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The Essential Guide to Tree Pruning in Sydney

Updated: May 15

Just like your hair needs a trim to maintain its health, the trees on your property are no different. Beyond just the health of the tree though, tree pruning Sydney can provide a vast array of benefits to you and your property, while only serving to enhance the wellbeing of your trees. If you are hesitant about hacking into your tree, you should be, as there are legal requirements and the health of your trees are at stake but read on to discover how a trained arborist can provide guidance and services needed to maximise your property’s leafy assets. 


Not all trees require council permission to be trimmed but there are a vast number that do. The Council Tree Preservation Order covers these requirements but it is highly recommended that you don’t risk misinterpreting this or misidentifying a tree. A professional arborist is well versed in the legalities and can guide you through the process to ensure the best outcome for you and your trees.

Lighten up your space

It is rare in Sydney that councils will approve the reduction in the height of a tree, particularly if it has not been identified as being unstable or a danger to any person or property. For this reason, it is crucial that you engage an arborist whose tree pruning techniques can ensure that solar exposure is maximised without compromising the health and integrity of the tree. Every species of tree has different requirements when it comes to how much of it can be pruned at a time. If not considered, you can permanently damage or even destroy the tree. For example, removal of the smaller branches, leaving just the foliage at the tips can actually impact upon a branch’s integrity. This is particularly true when placed under stress, such as a storm situation with high winds. Likewise, over pruning the canopy of a tree can actually result in a denser regrowth, often leaving you with a bigger problem than what you had before. Don’t go it alone. Call in the experts to ensure that your tree pruning Sydney is done with longevity in mind.

Let the breeze flow

Tree pruning has a dual benefit when it comes to increasing air flow. Oftentimes in large storms, if tree canopies are too dense they can act like a giant sail, significantly increasing their risk of being brought down. In dense urban areas like Sydney, this can be a real concern. Tree pruning Sydney helps to minimise this risk by decreasing the density of foliage in specific areas. This is highly dependent upon the species and must only be undertaken by a professional arborist, as the risks of branch failure can be increased if not completed correctly. The second benefit of pruning in relation to wind is that increased air flow can have real benefits on a tree's health by helping to minimise the build up of fungi on the tree’s trunk and branches. Fungi is one of the key contributors to a tree’s decay and increased air flow, particularly during cool and wet periods, can aid the health of your trees and improve the air you’re breathing. 


As no two trees are exactly alike, this is also true of the context in which a tree exists. For this reason, there are major variables involved when calculating the cost of pruning a tree. These variables can largely be bracketed into three categories. Size, difficulty and access. Size, as the name suggests, is fairly self explanatory. The bigger the tree, the greater level of pruning required. Difficulty is a little more complex. Some trees may require highly complicated rigging systems. This may be necessary to ensure that no branches endanger people or property whilst being pruned. The final one, access, relates mostly to the challenges inherent in positioning the equipment to complete the job. Steep properties can inhibit the ability to get mulchers and other equipment close enough to the tree. 

For all of the reasons mentioned above, it’s easy to see why pruning your trees is a must but it’s also a must to get those in the know to complete the job. Call Arbor Co today to talk through all things pruning.

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