cardinia shire | Dandenong Ranges, Belgrave, Mt Evelyn Tree Removal and Lopping

Tree Lopping, Removal, Pruning and Mulching in the Dandenong Ranges

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Having trouble with trees growing too big? This customer did. These were planted not that long ago, and quickly grew to an unmanageable size. Our Cockatoo Tree Removal service was called in to help fix the problem.

Cockatoo Tree FellingThe small trees we felled in Cockatoo were just the right size to fit into the backyard. When falling trees it is really important to understand where they are leaning, and how the tree will behave as it departs the stump.

On many of the trees I fell today, I used rope and tackle to ensure that in the event of a mistake, or failure in the hinge, the tree would still fall in the intended direction. Ensuring that good distance is made from the tree by the use of escape routes is essential. Cockatoo, like Emerald, Avonsleigh, Clematis, Belgrave and other towns in Cardinia Shire – has a vast mix of tree species. Sometimes the tree can be felled, other times the tree must be climbed and lopped.

We had another emergency tree removal job today. A small tree had uprooted from the ground and was leaning out over the neighbours house and water tanks in Mt Evelyn.
Mt Evelyn is in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, not far from

  • Monbulk
  • Silvan
  • Montrose
  • Wandin
  • Kalorama

We couldn’t tell what exactly was holding the tree up – obviously it was branches, but by themselves they were not really strong enough to hold the tree in place.

The main priority on these kinds of jobs is getting the tree stabilised so it can fall no further. During the main storm damaged tree season, this can be difficult to achieve; it is darker sooner, often wet or rainy making everything heavier and more slippery to handle. In this particular case we had two strong high points, reasonably close to the tree that was tipping out of the ground. We also had enough daylight left to make the job not require extra lighting. There are some photos of the tree being rigged up and stabilised.

If you need help with trees that cannot be done by emergency tree services such as CFA or SES, we have the equipment and expertise to stabilise the tree.

  • Storm Damaged Trees
  • Emergency Tree Service
  • Confined Space Removals
  • Complex Tree Rigging
  • Stabilisation and Sectional Dismantling

If you need a quote for your trees call 03 5968 8041 or 0428 383 677.

Lopping down a tree in Upper PakenhamCardinia Shire is where Sherbrooke Tree Service is based, servicing the surrounding shire councils like Yarra Ranges.

Tree lopping and maintenance on rural properties is quite common for us. The range of works is everything from pruning, weight reduction, canopy thinning and trimming, through to large scale tree removals, lopping, cutting and felling.

The job we completed last week in Upper Pakenham was for a semi-rural property needing a fence line cleared of trees. Under the 10/30 tree removal laws set out by DSE, we were able to move along the fence line removing problem trees, and pruning trees that satisfied the owners needs.

Managing the trees land owners have is preferable over large removals, as they form important wind breaks and green corridors. Our experience in clear fell logging allow us to easily handle large volumes of tree removals, however we always encourage careful consideration when performing drastic changes to the vegetation – once they’re gone you can’t put them back up again!

On this particular job, the land owner was happy to do the clean up, however we also provide tree clean-up services such as mulching and stacking for fire heaps.

Removed a few trees at a property in Cockatoo earlier this week. One of the trees we lowered in one big piece.

The tree was a reasonably small tree, leaning over a house. With a suitable high point, it can often be more efficient to set large lines and lower the tree in a single piece.

It is safer because the climber spends less time in the tree, ground staff are not obligated to be underneath works.

This kind of rigging is fairly typical of tree work, especially in situations where simply falling the tree isn’t an option.

A major part of our business is advance stabilisation work for customers that have suffered storm damage or sudden branch failure.

We have an armada of heavy lifting, winches and technical rigging equipment to service trees that pose an immediate hazard to life or property.

After heavy wind and rain, trees can often fail in a variety of places. In most cases these are an expected part of the forest life cycle.

Unfortunately, other times these may be a significant asset or feature to a home owner.

When the tree fails, often the home owner will need to assess the hazards and potential costs of further degeneration.

While these decisions are being made, any immediate hazards needs to neutralised so that decisions are not made under pressure and haste.

We have access rigging devices such as heavy blocks and tackles, jacks, cables, zero stretch ropes, lowering devices through to cranes, helicopters, excavators, harvesters.

Had a job last week where a 70 feet tall dead tree had fallen into another tree over the top of a shed. I snapped a photo with my phone I descended onto it to work.

Looking down onto the uprooted tree over the shed.

After setting a large lowering line in another tree, I abseiled onto the tree below and tied it slightly back from the lowering centre point. This would ensure that as the tree is lowered the attachment point doesn’t shift too far ahead.

I then sent another line opposing the direction the tree will move as it loads up on the top line. This allows me to avoid shock loading the system, and complete control over where the tree goes. Another risk in shock loading the tree was the entire tree could possible snap in half as all its weight is put on one part. Gentle is best.

I then cut and lowered on branches that would affect the tree being lowered. After putting significant pre-load on the lowering device I positioning myself above the tree I was lowering, used a pinch-bar to lever it off the tree it was sitting on.

Then working the two ropes simultaneously lower the tree down.

Looking between the tree's and the corner of the shed: The tree was lowered in between with absolute control.

The photo above is looking down from the top of the trunk, showing the tight squeeze where the tree was lowered.

By using efficient rigging techniques, this job was done in just over an hour. Achieving the same outcome using a travel tower would have taken significantly longer and in this situation been more expensive.

We provide advanced tree climbing and tree rigging services to other tree companies and work throughout Cardinia Shire, including Cockatoo, Emerald, Avonsleigh, Macclesfield and Gembrook.

The four wheel drive tracks throughout Bunyip State Forest were affected by the Bunyip Ridge fire. A large number of hazard trees were assessed alongside the track and were marked for removal.
In October/November 2009, Sherbrooke Tree Service was engaged to open these tracks before the recreational four wheel drive season started.

Aside from the tricky access issues on the four wheel drive tracks, all the works went to plan and the trees were safely removed.

Fire damaged tree over the car park is trimmed with a travel tower

Felling a dead tree across the track

Felling a dead tree across the track

The walking track to the waterfalls needs trees removed

Another one leaves the stump

Aside from removing trees already blocking the track, trees that were going to block the track later were also removed

Trees that had asthetic or habitat importance were pruned and left

Trees marked for removal may have been affected by nearby trees

The intense fire killed many trees. Due to the intense heat very few of these will recover, however the forest is already showing signs of coping

Dead tree over popular 4WD pull over area is removed

Bunyip Ridge in Cardinia Shire had harsh fires that created many natural hazards

Excavator 302.5
The newest employee of Sherbrooke Tree Service has arrived.

Our new excavator arrived just before Christmas. This will be used primary for the tree lopping and track maintenance work we do in Cardinia Shire and Yarra Ranges Shire. The excavator has a log grab, or ‘beck’, that is used to grab hold of logs and trees to reduce our handling time. During the fire clean up post Black Saturday, machines like this were invaluable for crews in handling large trees and branches. The excavator will have an angle grinder attachment in the near future, which will make large metal cutting a lot easier.

This excavator will also save a lot of the back breaking work involved in track clearing and track maintenance – another service which we provide as part of our tree hazard reduction in high visitation areas.

Used in tandem with our Lucas Mill, moving logs in and out of the processing area will be a lot simpler too!

Mt Evelyn Tree Service

A short video of some of the work we do as Mt Evelyn Tree Service, where we use tree felling and tree removal techniques to fell the head of this tree out.If you’re having trouble with trees growing too close to your house, or are worried about the potential a storm damaged trees tipping out onto your property, call us and we’ll quote on removing your tree.

We have specialist equipment for working in the tall trees located throughout the Dandenong Ranges, one of the tools is the motorised winch or the odysee pm which you can see in use at the start of this video.
This great tool enables us to work very efficiently in large and tall trees.