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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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

Posted 1 week ago

Tree pruning. Need branches close to the house cut so that gutters don’t get clogged with leaves. See photos. About 5 trees need pruning. Requesting estimate cost.

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Topping 6 or so trees (not natives)

Posted 1 week ago

I have 6 or so trees that need thinning/ topping to let more sun in. I also have a big pine / fur tree that needs some branches removed. The property is typically Wellington steep but access isn’t too bad. I have a fireplace so keen to keep some of the bigger bits, but I need the rest taken away.

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A bit of a tidy up and planting.

Posted 1 month ago

Just a tidy up of the trees and topping. Some advise on how to correctly maintain. Also planting of manukas on clay bank at front of house for street privacy. Plants already purchased.

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Removal of tree and trimming

Posted 1 month ago

Looking for someone who can remove a large cabbage tree and trim down another 3 trees at a property that will be coming the the market in 3 weeks.

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Section tidy

Posted 3 weeks ago

There is timber stored and some rubbish under the house needs sorting and removing to refuse transfer, a tree to be repotted and the top of a tree removed.

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Tree Removal

Posted 1 month ago

Require a tree to be removed.

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Tree pruning

Posted 1 month ago

Hi I have two rental properties need some tree pruning service at Wellington. Location One: 14 Appleton place Karori, Wellington Location Two: 8 Rochester street Wilton, Wellington I would like a weekend visit first so I can show you the the service area and discuss the details such as quote etc.. If it is possible. The actual job can be done by weekdays. Regards John ...

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3 stumps to remove

Posted 4 weeks ago

3 stumps to grind (#1, #2 #3 left to right in the first picture.) The old conifer (??) hedge is going and working to get it to ground level or close to at the moment. Not sure yet how much trunk will be still be above ground. The area will be cleared of all the obstacles currently in the pictures, with level access from the footpath side. #2 is has the water supply running right against the stump. Chorus has cable running between footpath edge and stumps but should there’s a decent gap to s...

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Tree removal #2

Posted 2 weeks ago

Remove a fern tree and prun a another Tree.

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Tree removal

Posted 8 hours ago

I want to remove 4~5 trees in my backyard.

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Garden waste removal (mainly chipping and removing) from sub division

Posted 1 month ago

trees will be cut down and just need branches chipped and removed

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3 Bay trees - trim and shape

Posted 3 days ago

We have three large bay trees blocking our light and needing a tidy up. They are up on a retained level behind the house which is in Newtown, Wellington. We would want the branches etc removed as green waste. Thank you.

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Tree removal

Posted 2 weeks ago

Remove a Fern tree and prun another Tree.

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Tree and garden waste removal

Posted 3 weeks ago

A straight forward job here with flat access to remove green waste and the big overgrown pito shrub/tree as pictured. Stump grind would be a possible bonus if feasible.

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Tree removal and stump

Posted 1 month ago

Remove tree stump and as many roots as possible. ie kill it

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Remove 2 weedy trees

Posted 1 week ago

We have two small weedy trees we would like removed, they are in an elevated retaining wall area below our balcony, will need a ladder to access. See photo below. Some fibre cables to be aware of when doing this work.

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Tree clean-up

Posted 1 month ago

Have about 5-6 trees needing removal. Not large trees (3-4 m approx in height) May not require stump grinding. Can include removal or I can arrange a skip. Flat section on street and easy access to trees and loading into the bin.

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Move Clothes Line

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have five tree stumps in a space where I would like you to install a clothes line. So remove stumps, install clothesline, add paving stones to the area, approx 3m square

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 193,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

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

Tree removal


6th September 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
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 5

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

Tree and shrub removal and section cleared

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

14th March 2021

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

Tree Pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th September 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

Stump removal and tree prune

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

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

Blackberry removal on sloping section

Work carried out by the owner/operator

13th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree Removal & Trimming

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th December 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
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 5
Communication
 4

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

Trim Trees in Hataitai

Work carried out by an employee of the company

11th March 2021

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

Pohutukawa Removal

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th April 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Cabbage tree removal


7th September 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

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

Tree pruning

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th May 2020

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

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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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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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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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AJB Build LTD

Joined February 2021

AJB build is a family owned company aiming to provide building and renovation expertise to you at a high standard with a timely turn around. If its a new build or the smaller jobs it doesn't matter to us we are happy to help no matter what the size or budget. Feel free to contact us for a no obligation quote at a time that suits you

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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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Baseline Concrete and insulation

Joined January 2018

At Baseline Concrete we specialize in all aspects of Concrete. From house slabs to driveways, terraces and many more. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget. We are also have a home insulation business that we run specializing in making homes warmer and meeting the Nz stan...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Zepo Property Maintenance

Joined December 2011

Zepo property maintenanceprovides a personalised service for home, rental and commercial property maintenance. *General property maintenance *Paint Stipping & Repainting Houses *Roof Repairs & Painting *Small Building work *Tiling/Certified in Wet area Waterproofing *Plastering Gibing & Painting *Concrete placement and repairs *Landscaping and ground work *Complete renovation for Sale &...

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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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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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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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