tree.
Deadwooding or Deadwood removal
This tree pruning process involves removing dead branches in a tree. This helps prevent the dead branches from breaking off and causing injury to pedestrians or damage to other plants underneath and property. It can involve removing branches that are weakly attached to the tree or branches that show low-vigour growth from the crown of a tree. Branches that are plagued with pests and diseases can also be removed.
Crossing branches occurs when two or more branches grow very close to each other, and start crossing in their growth path. When they do this the branches rub against each other, especially in windy weather. This causes the bark to be stripped and exposes the tree’s wood to rain, fungi, bugs and rotting. Removing the weaker cross branch or both branches may be required to prevent one or both branches from breaking off at a later stage and causing injury to people or damage to property.
Duel leading trunks
Usually while tree is young, it is trained to have a single main leading trunk by removing other competing vertical trunks. This encourages the main trunk to be more vigorous. Sometimes two leading trunks can grow unnoticed. When they become larger, the space where the join (usually a v shape) can fill up with water, leaves, dirt and pests. This can cause the trunks to rot from the inside, weaken and break off in a strong wind. Sometimes one of the leading trunks can also start to lean too far in a certain direction and unbalance the tree.
Shaping and formative pruning
Shaping and formative pruning involves removing the branches of larger trees to reduce the spread of a tree and also give it a better shape. As the trees are larger, it involves more work and skills as it requires climbing higher and further to the outer most branches to prune them. Our team has expert climbers and rope specialists for these types of jobs.
Fruit tree pruning
Fruit tree pruning involves removing branches from fruit trees. By removing some branches, the tree’s root system doesn’t have to support as many branches. This may then enable the tree to use the energy to produce more fruit. It’s important to consider the tree’s normal fruiting season and stages to know the best time to prune and how much to prune to encourage a better fruit yield. Our team are experts at pruning all sorts of fruit trees and are often asked to prune apple trees, pear trees, citrus trees, plum trees and even orchards and vineyards.
Hedge pruning or trimming
This involves pruning hedges to a desired height and shape. At Tree Services Melbourne, we trim hedges large and small from tall conifers, to Pittosporum, Photinia, to English Box and flowering hedges. Hedges benefit from having small amounts (about 5 – 10cm) removed more regularly instead of a major prune to prevent them from being overgrown. For formal hedges, we usually prune an even smaller amount more often to keep them tight and in top shape.
Pollarding is also known as a ‘collar cut’. It’s usually done on only certain types of trees when they are smaller, and have multiple vertical second-order branches. The second-order branches are cut back in winter and allowed to regrow in spring.
Tree topping involves taking off the top of the tree to reduce its height. It should be a last resort and it’s not recommended as it’s illegal in some states and cities. It also reduces the visual appeal of the tree.
Pruning palm trees is slightly different to other types of trees in that it’s mostly done to remove dead, dying or weak palm fronds. It also involves removing flowering or fruiting clusters like coconuts that can drop and be a potential risk to pedestrians and pets. It’s also important not to over prune palms as it may lead to slower growth and attract pests.
Possum banding trees
Another service Tree Services Melbourne provide is putting possum bands on tree trunks. This prevents possums from climbing up the tree, nesting in the branches and potentially causing damage. Preventing possums from living up a tree is much easier than trying to remove one that’s made a home there already!
We understand that you’re working hard to ensure your garden stays in prime condition. However, predators, weather changes, and damages can still affect the condition of your trees and shrubs. Tree Services Melbourne help you care for your trees so they stay healthy for the generations to come. We help you look after each of your trees and shrubs and also share with you tips - from regular hedging, pruning, and mulching and a lot more - so you can care for your garden properly.
You may have a tree that’s in trouble, but you want to preserve it because of its age, beauty or to maintain the local environment and habitat for local fauna. Some trees can take decades to grow and are very difficult to replace. We understand the importance of preserving and conserving Australia’s significant trees which play a vital role in our heritage.
Our team can help you preserve an important tree. We identify which parts of the tree are defected and should be removed for safety, and which should be kept to create useful habitats and beauty. Our professional team also offer tree bracing and cabling services to give weak parts of trees a sturdy support.
Tree Services Melbourne has years of experience in the tree care industry. We understand that many local councils require that we submit an arborist report first before getting started with any project. We can provide you with a professional arborist report you can use for tree removal permit application. This will help you save time and money as you decide to finally push through with your property development project.
An arborist report is a detailed document that needs to be presented to your local council about the health, hazards, value and life expectancy of a tree. We conduct a visual assessment of the tree and consider factors including:
- It’s current condition and likely future health and life expectancy
- The tree’s species and its likely tolerance to having its roots disturbed from nearby digging, from building development or landscaping
- Its amenity value to the local area. This may include if the tree is required to provide screening for neighbours, you live in a green area and the tree supports native wildlife, if the tree is a significant specimen, or if it has significant indigenous, heritage or landmark to the local area.
The reasons to remove the tree must be critical, e.g. in order to build a home or driveway in that spot, and not just because you don’t like the look of the tree.
Tree Services Melbourne will be more than happy to help you schedule an assessment or consultation. We can work around your schedule so we can inspect your property at a time that is convenient for you. Rest assured we’ll provide you with professional advice drawn for our years of experience working with countless property owners in Melbourne. You can be confident that our work will not only look good above ground. Work on parts not visible to the eyes, say from under the ground, will also be handled professionally.