Tree Pruning

Tree Trimming & Pruning All Brisbane Areas


In our urban society, the importance of choosing to prune a tree rather than removal it is often overlooked, with many people opting for removal as an immediate fix to their tree problem. This is a very unsustainable approach to the problem, especially when their tree problem can usually be fixed with proper pruning techniques, retaining the tree as part of our valued urban forest.

Our pruning is to the highest standards, with pruning cuts and techniques in compliance the Australian Standards for Amenity Pruning (As. 4373-2008).


I see pruning as an art form, it takes many years of practice and experience to prune a tree properly.

I believe a tree must be viewed holistically. Much in the same way as a bonsai, envisioning future growth and possible failure, this is important because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree for ever, no branch should be removed without a reason or without thought. Save time, money and worries in the future. Have your trees taken care of professionally the first time, call us today.





Common pruning techniques and reasons for pruning may be:


Dead wood removal: To remove dead branches, to improve form, and to reduce risk of damage to people and property.


Crown clean: Carried out to in improve form, reduce risk of failure, improve vigour, to increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below. This usually includes removal of not productive branches, diseased branches, weakly attached branches, excess epicormic growth and crossing/rubbing branches. Achieved with minimal reduction of the crown size and spread.


Crown thinning: Excessive thinning does not necessarily improve the health of a tree. Trees produce a dense crown of leaves to manufacture the sugar used as energy for growth and development. Removal of foliage through pruning can use a trees stored energy reserves and lead to decline. Heavy pruning can be a significant health stress for a tree. Often resulting in excess regrowth as a way to regain energy lost. This is why its important that its done properly. Proper thinning may be carried out where a crown clean has been performed but further work is needed. Often to open the foliage of a tree, let light through to under canopy or ground, reduce weight on heavy limbs and help retain the tree’s natural shape.


Selective branch removal: This is most often carried out as a way of increasing clearance between a tree and a structure or adjacent trees. It may also be done for safety, compatibility with other components of a landscape, improve the trees shape and retain views. Proper pruning, with an understanding of tree biology, can maintain good tree health and structure while enhancing the aesthetic and practicality. 


Crown lift: A lift involves removes the lower branches from a tree. This maybe to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, gardens or simply for aesthetics.


Crown Reduction: A very common request is that“ I just want my tree smaller” this is called a crown reduction. This simply reduces the size of a tree. Reducing a tree’s height or spread can be a tedious task and best left to our trained eye, we know where to cut and growth habits of your tree. Compared to topping or lopping, reduction helps maintain the form and structural integrity of the tree, keeping it safe. 


Reshape: A reshape is a combination somewhere between a crown reduction and a selective prune.


Weight reduction: This is carried out to remove excessive end weight on a branch that may lead to branch failure. 




Selective pruning- Here is a example of selective pruning carried out on a brush box. In this case is was to maintain views. 

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You maybe thinking Loppers and Arborist are the same. Well, there is a large difference. Hiring a Lopper not only damages our industry by giving us a bad name with use of inproper and unsafe prunning cuts but many are also untrained, uninsured and don't have the right equipment.

Please read this document on the difference between a Arborist and Lopper.


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