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Make pruning the trees at your Wellington property a priority

Whether you have inherited trees as part of your Wellington property or have decided to add them as part of planned landscaping, regular maintenance of your plants is important if you want them to prosper in years to come. You might feel comfortable doing light pruning, but a qualified arborist can help with bigger tasks and keep your trees looking lovely. The work you will require will depend on how old your trees are, so ask your arborist for a site visit to assess your plants.

In the beginning, pruning should be carefully done to ensure there is no damage to the tree during its initial growth phase. Cutting should be restricted to broken branches or branches that have been affected by insects. Branches competing with the main tree should also be pruned. Once the tree has established itself, pruning should focus on encouraging growth. Root suckers and thinner branches that may compete for light and water should be removed and some of the lower limbs can be taken off as well as branches that may be growing in the wrong direction.

After five years, it can be a good idea to prune some of the lower limbs to ensure the tree is of a good height and will not impact on people. You might also want to cut a few of the top branches to keep the tree in a nice shape or for more even spacing.

If you have taken good care of your tree in the beginning, it should be well prepared to deal with the elements, even the strong Wellington winds, and last longer. However, your tree will still need on-going maintenance and each winter or early spring it can be helpful to look for dead or damaged branches that could affect the tree if left.

Sometimes trees will develop diseases or not flourish despite regular care and, in this case, you may need to have the tree removed to prevent it spreading disease to other plants or causing structural problems. Removing a tree properly is a difficult job and should be left to expert tree surgeons to minimise damage to the surrounding area and to ensure all parts of the tree are taken out. If you are having a tree removed, ask the contractor if they will also handle taking away or chipping the damaged wood so you are not left with a mess to clear up.

Hiring a professional arborist takes the hassle out of pruning. A qualified tree surgeon can help with pruning at any stage, and particularly once a tree has got bigger and may require ladders or even a cherry picker to reach the higher branches, it can be preferable to hire a professional.

Using an experienced arborist ensures that your trees are pruned carefully and an experienced eye is likely to create a better shape than you may be able to as an amateur, meaning your trees look better as well.

Latest arborists articles

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Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist for Homeowners

Posted 18/06/13

Queens Birthday weekend kicks off the official start to winter. You may be thinking there’s not a lot that can be done to your home during the winter months, but think again! Here’s your very own Midwinter Home Renovation Checklist, which you can use to work out what needs doing at your home. Y

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Winterizing your House Exterior, Doors & Windows Part 2

Posted 18/06/14

The second in a three-part series sharing tips on weatherproofing your home to combat the Kiwi winter, focusing on the exterior of your home, doors and windows.  Winterizing your house exterior The first article covered, inspecting fireplaces, wood stoves and chimneys and also discuss

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Ultimate Winter Ready Checklist

Posted 30/04/18

Autumn is a great time to get stuck in with preparations to get your home in the best shape and be a healthy place to be during the challenging winter months. Mould & mildew control Prevention is easier than treatment. Check around your house for spots that are prone to leaks, condensation or

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Choosing and Using an Arborist

Posted 23/10/12

There is an art to trimming back a tree - careless hacking can adversely affect the health of a tree, and in some cases cause it to die. Rather than lopping its top off, and completely ruining its shape and health, call in someone who can provide a solution to suit both your needs and the tree's

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Winter Gardening Tips for March and April in New Zealand

Posted 13/03/13

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals. In climates with

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Arborists - what do they do?

Posted 05/11/10

An arborist is an expert in the care and protection of individual trees.  They know about the needs of a variety of trees and are trained to provide the appropriate care to the trees. Well looked after trees are both attractive and add value to your property. Trees that aren't well maintained wil

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4 Reasons for Using Professional Tree Care Services

Posted 29/04/14

Hiring professional tree care services can save you time and effort - here's four great reasons why you should use professional tree care services. Saves you time: professional tree care service providers have the right equipment and skills to get the job done quickly. You don't need to take

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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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8 Ways to Protect Your Trees Before Heading Into Winter

Posted 29/04/15

Many homeowners are under impression that the vast majority of winter damage to their trees comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. While this can be an aspect, there are other factors at play and we explore them... What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the u

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Recent jobs posted

Check out how homeowners like you are using Arborists on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Tree pruning work

Posted 1 month ago

I have a number of trees at the front and rear of my property in need of (severe) pruning, including a tall cabbage tree, numerous large yucca's as well as other trees. I am after someone with experience in this type of work, who will also take care of getting rid of the green waste/branches/etc created in doing this work.

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Tree trimming

Posted 2 months ago

To trim trees back from border fence. Need tall ladder as above ground level. Have the ladder onsite.

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Cut tree

Posted 1 month ago

Cutting single tree this week, disposal taken care off. Just needs someone to come and cut it in Crofton downs.

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Apple tree removal and section tidy

Posted 3 weeks ago

HI I have a rental property that I want the section tidied up on. Pics attached. Before end of March ideally thanks

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2021 - Driveway pruning

Posted 1 month ago

Pruning/trimming of bushes/trees in driveway and side of house. On the sides of the driveway - trim bushes back for vehicle access. (picture one) Above the driveway – cut back higher up trees for light. (picture two) Bottom of driveway – trim/lower the height of two cherry trees. (picture three) Side of house – lower shrubs/trees by one meter. (picture four). Preserve/protect ferns where possible. Please remove all cuttings from site. Job can be completed in January or February (no hurry...

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Removal of 2 small trees

Posted 5 days ago

Cut 2 small trees down as close to the ground as possible - pictures attached (one is already just a waist high stump and the other is approx 7 foot high). Neither of them have particularly thick trunks - the thickest is maybe size of a soccer ball. Both are camellias. I have been told that i dont have access to get a stump grinder in so suspect that wont be part of the job. Ideally take away the trees but open to quotes that just involve cutting them down and leaving them here. Thanks

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Trim trees close to house

Posted 1 week ago

We have a number of trees that are encroaching on our house that need to be trimmed back. The house is 2 stories, on a sloping section and down 2 flights of stairs off the street.

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Pruning overhanging tree branches

Posted 1 month ago

Two trees 5m height, that are overhanging conservatory needs pruning of branches and removal of green waste.

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Trim or remove shrub by the fence line

Posted 1 month ago

I have some guys coming in to fix my fence this weekend and there are two small trees/shrubs that are in the way, right on the fence line. It needs to be trimmed or better yet removed. the pictures below are not so clear though. Depending on the price I could have some branches of my cherry tree and other small trees trimmed too. Is it possible to have 2 quotes then - one for the 2 trees/shrub by the fence and another with that plus the trimming of other trees' branches? I need to have the fence...

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Trim Trees in Hataitai

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have two or three (tbc) trees to trim.

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Small stump removal

Posted 1 month ago

Cherry tree stumps (2) 1 - original tree stump diameter approx 200mm 2 - self seeded - smaller stump

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Tree Pruning

Posted 1 month ago

There are a few trees that require trimming down as they've grown quite tall.

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Hedge trimming and tree pruning

Posted 1 month ago

Our hedge has overgrown and I need someone to shape and trim it properly. Also our neighbour's tree is hanging over our fence and it has become an annoyance so I need someone to prune it. Also need someone to clean out weeds and vines climbing our fence and property. Job should include disposal of garden waste Need to get this done as soon as possible

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Cut tree down

Posted 1 month ago

Tree was cut back to accommodate scaffolding, but needs removing now, plus large branches from second tree growing out over roof, both trees are very near main power cable, I am here most days, as I work from home, the scaffolding is still up, so may be an aid, to removal and pruning

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Tree trimming around power lines

Posted 3 days ago

Row of trees to be trimmed to clear neighbours power lines. Access is up a driveway servicing multiple neighbours. Notice will likely be required to conduct work. Work to be conducted during March.

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Stump grinding J'ville

Posted 1 week ago

We have a 10 x 1.5 metre strip of roadside garden - we removed a bunch of large bushes and small trees like pittosporums and have about 15 small stumps to remove so we can put down some weed matting and tidy the place up.

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Tree and shrub removal and section cleared

Posted 1 month ago

I have numerous trees and shrubs that are becoming too big for the section. These need to be cut down and removed. Basically the section needs to be cleared so that we can redo the landscaping. Thanks

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TREE STUMP REMOVAL

Posted 1 month ago

TREE STUMP REMOVAL There is a tree stump that needs to be removed or ground out. It lies by a fence, and has damaged adjacent flashing (on a block of garages) Please see photo. The property is at 6, Te Wharepouri St, Berhampore. It is a small block of rental units. Please quote to remove/ grind out Thanks Russell ... ...

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Tree pruning

Posted 1 month ago

I have a backyard view blocked due to long bushes. I am looking for Arborists to create a window through the bushes who is available to do the job asap.

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 187,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Tree Removal & Trimming

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree removal


6th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree trimmed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

8th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Tree pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree and stump removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tricky trim required

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cabbage tree removal


7th September 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Pruning of Two Small Trees and a Tidy Up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Lilly Pilly

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

2 x small tree removal. Can be left on site.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove top from damaged cabbage tree


5th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th December 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Stump removal and tree prune

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Large tree pruning

Work carried out by an employee of the company

26th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Blackberry removal on sloping section

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Four trees to be pruned and shaped

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cabbage tree to be cut down; stump can stay.

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

4 trees (macrocarpa hedges) to be removed and other trees pruned


12th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree pruning and tidy up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd June 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Whisk Renovators

Joined February 2009

Whisk Renovators is a renovations company, providing innovative solutions to Kitchen and bathroom consenting, design and build projects. Whisk services the greater Wellington region in both the residential and commercial sectors. Whisk has been a member of New Zealand Master Painters since 2009, providing quality service and workmanship guarantees to our Clients. We won National awards in ......

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EJS plastering limited

Joined March 2020

Hi. We mainly specialise in interior plastering from commercial to residential. I have been plastering for 5-6 years.also do little jobs from time to time. Can work anywhere around the Wellington region,lower and upper hutt and up to waikanae.we pride ourselves on working hard and meeting deadlines for projects and we also provide competitive quotes.

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All Lifestyles Property Maintenance

Joined February 2016

Lawns, hedge trimming, weed and gorse spraying, scrub cutting and property clean up. Also small tree work and clearing and handyman work. Reclaim your weekends and let us do the outside chores for you. Owner operated by a trustworthy mature hardworking kiwi who believes that a job is worth doing right.

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DK Contracting Ltd

Joined January 2019

Hi, I have been in the 'earthmoving business' for 15+ years. I've worked for a few large companies in the Wellington region, and have now started up my own company. Although the majority of my experience is with general earthworks, I have recently started up a company in forestry and logging as well. No job is too big or small, contact me for further information and a free quote. Regards...

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Tidy Turf

Joined December 2014

FOR A SITE VISIT I WILL NEED YOUR ADDRESS PLEASE. LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR A company specializing in outside prep work. Tree work, section clearing, landscape preparation, bobcat services, demolition, pest plant removal, large area mowing, weed spraying I have many years experience in grounds maintenance work. I specialise in, tree removal,landscape demolition & clearing,bo...

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G&M building services

Joined June 2019

We do building/painting/plaster and landscaping. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget. We strive on going above and beyond for our clients. So please feel free to get in touch for any up coming project we can help you with thanks.

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Josh Hazelhurst

Joined August 2019

Hi, we have been gardening for 3+ years and we have been collecting gardening waste, weed spraying, weed removal, water blasting, general laboring, lawn mowing, planting flowers, and gardening for even longer. We enjoy being outdoors and would be thrilled for the opportunity to improve your garden for you. We will make sure that we will provide you an outstanding service at a great price. Thanks.

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Urban Tree Services

Joined July 2019

Qualified and Experienced arborists, delivering quality tree work to the Wellington region. We set ourselves apart from the rest by offering friendly, no pressure services and delivering a quick turn around on jobs. Free Quotes by a Diploma level arborist. Services - Tree pruning Tree removal Tree assessments Arborist services

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Datasoft

Joined September 2020

Hello , We have been building timber fences for last 2 years in affordable rates. We provide quick free quotes. We also do Concreting, asphalting, general house maintenance and renovations.We are very professional and hard work to meet deadlines for project completion.

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Dukes Digger & Earthworks Ltd

Joined October 2017

Specialising in Residential & Lifestyle blocks with small access. Excavators; 3.5T 3T & 1T Mini Digger Domestic and light commercial work. Site clearing and slab prep. Driveways; Gravel, Lime, Concrete or Asphalt. Drainage, soak pits, trenching Tree Removal - Chip & Mulch onsite General property clean up. Demolition Aggregate deliveries Chip & Mulch sales and delivery NO JOB TOO SMALL

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stevefixit

Joined July 2010

Hi, I've been in the building trade now for approx 20 years. I was a master painter by trade originally but liked the idea of making things so I went into the carpentry trade and qualified. My expertise is designing and building decks, fences and smaller jobs. I prefer the one to one personal touch. I don't enjoy the bigger commercial side of works as much. I have many, many pictures of w...

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TLC Contracting Ltd

Joined April 2016

21 years operating excavators in and around wellington all types of earth works, digging under houses trenching removing tree stumps etc fully insured. Free quotes

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Harbour City Tree Care

Joined May 2009

Trees too big ? Want more light? Want a better view? We can provide you with a full arboricultural service for the life cycle of your trees and shrubs. We will provide you with the best FREE science based advice on the care and maintenance of the plants in your enviroment. Call us today and let us supply you with the best advice that money can't buy, to help you make an informed descision...

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Yardworking

Joined May 2019

Hi, at Yardworking we get stuck in. Happy take a look at anything outside your house. From garden maintenance and planing to fences and planer boxes we've got it covered.

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careful gardenworks ltd

Joined January 2013

Hi, im chris, owner and operator of careful gardenworks Ltd. I work on site with my partner Laura we have a passion for gardening .We are happy to work pr hour or by quote.We are fully insured Careful Gardenworks ltd does lawns, weedeating, weeding, weed spraying, pruning, chainsawing, tree felling, mulching, section clearing, planting digging/digger Work any other landscaping you may require. I...

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CMCC Builders Wellington

Joined September 2014

Developing relationships with clients and contractors in order to consistently produce quality work. We will go above and beyond to ensure competitive quotes and meet project deadlines with qualified tradesman. New builds, Renovations, Management and Commercial Contracting

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City works

Joined November 2017

Please inspect our website to view the work we specialised in. While there please click onto Trade me via "landscaping supplies " and also scrutinize our reviews.

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Z White

Joined April 2016

Hi I have been in the industry for 30yrs I provide very reasonable free quotes. Work hard at keeping to our time frames. Honest and reliable. Have Public Liability Insurance.

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Ace Lawns lawn and garden services

Joined February 2020

'Claim back your weekends, let us take care of lawns and gardens' Ace Lawns is a small lawn and garden business that tailors our services to suit your needs. We offer regular and one off services and can work with your budget. Ace Lawns offers the following services - Lawn Mowing - Gardening - Hedge Trimming - Small to Medium Tree Trimming - Water Blasting - Section Clearing - P...

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LawnXpress Property Maintenance Ltd

Joined March 2011

Locally owned and operated lawn and property maintenance business. We cover a range of maintenance services including: Mowing - Tree/Hedge trimming - Weedspraying - Gutter Cleaning - Rubbish removal - Window Cleaning - Housewashing - Waterblasting - Graffiti Removal - General property maintenance We have an experienced team of staff who get the job done right and efficiently from the fir...

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