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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Steps to Transform Your Landscaping Dreams into a Backyard Reality

Posted 25/02/20

We take you through the steps of turning your landscaping dreams into a reality.  Adding value to your property doesn’t have to stop at the back door - and with the rise in popularity of ‘indoor-outdoor flow’, backyards have become quite the asset.  We’ve done the hard ‘yards’ for you and

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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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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.

Remove two tree stumps

Posted 4 days ago

We have two tree stumps to remove, widths about 50 cm and 30 cm. Both are quite close to a fence, as per photos. Easy street level access, though the front gate is only 76 cm wide.

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Tree removal #2

Posted 3 months ago

Remove a fern tree and prun a another Tree.

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Trim trees and bushes

Posted 1 month ago

To trim medium size trees and bushes on the right hand side of the house and front of the house. Recommend that the house be visited to get a better idea of the job involved.

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Stump Removal In Front Yard Area

Posted 1 month ago

A bunch of small/medium sized stumps that need removing from the front yard.

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Remove a small tree

Posted 1 week ago

Remove a small tree and take away

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Tree removal

Posted 3 months ago

Remove a Fern tree and prun another Tree.

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Pruning bushes and a couple of Pohutukawa

Posted 2 weeks ago

~2 days work trimming branches and bushes Some bushes are up to around 4-5 metres high, if you have a long pole trimmer that would be amazing

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Tree pruning

Posted 2 months 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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Remove 2 weedy trees

Posted 2 months 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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Stump Grinding

Posted 1 month ago

Require grinding of four small tree stumps (including surface root structure if possible) no larger than 25cm in diameter and/or removal.

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Tree pruning

Posted 2 days ago

Trees pictured need pruning so they aren’t scraping against the side of the house and roof. Need this done ASAP!

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Topping 6 or so trees (not natives)

Posted 2 months 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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Tree removal

Posted 2 months ago

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

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Pine surgery

Posted 2 months ago

A new house has been built in an adjoing section. A pine tree on our section overhangs the new house and since it is used as a roosting place for starlings the neighbour is not happy about their droppings. We believe that removing one large and two small branches will solve the problem. However we wouldn’t want the overall shape of the tree to be unbalanced.

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Remove small tree, cut for firewood

Posted 1 week ago

We are decking over this tree so doesn't need to be fully removed, but does need to be cut quite low

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Large pine tree (+some root) removal for boundary fence

Posted 2 weeks ago

We've got a large mature pine tree on our boundary line at the back of our section. The tree is on a slope, and has grown out of the bank at an angle. There are houses below us (down the bank) - so we're keen on removing the tree for safety reasons, but also to be able to put a boundary fence up. We'd like the tree removed down to a stump, and we'd also like selective roots removed - effectively we're wanting enough room to put in posts for a fence. We're not sure what is suitable around grou...

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Tree trimming

Posted 2 weeks ago

looking to trim the tops off a couple of higher trees (approx 3-4m high) to allow better light flow into my property.

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3 Bay trees - trim and shape

Posted 2 months 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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Tress stump grinding

Posted 2 months ago

We would like the tree stump in our front yard ground out.

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Large tree pruning

Posted 2 months ago

Four medium to large trees along the side of my property require pruning - top and sides. Access available from both sides of the trees - on my property and my neighbours. My side is higher, with ground sloping towards the neighbours. Would like trees well cut back to allow more light to enter backyard.

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Recent arborists reviews

With over 200,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

3 Bay trees - trim and shape

Work carried out by an employee of the company

23rd May 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 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

Tree pruning

Work carried out by an employee of the company

8th May 2021

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

Tree clean-up

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th May 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

A bit of a tidy up and planting.

Work carried out by an employee of the company

3rd June 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

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

Cabbage tree removal


7th September 2020

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 4

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


12th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Remove 2 weedy trees

Work carried out by an employee of the company

4th May 2021

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

Remove two tree stumps

Work carried out by the owner/operator

22nd July 2021

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

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 removal


6th September 2020

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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Advanced Arb Limited

Joined June 2021

Advanced Arb Limited provide top quality Tree Care Services and Solutions across the wider Wellington region and Kapiti Coast. With over a decade of industry experience, we are equally as passionate as we are educated about Arboriculture. Our main objective is to consistently provide reliable results at affordable prices with guaranteed customer satisfaction!

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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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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. $50.00...

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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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City Works

Joined November 2017

Hi City Works specialize in residential landscape design and construction. We have a small team of skilled staff to complete your landscapin­g needs in profession­al manner. We love working outdoors. Build fences, retaining walls, driveways, dig' outs, pathways. Work to enhance your property install synthetic/artificial lawn, ready lawn, paving and tiling Can accommodat­e jobs both big a...

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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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Better Property Services

Joined July 2021

We are a locally owned and operated business providing a wide range of property services such as painting/plastering, building/renovations, roofing/spouting, lawn mowing/tree trimming etc.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Country and Coast Construction

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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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 ...

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Excel Property Services

Joined May 2021

Hi, we are your friendly local tradie team who pride ourselves on delivering exceptional results for our clients. We specialise in painting and decorating and general handyman jobs. We believe our commitment to communicating and working with the customer to achieve the desired result is the key to our success.

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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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