Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I hire a professional tree lopping company instead of doing it myself?

Tree lopping can be very dangerous if not done properly. Our team has the experience, equipment and training to remove branches and limbs safely. We can also properly dispose of the waste.

How can your company help with my tree problems?

We provide tree pruning, removal, stump grinding and cleanup services. Our professional arborists will check the plant and recommend solutions.

What size trees can you trim or remove?

We have the equipment and skills to handle trees of all sizes – from small shrubs to extremely tall gum trees. There’s no tree we can’t handle.

Will you just cut down my whole tree or can you trim it?

We always aim to trim and shape your tree if possible rather than remove the entire thing. But we’ll recommend the best solution for your situation.

Do I need a permit for you to lop my trees in Brisbane?

In most council areas, you don’t need a Council Approval for standard tree lopping. We handle the paperwork and will let you know if any permits are needed.

How long does tree lopping take?

We can usually complete standard tree removals or pruning in just a few hours. Larger projects may take a full day. We’ll give you an estimate specific to your job.

How do you dispose of the branches and logs after cutting down a tree?

We fully clean up and remove all debris when we complete a job. We either chip the smaller branches or recycle logs depending on their size.

Is it cheaper for me to just buy a chainsaw and do it myself?

In most cases, hiring a professional is actually more economical. We have the specialized tools and equipment to get the job done efficiently. Doing it safely yourself requires an investment in gear.

How can I get an estimate for tree lopping on my property?

Simply call us at 07 3608 1008 or use our online form to request a free quote. We’ll come to assess your trees and explain your options. Quotes are good for 12 months.

Do you offer emergency tree removal services?

Yes, we provide emergency services 24/7 for trees that are damaged or pose immediate danger. Call us anytime if you need urgent help with a fallen tree or broken limbs.

Will you just lop the tree or can you also grind the stump?

We offer full stump grinding services to remove what’s left in the ground after cutting down a tree. Let us know if you need the stump gone too.

What qualifications and training do your tree loppers have?

Our arborists are fully qualified with nationally recognized tree care qualifications. We adhere to strict industry standards and safety regulations.

Do I need to be home when you do the tree removal?

Someone does need to be home to provide access and give directions on what needs to be done. We’ll discuss specifics when scheduling service.

Will lopping or pruning damage my trees?

When done properly by trained arborists, pruning invigorates the health of your plants by removing dead limbs and allowing light penetration. We take care not to harm them.

How long have you been lopping trees in Brisbane?

ABC Tree Lopping Brisbane has been providing professional tree services in the Brisbane area for over 10 years. We have the experience you can trust.

Why shouldn’t I just use the cheapest tree lopper I can find?

Extremely cheap pricing is often an indicator that proper techniques and safety precautions may be compromised. We offer competitive pricing while following industry best practices.

Do you offer any other tree services besides lopping and removal?

Yes! We also provide shaping, cabling, fertilization, pest control and other tree care services. Just ask our arborists how we can help with proper management.

How can I pay for tree lopping services?

We accept payment by credit card, cash, check or bank transfer. Just let us know your preferred payment method when you schedule service.

What equipment do you use to trim or take down trees?

We use high-quality chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders and other professional tree pruning and removal tools. We invest in the best commercial-grade equipment.

Will you clean up all the logs, branches and leaves after cutting down my tree?

Yes, we always perform a full site clean-up and disposal when we complete a job at your home. We’ll leave your property looking neat and tidy.

Do you have insurance coverage?

Yes, we carry $20 million in public liability insurance. We are fully licensed and insured for your protection.

What safety measures do you take when lopping a tree?

We rope off the work area to maintain safety. Our crew wears protective equipment like chaps, helmets, glasses and high-viz clothing. We adhere to strict safety standards.

What qualifications do your arborists hold?

Our team of arborists holds nationally accredited qualifications in arboriculture, chainsaw operation and elevated work platform operation. We commit to ongoing training and development.

How do you remove a large tree close to a house?

Removals near a home or structure requires great care and expertise. First, we assess the size, health, and proximity to buildings. Then, our arborists use rigging techniques to carefully disassemble the tree in sections, lowering each part slowly to the ground. This protects your home from damage. We may need to use a crane for especially large trees. Safety is always the top priority.

What size teams do you send out for a tree removal job?

We customise the team for each tree removal according to the size, location, and complexity. Smaller species may require only 2-3 crew members while large removals can utilize teams of 4-5. Having multiple tree surgeons allows us to work efficiently and safely. One crew member operates the lift while others rig branches and use chainsaws to take apart the tree. The full team works together seamlessly from start to finish.

How long does it take to remove a 30-foot tree?

It typically takes our professional crews 2-3 hours to complete the work. However, every job is different depending on the species, diameter, site access, and proximity to structures. We’ll provide an accurate timeframe when scheduling your appointment. Our goal is always fast yet careful removal.

Will removing a tree affect my garden beds or landscaping?

We take great care to avoid damaging any of your existing landscaping during the tree removal process. Our crews use protective mats when hauling equipment across lawns and gardens. We’ll also discuss which haul routes work best to avoid planted areas. Any accidental damage is repaired as needed. Your landscape will look pristine after we finish.

How can I be sure you dispose of wood and debris properly?

At ABC Tree Lopping Brisbane, we follow best practices for debris disposal after tree removal. Wood and vegetation is recycled whenever possible. Otherwise, we ensure all waste is disposed of legally and sustainably at approved facilities. You’ll receive our job sheets indicating proper disposal as well. We take environmental responsibility seriously.

How can I schedule tree lopping or pruning services?

Our team provides expert pruning and lopping to enhance tree health and appearance. Just call or email us to describe your needs and schedule an appointment. We’ll inspect the tree, discuss objectives, and offer a plan to properly prune and shape it. With regular lopping and pruning, we can keep your them looking their best for decades to come.

Why prune established trees?

Pruning mature plants improves structure, removes dead limbs, allows more light penetration, and reduces wind resistance. Proper pruning encourages healthy growth for the years ahead. We determine the best techniques for maximising the longevity and stability.

How often should tree pruning be done?

Most trees require pruning every 1-3 years. The frequency depends on the species, age, and desired shape. Fast-growing and fruit trees usually need annual pruning. Large shade species may need pruning every 3-5 years. Our arborists inspect each type and make personalised recommendations for optimal pruning frequency.

What qualifications should a tree pruning specialist have?

All our pruners are fully qualified arborists. We require expertise in proper pruning techniques, tree biology, equipment use, and safety protocols. Our crews have specialized pole pruner and climbing skills as well. Certified arborists on staff oversee all pruning work. We maintain professional standards to deliver the highest quality care.

Do you use bucket trucks or climbing for tree pruning?

Our expert crews use a combination of bucket trucks and climbing techniques to access trees safely. Tall, mature species often require climbing whereas younger ones can be pruned from the mechanical lift of a bucket truck. We select the best methods to accomplish the pruning goals efficiently.

How long does regular pruning take per tree?

On average, expect 1-2 hours per tree for pruning maintenance. The time varies depending on the size, age, and type. Younger ones may only take 30 minutes whereas large mature plants may require 2-3 hours. We schedule enough time per appointment to never rush important pruning work.

Should I prune trees myself?

We don’t recommend DIY pruning on large, mature trees. Improper techniques and cuts can irreparably damage them and create hazards. Tree pruning requires professional expertise on physiology, equipment use, and safety. Contact our ISA Certified Arborists to have pruning done right the first time.

What should I look for in a tree removal company?

Only use fully insured, licensed tree removal services with trained arborists on staff. Check credentials like ISA Certification. Ensure they follow safety protocols and have the necessary equipment for the work. Most importantly, verify they clean up completely and dispose of debris properly after removal.

What are signs a tree may be dying and need removal?

Declining leaves, weak branch structure, fungi growth, and dead tops or limbs are common indications. If a tree stops producing leaves or the bark peels off, removal may be necessary. Our arborists confirm when it’s no longer viable and requires removal due to disease or other factors.

My neighbour’s tree hangs over my yard – can I make them prune it?

We get this one a lot! Legally, your neighbour is responsible for managing any hazardous limbs or growth extending from their tree over the property line. But we suggest nicely asking them to prune it first before pursuing legal action. If they refuse, we’re happy to consult about your options to get the encroachment pruned.

Do you use climbing spikes when pruning trees?

Nope, we avoid spikes for pruning! Climbing spikes can cause injuries, leaving lasting wounds in the bark. Our expert climbers use rope, saddles, and other gear to access trees for pruning without spikes. Exceptions may include emergency storm damage removal when spurs are necessary. But for routine pruning, we stick to spikeless climbing.

Should I rip out the suckers growing around my tree?

Whoa, hold off! Suckers are secondary trunks emerging from the roots and base. Although some dislike their appearance, ripping them off causes damage. Let us properly prune back vigorous suckers instead. We also address underlying issues causing excessive sucker growth in the first place. No ripping required!

I’m planning some landscaping – how can I avoid tree root damage?

Smart planning definitely prevents issues! Have utilities marked and consult our arborists on root zones to avoid before digging beds, trenches, or tunnels. We also recommend air excavation instead of trenching near trees. And take care with grade changes, drainage, and soil compaction which can harm roots too. A little forethought goes a long way!

Should I fertilise my trees myself or hire a professional?

Proper fertilisation requires an expert eye! Over-fertilizing can result in damage. We diagnose nutrient needs through testing and identify any other issues like diseases. Then our ISA Certified Arborists apply the right fertilizer at the appropriate time of year. Hiring us ensures your get the customised nutrition tips.

There are overhead power lines above my tree – what should I do?

Utility lines and trees often clash! We offer professional crown reduction pruning to provide the legally required clearance around electrical wires. But this pruning must be maintained overtime so growth doesn’t encroach again. Another option is requesting line burial or a service drop relocation through your utility company. Let’s discuss your options.

Do you clean up palm fronds and debris after pruning?

You bet! We know palm trees generate tons of messy debris. After palm pruning, we gather every fallen frond, seed pod, and piece of vegetation. Hauling away all debris is part of the service. We even sweep up residual dust for a picture perfect clean up! Your property will be spic and span when we’re done.

My tree looks sparse and unhealthy on top but okay underneath – why?

This one-sided look signals a problem! Trees need sunlight reaching their entire crown to thrive. If the top appears thin, inner branches underneath are likely dominant and overshadowing upper growth. We can prune these lower limbs to balance light penetration and circulation throughout the canopy. Your tree will look full again!

I need trees removed to install a pool – how do you minimise landscape damage?

Pool installations require such precise coordination with tree removal and land clearing! We time the work in stages – from felling to excavation. Using narrow equipment, we can navigate between structures with minimal disturbance. Our crews will also put down protective matting before operating heavy machinery during demo. Let’s discuss how to limit landscape disruption.

Can you save a tree hit by lightning?

Lightning often splits trees down the middle unfortunately. However, if side branches remain alive, pruning damaged limbs right away can sometimes save the tree. Removing the entry wound and monitoring progress are key. But if the trunk is obliterated, removal may be safest. We’ll offer an honest prognosis!

I have an old tree I want to preserve – what steps should I take?

Preserving mature trees requires proactive care! We recommend yearly inspections, pruning for structure and safety, pest management, fertilization, mulching, and proper watering. Addressing small issues promptly preserves health. Planning ahead before nearby construction helps too. Prioritising care preserves old trees for generations!

How often should mulch be reapplied around trees?

Annually is best for mulch maintenance! Organic mulch breaks down over time. Reapplying a 2-4 inch layer yearly conserves moisture, reduces weeds, and replenishes nutrients. Keep mulch pulled back a bit from trunks though to prevent moisture retention against the bark. Let us get your trees freshly mulched this season!