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What Are the Best Tools to Trim Trees? Your Guide to a Perfect Garden

Summer in New Zealand brings with it the lush growth of gardens, and it’s the perfect time to consider the health and aesthetics of your trees. At Tree King, while we handle the tougher tasks like large limb removal and aerial pruning, we also know many of you love getting hands-on in your gardens. Here’s a guide to the best tools for tree trimming, ensuring you do the best for your trees and yourself.

  • Secateurs: The Precision Artist’s Choice

A must-have in any gardener’s toolkit, secateurs are ideal for precise, clean cuts. Essential for quality pruning, they’re perfect for those unsure about how a tree might react to trimming. Limited to cuts up to 15mm, they offer a low-risk way to maintain your trees. We suggest investing in professional-grade secateurs, available for under $60 – a small price for a tool that can significantly enhance your pruning efficiency.

  • Loppers: Your Go-To for Larger Cuts

When you need to go a bit bigger than secateurs, loppers are your best friend. They offer a nice, clean cut and are excellent for branches that are just a bit too thick for secateurs. Opt for non-ratcheting ones for a lighter, faster, and more user-friendly experience.

  • Terrain:

The nature of the terrain can also affect the cost. Steep or uneven terrain may necessitate the use of a smaller-than-ideal machine, thereby increasing the time and effort required for removal.

  • Hand Saws: The Ultimate Precision Tool

For almost any size of branch, a good hand saw is indispensable. “Silky” brand saws are renowned for their longevity and precision. They’re an investment for life, with replaceable or sharpenable blades. Most of our arboricultural pruning is done with a silky handsaw, as they encourage more thoughtful, less excessive cutting and offer a cleaner cut than chainsaws.

  • Chainsaws: Leave it to the Professionals

Chainsaws are powerful tools best left to professional arborists, especially for off-the-ground work. The risk of injury and potential tree damage is high for inexperienced users. When it comes to chainsaws, it’s always safer and more effective to call in the experts.

  • Hedge Trimmers: Perfect Your Topiary

Hedge trimmers are excellent for shaping hedges and topiary. With practice, anyone can become proficient. However, large hedges can be dangerous to trim alone. For smaller hedges, regular DIY trimming can maintain quality and shape. Electric trimmers from brands like Stihl or Husqvarna are great choices, eliminating the need for fuel mixing.

A Note on Tool Quality

Remember, the quality of your tools can greatly influence your gardening experience. Investing in professional-grade tools from specialist suppliers is often worth the cost for the durability and efficiency they provide.

At Tree King, we’re always here to assist with the more challenging aspects of tree care. If you’re ever in doubt or need professional help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy gardening, and let’s make the most of this beautiful summer!

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    "We were given a quote quickly after I made the initial enquiry with Tree Kings. The guys turned up on time, pruned our trees well and removed all foliage. I’m very happy with the outcome and would recommend"

    5
    Isla
    May 2022
    NoCowboys

    "I found John and his staff very efficient and pleasant to deal with. They arrived on time and completed the cutting of my tree's ,which were very tall and surrounded three quarters of my quite large section. Plus they chopped them all up and took them away. I also found that the cost was less than another contactor had quoted me. I definitely wound recommend Tree King." 

    5
    Irene
    May 2022
    NoCowboys

    "Seemed like a good company so bought some mulch. Best thing was the communication which was superb. Got back to my enquiry promptly and kept me in the loop with regards to delivery times. This they did on time with little fuss. If I am able to get more mulch I will certainly use Tree King again." 

    5
    Kelly
    April 2022
    NoCowboys

    "We had previously used Tree King and found their service very satisfactory so again asked Luke for a quote which he promptly provided but advised that it could be six weeks before the job could be done. However a cancellation allowed the job to be fitted in yesterday. John's team turned up on time and quickly got underway. They again did a fantastic job completely to our satisfaction." 

    5
    John
    April 2022
    NoCowboys

    "We have used Tree King for trimming and maintaining our gardens large collection of small and large oak, olives, titokis and other trees for several years. They are always 100% wonderful at their work, delightful and skilled arborists, who not only always do a perfect job, but also spend lots of time checking we are happy and do a fantastic clean up afterwards. I can totally recommend Tree King, always a pleasure to deal with, and very efficient too." 

    5
    Clare
    April 2022
    NoCowboys

    "In today's climate of everyone wanting trees cut down, we were told of an eight-week turnaround, however, the team were able to fit us in to do most of the job. The stump grinding was left until after the long weekend. Andrew turned up today, to complete the job. All in all, a very competent team and a job very well done! Cheers Stephen" 

    5
    Stephen
    April 2022
    NoCowboys

    "Great service and awesome communication. Very reliable and turned up when they said they would!" 

    5
    Leianda
    April 2022
    NoCowboys

    "Can’t fault the team - great communication, fantastic work ethic, punctual and went above and beyond what was expected. They also cleaned and tidied up the area after the work was completed. " 

    5
    Margaret
    January 2022
    NoCowboys

    "Very quick responses to initial contact through to completion and invoicing. Particularly impressed with the tidy up considering how wet it was. Many Thanks" 

    5
    Tom
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "This is the second time I've used Tree King and again they did a great job. Communication from the start is good, The guys on site were great, they checked through what needed to be done and got on with it quickly. Great clean up after. No hesitation in recommending this business, they are a pleasure to deal with." 

    5
    Julia
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Punctual and followed their quote in detail. Tidied up afterwards. Very satisfied." 

    5
    David
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Luke & his team did a superb job cutting our enormous bamboo hedge. Highly recommend."

    5
    Catherine
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Luke was great! Quick with the quote and professional. Quote itself was very reasonable. Work was done to high standard and in a excellent time frame. Awesome Job Thanks!"

    5
    Paul
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Luke and team did an excellent job pruning our large tree away from power lines and our house into a great natural looking shape. They also cleaned up properly! Their communication was great and quoting was super easy. Great operators - highly recommended. " 

    5
    Oliver
    December 2021
    NoCowboys

    "A brilliant job done removing two hideous old date palms! The lads were so careful of the surrounding trees, got rid of the palms in double-quick time, and left the area beautifully tidy. So polite and arrived on schedule. Can thoroughly recommend Tree King." 

    5
    Margaret
    November 2021
    NoCowboys

    "We have used Tree King 3 times over recent years. They do a brilliant job. Great communication from Luke, the Office and the guys doing the job. Technically highly competent. Punctual, courteous, clean up everything well and a competitive price ."

    5
    Grant
    November 2021
    NoCowboys

    "The lads did a great job, trimming a large hedge and pruning olive trees. Cleaned up thoroughly afterwards. Communication was excellent. Highly recommended." 

    5
    Schalk
    November 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Sent a fully vaccinated crew who did a great job." 

    5
    Rhys
    November 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Brilliant service, fast, efficient arrived earlier on the day. Large palm removed and no mess left whatsoever. Thank you. You will be back. ????" 

    5
    Colin
    November 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King do what they say they will do. Great job." 

    5
    Glenys
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "These guys were fantastic.... on time, efficient and cleaned up beautifully. Highly recommend them, will definitely be getting them to do our other property." 

    5
    Delwynne
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Very pleased with work and the price. Turned up on time and we’re a pleasure to deal with." 

    5
    Bob
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "These guys were fantastic. Came when they said they would, did an amazing job and left everything incredibly tidy. Would definitely recommend and use again." 

    5
    Joan
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent communication. Very good service and consultation during the process leading to a very satisfactory outcome. Mulch and firewood a bonus! "

    5
    Jenny
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Amazing job, great price I was scheduled the day after lockdown commenced. I was contacted and rescheduled once in L3 and commenced without a hitch Great clean up " 

    5
    Mary
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Great job and cleaned up really well after a big hedge cutting job."

    5
    David
    October 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Great crew, polite, willing, knowledgeable and happy in their work They were constantly checking their work and did a superb job. Would highly recommend " 

    5
    Lynley
    September 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Another excellent job by Tree King. Punctual, tidy, friendly, reasonable price, followed my instructions to the letter. Will continue to use them." 

    5
    Ann
    September 2021
    NoCowboys

    "We asked Tree King to prune some large trees on our boundary and to remove the two outer ones. They were prompt efficient and extremely tidy. Highly recommend them to anyone. " 

    5
    Patricia
    September 2021
    NoCowboys

    "They do what the say and are really practical. Will knock on your door even if there is a slight change of plans to make sure you fine with it all." 

    5
    Edward
    August 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Fantastic - really professional. Have used them many times and will continue to use them in the future."

    5
    Naomi
    August 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King was asked to prune our olive trees. They did a fantastic job. The trees were all neatly cut to the same height and the cuttings were cleared away without scratching the outside tiles or plaster walls. The men were all very pleasant and easy to talk to. I will definitely be using Tree King again."

    5
    Meg
    August 2021
    NoCowboys

    "I've used these guys 6 times over 5 years. Never had any issues. Super quick. Great service. " 

    5
    John
    August 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Brilliant bunch of guys, great attitude, service and skills."

    5
    Mark
    July 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service from this crew. "

    5
    Bryan
    July 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Everything was timely and smooth from the beginning to the end. Work done as quoted, friendly and respectful staff. Would definitely use them again. "

    5
    Jimin
    June 2021
    NoCowboys

    "My neighbour suggested this company to me. They arrived on time, did a great job, tidied up afterwards and were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommend."

    5
    Caroline
    May 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Trimming high hedges done well and tidily."

    5
    Ron
    May 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Luke was excellent at recording the work that needed to be done and giving me a quote and the team who undertook the removal of palms and trimming of trees were very professional and did an excellent job. 10/10 for teamwork. Would use Tree King for any future tree trimming etc.."

    5
    Richard
    May 2021
    NoCowboys

    "These guys were amazing, what would have taken me a week, they had done in a couple of hours. Tidied up after themselves and were very careful around the property." 

    5
    Neil
    May 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Can't say enough about these guys Totally professional, efficient, clean up after themselves and nice guys to boot! Did I mention a reasonable price? Highly recommended."

    5
    Mike
    May 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Tree king team is amazing. They accommodated our job quickly and did a fantastic job. Quite happy with their work. The site was clean and tidy and did exactly what was expected." 

    5
    Ana
    April 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Luke and the team have been excellent! we have used them twice now over the last couple of weeks and would recommend them to anyone needing stump grinding or tree work done,great communication and always on time and they did a fantastic job . thanks again. "

    5
    Derek
    March 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Another brilliant job from these guys , professional safe work great clean up and couldn’t do enough for you.I would get these guys anytime."

    5
    Peter
    March 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Fantastic job. Very impressed with professionalism. Site was left perfectly clear and clean. "

    5
    Tracey
    March 2021
    NoCowboys

    "The Tree King team did a fabulous job. They gave great advice, communicated well & left our place looking wonderful by removing the rubbish fully & putting the things they had moved back in place. Awesome job done "

    5
    Jim
    March 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service and great job Tidied up afterwards including the swimming pool Very impressed Nice guys "

    5
    Tanya
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Wow what a great experience hassle free and did an amazing job. Left the place so tidy afterwards. Great communication would highly recommend for any tree work you need doing. Also they arrived earlier than they had said. How often does that happen?"

    5
    Joy
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Needed an arborist at short notice as going to market to sell the property. Tree King moved our job forward due to a cancellation and revealed the sea view before photos were taken. Good communications throughout. The work. was excellent by the service professional. Highly recommended." 

    5
    Grant
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "We had our hedge removed and trees trimmed by Tree Kings. Not only were they punctual and quick, they did such a good clean up job, you wouldn't have thought they had been! Would definitely recommend"

    5
    Rayma
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Very happy with our experience. They provided the quote quickly and completed the work exactly as promised, even working around a large obstacle in our backyard. This is our second time using Tree King and will continue to use them in the future."

    5
    Krystal
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent timeliness, manner and quality of work. Locked these guys in to manage our tree cutting and hedges going forward."

    5
    Ray
    February 2021
    NoCowboys

    "James and his team are very considerate of planning timing for the job, highly efficient and professional to get the work done, completion with tidy-up to details. showing respect to customer and customer's need. Thanks"

    0.5
    Alvin
    November 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Luke & Team have done a fantastic job in the removal of some big trees from our property. They were very professional, efficient and the quality of their work was outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending their services -100% guaranteed"

    5
    Pete
    November 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Great work, very professional and super knowledgeable."

    5
    Kay
    October 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Once again a great job. Very easy to work with. As long as our trees keep growing we’ll be calling them for their expertise. "

    5
    Graeme
    October 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The Tree King guys did an excellent job again for us. Very quick, very professional and pleasant."

    5
    Julie
    October 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Tree Kings spent a day bringing light and space into my overgrown garden without compromising the overall green canopy. An excellent professional operation with superb clean up. Lovely people to deal with! I will use them again."

    5
    Christine
    August 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Really good job done, the trees all look much better and lighter. The clean up after was excellent. Definitely having them back next year"

    5
    Zenia
    August 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Pleasantly surprised, after negative experiences with other operators. Will definitely continue to use, and recommend Tree King. Thanks for a great job, and cleaning up well on completion" 

    5
    Wayne and Eileen
    August 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Great work by Luke and his team. Everything done perfectly in time and great people to deal with. Thanks guys will be happy to work with you again."

    5
    Christiano
    July 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Luke and his team did a great job trimming some trees. From initial response through to tidy-up, done in a professional and friendly way. Happy to recommend them to anybody requiring tree services." 

    5
    Greg
    July 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The team members from Tree King were punctual, polite and obliging. They were very professional and safety conscious. They did a really excellent job of removing a big dead sheoak tree on the common driveway to nine households. Will recommend to anyone who requires a tree removal service."

    5
    Weng
    July 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The team undertook to trim the trees on the boarder of our property and grind a number of stumps. The work was completed to a high standard and I would be happy to use them again."

    5
    Andy
    July 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King team were punctual, polite, friendly, obliging and safety conscious. The site was left tidy and nearby small trees and plants were unharmed during the removal of our 25 year-old elm. Cherise, the office manager was efficient and friendly too. Thank-you Tree Kings." 

    5
    Judy
    July 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The three guys who came to trim the trees were excellent. Would have no problem promoting your company and I know you had two people call in and ask for a price to do their job. Great guys great job thanks again"

    5
    Lynette
    June 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service. This is the second time we have had Tree King work at our property and they are always friendly, professional and reasonably priced. "

    5
    Hayley
    June 2020
    NoCowboys

    "We have used Tree King for several years to complete regular tree pruning, hedge cutting, and shrub trimming at our property. They listen to our instructions, but equally give advice as they have expertise. The team completes the job to a high standard. We recommend their services without hesitation." 

    5
    David
    May 2020
    NoCowboys

    "This is the second time we have used Tree King and they did a great job trimming our trees. Luke is very professional with his quoting, and the two arborists were very helpful, knowledgable and friendly. They left our property very clean and tidy. Most happy with their work." 

    5
    Wendy
    May 2020
    NoCowboys

    "I can happily recommend Tree King- I have employed tree trimming services several times. Always prompt, polite and professional." 

    5
    Ruth
    May 2020
    NoCowboys

    "I have used Luke and the guys twice now and been very happy with the job and the service both times. I recommend Tree king." 

    5
    Alan
    April 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The guys and trimmed some trees on our property, very professional got the job done quickly and removed all the foliage. Will definitely be using next time. Thanks Luke and team at Tree Kings." 

    5
    Maria
    March 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King have just completed their 5th job with us and as always very easy to deal with, excellent communication, completed on time meaning our civil contractor wasn't held up. Many thanks from NFK."

    5
    Nathan
    March 2020
    NoCowboys

    "2nd time using Tree King and again they were excellent to deal with-quote then job done at exactly the time they said. Trees topped and mulched and clean up amazing. Would never use another company so can thoroughly recommend."

    5
    Jenny
    February 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Great job, very overgrown trees throughout property and the job was efficient from quote through to end of job. Very easy to deal with, reliable and cleaned up! Would recommend for any job. " 

    5
    Aimee
    February 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Brilliant Job. They arrived on time The Guys were very help full and polite., Would recommend them 100%" 

    5
    Steve
    January 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Great friendly communication and reliable time-wise. Had several biggish trees and others to be felled or trimmed. Very professionally done with no damage done to anything around them (houses and cars etc)."

    5
    Graeme
    January 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Got a couple of quotes and Tree King were much more favourable. Work was booked and completed exactly as requested, a really nice job done of trimming back trees but also shaping nicely, and a total clean up afterwards. Highly recommend these guys and will use them again."

    5
    Sarah
    January 2020
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service from the Tree King team. Crew was on time, efficient, polite and considerate of neighbours in a shared drive. Competitive price and great communication." 

    5
    Lynne
    January 2020
    NoCowboys

    "The work was well done last week. Recommend their workmanship and timing.- Tony." 

    5
    Tony
    October 2019
    NoCowboys

    "From contacting Tree King to finished job, exceptional communication by Luke, and excellent job done by his team. Delighted and will use again and recommend to friends." 

    5
    Jenny
    October 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Great job, Luke scoped the job (1 x 10% cut on large oak surrounding the house under consent). Cut down an additional free in the front. The two gentlemen were well mannered, on time, and worked hard. Thanks again to the team at Tree King."

    5
    Tim
    October 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Luke turned up on time and gave helpful advice and an estimated quote on the spot. Then a week later the guys turned up as agreed to do the work. They were punctual, polite, communicated well throughout the job and cleaned up to a high standard. " 

    5
    Suzannah
    October 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King was fantastic to work with, extremely prompt with quote and work completed. Section left very clean and tidy. Loved the offer of free native plant to replace tree removed." 

    5
    Ngaire
    October 2019
    NoCowboys

    "A variety of trees needed trimming. Their quote was very good. The team turned up on time and carried out the work in a very professional manner. The clean up finished the job completely to my satisfaction. I will look to using them again in the future. "

    5
    John
    September 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service and an excellent job. We have used Tree King for several years now and always found them to be helpful, reliable and friendly. They have always been punctual, give great advice, do a great job and clean up beautifully before leaving." 

    5
    Jan
    September 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Tree King are just the best to deal with, fantastic job, highly recommended!! Thanks guys." 

    5
    Philip
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Luke and the team were fantastic. They gave a thorough written quote and prompt service and the boys that did the job did a fantastic job of trimming the trees. They checked during and after that we were happy with the work and were lovely to deal with. I would highly recommend them." 

    5
    Nicky
    September 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Also did a great job of cleaning up afterwards. Thank you." 

    5
    Kaye
    September 2019
    NoCowboys

    "The whole process from quote to getting the job done was awesome. They were in touch quickly and schedule it in reasonably quickly. Team did a great job of the two palms, came back to grind the stumps and then plant a tree for us. We didn’t have to do much or be there for most of it, they just got on with it." 

    5
    Jessica
    September 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Great customer service and efficient tidy work." 

    5
    Hayley
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Fantastic service reliable and prompt our main man for tree & garden work." 

    5
    Karen
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent professional job fair price followed directions good tidy up " 

    5
    Peter
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "The Tree King team did an excellent job. Very pleasant too." 

    5
    Julie and Bruce
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "We get Tree King to trim our trees every year, because they do a great job, are prompt and tidy. They are easy to contact and akways come on the day we book them. Their prices are reasonable. Very pleasant to deal with. Highy recommend them" 

    5
    Sue
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Have used Tree King each year for several years now and always happy with the work done" 

    5
    Gaven
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Very professional. Job done exactly as requested. " 

    5
    Brett
    August 2019
    NoCowboys

    "We have used Tree king several times now and keep coming back for more! Communication is great and they always do an excellent job." 

    5
    Del
    July 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Top class job topping an awkward row of spindly trees. Very quick and clean up job was superb. So happy with the result, lots more light and sun" 

    5
    Ian
    July 2019
    NoCowboys

    "Excellent service polite staff Arrived on time good cleanup on completion " 

    5
    Trevor
    June 2019
    NoCowboys