7 Things You Must Know About Tree Removal

Arborist removing a tree

Got an old or troublesome tree leaning on your property?

Trees are beneficial to the environment and help purify the air. However, there are some unavoidable circumstances when you need a professional arborist for a tree that presents a danger to your property.

1. Apply For Permission From Your Local Council In The City Of Sydney

Depending upon the tree species, condition of the tree or the type of tree care services required, you need to approach your local council and refer Tree Preservation Order (TPO) to confirm whether you are allowed to remove the tree in the first place.

While trees within 3m of your home can be removed without approval, however, to remove or prune a tree (heritage tree) that is protected under the Sydney Development Control Plan 2012, you will need to further apply for a permit to avoid paying hefty fines as a penalty.

2. Proximity To Your Home Or Building

Want to remove a tree that is too close to your home?

Even trees that appear sturdy may in fact be decaying from inside which increase the risk of injury or damage to your property. Thus extra care must be taken to properly remove overhanging trees. Similarly, at times, a part or perhaps major part of the tree that is within your property overhangs your neighbour’s property. In those instances, it is recommended to consult with your neighbours before undertaking tree removals.

3. Crown Lifting Or Tree Pruning

Don’t rush into removing the tree! After an initial assessment, you may realise that you may not need to remove the entire tree but only choose to either pruning some branches that may pose a risk to your property or choose crown lifting to remove branches that obstruct your view.

4. Underground Hazards

Do you plan to remove the stump and root structure? In that case, you must check for buried cables, sewer and gas lines that could be damaged when pulling up the roots.

5. Suitable Equipment

Cutting a tree requires professional knowledge, experience and tools. Depending upon the size of the tree, several different tools may be needed like a power saw, crane, strong ropes to remove the tree in a safe and effective manner. You should avoid doing it yourself and endangering your life and health. Instead, it is best to call a professional arborist.

6. Disposal Of Debris

You’ll be amazed at the huge quantity of wood, branches and debris you have once the tree has been cut down. Most professional tree removal companies have an on-site shredder to reduce disposal costs and make the job easier. You must also ensure that the tree removal cost includes the cost of disposal of debris.  

7. Choose A Licensed And Fully Insured Arborist

Tree removal can be risky and dangerous! When hiring a professional tree removal service, it is highly recommended to check that they are qualified and experienced as also licensed and fully insured. This is because, in case of any sort of damage to cars or property or even a personal injury, you could be liable.

Further, hiring a professional tree removal company takes care of all processes from council approvals, getting permits, to pre-work safety assessment, securely removing the tree debris, stump grinding services and even tree mulching services.