Our tree surgery services include the following:
Power Line Clearing
Trees growing too close to powerlines are a significant safety risk; it is the home owner’s responsibility to keep trees and vegetation clear of overhead powerlines, power poles and other infrastructure maintained by ActewAGL.
Priority Tree Care are an accredited ActewAGL tree surgeon company, our staff are qualified arborists who under take annual refreshers and training courses to maintain and improve their required skill sets.
For more information visit Evo Energy’s website on Clearance around powerlines.
Each tree is to be individually considered and the general description of the work to be done is to be assessed in relation to the shape, size, character, condition, site and specie of each tree. A documented risk assessment is to be carried out prior to commencement of works. All operations shall be completed so as to leave each tree in an acceptable, well-balanced and safe condition.
Each branch shall be removed using the triple cut method where other methods may incur unnecessary injury to the tree. All final cuts should be made into wood making possible occlusion by the growth of callous tissue. All final cuts will be made at the branch collar, with the branch collar remaining intact. All cuts will be made in such a manner as set out in the guidelines of AS 4373-2007.
Heavy branches will be removed in sections and under cut to avoid tearing the bark and lowered by ropes and slings to avoid damage to the tree and its surroundings. We shall ensure that all sections fall to the ground in a controlled manner. Extreme care will be taken when using chainsaws to remove epicormic shoots so as not to damage the main stem or stems of the tree.
Crown reduction will reduce the overall height and spread of the tree crown by a specified percentage, by shortening the branches to suitable growth points to maintain as far as possible the natural form and proportion of the species.
The operation of crown reduction is a matter of judicious pruning, all branches will be cut back to a growth point and all final cuts should be made at an angle so the tree incurs the least possible injury in accordance with the latest recognised pruning practices as set out in the guidelines of AS 4373-2007.
Formative or corrective pruning will be carried out to young trees up to 5m in height with the objective to develop a tree into a well-shaped and balanced specimen and must be carried in accordance with the nature of the tree. Weak, crossing or dead branches will be removed. A singular leader will be developed where appropriate. Crowns may be lifted, thinned and reduced in size, dependent upon specie.
The reduction in density of foliage will reduce density through the whole crown by a percentage between 10% and 50% through the removal of weak, thin, crossing and dangerous branches and pruning of such sound branches as needed to achieve the following; safety, to preserve balance or impose shape, to allow greater light penetration and air flow through the crown, or reduce weight, to lessen wind resistance, to train and encourage good branch development in young trees.
The straight fell of trees is the removal of trees as a single unit.
Straight felling will be limited to such situations which pose no risk of damage to any property. Trees to be straight felled will be guided by the use of pulling ropes and felling wedges as necessary to ensure the correct direction of controlled fall.
When a tree is to be removed it cannot always be felled. The canopy may have to be taken down in sections for safety or to avoid property damage. This process is called Sectional felling or Tree Dismantling and requiers specialist knowledge and equipment to ensure that your trees are removed safely and efficiently.
At Priority Trees we follow three key factors to ensure a safe and successful tree dismantling operation
- carrying out risk assessments prior to dismantling a tree;
- planning and organising rigging operations; and
- Selecting measures to mitigate against risks and accidents.
Your tree will be dismantled by our expert team using ropes to ascend into the canopy along with specialised rigging and rope techniques to lower the branches and timber to the ground in a controlled manner.
Dismantling a tree is an ideal method for trees that are dead, dangerous, storm damaged, overhanging buildings and property, or sites which have difficult access or confined spaces.
No two trees are the same and each may require very different methods of controlled felling and removal. We will advise on the safest and most cost-effective method in each situation.
Established hedges require trimming to keep them dense and compact. Formal hedges require more frequent trimming than informal hedges. We work on all types of hedges from conifer, photinia, pittosporums and a range of informal native hedges.
We carry out all aspects of hedge trimming, hedge reduction and hedge removal. We can trim, shape or cut just about any size hedge imaginable! We can also source new hedges for re-planting from local or interstate suppliers.
We’re proud to offer customers the best hedge trimming service and always guarantee 100% satisfaction and affordability. Our team will work closely with you and follow your specific instructions to produce the desired end result.
Once a tree has been dismantled, it is often necessary to remove the stump too. This can be to allow for construction work, for replanting, or simply because the stump is unsightly or presents a hazard.. Stump grinding, involves the removal of a stump to a specified depth, generally between 150mm and 300mm below ground level.
We have a range stump grinding machines which will allow us to efficiently remove stumps of any size. Stumps located in areas with tight access restraints can be tackled with one of our smaller machines. All stump grinding works will be undertaken by fully trained and experienced operators.
Upon completion of stump removal, remaining holes will be back-filled with the grindings, unless otherwise specified. The grindings can be removed from site and the hole back-filled with soil upon request, this task would incur an additional cost.
Tree cable bracing is done when there is a risk of structural damage to the tree and is the most common form of structural support without the need for unfavourable pruning
A polypropylene cable system is used that loops around the trunk/stem of the tree and does not cause a wound to the tree. This is installed leaving a small amount of tolerance (slack) and should be monitored. If the tolerance is lost (slack disappears) and the cable becomes taut then further action is required.
Cable bracing is the ideal way of ensuring safety when trying to reduce the potential damage to a healthy tree, to prevent damage occurring to a mature tree in decline. It is also carried out on mature trees with heavy limbs and lateral limbs which are at risk of failing from the unions. It is also used in the presence of compound unions (v-shaped unions), where two stems grow side by side gradually pushing them apart, causing the weaker stem to split and break away from the union.
All bracing should be carried out to AS 4373-2007 and factors such as species, condition of wood, design of system, load to be supported, cause of problem, how often monitoring will occur, potential damage to property, life and tree are key factors to consider.
If your trees need cable bracing, we will give you our advice and install the correct cable bracing for your tree.
We provide a full tree and shrub planting service from small trees through to semi mature, either as bare root stock or as containerised plants. We have long standing relationships with a number of local nurseries and we can help you choose the best species for your site. We also work with specialist growers of large trees and can advise on the planting of ‘instant’ hedges or specimen trees.
We also supply a full after-care service to ensure that your trees survive and thrive for many years to come.
Tree and Shrub Transplanting
We can undertake this service for clients following an evaluation of your requirements. Please contact us and we will be happy to provide a quotation.
We have a particular interest and expertise in working on environmentally sensitive sites. Our key actions are:
- We recycle all pruning’s wherever possible;
- We only use bio-degradable chainsaw and two-stroke oils;
- We undertake a habitat assessment of every site prior to undertaking any works – where this assessment suggests that the risk of habitat disturbance is possible we consider alternative work methods
- We do everything reasonably possible to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment.
Tree Surveys / Assessments
If you own land, want to develop land, or are thinking about buying a particular piece of property, then you are going to need a tree survey. Simply put, a tree survey is an inspection of all the trees, shrubs and vegetation on the piece of land. This inspection collects a range of information about the trees. It is done through a systematic approach to collect all relevant information regarding the trees.
Tree surveys are completely impartial and can help you figure out anything from what type of tree is on your land to whether or not there are any tree hazards. A tree survey will help you manage your trees as well as give you valuable information as to the age, condition and type of trees you have.
A tree survey records important information about a tree so that a decision can be made about any action that may be required to protect people and property. A report will record the species of the tree, its height, diameter, age and its overall health. A survey will identify any pest infestations, disease or areas of damage. A report will estimate the life expectancy of a tree and make recommendations regarding future health and above all else, safety to people and property.
Priority Trees staff have been trained in Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA)
For more information visit www.qtra.co.uk