Our Services

With over 20 years experience in all aspects of domestic and commercial tree care, we are here to offer you a professional, friendly, efficient and careful service. We want you to be sure you have chosen the right company to work with you so please take a moment to read what our customers have to say about us by visiting our testimonials page.

If you need any of the following services on a domestic or commercial basis, we are here to help.

Crown Thinning

Branches are removed from within the tree crown in order to make it uniformly less dense. The natural shape of the tree is completely unaffected but the ‘Sail Effect’ (wind resistance) is reduced and more light allowed to filter through. This procedure is usually stipulated in terms of a percentage (rarely more than 30%).

Crown Lifting

Increasing the gap between ground level and the crown. This is normally achieved by removing the lowest branches, of the crown, to a specified height.


Causing a tree  to fall under control by carefully making a series of cuts at the base of the trunk.

Sectional Felling

Carefully dismantling a tree in small sections. This operation is usually undertaken using heavy duty rigging equipment, lowering ropes and skilled branch removal techniques.

Dead Wooding

The removal of dead or dying branches usually for safety and aesthetics. Larger dead branches can be safely retained (in order to provide habitat for birds and insects)
by reducing their length and weight.

Hedge Trimming

Hedges of any size can be topped and trimmed to your specific dimensions. We offer an annual/biannual trimming service to help ensure that hedges are contained within
their designated growing area.

Veteran Tree Management

Veteran trees are ancient specimens in the final stage of their life. Because of their old age they provide us with significant biological, aesthetic and cultural interest.
The vitality of veteran trees is normally slowing and they are frequently in a dangerous condition. As a result the temptation is often to remove them.  However, with careful planning and ongoing management can help you safely preserve your old trees in an attractive state. One of the most recent developments in veteran tree management, that we try and employ at Cairns Tree Surgery where possible, is the use of Natural Fracture Techniques (NFT).  NFT’s are pruning cuts that mimic the jagged edges characteristically seen on broken branches following storm damage. As well as looking more natural than conventional pruning cuts they provide wonderful habitat for a myriad of fungi, insects and birds whilst removing any structural weakness.

Formative Pruning

The formation of a healthy stem and branch framework in very young trees. Achieved by carefully selecting and removing diseased wood, congested and rubbing branches and weak branch unions. Correct formative pruning can dramatically reduce the chances of structural weakness and branch failure as the tree matures.

Stump Removal

Either by ‘grubbing out’ by hand (if the stump is small enough), employing a stump grinding machine (if the stump is large) or poisoning the stump and allowing it to slowly decay over time. All pruning cuts comply to modern arboriculture principles which limit, as much as possible, the impact of tree surgery on tree health.

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