Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Richard Kempthorne
Trees are beautiful, but there are times when you might need to have one removed.
It might be diseased, endangering your property or might be standing in the very spot where you want to install a new pool. It is not as simple as chopping it down though. You actually need to know what you are doing, which is why there are professional tree fellers and arborists out there. Talk to them before you take matters into your own hands.
This article will help you figure out:
Tree felling services and arborists can carry out a wide range of jobs, including:
In order to entirely remove a tree, a tree felling service will remove the affected tree using special equipment and techniques to ensure the job is done safely and your property is not damaged.
If it's a large tree, tree fellers may have to climb the tree and cut it from the top down to avoid damaging property. Then you will be left with a stump that will also need to be carefully and thoroughly removed. Some heavy equipment may be needed to break up and remove the stump and the cavity in the ground will need to be filled. Finally, the debris will need to be removed.
In most cases, you will need council permission to remove a tree.
Some species are protected and cannot be removed unless you can provide evidence that the tree is too diseased to save or poses a danger to property. Council will often require a qualified arborist inspect the tree and produce an arborist’s report.
Tree fellers and arborists do not require a licence in any state or territory. You should still ensure they have the appropriate:
Membership of a recognised professional associations such as Arboriculture Australia is also desirable as members are likely to be up to date with developments in their field.
Factors that will affect the cost of your tree removal job include:
#hiptip: The cost of tree removal is determined by the size of the tree, ease of access and council fees
You should expect tree removal to cost between:
For an arborist's report expect to pay in the region of:
Remember that tree removal is often dangerous, technical work that requires the use of specialised equipment. Bear this in mind when you get quotes.
#hiptip: Always get at least three quotes so you can compare apples with apples
On-site quotations are the most accurate way of getting an idea how much your job is going to cost. To help them give you accurate quotes, describe your tree and other information about it in as much detail as possible. A tree in the middle of the yard that poses no danger to your house or a nearby property will cost less to remove than a tree whose branches overhang your roof. Details like that will make the difference between an accurate initial quote and disappointment when the tree is inspected in person.
*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.