THE KINDEST CUTS ARBORIST SAYS PRUNING OFTEN ANSWER
CENTRAL Coast arborist Dane Pickering is one of many locals still cleaning up the damage from the ‘superstorm’ that caused widespread destruction across NSW in April.
Founder of Aussie Tree Services, he and his team have been working non-stop to remove branches, clear debris from roofs and repair cracked trees.
“Today is our 38th day in a row,” Mr Pickering said.
“It’s created an influx in work which is positive but from my perspective as an ethical arborist, it’s not good for the environment with the loss of trees.”
He said many residents have adopted a “knee-jerk reaction” that trees are dangerous, calling for large trees around their home to be removed.
“We need to be looking after and maintaining trees rather than cutting them down,” he said. “I try to explain to the customer the benefits of trees and why it might not be necessary to remove it.”
Trees with major structural faults should be cut down but Mr Pickering said it’s often a simple case of pruning. “Keep an eye out for any significant changes – look out for deadwood, unnecessary mushrooms or bracket fungus,” he said.
Founder of Aussie Tree Services, Dane Pickering pruning a tree at The Entrance, Central Coast.