Posted on: September 24,2015
For residents of Lilydale, tree pruning is an integral part of overall tree care and is perhaps its most important component. Trees often require pruning to maintain clearance for utility services and buildings or to improve the safety, structure, and health of the tree. They are also often pruned to improve the amenity of sites in order to enable successful cohabitation between trees and people. Some of these reasons are explained in detail below.
Landscape beautification – There is nothing more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than a well planned garden or estate where trees are well maintained and pruned to create uniform shape and structure. However pruning should be done with care as removing large branches from a tree to simply arrive at a desired shape might lead to a tree becoming structurally weak in the medium to long term. Trained, skilled and reputable arborists will comply with Australian standard AS 4373-2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees, which provides that in order to maintain the health of a tree , no more than 30% of the canopy should be removed.
Hazardous tree management – Limbs of trees that grow to touch overhead utility wires can cause fires and disrupt supply. In dry summers, this can result in a major blaze. Similarly, tree branches can overhang roads and may obstruct the clear vision of motorists. In private gardens, trees may overhang into a neighbouring property and block sunlight. In all of these cases tree pruning may be required to reduce the risk of a hazard developing.
Crown dieback, broken limbs and dead branches – Crown dieback is one measure of a tree’s health. It relates to the percentage of dead branch tips in the upper and outer portion of the crown caused by shading or competition. These portions should be pruned to encourage new growth and promote the tree’s health. Furthermore, removing broken branches as soon as possible after injury occurs helps prevent further damage and aids the tree in healing. When properly pruned, a damaged tree has a good chance for full recovery.
Assessment of trees and specification of their pruning should only be carried out by suitably qualified arborists. Furthermore, tree pruning should be carried out by arborists or tree workers who are familiar with the principles, techniques and hazards of this work. A leading tree care company such as Daryl’s Tree Care and Surgery has skilled and trained arborists who can quickly identify these problems and take necessary action. Whilst our office is located in Box Hill South, we offer tree pruning services in Lilydale and beyond. We use highly specialised tools and equipment that allow us to perform our tasks quickly and with a great deal of efficiency.
Daryl, our managing director has over 20 years of experience in the field of arboriculture and is highly qualified with a Certificate in Horticulture, a Certificate of Tree Surgery as well as an Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture to his credit. For professional tree pruning services in Lilydale, give us a call now!