A tree can make a stunning addition to any garden, but with some species such as gums growing in excess of 60 metres, there will come a time when you need to prune your tree.
- Before you get out the chain saw, the first thing to do is check with council. Some trees, such as palms, cyclads and tree ferns are protected. And if your pruning ends up as tree removal bear in mind you will need a permit to remove any native over 3 meters. There are fines of up to $15,000 for removing a native tree without permission.
The most common type of pruning I tend to do is called crown lifting. All you do is remove the lower branches of the tree to let more light in.
- But don’t prune more than 25% of the branches; any more and you could cause fatal damage.
- If the tree isn’t too tall, this is something you can tackle yourself but I would advise hiring a long arm chainsaw to make the job easier.
Pruning big trees and branches is a job for a specialist, so it’s worth calling in an arborist to make sure it’s done safely.
- That way you wont end up with branches crashing through windows or a lop sided tree that looks like its been knocked over by a hurricane. And the other up side is they will bring a chipper and dispose of the branches as they go.
- If you are taking off a few low branches yourself, make sure you don’t take off the collar because that holds all the hormones that keeps the tree safe from disease.
- Most trees can be pruned at any time if the work is minor, but it’s best to tackle larger pruning jobs during the tree’s dormant stage, which is usually Winter.
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