Red Gum Tree Pruning in Brisbane’s southside.

In most cases when managing larger urban based trees, careful consideration must be given to ensure the correct vegetation management strategy is put into place. In the case of this large and veteran Eucalyptus tereticornis or Forest Red Gum, the tree keeper had concerns about the potential risk this tree presented. The tree keeper ran a home based business from a building beneath the tree’s canopy and during wind events they would hear clanging and banging from smaller portions of the canopy dislodging and hitting the building. This prompted the need to engage a suitably qualified arborist.

We have always tried to present the facts as they are observed and relay those details to the client so they can make informed decisions about their trees. Statistically speaking, most trees in our urban environment are considered low risk and even more so when they are correctly managed with consistent monitoring and when accurate maintenance is conducted.

After we conducted a tree risk assessment of the E. tereticornis, we found the target tree, despite its size, age and proximity to people and nearby buildings, to be a low risk. That means the tree and portions of its canopy were unlikely to fail in reasonable conditions. This was enough supporting evidence to retain this environmental feature and maintain it accordingly.

Our intention for this round of tree maintenance or pruning was to remove the aerial hazards in the form of dead-wood. Dead-wood had accumulated in this tree naturally as the tree would make certain branches redundant over time, not as a sign of ill health or stress. This tree had not received any pruning of this kind in its life time, approximately 85+ years., so you can imagine how much naturally accumulated deadwood existed. We also looked to reduce the end load, of selective ‘tip’ ends of the lower and more laterally extended limbs. We know that lower lateral branches tend to more likely be affected by strong stormy winds, so we look to alleviate this ‘sail effect’ where possible without encroaching too much upon the tree’s overall natural form.