Considering tree removal in Brisbane? Tree removal and tree pruning isn’t as easy as you think. Without the right tools, expertise, and assistance, you might find yourself with a tree headache in no time.
At Aussie Tree Solutions, home of the best providers of tree pruning and tree removal Brisbane can offer, we have assisted countless home and property owners with their tree maintenance needs. Here’s our ultimate tree removal and pruning guide:
Tree Removal and Pruning: Why?
Before anything else, let’s talk about why tree removal, tree maintenance, and tree pruning are important. Like any living thing, trees live, grow, and die depending on the conditions surrounding it. If you want to ensure that your trees stay healthy and visually-pleasing, it is essential that they are properly cared for.
Storm damage, unskilled tree loppers, and natural causes can lead to trees not only looking unshapely and unattractive, but weak and dangerous, with branches threatening to fall over cars, live wires, and pathways.
By having your trees regularly looked at by professional arborists, you can guarantee that your trees get the care and expertise they need to stay healthy and vibrant. Just like people, trees need a regular haircut, and it’s best if your barber knows what he’s doing.
Here are some reasons why your trees should be regularly pruned:
- Branches are growing in incorrectly
- Branches have been invaded by pests or disease
- Branches are hanging over or close to power lines, roofs, driveways, pathways, or the neighbour’s yard
- Branches or the overall tree is looking too wild and untidy
- Dying, dead, crowded, or weak branches
- Solar panels and light coming into the house are negatively impacted by the branches
What Goes On In Tree Pruning?
So what goes on in the tree pruning process? Tree pruning is the “haircut” for your tree – a team of professional arborists will assess your tree, find the important parts and branches, and figure out the best path for your tree moving forward.
This means that arborists will:
- Check for tree diseases
- Check for tree pests
- Check for cracks, poor limb unions, and other possible hazards around the tree
- Check the nodes, joins, and direction of growth
After an assessment, the arborists will draw up a plan of action, discuss this with the owner of the tree, and start removing, pruning, or maintaining the tree; whichever step works best. Afterwards, the property is thoroughly cleaned and removed of any tree debris.
What About Lopping?
One question we often deal with is – “Why not just lop the tree?” Lopping is the simpler route to pruning that anyone can do: get high up on the tree, and with any tool, just cut away the tree’s unwanted parts. After all, you don’t need an arborist to see what parts look bad, right? Well, that’s not quite right.
However, we know so much more about maximising tree health and growth than before, and we know that unskilled lopping is one of the worst things you can do to a tree. Whereas careful pruning ensures that your branches are cut properly and that a general plan of action dictates every action done on the tree, lopping is just the blind and hazardous removal of anything the DIYer might think looks bad.
This leads to quite a few serious problems, including:
- Increased risk for disease
- Increased risk for pests
- Significantly increased risk of trees falling over
Lopping is old-fashioned, easy, and dangerous. Not only do you leave your tree vulnerable and exposed to pests and diseases, which could lead to its death and the infestation of your entire yard, but it also threatens the tree’s structural integrity, putting your home and family in danger.
Knowing Your Local Queensland Laws Around Tree Removal
As many homeowners are surprised to learn, there are actually some laws surrounding trees that sit on your property. Some trees are considered protected, as they might have heritage significance making them protected native tree species.
Queensland is typically more complicated than other states when it comes to tree removal, as each tree removal situation is determined by the local council around the property. However, there are four general laws that Queensland local councils follow, and these are:
- Vegetation Management
- Preservation of Trees
- Natural Assets Local Law
- Protection of Vegetation
Trees that find themselves under the protection of Vegetation Protection Orders cannot be removed. And with local laws often subject to change, it is recommended that you double-check your with your council before clearing any of your vegetation. With Aussie Tree Solutions being a Brisbane-based business, we are always up to date with the local Brisbane laws around tree removal.
For more information on your local legislation and your responsibilities and rights, check out this Queensland local laws database as well as the Neighbourhood Dispute Resolution Act 2011. And if in any doubt, reach out to our friendly team at Aussie Tree Solutions.
DIY Or Professional Help? Getting The Most With Aussie Tree Solutions
Finally, it comes down to the question of, should you DIY your tree removal/tree pruning or call in professional arborist help?
While a DIY project can put both you and your trees at danger, with Aussie Tree Solutions, you are guaranteed the expertise, tools, and knowledge from seasoned tree removal and tree pruning professionals. Stay safe and keep your tree as healthy as possible.
Call us today at Aussie Tree Solutions for an obligation-free tree maintenance quote!
*All tree work should be done in accordance to local council regulations. Before conducting any tree work please contact either your local council or tree specialists for the latest regulations. Aussie Tree Solutions are professional tree removal, pruning and maintenance experts. For any questions relating these services, please call Aussie Tree Solutions on 07 3351 1722.