Why use a qualified arborist

Structural defects in trees are many and varied. Without the use of a qualified arborist structural defects will not be correctly identified. In this case a Eucalyptus camaldulensis (River Red Gum) has a co-dominant trunk union that is now a significant structural defect, which could result in tree removal. Early assessment and formative pruning by a qualified arborist would have seen this defect removed with a pruning saw.

Trees can grow near buildings!

Old Cypress in Fitzroy proving that trees and buildings can co-exist.

Tree Removal - Prahran River She Oak

It’s always unfortunate to see such a large native tree removed from an urban area. This She-Oak was removed as part of a planning permit for renovation of a single dwelling. It required 2 days and lots of care to rig this tree down safely and salvage the timber for furniture production.

Tree Removal - Confined Access Job In Hawthorn

A previous owner planted these 2 Populus deltoides (Eastern Cottonwood) between two apartment buildings approximately 20 years ago. This is a classic case of poor species selection, as the 2 trees had outgrown their position and were damaging nearby drainage. Their removal involved rope lowering techniques to prevent damage to buildings on either side.

Despite having attractive form and excellent Autumn colour Populus sp. (Poplar) are not a suitable tree species in most urban settings. Many species have highly invasive root systems, poor wood properties and can reach heights of more than 30m.

Formative Pruning of Street Trees

Over the past few weeks we have been conducting formative pruning and general maintenance of juvenile street trees in Doreen. This Eucalyptus scoparia was marked for removal due to excessive rootball movement, it exhibited typical signs of a tree grown in a hard walled pot with a girdling root system.  This type of root defect has long term implications on tree health and structural stability. In this case root girdling could have been prevented by using an air root pruning pot (Rocket Pot-bottom right image).