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Our tree services

At Coastland Arbor Services we offer a professional and comprehensive service covering all areas of tree maintenance, removal and clearing. We have the capacity to tackle any size task, from small pruning jobs, and stumpgrinding through to large tree trimming and removal jobs, as well as private & contract clearing.

Tree maintenance can include anything from deadwood removal, crown & reduction pruning, lift pruning [or crown raise pruning], formative pruning, hazard reduction pruning and directional and corrective pruning. Tree removal jobs can include difficult/dangerous tree removals, confined space removals, as well as stump grinding & excavation or larger-scale clearing operations.

When necessary [particularly in confined spaces or difficult to access areas] we use specially designed, heavy duty, tree rigging equipment. Tree access is gained by our experienced climbers, using rope and harness climbing methods or by the use of E.W.P.s [Elevated Work Platforms, commonly known as cherry pickers].

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Tree Pruning...

Why Prune Trees?

Trees in urban landscape settings are often subject to human and natural disturbances above and below ground, and in need of different forms of maintenance pruning for health and good structure, for aesthetic reasons, or to reduce hazards. 

Pruning can be a major undertaking, to remove heavy or poorly attached branches, or it can be more like fine tuning the appearance by the shaping or removal of dead branches. Timing or methods depend on the species of tree and the purpose of the work, and a thorough knowledge of local species and environments is necessary to determine the best practices. Trees may also require pruning to provide clearance from wires, fences and buildings.

There can be a vast difference between the techniques and practices of professional arborists and those [without adequate training] who simply "trim trees". Some practices of [uneducated] tree workers are considered unacceptable by modern arboriculture standards. One example of an "unacceptable practice is called "topping", "lopping" or "hatracking", when entire tops of trees or main stems are cut off, causing detrimental effects; generally done by cross-cutting the main stem or leaders, leaving big flat topped stubs.

Pruning should only be done with a specific purpose in mind. Every cut is a wound, and every leaf lost is removal of some photosynthetic potential. Proper pruning can be helpful in many ways, but should always be done with the minimum amount of live tissue removed. A well-pruned tree, like a good haircut, at first glance often looks like no work was done at all, even after an arborist has spent many hours removing numerous carefully selected branches.

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Tree Removal...

Why Remove Trees?

Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary and Jeff Jakeman, our experienced, consulting arborist, can help you decide whether or not a tree should be removed. 

Removal is generally only recommended when: the tree is dead or dying; the tree is considered irreparably hazardous; the tree is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning; the tree is crowding and causing harm to other trees, the tree is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen and/or the tree/s need to be removed to allow for new construction, buildings etc.

Jeff and the crew at Coastland Arbor Services have the knowledge, skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove your trees. Where tree felling is not an option due to confined space of other considerations, the tree is dismantled in sections. This operation invloves numerous techniques including the use of ropes and rigging techniques to control the lowering of the removed sections. In extreme circumstances, where the tree is in such a location or condition to make normal techniques for its removal unsuitable, advanced methods are utilised. These include, amongst others, tree removal using Cranes or Elevated Work Platforms.

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Land Clearing & Mulching...

Coastland Arbor Services can help you get the most use and value out of your property. With the latest equipment and knowledgable, courteous staff, we can clear your property quickly and efficiently with minimal impact. Whether you need complete clearing, building site preparation, or understory removal, we can meet your needs. 

By mulching by-products, we are able to provide an environmentally safe and efficient method of meeting your land clearing and improvement needs. The mulch can also be left on-site for re-vegetation purposes, to further improve your property. 

Coastland Arbor Services
provides clearing services for: 

  • Allotment Clearing
  • Commercial and residential developers
  • Vegetation maintenance
    [understorey & selective tree clearing]
  • Preparation of firebreaks & hazardous
    fuel reduction
  • Clean-up operations along ditches,
    irrigation channels, and roads
    [inc. Road widening] 
  • Recreation – Municipal Parks
    & National Parks


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At Coastland Arbor Services, when trees are removed, generally the stump is cut as low as possible to the ground - depending on what the conditions allow. The stump can be chemically treated to prevent regrowth, left higher to make into a feature such as a bird table, left to decay naturally creating a food source for beneficial fungi, or mechanically removed using a stump grinder. [Stumps can also be dug out using an axcavator, if required]. 

At Coastland Arbor Services, we can discuss the various options with you to help you make an informed decision. We have two grinders available. A smaller "pedestrian" grinder, which can access tight, hard to reach areas, and a larger grinder we use for stumps over 750mm in diameter. 

During stump grinding, the stump is ground into a soil/chip mixture with a specialised machine to a average depth of 300mm below the existing soil level, over the width of the trunk cross section. Smaller roots spreading out from the main stump are usually left undisturbed in the soil, while larger spreading surface roots are ground [for example: fig tree roots which may present a trip hazard].

Our larger grinder is powered by an 80 HP diesel engine and can grind to a depth of 600 mm. For extremely large stumps, we can also use our excavator to remove excess mulch which allows the bigger machine to grind the stump out completely. 

In all cases, the  resulting soil/chip mixture is either left tidily at the position of the original stump or removed depending on your requirements. 

 Coastland Arbor Services - 2-6 Kirra Road Maroochy River QLD 4561 - T: 07 5446 6373 - casoffice@bigpond.com

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