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frequently asked questions

Why should I carefully consider pruning versus removal/replanting

More often than not, your trees are a valuable asset, but should they require regular or, in particular, heavy pruning, for example to protect surrounding structures or appease concerned neighbours, it is worth considering the long term costs of retention.

Removing a tree and planting a species more suited to the available space is sometimes the best option.

What does it cost to prune or remove a tree?

A brief visit to your property will be needed to provide you with a free – and obligation free – quote.

Many factors are taken into account, apart from just the scope of work, such as ease of access, whether you wish to keep any firewood, whether you would like the stump ground out, power & phone lines, etc

What do I get for my money?

The first and most important things you get are honesty and integrity.
All jobs are planned and priced with the following in mind:
• The work is done safely.
• Your assets, including other vegetation, will be left undamaged
• The work area will be left at least as clean as it was found

Why consider professional pruning & what is wrong with lopping or topping?

At Greenscene we perform our work in accordance with industry best practice, and with the Australian standard (AS 4373-2007). We can thin and/or reduce a crown and leave a tree with it’s natural branch scaffold intact.
Any-one can walk around a tree with a pole saw and reduce its size, often quickly and cheaply, and often leaving with a healthy profit.

Quality pruning is a little more time consuming, a little more expensive, but produces far better results both aesthetically and for the long term health, and appearance, of the tree.

Lopping/topping is the indiscriminate cutting of branches, or the trunk of the tree without regard for the the location and orientation of the cuts, and the amount of foliage left on the limb or tree.

The result is often poorly formed and poorly attached regrowth, along with a far higher potential for attack by boring insects or for fungal infection. Branch attachment strength can be as low as 60%, or less, of a natural branch union.

Is Greenscene insured?

We carry a $10m public liability policy to protect all of our clients, the public, and ourselves.

How can I improve the health of my trees?

A bed of mulch, preferably out to the dripline, and some understorey shrubs or ground cover, will provide your trees with the best possible growing conditions. Mulch helps with aeration , a diverse range of soil biota, and is overall the single best intervention you can make on the trees behalf.

Common large woody weed species in Geelong, the Bellarine & Surfcoast

Bushy Yate
Cape Wattle
Coast Tea-Tree
Cootamundra Wattle
Giant Honey Myrtle
Italian Buckthorn
Mirror Bush
Sweet Pittosporum
Radiata Pine

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