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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I hire an arborist?

    Arborists are trained professionals who specialise in properly caring for trees, ensuring their health, safety, and longevity. Using their extensive knowledge and experience they can address potential tree-related hazards while providing recommendations for proper tree management.

  • What qualifications should I look for in an arborist?

    When looking for an arborist you should consider Education, Training, and Experience. 

    A professional arborist is someone who is AQF level 3 qualified in arboriculture, they have completed rigorous training and exams to be certified as a qualified arborist. Not only are all our qualified arborists trained and certified, at Cutting Edge Tree Services we have over 50+ years of experience within our team, allowing us to address a wide variety of issues and deal with them effectively to produce the highest quality results.

  • How do arborists deal with tree pests and diseases?

    If your trees are affected by pests or diseases, arborists can identify the problem and implement appropriate treatment strategies to save the tree when possible.

    We follow an integrated pest management approach. IPM combines multiple strategies to minimise the use of chemicals and reduce environmental impact. Using comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. Often pruning by removing affected parts of the tree can improve health and limit the extent of the problem.

  • Tree Pruning

    • When is the best time to prune trees?

    It’s generally best to avoid pruning during the peak of the growing season. Pruning during active growth can stress the tree more and may lead to excessive sap flow and increased susceptibility to pests and diseases. For many tree species, the dormant season—when the tree is not actively growing—is an ideal time for pruning, however each tree species is unique, if you have a question about your tree please contact us.

    • How much of the tree can be pruned at once?

    We follow Australian guidelines AS 4373-2007 which recommends no more than 10-20percent of the total trees foliage can be pruned at any one time. 

    • How do I prune a young/ juvenile tree?

    Beginning pruning early helps shape the tree’s structure (formative pruning) and minimise the need for corrective pruning later. Often trees may form multiple central stems, it is easy while the tree is young to encourage one of, or remove the others to form one central leader and avoid many issues that a multistem trunks can cause in the future.

    • Can I prune a tree to a desired shape?

    Yes! pruning a tree to a desired shape or formatively pruning, it is important to do so in a way that maintains the tree’s health, structure, and natural growth patterns. Here at Cutting Edge Tree Services we pride ourselves on our quality pruning whilst maintaining your trees health and encouraging future growth. 

    • Can I prune my tree if it’s flowering?

    Pruning flowering trees requires careful consideration, especially if you want to preserve their blooms. The timing and approach depend on the tree species, its flowering habit, and your goals. 

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