Pruning Formative & Preventative Pruning

The Experts in Tree Pruning Sydney

At Tree Power Pro, we have a tree pruning service where qualified AQF Level 3 arborists perform excellently by following the Australian Standard AS 4373-2007. Our pruning services ensures that we clear driveways, swimming pools, rooftops as well as electricity service lines so as to minimize the risk of branch failure in species like the Eucalyptus trees. To aid in increasing light and winter sun, we also thin trees to fit the respective path.

There are different forms and reasons why you should prune your tree.

Reasons for Tree Pruning

Reasons for pruning your tree include

  • To allow air movement
  • Clearing branches resting on buildings to reduce physical damage
  • Enhancing shape and bird control
  • Maximizing winter sunlight into the property
  • Power line clearance
  • Pruning of dangerous branches
  • Reducing leaves dropping onto the roof or to prevent possums using your roof as a home or highway
  • Pruning for views
  • Unsightly seed and frond removal from palms and trees

Types of Tree Pruning

The different types of tree pruning include:

Deadwood Removal – This involves the removal of dead branches within a tree (especially trees like Eucalyptus) shed naturally from the tree at any given time. As a concerned family member and neighbor, it is right to think of the health hazards that can be caused by this. So in this case, crown thinning can be done. Crown thinning is the pruning of the tree by getting rid of approximately 10% of the small diameter of the secondary branches of 50 mm or even smaller whilst maintaining the shape and structure of that tree. Some of the benefits of crown thinning may include increasing sunlight and air circulation into a property.

However, when pruning, doing it over and over again is not advisable because it will distort the natural shape of the tree, hence altering the growth pattern of that tree which will result in the reduction of its lifespan and makes the trunk susceptible to decay.

Selective Tree Pruning – This is the removal of some branches identified specifically, mostly in an attempt to gain clearance over buildings or to remove decayed branches or diseased branches too. This is also done to prevent possums from gaining access to the power line or roof clearance.

Crown Lifting – This is simply pruning the lowest branches in the canopy so as to provide room for under planting or clearance for visual security.

Remedial (restorative) Pruning – This involves the removal of lopped, diseased or damaged branches back to healthy and undamaged timber. This is usually done to induce or promote new shoots in order to create a new canopy, often undertaken on trees that are over mature or declining trees. To save the tree you love or to prolong its lifespan, this option is for you.

Reduction Pruning – This is the pruning of a tree for the main aim of reducing its height to lower internal lateral branches. It is usually done so as to contain the size of the tree or just to maintain a view from a property. Though, it is important to note that not all trees can be crown reduced due to branch structure.

Formative Pruning – This is the type of pruning done when the tree is at a young age. Here, the goal is to create a well-shaped safe tree. In the process, any weak branch that is prone to failure is pruned from the tree and crossing branches are not left out as well.

We should also know that Tree Pruning:

  • Promotes good branch structure
  • Can correct poor branch structure
  • Reduces potential hazards
  • Improves overall health by removing dead, diseased, and dying branches
  • Gives the arborist a chance to examine the tree more closely than possible from the ground

Although, the pruning we do is in accordance with the Australian Standards AS 4373. You will get the best advice on how well your trees will respond to pruning from our highly qualified arborists. Reasons for pruning may include:

  • Crown thinning for light
  • Removal of deadwood
  • Crown thinning for safety
  • Building clearance
  • Amenities clearance such as electrical or water
  • Road and footpath clearance
  • Increased light penetration
  • Increased air flow
  • Increased health and longevity for the tree
  • Reduce windload

Even pruning may require Council consent. Click here for further information on obtaining Council Approval