Aesthetic Tree Maintenance
Dec 1, 2020

In times when staying at home is becoming more common than ever, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a clean and pleasant home – and that includes your front yard. While gardening and trimming plants can be a therapeutic hobby, there are times when we’re just too busy to even take care of them.

That’s when an arborist can become handy. Not only do they keep your garden well-trimmed and clean, but they also make sure that your plant babies will stay upright and healthy all-season.

Your plants have been growing in weird places and were improperly pruned!

Is it too late for you?

You may be dealing with a tree with leaves barring your way in and out of your doorstep, or you may be struggling with a bush that’s “stealing” the light and air to the rest of its surrounding potted plants. If you’re suspecting that your garden has been improperly pruned, know that this can be immediately corrected (in the long run) with the right cuts, thanks to “aesthetic pruning.”


First of all, what is “aesthetic pruning?”

In the countryside, it’s not uncommon to see lots of foliage naturally flourishing along front and back yards. In an urban context, however, things get slightly different, as different soil types and overall environmental conditions require heightened methods of garden and landscape maintenance – even going as far as coining the term “aesthetic pruning.”

In simple words, “aesthetic pruning” embraces the unique and creative representation in the landscaping of shrubs and small trees in an urban context. Since it is a living art form, it celebrates four key aspects – horticulture as a science, the essence of the tree, the pruner’s artistic skills, as well as the needs of the clients and its surroundings.


What should you expect in an “aesthetic pruned” garden?

With a promise of keeping your garden healthier and prettier, a common question arises – does it take longer than traditional pruning? There’s a unique answer to this, and we’ll divide them into two segments.

At first, keeping a garden “aesthetic pruned” would take longer since an arborist initially needs to clean up hack pruning cuts and along with the owner, should make some important decisions on how to keep the trees right on track. If the garden has been properly pruned before, however, this should of course take less time.

In the long run, however, the opposite thing happens – for a good reason. Since aesthetic pruning doesn’t promote the excessive, rapid, and unruly regrowth of trees, shrubs, and plants, pruning trees correctly the next time will definitely take less time on average. Furthermore, its strategic cuts promote longer life for your living landscape elements, resulting in reduced heartache, money, and time on replanting.


Who is responsible for tasks related to aesthetic pruning?

It’s no surprise that someone who specialises in aesthetic pruning is called an “aesthetic pruner,” but did you know that there’s another term for that? Dubbed as an arborist, he specialises in combining various types of cuts to create an aesthetically-pleasing vine, tree, or shrub that matches the surroundings. However, an arborist’s job doesn’t start and end on cutting plants alone; instead, he ensures that the unique features of each plant are observed, revealed, and emphasised.

Why should you hire an arborist?

Of course, everyone likes to have a nice-looking yard with lots of thriving plants – which makes it among the primary reasons you should hire an arborist.

However, did you know that a trustworthy arborist can offer even more than that? Here are three of them:

  1. Improve the overall aesthetic and visual appeal of your garden
    Instead of simply looking “pruned,” the added aesthetic element in “aesthetic pruning” instantly leaves each shrub, tree, and plant looking immediately healthier and more beautiful than before. Chances are, “pruned” gardens are randomly sheared and headed with very little to no regard for the overall resulting appeal of the landscape. This results in blunt cuts that stand out in a way that compromises the overall health and beauty of the foliage.
  2. Keep the health of your trees, shrubs, and plants in prime condition
    Have you heard of the term “mow n goers?” These are basically conventional garden landscape companies that instead of aesthetic pruning, utilise a poor form of pruning known as “lopping.” This process works by removing the outermost and tallest branches of overgrowing trees. While fast and affordable, this process does the bare minimum in reducing excessive bulk – which results in overly bushy plants with very little access to light and air. Eventually, this process encourages pests and diseases, which can, unfortunately, end up killing the subjected plants. This process does not comply with the Australian Standard for pruning trees, and Adelaide Hills Tree Services do not prune in this way.
    With an arborist trained in aesthetic pruning, plants are promised to have better views, light, fruit and flower production, and only functional parts to remain.
  3. Make yourself and your yard safer
    As mentioned, irresponsible pruning can encourage pests, diseases, premature failure and unruly plant growth. However, these effects won’t only put your foliage at risk, but also you and basically anyone who frequently and directly comes in contact with the problematic plants.

Aside from an arborist, is there anyone qualified to “aesthetically prune” trees?

Although basic pruning can be done by anyone, only a certified arborist can certainly do the job well. Since aesthetic pruning requires adequate knowledge on the methods, safety practices, tree physiology, and lots of experience on various tree species as well as the appropriate tools to be used, a certified arborist would be the best people to efficiently carry out these tasks without compromising the rest of your foliage and property.


What should you look for in a “certified arborist?”

Although requirements may differ per state and of course, your own standards as the client, here are six basic requirements you should look for in hiring a certified arborist:

  • A minimum Cert III (preferably Diploma) in Arboriculture or Horticulture
  • Familiarity and efficiency with different climbing methods and equipment
  • Great communication skills
  • Higher knowledge of tree anatomy, tree biology, soil biology, and fertiliser composition
  • Knowledge and skills on the operation of handsaws, chainsaws and secateurs.
  • Legitimate work experience as an arborist and is fully insured for the services they are providing

Upon choosing your preferred certified arborist, here are some of his duties and responsibilities that you need to take note of:

  • Discuss gardening and landscaping needs with the client
  • Evaluate space and soil requirements for new trees
  • Plant new woody plants and trees
  • Identify and treat unhealthy plants and trees
  • Prune tree branches
  • Assess and maintain soil conditions
  • If necessary, apply pesticides
  • Remove unwanted and/or dead trees

Looking for a reputable arborist to kick start your landscape goals?

With lots of visual, health, and safety benefits to watch out for, it’s no surprise that by now, you might be looking for an arborist to kick start your journey towards a prettier and healthier yard. Lucky you if you’re from Aldgate, Hahndorf, Stirling, and other parts of South Australia – you already have a trustworthy garden maintenance company that can not only remove unwanted plants and trees but also keep them healthy and beautiful.

For your gardening and aesthetic pruning needs, make sure to check out Adelaide Hills Tree Services. Contact them, ask for a quote, and have a member of the team visit your property as soon as possible!