The best ways to prevent gum tree limbs being dropped on your house or yard is to monitor the gum trees, and have them selectively pruned when you see the signs. Dangers to look for include; dead or rotting limbs, places where the tree has been topped or lopped in the past (this creates weaknesses in the limbs), or storm damage to your trees caused by wind or other trees. We can recycle your tree branches by turning them into mulch for your garden too.
 
 
PictureTricky Tree Solutions removing a dangerous Silky Oak near Buderim
The Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta) Is not closely related to the true oaks. It is a Grevillea of the Proteaceae family. It is native to the Sunshine Coast and thrives in dry rain-forest environments. Unfortunately this Silky Oak near Buderim on the Sunshine Coast was growing on a lean, dangerously close to a house and had to be removed.

 
 
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This beautiful flowing Banksia is an iconic Native Tree on the Sunshine Coast. You know your on the Sunshine Coast when you see this beautiful native plant growing among coastal heath. It flowers in winter and has foliage all year round. We love admiring our unique native trees on the Sunshine Coast. Tree appreciation is one of the best parts of being an arborist on the Sunshine Coast.

 
 
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We spotted this amazing native olive tree (Olea Paniculata) on a bush walk today. It is a really nice native to have around the yard. And up the top lived a family of staghorns and Orchids. The Sunshine Coast has such a diverse range of native trees. From the incredibly unique and world famous heath bushlands around Coolum, to the lush forests of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

 
 
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An awesome thing about being an arborist is that you see the landscape in a new way. from the same angle as a bird or possum. I love working in Sunshine Coast trees because it is always a beautiful view.

 
 
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It's a nice time of year to spot the flowering Autumn trees and shrubs like the Harpin Banksia (banksia Spinulosa var. collina). The Sunshine Coast has an awesome display of flowing natives.

 
 
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A Swamp Banksia tree (Banksia Robur) in Coolum, Sunshine Coast QLd.

 
 
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Using a cherry picker to reach a difficult gum tree branch in Mount Coolum
 
 
Are you ready for the storm season? have you prepared your trees? What are some things you can do? How can you prevent property damage? Should you attempt to prune dangerous trees?

There are many problems that lead to trees becoming dangerous in a storm. Branches can have double leaders, making them susceptible to weakness. There can be subtle signs of rot in a tree's trunk, leading to structural weakness. An overgrown branch may look healthy, but be too close to a power-line or structure, posing another risk. And then there can be issues that have resulted from bad tree lopping practices in the past.  Tree weaknesses often come as a result of unskillful lopping or topping.

For these reasons, and many more, you should not perform your own tree work on potentially dangerous trees. You should enlist the services of a qualified arborist. Have the overhanging branches trimmed and pruned. Have large or compromised trees removed...preferably before the storm season begins. This will help you to minimise dangers ahead of time.