Before & After

             ~Pohutakawa at @192 Oriental Parade~






2011 Before
   2011 After



         ~Pine trees on Wadestown Road~

This site was particularly difficult as it has a very steep bank at the base of the trees, is very close to the main road and has powerlines running underneath the crown. The Pine tree on the right had a large, heavy ivy plant growing up the trunk and into the branches which needed to be removed to tidy up around the base of the tree. The main objective of the tree pruning was to lift the crown to create clearance from the lines and improve the overall shape of the crown. This was achieved by using dismantling techniques that ensured the branch material was managed in a safe and controlled manner. All of the branch material was left in manageable pieces at the base of the bank underneath the trees. It took myself and a groundsmen only two days to complete.


       ~Italian Cypresses on Fergusson Drive~

These Italian Cypresses are some of the tightest, most shapely specimens I have seen in Wellington. I have had the opportunity to work on these trees over a period of three years, clipping them once a year. This has created a very firm shape/structure which has resulted in very little to no fall out of side branches due to wind damage. The crowns are not tied and rely completely on the regular pruning to hold and improve their shape.        The garden path leads out to the Royal Wellington Golf Coarse and I find the combined effect of a well managed garden and the borrowed landscape an incredibly effective way of linking together the two environments.


           ~Oak on Fortification Rd, Seatoun~

This Oak tree is pruned annually to maintain the natural characteristic shape and structure of the crown and to obtain a view of the water. The height was reduced to the previous pruning level and the remaining crown was tidied, thinned and shaped.
















                   ~Ash trees in Flers St, Karori~

These ash trees have been grown into a 'standard' shape which is a round ball  on a strong straight trunk. They require annual maintenance to achieve this desired effect and if they were left, would quickly develop into large trees. The ash trees connect with the garden design through their strong defined shape which compliments the sharp straight lines of the camelia hedge on Karori Road. This result has taken about 5 years of annual pruning to establish the desired shapes/forms and is now managed through regular maintenance.






This Macadamia was pruned back all over to minimize the size and shape of the crown. Its a good example of the golden rule:'keeping a small tree small, rather than trying to make a large tree small'. It was heavily reduced back all over to the existing internal growth. The new form can be managed biennually by removing the new shoot growth back to the newly established shape.

  Follow up maintenance, 3 years later



Photinia, 'Red Robin' Ohiro Rd, Brooklyn. 

With no previous pictures, this effect took many years of careful shaping and forming work to establish a strong mushroom or umbrella shape making it a striking and unique feature within the streetscape.

Gnarly Pine. Mitchell St, Brooklyn.

I had discussed with the client the possibility of pruning and shaping this Pine tree instead of removing it to minimize the overall scope and cost of the project, resulting a highly sculptural Japanese form, transforming it into a significant and dramatic piece of living art!



Lime tree, Karori Rd, Karori.

This large Lime tree on the clients neighbours property was crown lifted to obtain more light into his garden with the added benefit of the more light and improved clearance from the neighbours house. Although this technique is quite basic, it is very effective if the final level of the lower branches is even and balanced. The center of the crown was cleared out of all the dead and twiggy branch material as this area was more prominent after the lower branches were removed. I fell that the pruning work has greatly improved the balance and overall shape of the tree.


Magnolia grandiflora, Puriri St, Lower Hutt

As the name suggests, this type of magnolia can grow to a very large size so the requirement was to give the crown an all over reduction to get a smaller version of the same shape.



Bourgonvillia, Waipapa Rd, Hataitai

This was the first opportunity we have had to trim this large Bourgonvillia and feel that we achieved a fantastic result! It was a very difficult job as it required accessing the climber from tall ladders with long reach trimming tools. The climber was also tied back in several key points were it had lost its support to prevent it from being blown down in high winds. Once the strong arch shape has been established, it should be easier in the future to maintain the shape with regular trimming.




Pollarding is where new growth is cut back annually to a clearly defined level in the tree, creating a strong structural framework.                     This technique has been used for hundreds of years as a way of containing tree growth, to re-invigorate plants, creating sustainable stock for food and fuel. It is important to note that the new growth is cut back to the same point each year forming 'fists' at the ends of the branches. The optimum time to pollard a tree is late winter so that when the first flush of spring growth comes through, it will promote the dormant buds to develop from around the cut branches and pruning cuts. If a tree is pollarded correctly (not just hacked) it will over time develop a strong and defined structure that can become a feature in the landscape.

The advantages of pollarding are: increased leaf size, containment of potentially large trees, prolonged life span, strong structural form. Disadvantages include: more intensive pruning management, compromised structure if regrowth is allowed to develop.

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This Lime tree in Burn St, Karori has developed a strong pollarded structure that the new regrowth is pruned back to every two years.