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Pruning, Removing and Stump Grinding
The benefits of pruning
A correctly pruned tree can be a valuable asset to your home. Incorrect pruning or branch removal can be a serious injury that can lead to tree failure or death. It is better to do nothing at all than to have your tree incorrectly pruned.
Good pruning usually limits the removal of only small amounts of foliage. There is only one correct spot at which to cut a branch. Branches should always be removed to a branch collar at the trunk or at a suitable sized branch. Information on correct pruning can be found in AS 4373-2007 Pruning of amenity trees.
A pruning cut that is too close to the trunk can result in significant cavities. Cuts that are too far from the trunk often require corrective pruning at a latter event. Experience has shown us that arborists with higher qualifications (AQF level 5) and with 10 years or more experience generally make better cuts.
Pruning is an investment in the long term health and risk management of your tree. Just like most restoration work such as panelbeating, the best tree pruning work should be barely visible.
This involves the complete removal of your tree to within 15cm (6 inches) above ground level (where possible) and the removal of debris.
Almost all household insurance policies exclude damage caused by tree work becuase of teh amount of damage that can be caused by home owners and 'fly by nighters' undertaking tree pruning or removal without the appropriate training and experience.
This involves grinding the visible stump to below ground level. The hole created by grinding will be back filled with stump grindings. The normal practice in the industry is to leave any excess grindings on site and normally mounded over the hole. Where a tree is being removed because of a root rot, the grindings should be removed to a land fill tip and all.