How do I prune a tree?

The best method is General Crown Maintenance or Crown Modification as prescribed in the Australian Standard ‘Pruning of Amenity Trees’ (AS 4373-2007) as follows:

  • General crown maintenance to prune deadwood/crown thin/selective/formative/ i.e. to reduce branches from touching the building.
  • Crown modification pruning refers to reduction /lifting/ remedial pruning i.e. damaged, declining or disease limbs.
  • Where an exemption applies all works must be less than 10 percent of the trees total foliage area of the canopy and must not alter the structure, size and height of the tree.
  • When undertaking tree works, the use of equipment that will wound the bark and conductive tissues must not be used on, or in sections of a tree to be retained, (ie: spurs, spikes, hooks, chained platforms lowering systems or any other tools that will penetrate or severely bruise bark and conductive tissue).

Where a permit is issued Please ensure all approved pruning work are carried out in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4373- 2007 Pruning of Amenity Trees.