Tree trimming and pruning tips

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When should you have your trees pruned or trimmed?

Tree maintenance and plant care tips by Northern Beaches arborist, Chris Allchin.

If there are dead, diseased or damaged branches, tree pruning should be done as soon as possible. These branches may fall off anytime and cause damage to people, animals and property.

If the goal is to improve or shape the tree better, it’s your choice when to do the trimming or pruning. Overgrown trees and branches should be trimmed for better aesthetics and visibility (e.g. more natural light hitting your house or you want a wider view of the outside).

In these cases, the trimming or pruning should both go through the right processes including processing relevant paperwork required by the Council.

If the tree or branches are hazardous, pruning the tree should be done as soon as possible no matter the season. Aside from removing the hazards, it’s also about limiting further damage to the trees and their branches. For example, an infestation might start from one branch and spread to the surrounding branches. Falling branches might also cause damage to the branches below.

Tree trimming and pruning are also done to encourage new growth and prolong the life of the tree. Trimming and pruning can improve air circulation and somehow give trees, leaves and branches the fresh air they need for survival and growth. Also, this is about making some corrective actions in their growth (i.e. trying to achieve a healthier shape and formation).

Most importantly, it’s about safety because diseased, damaged or dead branches might fall off anytime.

Get a tree trimming quote

To discuss your tree trimming requirements, contact Chris Allchin direct. Chris is a qualified arborist and has undertaken 8 years of study in arboriculture.  Chris is passionate about the environment and is always happy to impart his expertise in plant care to his clients. The team at Banksia Arborcare service Sydney’s Northern Beaches, North Shore and Northern Sydney areas 7 days a week.

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About Banksia Arborcare

All tree services Northern Beaches and North Shore Sydney.

Chris Allchin, owner of Banksia Arborcare, is a qualified arborist who has undertaken 8 years of study in arboriculture, horticulture and landscaping to gain a broad and varied understanding of tree and plant care. Starting his career in horticulature in 1986 straight after school, Chris started Banksia Arborcare in 1996.

Chris has decades of experience in a wide range of tree services, making Banksia Arborcare a trusted choice in providing expert, local landscaping advice and solutions.

Affordable and reliable tree services

Safe and reliable tree services.

The team at Banksia Arborcare use only the highest quality, most advanced equipment to ensure all our tree services are safe, reliable and completed on time. We always try to endeavour to educate the public on the significant positives of maintaining a green environment and as a result, we always perform our tree services with the environment in mind.

Arboriculture is a dangerous profession and Banksia Arborcare follow all Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines;

  • The Banksia Arborcare team wear protective clothing during emergency tree removal and use well-maintained equipment;
  • Removal of small and large trees, leaving the area neat and tidy. Banksia Arborcare can offer experience advice on the planting of new trees and they can supply and plant trees;
  • All pruning work complies with Australian Standard AS 4373;
  • Stump grinding – unattractive stumps can be turned into fine mulch and used in the garden;
  • They will discuss any problematic trees you may have and suggest an appropriate course of action.

Arborist reports.

Chris no longer prepares arborist reports personally however can facilitate connections with local specialists who specialise in arborist report prepration. For assistance, contact Chris directly.

Our arborists can often save problem trees.

Trees make our world a better place, but sometimes they can cause problems, and emergency tree removal becomes necessary. That’s why we recommend you employ an arborist to regularly inspect your trees to predict and, importantly, prevent serious tree problems from arising.

When you suspect a tree problem, whether it’s sick or dangerous, in most instances a tree be saved with just a few maintenance steps.


For advice on how you can maintain happy and healthy trees on your property and neighbourhood, don’t hesitate to contact Chris direct or scroll down to complete our online enquiry form. Chris is passionate about the trees and our environment and is always happy to impart his expertise in plant care to his clients.

The team at Banksia Arborcare service Sydney’s Northern Beaches, North Shore and Northern Sydney areas 7 days a week.