Pruning Trees Properly in Brisbane and Beyond

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Tree Pruning Brisbane

Pruning a tree is the most common tree maintenance procedure. Although forest trees grow quite well with only nature’s pruning, landscape trees require a higher level of care to maintain their safety and aesthetics. Tree pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life. In Brisbane and surrounding areas, Heritage Tree Care can provide you with expert advice and a professional prune to keep your trees in optimum health.

Reasons for Pruning Trees

Because each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, no branch should be removed without a good reason.

  • To remove dead branches,
  • To remove crowded or rubbing limbs,
  • To eliminate hazards.
  • To increase light and air penetration to the inside of the tree’s crown or to the landscape below.
  • As a corrective or preventive measure.

When to Prune Trees in Brisbane?

Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. As a rule, growth is maximised and wound closure is fastest if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush. Some trees, such as maples and birches, tend to “bleed” if pruned early in the spring. It may be unsightly, but it is of little consequence to the tree. A few tree diseases, such as oak wilt, can be spread when pruning wounds allow spores access into the tree.

Susceptible trees should not be pruned during active transmission periods.

Heavy pruning just after the spring growth flush should be avoided. At that time, trees have just expended a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth. Removal of a large percentage of foliage at that time can stress the tree.

No-tree-lopping-BrisbanePruning Techniques

Specific types of pruning may be necessary to maintain a mature tree in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition.

  • Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, crowded, weakly attached, and low-vigour branches from the crown of a tree.
  • Thinning is the selective removal of branches to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape.
  • Raising removes the lower branches from a tree in order to provide clearance for buildings, vehicles, pedestrians, and vistas.
  • Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for clearance for utility lines.

Reducing the height or spread of a tree is best accomplished by pruning

back the leaders and branch terminals to lateral branches that are large

enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the

cut stem). Compared to topping, reduction helps maintain the form and

the structural integrity of the tree.

If you have a  tree or trees which need pruning and you are living in the greater Brisbane area, give us a call on 0737155444 or email and we can arrange for one of our professional Consulting Arborists to give you a free same day quotation.