Tree Trimming Services

Tree Trimming Services

Tree and Hedge Pruning and Tree Trimming Services

Tree trimming along with the tree removal is one of the most important maintenance practices in professional tree care. At Daryl’s Tree Care & Surgery, we offer tree trimming for Melbourne properties, helping you achieve your dream landscape.

There are essentially two tree care objectives in pruning tree's and trimming shrubs. Hazard reduction tree pruning addresses a specific danger caused by visibly defined safety issues in your tree's. Maintenance tree pruning preserves or improves tree health and structure. Special care is taken to encourage structural integrity, appearance, tree safety and the overall health of your tree's.

Benefits of Tree Trimming

Tree pruning and tree trimming by professionals provide a variety of benefits to your tree's. Tree pruning for health includes the removal of broken, diseased, or dead branches in order to prevent decay-producing fungi from penetrating and infecting other areas of your tree. Trimming the tree’s branches is also occasionally necessary to allow increased exposure to sunlight and circulation of air within the canopy.

Trimming trees for structure enhancement is accomplished through young tree pruning also known as developmental tree pruning. These are the most important procedures for your new plantings to help ensure desirable branch architecture and structural integrity. In addition, proper tree trimming of a young specimen now will reduce the potential of costly problems and the need for structural support as your landscape matures.

Tree pruning for appearance and restoration is essential for maximising the beauty of formal planting and landscapes. We offer tree pruning for Melbourne owners who are looking for aesthetic tree care. Not only can we help reform unique characteristics, our tree pruning helps maintain healthier plants.


Safety audits and storm damage prevention are crucial to eliminating the danger and damage caused by falling limbs. This is particularly a concern for trees along driveways, pedestrian paths, and surrounding buildings. As one of the leading tree pruning companies in Melbourne, we recommend trimming tree's with low-hanging branches and pruning any dangerous tree limbs before they become a safety concern.

Types of Tree Pruning

Arborists and tree surgeons tend to classify tree pruning according to where in the crown the branches are removed from. Whatever type of pruning you are doing, you should remember that trees need their leaves in order to produce food – never remove more than 30% of the live foliage from a tree at once. If the tree is less than perfectly healthy, you should remove less than this.

Here are some of most commons types of pruning.

Crown Tree

Crown lifting

Crown lifting involves removing the lower branches in the crown. This is often done to provide clearance, over paths or roads for example, or sometimes to allow more light to pass beneath the crown. Crown lifting often has limited impact on the amenity of a tree because it does not change the more visible higher parts of the crown. On the other hand, lower branches tend to be bigger so the wounds are larger, which can have an adverse effect on the tree’s health. Lower branches have an important role to play in dampening the sway of a tree in Melbourne’s high winds.

crown thinning

Crown thinning

Crown thinning involves the selective removal of branches throughout the crown, such that the overall shape of the crown is not significantly changed. Crown thinning increases light penetration and air circulation throughout the crown.

As one of the leading tree pruning companies in Melbourne, we understand the importance of good crown thinning techniques. It is important to work throughout the crown, including its outer edges, focusing on removing small diameter branches. Removing too many branches from the centre of the crown can result in a tree with poor structure with a few points that can be pruned back to in the future. It can also result in long, thin branches that have little foliage in their lower parts to dampen swaying, putting extra stress on the tree in high winds.

Crown Reduction

Crown reduction

Crown reduction is the reduction in overall size of the crown by shortening branches, cutting back to a suitable growth point. Crown reduction is usually used where a tree has outgrown the space it stands in. Crown reduction often results in large wounds at the branch ends, which may start to decay. It should be seen as a last resort.

When carrying out a crown reduction, branches should be cut back to a suitable site and a flowing branch line maintained, reflecting the natural shape of the tree. Poorly executed crown reduction is known as topping and is very bad practice. Trimming trees in this manner can lead to a stunted and deformed tree, and may increasing the risk of infection or decay.

Crown reduction should not be carried out on tree's with a pyramidal shape, such as many conifers and birches.

Weight Reduction

This type of pruning is carried out to reduce the length of over-extended, end-heavy lateral branches throughout the canopy. This is done for the same reasons as Crown reduction above, but is limited to just the more lateral branches and does not include reduction of the height of leading stems in the upper canopy. This is our primary tree trimming method to improve safety and reduce the risk of falling branches in tree's.

Selective Pruning

To remove certain identified branches for a specific reason. This is more often to make a tree fit with the client's needs than it is for an improvement in the tree’s own structure or health.

Clearance Pruning

To reduce or remove branches as required to provide physical clearance of a certain target. Usually to maintain distance from utility service wires, gutters or of tree's over the boundaries of neighbouring properties.

Formative Pruning

To reduce or remove branches as required to correct or prevent structural defects and encourage good form. This type of pruning is often done on juvenile trees to prevent many of the above pruning requirements in later years.

Remedial pruning

To reduce or remove branches as required to correct structural defects and restore a foundation for future growth. Usually done on mature trees to repair damages after major failures from storm events, other mechanical damage or previous poor ‘pruning ‘practices.

Dead Wooding

The removal of dead, dying, diseased, detached or broken branches is undertaken to improve crown appearance and life of the tree. It gives you more light and enables the tree to grow to its full potential. The formation of dead wood within the crown of a tree is part of the natural system of tree life and if not removed it decreases the health of the tree. As one of the leading professional tree pruning companies in Melbourne, we have the machinery and skills to take care of all your dead wood.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why should I regularly get my hedges and shrubs professionally trimmed?

Your hedges and shrubs should be professionally trimmed at least once a year at the start of the winter season to improve the overall health of the plants. Professional hedge trimming or shrub trimming services can help provide your shrubbery with that needed sunshine to all parts of the hedge or shrub. Additionally, professional hedge pruning services know exactly how much your hedge or shrub will need to be pruned so that you don’t over prune and damage new buds or stunt growth as they are often delicate plants. Further to this, trimming your hedges or shrubs correctly stimulates the production of new buds and growth for the spring and summer season.

How do I know what sort of pruning my shrubs needs?

There are many different tree trimming services such as crown thinning and formative pruning and while some shrubs may appear like trees knowing when they need trimming is sometimes very difficult. Hedges should be pruned at least once a year and Daryl’s Tree Care suggest that this be at the start of winter to help encourage growth in the warmer months. Hiring a professional arborist from Daryl’s Tree Care we will be able to correctly thin your shrubs an appropriate amount so that it encourages those new buds to flower. However other important times you should consider trimming your shrub include

When there are Dead or Broken Branches: Dead or broken branches can be major safety hazards for residents or passers-by of the shrub or may even be a fire hazard and should be dealt with by a shrub trimming service professional to remove these branches and prevent these hazards.
Getting near structures: Trees and Shrubs that are planted near structural foundations need to be monitored to ensure that they don’t inhibit or affect these structures over the coming years. To help ensure that they don’t damage these structural foundations it is a good idea to give Daryl’s Tree Care team a call and see what can be done in terms of shrub pruning.

Why is dead wooding services important to trimming services?

Dead wooding is an important service for trees and hedges because it provides the needed protection to the vegetation surrounding the dying tree and attempts to preserve the dying tree or hedge. When your hedge is looking unwell it is a good idea to hire a professional to take a look at it and perform some dead wooding because dead branches or dying plants can be major safety or fire hazards to your landscaping. Thus, needs to be remedied quickly. It is not a good idea to try and kill the plant because you may harm other vegetation surrounding it. Additionally, leaving dead branches around attract pests and invasive species into your garden, which is something that nobody wants.

What is the best time of year for tree trimming?

The start of the winter season is the best time of year for tree trimming. The cold weather slows down the growth of your tree making it dormant. During this time the leaves of your tree have fallen off and it’s easier to assess your tree for weak, damaged and diseased branches that need to be removed. Pests also remain dormant during winter. So when branches get removed, your tree won’t be vulnerable to attack from pests such as elm leaf beetles.

Contact Daryl’s Tree Care

At Daryl’s Tree Care we want to provide you with quality service and cost-effective solutions to your garden and tree issues. Our team are certified arborists and have years of experience delivering this service to Melbourne & metropolitan areas. So if you require our services, contact Daryl’s Tree Care on 98974418.