Tips & Advice

  • 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.

  • September 24, 2018 in News, Tips & Advice

    How to avoid paying hefty fines for tree removal

    Tree removals and tree lopping are best carried out by professionals with strong knowledge and public liability insurance.

    They should also only be done with local council approval and permission. But as these 2 residents found out, the price to pay is heavy when you act without proper approvals. Read More >

  • 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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  • February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    How to pack a storm emergency kit

    One of the best ways to weather any storm is to firstly be prepared for the storm. After you’ve followed our 5 ways to be storm ready, you will need to ensure you have a storm emergency kit packed for whenever a storm hits. Read More >

  • February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    5 ways to be storm ready this storm season in Brisbane

    Storms may be spectacular but they can also be quite devastating. South East Queensland and Brisbane are no strangers to storms and although we enjoy most of the year storm free, it’s important to be prepared for storm season. It’s the main season for property damage and it’s also important to keep your family and pets safe! Read More >

  • January 22, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    How to get free native plants in Brisbane

    Did you know you can get free plants for your property? Brisbane City Council has a Free Native Plants Program that seeks to promote and foster local flora and fauna and it also boosts forestry across Brisbane City. Read More >

  • January 21, 2018 in Tips & Advice

    Get 4 free native plants if you live in these Brisbane suburbs

    Did you know you can get 4 native plants from Brisbane City Council absolutely free?

    It’s part of Council’s Free Native Plants Program and is a special offer from Council to make it that bit more easier to grow your garden and beautify your property. 

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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 >

  • December 15, 2017 in Services, Tips & Advice

    What is an Arborist Report?

    An Arborist Report documents the findings from a tree assessment which is conducted by a Certified Arborist (AQF Level 5).

    Craig Bauer, the director of North Brisbane Trees is a Cert 5 Qualified Arborist (Dip Arb) and can compile an Arborist Report as and when required. Read More >