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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

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering arborists related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent jobs posted

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

Tree removal & stump grinding

Posted 2 months ago

The removal of a completely dead tree, and the grinding of the stump. The tree is along the boundary, very close to the fence line. The fence belongs to the neighbouring development. The back of the car port is approximately 6 meters from the tree. The house is also close by. There is a smaller tree adjacent to the large dead one; this makes it look in the photos as if some of the dead tree is still alive as the branches are intertwined. We'd like that saved, if at all possible. It helps to b...

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Tree pruning and tidy up

Posted 1 month ago

Tree pruning, thinning and topping, cutting larger pieces into firewood size and mulching smaller branches. Removal of any leftover green waste. Trees generally approx 5m ish tall.

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Tree Removal

Posted 1 day ago

Remove 6 metre (approx) cherry tree.

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Prune or cut down small tree to stump

Posted 4 months ago

1. Cut down a small tree in front yard down to stump. Branches are banging on windows when windy. See first pic. 2. Cut down to stump (ground level) another small tree that had already been cut. See second pic. 3. Take away all remains including some branches that have already been cut down.

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Remove Silver birch

Posted 3 weeks ago

We require the removal of a Silver Birch tree which is not in good condition

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Removing a number of small stumps

Posted 2 months ago

We have a few small tree stumps in our garden that need removing. See photos. A few are a couple of months old and have had stump stopper applied. Will need to be dug and cut out. The last 2 photos I don’t need them dug out but just chainsawed flat so they are tidy.

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Tree removal and stump grinding

Posted 6 days ago

We would like the middle tree in the pic removed and the stump grinded

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Tree Pruning

Posted 2 months ago

Hey there - we need some trees pruned and a path cleared on our property.

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Tree Pruning - Matai Road

Posted 4 months ago

We need a few high trees trimmed by 1-2 metres. Not sure of the right pricing - appreciate a quote!

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Removal of cabbage trees

Posted 3 months ago

I have three tall cabbage trees that I would like a quote for to get them cut down and taken away. The property is currently tenanted so don't have a photo, but will try and get one in the next few days.

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Tree pruning

Posted 2 months ago

chainsaw some trees prune others

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Small tree stump removal

Posted 6 days ago

Small tree stump removal near back door entrance

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Stump Removal

Posted 1 week ago

Had a Conifer cut down recently and looking to get the stump removed. Stump is roughly 800mm wide. Looking to have it done within the next few weeks

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Tree removal

Posted 2 months ago

We have a few trees which we'd like cut down and removed. The stumps of a couple of them will need grinding.

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Remove medium tree stump

Posted 3 weeks ago

Remove (pull out or grind down) Pohutukawa stump on building site and remove all waste, including approx 20 rounds too knotty for firewood. Stump approximately 1.5m tall (in case somebody wants to try pulling it out) and between 0.5 and 1m across depending on the dimension.

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Tree branches cutting

Posted 2 months ago

Need to cut tree branches as they grow over the roof.

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Large Pine branch needs removing

Posted 4 months ago

A neighbours Pinetree has a large branch going over the roof of my property in Newtown, right on the town belt. I am looking for quotes to have it taking off safely without damaging the roof.

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Cabbage tree to be cut down; stump can stay.

Posted 4 months ago

I feel a bit mean about removing a native tree but this cabbage tree seems to be still growing, and it's shading my best feijoa tree. I don't need the stump dug out, but it would be good if it could be painted with the stuff that prevents re-growth. I'm in Khandallah, Wellington.

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Remove one large pohutakawa tree - easy access, drive on.

Posted 4 months ago

One large pohutakawa tree over 30 years old to be felled and removed from residential site. Easy drive on access on the flat. Not near house or power lines. Contractor needs to have liability insurance please

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Cut down macrocarpas

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there, we are looking to have four medium sized macrocarpa trees cut down along our boundary when we come out of lock down. They are approx five meters high. We would like a quote to remove the green waste and to leave it. We would like to keep any wood we can for firewood. I am able to send pictures if you would like to consider quoting over email. Or please feel free to call me to discuss further. Thanks so much Fiona Mulder ...

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 166,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Prune flowering cherry tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of small fallen tree, trimming of overhanging trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pruning trees

Work carried out by an employee of the company

24th July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th May 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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


9th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removal of trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Pruning - Pohutukawas

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

12th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Tree Removal & Trimming

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bush trimming

Work carried out by an employee of the company

13th April 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

Tricky trim required

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Huge Elm needs to come down

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Cutting and Green Waste Remove

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th April 2019

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

Lilly Pilly

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st November 2019

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 & Hedge Pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Colonial Cottage update

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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

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

Find Arborists in Wellington

Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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Armes Tree Solutions ltd

Joined March 2011

Armes Trees will be able to take care of all your Tree Needs, with our experienced qualified Team. We take a pride in our work,working professionally, and with top health and safety standards and procedures. keeping our staff and customers safe at all times.Including full public liability insurance. Whether is just a light pruning or Crowning or a full removal, stump grinding, Section or scrub c...

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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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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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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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BumbleTree

Joined May 2018

At the forefront of my thought process is design that aims to employ mother nature in a host of ways in pursuit of productive, sustainable and even regenerative land usage. By making this a priority, I take joy in saving you time, effort and money. I'm an out of the box thinker that strives to be at the intersection of ecology, beauty and practicality.

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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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Richard Waters

Joined November 2010

Fully qualified garden designer/Landscaper. Over 20 years experience. Decks. Fences. Have renovated houses, painting, decorating the lot! Honest and reliable. Advanced certificate in Garden Design

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Wilding Wood Management ltd

Joined October 2014

Wilding Wood Management is your local Tree specialist providing Tree care in the Wellington region for over 13 years. We have fully qualified Arborists including full public liability insurance to undertake any type of tree work at your request.

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City works

Joined November 2017

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

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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 2015...

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Valley Landscaping and Property Maintenance LTD

Joined January 2019

I Have been completing Landscaping, property maintenance and general construction projects as a business to a high standard for three years now whilst working towards a nursing degree. I am very professional and hardworking and pride myself on honesty and quality.

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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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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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Ultra Contracting Ltd

Joined July 2017

Hi I am the owner of Ultra Contracting Ltd, we are primarily a earthworks contracting company but also do a lot of general building and property maintenance work. We are very professional and strive to give our clients the best experience possible and treat them and their property in a manner in which we would like to be treated by going above and beyond what is necessary. We would love to help yo...

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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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Manage MY Maintenance

Joined July 2017

We are experienced builders with fast turn around jobs. Experts in decking, fences, paving, retaining and gardening. We also are experts in all maintenance around the home including but not limited to painting roofs, painting houses, repairing gutters and house washing

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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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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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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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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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