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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recent jobs posted

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

Get ready for driveway

Posted 2 months ago

I want to widen my driveway - there are two small trees and some plants next to it. I want to get them removed and taken away.

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Two trees

Posted 4 weeks ago

To assess and prune a Pohutukawa tree and an Olive tree that have grown too tall for the backyard. There are twelve steps to backyard area, which is paved.

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Tree pruning / removal

Posted 1 month ago

We have a couple of big trees that have overgrown and are blocking our view. We would like them either trimmed down, or removed completely. They are fairly large 2-3 stories high and are very strong for climbing.

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Tree Pruning and removal

Posted 2 months ago

Hi there There are a few trees on our section that require trimming right back and removing the branches.

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Prune flowering cherry tree

Posted 2 months ago

Remove one branch, about 130mm in diameter. Access is from driveway alongside but it is overhanging Zetland Street below

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Trim a large pohutakawa tree

Posted 1 month ago

Trim a large pohutakawa tree and remove overhanging branches.

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Colonial Cottage update

Posted 1 month ago

Job available ASAP - by mid September Triming two pohutukawa trees to let in sun

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Large Sycamore Tree removal/trimming

Posted 1 month ago

Not sure if this is better to be removed or trimmed but seeking a quote at this stage. It's near houses so need someone who knows what they're doing

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Tricky trim required

Posted 2 months ago

We have recently moved in to our new home and it would have a lovely view of karori from the top of makara peak where we live but our Neighbour has some trees that are obscuring our view. They are happy for us to get them trimmed as long as their privacy is maintained and it can look attractive (trimmed without ruining the aesthetic of the trees). We are looking for someone to help.

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Removal of small fallen tree, trimming of overhanging trees

Posted 1 month ago

I have a small fallen tree in front of the car pad which needs to be removed (approximately 3 meters high). Additionally two trees around the car pad need to be trimmed (see photo, remove overhanging branch of tree on the left, reduce height of tree / bush on the right to approximately 1 meter). Remove all wood branches and debris.

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3 stumps removed

Posted 3 weeks ago

3 stumps. The largest is around 20cm diameter. Easy access. This week please.

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Tree pruning

Posted 2 weeks ago

We would like a row of trees pruned - how low depends on advice from you. The row is (very roughly) 4-5 metres long. Before the end of November would be great.

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Hedge trimming and mulching

Posted 1 month ago

I need the tree hedges trimmed. Its not a very big job; just a few trees and branches as shown in the photo. Please state your approximate price in your initial contact. Thanks Photos: ...

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Jeff #2

Posted 1 month ago

Having few big trees need to be chopped off. Location Khandallah

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Tree work

Posted 1 month ago

I am seeking a quote for treatment of a neighbour’s tree. The quote will include removal and as an alternative - digging up and removing roots.

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Woodlot valuation

Posted 1 month ago

Valuation of a woodlot of 2-3 hectares

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Tree pruning in Roseneath

Posted 2 months ago

The job entails taking about a metre from the top of a small row of pohutukawa on our section. There's also a separate tree to take a branch off and a small prune of a low pinus radiata coming over to our place from next door. The trees are up a small path in Roseneath Wellington and I'm looking for the branches to be taken away.

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Lilly Pilly

Posted 5 days ago

I need the trunk of a mature Lilly Pilly removed, the stump treated and the branches, which have already been removed, disposed of.

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A couple of trees need pruning

Posted 1 month ago

A couple of our trees need pruning (left and right of the house in the photo). We have scaffolding up at the moment to get our house painted. We’re looking for an Arborist to do the work in the next week before the scaffold comes down.

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Tree removal

Posted 3 weeks ago

Approx 40 pine and a large macrocapa to be taken down. Stumps are ok to leave. We don’t have any use for frees so would like these removed and section cleared. Next to road but clear of power lines.

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 146,000 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 pruning


9th October 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Colonial Cottage update

Work carried out by the owner/operator

23rd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Removing a tree and a couple of stumps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th March 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Prune flowering cherry tree

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd August 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

Pruning trees

Work carried out by an employee of the company

24th July 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove 2 conifer trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

21st December 2018

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

tree trimming

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th January 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Driveway

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd January 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

Removal of trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

15th May 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree removal needed

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th March 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

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

Section part-clearing


10th March 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

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 removal


4th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tree branches to be cut back, overhanging my back garden

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th January 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

Derek Stannard

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th February 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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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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Mr Watts Electrical and Community Work

Joined September 2019

Electrician focused on building community on the Kapiti Coast. Happy to help with all your household electrical needs. 24 7 call outs. We also do various community work jobs

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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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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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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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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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Reading Reno

Joined July 2018

Hi, I'm Frank, a thoughtful and creative home & garden enthusiast and all-round handyman with a broad skillset at my disposal. I offer very reasonable rates to reflect the means of my clients. I can work to your specifications or give advice and propose solutions if you are uncertain. I work for the satisfaction of a job well done and improving quality of life. My team and I hope to see you so...

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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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Kiwi Trade Solutions

Joined October 2017

International experience across numerous trades with most activity in residential design and build, steel building fabrication/erection and solar system design and installation. Source globally, work locally, adaptable and delivery oriented. Staged payment and finance options available.

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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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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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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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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 General property clean up. Demolition Aggregate deliveries NO JOB TOO SMALL

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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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Sven Harens Renovation

Joined August 2018

Whatever your home or workplace needs, we can get it done. Consider me you’re one-stop-shop for trades services. I’ll bring in whoever I need to get the job done under one convenient umbrella. Mechanical, building, plumbing, electrical, lighting, weatherproofing, door/window repair, cable management, plastering and painting, picture hanging, dryer install… and more. If you’re experiencing a lea...

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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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MTC works

Joined November 2018

Hi I have just started this company and am looking for the opportunity to get a few jobs under way to show my experience and workmsnship. I have a baeckground in the building and civil industry with works in the comstruction and concrete. If you are intested in a quote please feel free to give me a call 0220437020

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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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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. We can do a lot or a little. Currently working with some elderly clients to enable them to stay in their homes. In addition, we specialise in preparing your property for sale managing from photos to open homes.

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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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