Tree Removal Sydney & Southern Highlands
TreeLink has a strong environmental culture that supports the preservation of trees. We will always employ methods to retain a tree as opposed to removing one. In the event that the tree has to be removed, we recommend and provide options for planting new trees.
Reasons to remove your tree:
The tree is dead or in decline.
The largest of trees can become structurally compromised from small defects in critical positions. If you suspect your tree is in trouble, TreeLink offers a free site inspection and can advise you on the best course of action.
The tree is considered hazardous.
If the tree has suffered extensive weather damage, has branches that look like they may fall at any time, or if your tree sways badly even in a light breeze, the safest policy would be to remove it before it falls on its own, especially if it’s in your yard or a public area.
The tree is in the way of a new construction.
If the tree seriously compromises construction of a new landscape design, housing or commercial development or a new infrastructure, the Council may allow its removal.
The tree is crowding or causing harm to other trees.
Despite careful pruning, some trees just get too big for the landscape they stand in and have to be removed to give other trees, plants and lawn a chance to grow.
The tree is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct with pruning and may also be causing damage to the surrounding landscape or buildings.
Trees which may be causing an obstruction, for example to a footpath, a road or a building, need to be removed as pruning is not going to solve the problem.
The tree is an undesirable weed species.
Trees that are invasive compete with and smother our native Australian flora. They tend to grow extremely fast and require vast amounts of maintenance to prevent their roots from damaging infrastructure. They can also be toxic to both humans and animals. There are at least 31 illegal species of trees in Australia. TreeLink arborists can tell you if your tree is one of them, and if it is, we can remove it for you.
Only an arborist with an AQF Level 3 Certificate can remove a tree. Depending on the tree’s height the arborist may need to carry a climber’s licence as well. All of our staff have the training, the knowledge and the skill. All team leaders hold a minimum AQF Level 3 certificate in arboriculture. And all members of staff, including groundsmen have at least an AQF Level 2 Arboreal certificate.
Frequently asked questions about tree removal
Do I need Council approval to remove a tree?
Generally, yes. It's important to check first as not having their approval could result in a heavy fine.
Why can't I cut down the tree myself?
It's dangerous work and needs specialised equipment especially when the tree is in a tight, difficult-to-get-to and confined spot.
Can you remove a tree and plant it somewhere else on my property?
It is often difficult and costly to transplant large trees however, included in every tree removal quote is a list of various tree species and sizes, including cost and installation that are perfect replacements trees for your yard.
What do council consider when granting approval for removing a tree?
- risk of personal injury posed by the tree
- risk of damage to buildings, structures or services
- the tree's health, growth habit, stability and structural soundness of the tree and condition of the ground
- the extent of the other trees on the property
- the significance of the tree
- the effect on the streetscape
- the cultural or heritage significance of the planting, particularly in a conservation area.
Call us on 1800 438 567
Contact us today for all you tree maintenance requirements and we’ll be only too happy to conduct a free on-site inspection within 48 hours. Our obligation-free quotes include a risk assessment and clearly marked photographs outlining the work to be done.