Benefits of Tree Pruning

If it’s been a while since you’ve pruned your trees or shrubs, this is the place for you.

In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of regular, professional tree pruning in Queensland, from tree health, to hazard prevention and more. We’ll also provide you with information on where to go when you need help from the professionals.

Why Should You Prune Trees? 

There are several reasons why you may benefit from pruning your trees or shrubs on a regular basis. Here, we’ll discuss some of the benefits we and our clients recommend pruning trees on your property.

Prevents Disease & Aids Treatment 

One of the main reasons homeowners like you should regularly have your trees pruned is because it’s a great way to maintain your tree’s health. 

Doing so prevents diseases from taking root in your tree and can even aid in the treatment process if you’re trying to save a sick tree. It can even improve the health of your surrounding foliage. 


Promotes Growth 

If your tree has a mass of dead branches or leaves on it, you’re not doing it any favours. 

Our experts say that failing to remove stems or branches that are obviously not healthy can actually cause your tree to become sick, or prevent new growth.

Encourages Fruit Production 

When you have a fruit tree, you want to create the best environment for fruit production. 

You can facilitate this by regularly pruning your trees to maintain their health and ensure bountiful growth.

Stabilise Root System 

Pruning your trees on a regular basis can also help stabilise the root system, which in turn promotes balance and improves the health of your tree (as well as those around it).

Reduces & Removes Hazards 

Large root systems or trees with overhanging branches can often create hazards if they aren’t well maintained. 

By engaging a professional tree pruning and maintenance service such as ours, you improve not only your own safety standards, but that of others around you. 

Improves Drainage

Drainage is so important when growing trees and other plants on your property.
But if you allow your trees to become unruly or overgrown, you run the risk of restricting your drainage channels.
This may cause damage not only to your trees but other areas of your property, which could be costly and time consuming for you as the homeowner.

Improves Access to Fresh Air & Sunlight 

Just as humans benefit from regular access to fresh air and sunlight, so too do trees and other plants. This is why we encourage clients such as yourself to have tree pruning completed.

Where to Go for Professional Assistance 

Even if you’re confident in your abilities, tree pruning can be dangerous. That’s why we always recommend arranging a professional service from our team at Affordable Tree Service.

Our fully qualified experts can complete a thorough inspection and provide advice regarding treatments or maintenance according to your needs.

To book a professional service by our arborists, contact Affordable Tree Service today

How Much Does Tree Pruning Cost?

If you’re in the market for a tree pruning service, you’re probably wondering how much it costs.

In this article, our experts will be discussing whether there is an average cost you can expect to pay when hiring a qualified tree pruning company, factors they consider when estimating your quote and where to go for professional advice you can trust.

What’s the Average Price of Tree Pruning in Brisbane? 

Unfortunately, there’s not one specific price you can expect to pay for a tree pruning service to be completed professionally.

Depending on a number of different factors, the cost will vary from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars.

Factors that Influence Tree Pruning Cost in Brisbane 

There are several factors that influence tree pruning cost in Brisbane. In this section, we’ll discuss some of the most prevalent factors that go into determining the cost of pruning.


The type of tree you have on your property will be one of the main things professionals need to take into consideration.

The number of branches, for instance, on a conifer differs significantly to that of gum trees and other larger species, all of which influences how long the job will take and therefore how much it will cost.

Number of Trees

It goes without saying that the number of trees in need of pruning will influence the cost. Understandably, if you only want to remove one tree it will probably cost you a lot less than if you were to remove several at once.

Tree Health 

Sometimes you want to remove a tree because you’re making changes to the design of your yard; other times you need to do so because the tree is sick and it poses a danger to your landscape (including other flora).

As such, the condition of your tree will influence cost. This is because a sick tree – or one that has been poorly maintained – will often be more difficult to remove than one that has been well looked after.

Safety & Access 


At Affordable Tree Service, one of our main priorities is the safety of both our team members and our clients. Therefore, one of our main considerations when evaluating a tree pruning job (and the associated costs) is the safety equipment required for such things.

This includes things such as:

– whether the tree is easy to get to
– whether additional safety measures have to be implemented
– whether we need additional equipment

Weather & Time of Year

The weather, of course, plays a large part in how efficiently and safely a job can be completed. As such, you may find it influences the cost. For example, if work is done on a bright, sunny day with no risk factors, you may pay less than if it’s done in hazardous or stormy conditions.

You may also find that the seasons and time of year will also influence your cost. For instance, work completed in winter may be more affordable than that completed in the height of summer.

Green Waste Removal 

For many arborists, green waste and pruning is a factor that influences the cost customers like you can expect to pay, and an additional service. With Affordable Tree Service, however, it’s included in your tree pruning service so you won’t even know we were there.


Some trees – especially those on nature strips or that have been defined as an endangered species – cannot be removed without Council approval.

While our qualified professionals have the licensing associated with removing certain trees, it is something we do need to check with Council if there are specific restrictions and requirements we should adhere to.

Additional or Preparation Services

Sometimes, finishing a job professionally and to a high standard requires additional services like stump grinding, land clearing and arborist reports. This will, of course, increase the price you can expect to pay when arranging your professional tree pruning.

Where to Go for Professional Advice 

When you need professional advice you can trust and services completed by qualified arborists with years of experience and a reliable reputation, you can’t go past Affordable Tree Service.

We’re experts in the industry, with the knowledge and qualifications to get the job done efficiently and safely, every time.

To arrange for your professional tree pruning service or request a quote, get in  touch with our experienced team today.

Why Choose a Professional Arborist

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Why Choose a Professional Arborist

So you need to remove some trees from your backyard and are considering doing it yourself. Before you do, read this article.

In the warmer months, it is tempting to try your hand at tree removal and maintenance, but the truth is, it’s not always the best approach.

In this article, we’ll tell you why you should leave tree removal to a professional arborist, and the benefits of doing so.

The Benefits of Choosing a Professional Arborist

There are any number of reasons why you would choose to hire a professional arborist for tree maintenance and removal over attempting it yourself. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common factors.

Licensing & Permits

If you attempt to remove a tree without the appropriate licensing and permits to do so, you may find yourself in hot water with local authorities.

On the other hand, if you hire a professional arborist or tree removal professional (such as those we have on our team at Affordable Tree Service) you don’t have to worry so much about all those nitty-gritty details.


A trained arborist has all the skills and qualifications needed to safely and efficiently remove a tree from your property, and provide advice or solutions on tree maintenance.

This is something that not all home owners – even those who consider themselves au fait with DIY and skilled in the garden – have. A good arborist will know all there is to know about your tree, and the safest and best solution for its removal because we’re trained to recognise these things.

That’s simply knowledge, skills and qualifications you don’t have, which is why it’s best to rely on those with experience.

Safety & Other Regulations

Most homeowners aren’t familiar with the safety restrictions and other regulations involved with the removal of trees. And it can be a dangerous business, with many residents getting themselves into trouble when attempting a job that is out of their league.

That’s why it’s considered good practice to call in the experts when you need to remove a tree from your property.

Trained arborists like us are across every aspect of safety restrictions and regulations so you can be certain your job will be completed in accordance with all local laws and regulations. This is especially the case where safety is concerned.

Diagnosis & Prognosis

This benefit comes back to that same idea that you don’t know what you don’t know. While you may think you know what’s wrong with the tree you’re attempting to remove, that may not always be the case.

When you hire a qualified professional, you get an accurate diagnosis of the issue and a plan for removing your tree, if that’s even what you need to do.

No doubt there are countless instances out there of residents removing a sick tree when they didn’t really need to, and options for treatment instead of removal.

We can also advise you if it’s considered to be an appropriate time to remove the tree under consideration, or whether another season would be preferable for the health of your remaining trees and plants.


Tree removal is not a simple process, and often requires equipment most untrained residents do not have easy access to. By hiring a professional like us, you don’t have to worry about what equipment is required to get the job done.

We come on site ready to go, with all the equipment we need so you don’t have that hassle.

Less Damage & No Clean Up

For all your efforts, you may end up inadvertently damaging the rest of your back yard if you approach the task unprepared or without the assistance of a trained professional.

Our trained professionals complete every tree removal with as little damage to surrounding fauna as possible.

We even take all our waste with us, and give you the opportunity to keep clippings for mulch if that is something you’d like to do.

Time & Money

Over the years at Affordable Tree Service, we’ve seen many residents waste valuable time and money by not hiring a professional for tree removal and maintenance. You may think it’s a wasted expense, but in our experience, the opposite is actually true.

Removing a tree yourself – particularly if this is your first time, or you’re not overly familiar with the task – often ends up costing you a lot of money and time you could have spent elsewhere.

Hiring a professional means that the job will get done efficiently, at the price quoted to you when you first approached them. There’s no risk or surprises involved.

When to Call Affordable Tree Service

If you’ve read this article up to this point then it almost goes without saying. If you’re in the market for a tree removal service complete with trained professionals who know what they’re doing, you need to call the Affordable Tree Service team.

Discover more about why choosing a professional arborist from Affordable Tree Service is the way to go. Contact us today for an obligation-free quote.

Pruning Mistakes to Avoid

Tree Pruning Is More Than Just A Simple Cutting Exercise

Pruning Mistakes to Avoid

Spring is the time to get out in the backyard, but are you pruning your trees correctly?

In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common mistakes DIY gardeners make when pruning their trees, what they should be doing instead, and when to get in touch with the experts at Affordable Tree Service.

Common Pruning Mistakes to Avoid

As the months warm up, we know how tempting it can be to get out in the yard and tidy up those plants or trees that have remained dormant through winter. But before you start the rejuvenation process that is pruning and maintenance, you need to make sure you’re approaching it correctly.

In this section, we’ll discuss some of the most common mistakes clients make, and how to avoid them.

Bad Timing

Timing is everything when you’re talking about maintaining your property, and it’s no less true when it comes to pruning. While you may think Spring is the best time to get those overgrown trees under control, that’s not the case.

If you’ve reached Spring and have yet to do your pruning, you’re actually too late for many trees, most of which thrive when pruned in winter.

That’s why you should always consult with your local nursery or tree maintenance professional at Affordable Tree Service before attempting your pruning.

Bad Technique

Don’t just hack at your trees when pruning them – be delicate and take controlled measures. The three-cut method is often thought to be the most effective and safe when pruning trees.

Wrong Tools

If you want to do your pruning right, you need the right tools. Too many of our customers attempt pruning using the wrong equipment for the job. This results in potential damage to both the tree you are trying to maintain, as well as the trees around it.

Too Much Pruning

It may sound silly, but it is, in fact, possible to over-prune a tree. We’ve seen many trees become sick or die as a result of over-pruning.

And believe us, we understand. The sun comes out one day in winter, or you get a new tree you really love so you become overzealous in its maintenance. But unfortunately, what you may consider to be a little extra TLC could actually harm your tree.

Signs you have unintentionally overpruned a tree include:

  • Slow to grow or flower
  • No growth or flowering
  • Broken or dead branches
  • Too many cuts (wounds) from where it’s constantly been pruned
  • If 25% of the tree has been pruned during usual flowering seasons

It’s important to remember that a new tree usually will not need pruning in its first year of planting. If you’re doing this, you may be doing more harm than good.

Not Recognising Your Limitations

Possibly one of the biggest mistakes we see DIY gardeners make – if not the biggest mistake – is not recognising your limitations.

Too often aficionados like yourself will attempt a tree pruning task that is beyond their capabilities, when the safest and easiest thing to do is call the professionals.

Too many people think they’ll save a few bucks by attempting to prune at heights beyond their reach or with ladders. This is when accidents happen, and it all could have been avoided if you’d just asked for assistance.

When to Call Affordable Tree Service for Help

At Affordable Tree Service, we believe there is no shame in asking for help, and we’re always here to provide it. If you have recognised that your tree pruning job is just too big for you to manage, or you need advice on how to maintain your trees properly, give us a call.

Our staff members live and breathe tree pruning and maintenance solutions that will have your backyard back to brand new in no time. We’re also fully qualified, licenced and insured so you can be certain your tree pruning work will be completed as efficiently and safely as possible, every time.

For assistance in how not to make tree pruning mistakes, or to book an obligation-free consultation, contact our experts today.

Who Can Do Stump Grinding?

Tree Stump Removal & Stump Grinding

Who Can Do Stump Grinding?

Do you have a stump that needs grinding? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

As we prepare for Spring in Queensland, many of you might be wanting to take advantage of the warm weather and spruce up your backyard. But how do you go about grinding a stump, and is it even something you should attempt yourself?

In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between stump removal and stump grinding, why people grind stumps and why we would recommend always contacting an expert for professional advice.

Difference Between Stump Grinding and Stump Removal

Stump grinding and stump removal are processes completed after you’ve cut down a tree. Removal involves removing the stump complete with all the roots, which leaves a big hole in your garden bed. This can be unsightly and a little dangerous.

Grinding, on the other hand, is where professionals grind down a stump so there’s almost nothing left. This allows nature to take over and the stump can decay on its own.

Why Do You Grind a Stump & Is it Something I Can DIY?

Tree stumps are often removed (or in this case) ground down because they are sick, dying or causing major issues in your backyard. If you don’t ground down the stump, you risk poisoning the rest of your property, which may cause even further hassle down the line.

While it is technically possible DIY stump grinding, it’s not something we, as professionals, can advocate.

Why We Wouldn’t Recommend DIY Stump Grinding

As professionals in this industry with years of experience behind us, we at Affordable Tree Service would recommend you never attempt stump grinding yourself or without professional assistance.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you may endanger yourself or others. Additionally, it’s a time consuming process that could prove costly.

When to Contact Affordable Tree Service

If you have a stump ready for grinding, call the team at Affordable Tree Service. We’re fully licensed and insured for all stump grinding, and will come to your property with all the necessary tools and equipment required to complete your job.

We’re committed to safety and will ensure your work is completed efficiently in accordance with all the latest regulations and legislation as they pertain to your area.

When you hire an Affordable Tree Service expert, you know you’ll get the job done right the first time, without all the DIY hassle.

To arrange an obligation-free quote on stump grinding, contact our highly skilled team today.