• June 4, 2019 in Services, Tips & Advice

    It’s Important to Maintain Tree Stumps in Your Yard, But Which Method is Right for You?

    You may have had a tree fall in your yard or a tree has been cut and a stump has been left behind. Either way, you’re left with two options to ask your professional arborist to; grind the stump down or totally remove the stump. Removing or grinding your tree stump down is essential to improve the aesthetics of your yard, improve sanitation and eliminate trip hazards.

    Stump grinding and stump removal both have their pros and cons and you have to weigh them up to see which is most beneficial for you. If left unattended too long, your tree stump will start to decay attracting pests like termites, beetles and carpenter ants. Contact your local tree lopper in Brisbane today to assist you with your tree stump.

    What are the Differences between Stump Removal and Stump Grinding?

    Tree stump removal eliminates the whole rootball as well as the stump and is carried out with a large excavator with a small 300mm diameter stump would usually require a 5 tonne excavator, while a large 1000mm diameter stump would usually require a massive 20 tonne excavator!  This will leave quite a large hole, but gives you the option to re-plant another tree if you wish or soil can be brought in to fill the hole.  Stump grinding is the process of grinding down the stump to below ground level.  Most stump grinders will grind to about 100mm below ground level while the North Brisbane Trees 115 horsepower machine is able to grind to 550mm below ground level!  

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    Stump Grinding


    • Is a faster, easier and more economical process to complete
    • No gaping hole left to deal with
    • Is environmentally friendly
    • The stump grindings can be used for mulching (improving health and fertility of your soil)


    • The roots may re-sprout. This is extremely uncommon and will usually only happen on very large trees such as fig trees that haven’t been grinded to a sufficient depth. Unfortunately this is an only to common practice by many operators in this industry

    Stump Removal


    • The stump and entire and rootball will be completely removed leaving no decaying process
    • You can replant another tree straight away or cover the hole over
    • No health hazards from pests or the decaying process


    • Will take longer to remove
    • Is a more difficult and expensive process
    • You will be left with a big hole after removal

    How Long Does it Take for a Stump to Rot?

    If you decide not to use a professional stump grinding service and have a tree stump left in your yard, it can take anywhere from 3-25 years to totally decompose. It depends on your local environment and the type of tree, with softer woods taking less time and harder woods sometimes taking as twice as long. Ask your local arborist to cut the tree stumps as low as possible, if you want to decrease the time it takes to rot.

    Whether you decide on stump grinding or stump removal, make sure you consult professional tree loppers in Brisbane to get their expert advice. Both methods have their pros and cons, but each one will dramatically improve the look and health of your outdoor space.

  • May 28, 2019 in News, Services

    Know how to Spot a Dangerous Tree, to Avoid Damage to Your Property and Your Family!

    Trees are beautiful masterpieces of mother nature and create beautiful visual appeal in your yard. Some species of tree live for 40-50 years but some like the Bristlecone Pine are said to live for up to 5000 years! This of course depends largely on the environment around them and if they get the care and nutrients they need.

    If you live in an area that is prone to thunderstorms, tornados, hurricanes or cyclones this can greatly increase the risk of broken, falling branches and even loosening of the tree roots. Also trees with known weaker roots and softer wood are more prone to being a fall risk.
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  • February 26, 2019 in News, Services

    Embankment and soil stabilisation on steep slopes

    It’s not just tree lopping the North Brisbane Trees team do…check out this EXTREME PLANTING!!

    A regular customer of ours in Samford Valley had just had a dam constructed and had spoken with 3 other landscapers in Brisbane regarding the soil stabilisation of the 45 degree dam wall.

    Unforunately, he couldn’t find a contractor willing to take on the job due to the steepness of the slope and the associated safety risks to staff. Cue, North Brisbane Trees.
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  • January 9, 2019 in Action, Services

    WATCH THIS: 5 arborists in action at the same time!

    A few months ago we experienced a new first for the North Brisbane Trees team.

    We were completing a very large land clearing job and for the first time we had FIVE of our experienced Arborists all climbing at the same time! Read More >

  • December 1, 2018 in Action, Services

    VIDEO: removal of storm damaged gum tree

    Check out this tree removal video of a gum tree that was damaged by a recent storm.

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  • August 8, 2018 in Services

    BEFORE & AFTER: removal of Canary Island Date Palm Tree

    What do you do when you need to have a massive 20 tonne Canary Island Date Palm tree removed from your backyard?

    You call the best palm tree removalists in the business! (call 07 3289 3610!)

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  • August 4, 2018 in Services

    BEFORE & AFTER: Removal of 4 large Tallowwood trees

    Here are some before and after shots of one of our tree removal jobs.

    We removed 4 large Tallowwoods (Eucalyptus Microcorys) at Cedar Creek.

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  • April 4, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Arborist or Tree Lopper – What’s the difference?

    “Arborists and Tree Loppers are all the same, aren’t they? What’s in a name?”  When it comes to Arboriculture, quite a lot: training, skills, knowledge, experience to name but a few.  An Arborist has undertaken training and studies that focus on trees and plants from a health and safety perspective.  When you engage qualified Arborist, you are getting the wealth of this training and experience to provide you with advice on what to do now and how this will affect your trees in the future. Read More >

  • February 27, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Should home septic treatment system sprinklers be located close to large trees?


    Unless you want your septic system to be overrun with roots, blockages and potential damage to the pipes.  The nutrient rich wastewater would only encourage the trees roots system to grow at a faster rate than normal which can cause problems.  Depending on what pathogens or chemicals are used in your septic system you also have the potential to negatively impact your trees.

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  • January 8, 2018 in Services, Tips & Advice

    Tree Lopping – a definition

    When people need a tree to be removed, they usually search in Google for ‘tree removal’ but they also look for ‘tree lopping‘. They’re not quite the same thing (we’ll explain why) but people often use them interchangeably. So let’s look at the word LOP and see what it means. Read More >