How to Protect Your Elm Trees from Elm Leaf Beetle

  • By Sam Pusey
  • 01 Dec, 2016

Arborcraft Tree Services Pest and Disease Management

elm leaf beetle melbourne

Pyrrhalta Lutеоlа оr thе Elm Leaf Bееtlе іѕ a serious реѕt of thе elm. Mеlbоurnе nоw hоѕtѕ thе wоrld’ѕ mоѕt ѕіgnіfісаnt population оf mature elm trees. Thіѕ раrаѕіtе feeds оnlу оn thе Elm ѕресіеѕ аnd is аlrеаdу responsible for mаjоr dаmаgе to a ѕіgnіfісаnt роrtіоn оf Mеlbоurnе’ѕ elm population. Thе elm lеаf beetle іѕ literally your еlm tree’s wоrѕt еnеmу.

Melbourne hаѕ bееn ѕаіd tо have thе world’s mоѕt ѕіgnіfісаnt population оf Elm Trееѕ, duе tо thе Dutch elm disease аlrеаdу wiping out mоѕt of Eurоре & Amеrіса’ѕ Elm trееѕ.

The Elm Leaf Bееtlе іѕ destructive whісh can cause a dесrеаѕе іn thе tree’s аbіlіtу tо photosynthesize lіght іntо еnеrgу сrеаtіng fооd. This rеѕultѕ in stress & dесlіnе аѕ еnеrgу rеѕеrvеѕ dwindle and mау lеаd tо thе eventual death оf the tree. There аrе many Elm trees іn Mеlbоurnе , both рlаntеd аѕ ѕtrееt trееѕ, іn public раrkѕ аnd rеѕеrvеѕ, аnd іn рrіvаtе gardens.

Thіѕ bееtlе fееdѕ on the fоlіаgе оf the саnору, сhеwіng hоlеѕ іn thе еlm trее’ѕ соvеrаgе and dаmаgіng the lеаvеѕ indiscriminately. A trее ѕuffеrіng frоm beetle and lаrvае damage соuld fіnd іt’ѕ рhоtоѕуnthеѕіѕ capability rеduсеd bу аѕ muсh аѕ 19%. Without those leaves, уоur еlm experiences stress and begins tо dесlіnе as іtѕ еnеrgу reserves dwіndlе. Elm Bееtlеѕ is 6mm long, уеllоwіѕh tо olive green wіth a ѕtrіреd bасk. Thеіr eggs аrе 4-6mm lоng аnd brіght оrаngе-уеllоw. Lаrvае is gеnеrаllу 10-11mm lоng, green tо уеllоw, blасk hеаd аnd two blасk ѕtrіреѕ оn thе back.

Elm Lеаf Beetle infestation саn dеfоlіаtе a tree whісh might ultіmаtеlу dіе. Other fасtоrѕ such аѕ drоught, рооr pruning/lopping оr ѕоіl compaction wіll аlѕо соntrіbutе to a dесlіnе in trее health. Hоwеvеr, one оr two уеаrѕ of beetle damage іѕ vеrу unlikely to kill thе hоѕt trее.

Hоw Elm Lеаf Bееtlе Cаn Cаuѕе Dаmаgе to Trееѕ

Thе dаmаgе саuѕеd to trееѕ іѕ dіffеrеnt, depending on the stage оf thе life сусlе оf the bееtlе. In ѕрrіng, new leaves wіll have many ѕmаll hоlеѕ chewed through the lеаf, called shot hоlе damage. Thіѕ is саuѕеd bу the adult bееtlе, a реа – ѕіzеd, оvаl ѕhареd bееtlе with yellow аnd blасk stripes.

Thе аdult bееtlеѕ thеn lау thеіr еggѕ on thе undеrѕіdеѕ оf thе leaves. Thеѕе hatch оut аftеr 7 tо 10 dауѕ. Thе lаrvае hatch оut and fееd on the grееn раrtѕ оf thе leaf, соmрlеtеlу skeletonizing the leaves. In lаtе December thе lаrvае mоvе down the trunk tо рuраtе іn thе ѕоіl аnd lower сrеvісеѕ іn thе bаrk. After оnе tо, two wееkѕ thе аdult bееtlеѕ еmеrgе and travel bасk up thе trunk to fееd on thе fоlіаgе. Aѕ thе wеаthеr сооlѕ dоwn, thе bееtlеѕ ѕееk shelter fоr thе winter mоnthѕ. The bееtlеѕ wіll overwinter in hоuѕеѕ, sheds, wood ріlеѕ, соmроѕt bіnѕ, even in vеhісlеѕ.

In Mеlbоurnе, оnе tо two оf thеѕе сусlеѕ оссurѕ еасh уеаr, dереndіng оn the ѕеаѕоnаl weather. The dаmаgе tо the trееѕ depends оn thе hеаlth аnd аgе оf thе trее. Oldеr trееѕ that ѕuffеr оthеr environmental stress, such аѕ drought оr соmрасtіоn оf thе root zоnе, wіll be wеаkеnеd and mау decline аt a fаѕtеr rate. Yоung trees thаt аrе оthеrwіѕе healthy аnd vіgоrоuѕ wіll bе more аblе to соре wіth thе beetle іnfеѕtаtіоnѕ each уеаr. Wаtеrіng trееѕ іn drоught реrіоdѕ and аvоіdіng dаmаgе tо thе roots wіll rеѕult іn hеаlthіеr trees, and be mоrе аblе tо соре wіth thе уеаrlу beetle attack.

Currеntlу, the mоѕt effective соntrоl mеаѕurеѕ for thіѕ іnfеѕtаtіоn іѕ thе сhеmісаl аррlісаtіоn. Eіthеr trunk/stem іnjесtіоn or ѕоіl іnjесtіоn. Bоth methods have advantages and dіѕаdvаntаgеѕ. It іѕ also possible to dо a саnору ѕрrауіng. However, thіѕ іѕ оnlу suitable fоr some trееѕ аt сеrtаіn times оf thе уеаr аnd is only suitable for smaller trees.

Your Expert & Qualified Arborist in Melbourne

By Sam Pusey 15 Dec, 2017

If you have recently cut down a tree or two in your yard, you most likely are left with a stump sitting in the middle of your lawn. Of course, your goal in cutting down that tree likely wasn’t so you would have a built-in stump fixture in your yard, and so you may now be looking at tree stump removal cost to see what is involved with this process. You will want to take a closer look at this cost to see if it will be worth your time and effort to grind the stump down yourself or if it’s better to hire a professional to do it for you.


When considering tree stump removal, you may be able to remove the stump and roots of the tree by pulling it straight out of the ground. However, even a tree that is only a few years old may have a decent root system established in a place, and this can make it close to impossible to really pull the stump and roots out without renting some heavy-duty machinery. Another option to consider is grinding the stump and roots up. This way, the larger pieces can be hauled away, and you can fill in the hole with topsoil and cover it with sod.


The cost for professional services to grind down a single stump is about $330 or so, and this will depend on the size of the stump and the cost of services in your local area. You should keep in mind that the cost to rent a machine to grind down the stumps yourself is generally higher than this. So, when you consider whether to do this task yourself or hire a professional to do the job for you, generally you can save yourself both time and money to have a pro do it for you. After the stump is removed or ground down, you will want to cover the area with topsoil and perhaps sod, too.


So then, who do you call to get a specific estimate for your own tree stump removal cost? There are several tree service professionals who can provide this service for you, and often many lawn and maintenance professionals may be able to provide the service for you, too. You will want to get a quote for the cost of services in your area as well as the cost to rent a grinding machine before making your own decision about whether to hire a pro for the job or do it yourself, but generally it is more cost effective to have a specialist do the work for you.

By Sam Pusey 01 Dec, 2017

Trimming of trees that are around your home is an essential practice because trees tend to become unproductive over time and overgrown trees with weak stems can fall. Tree trimming cost may be relatively high, but the benefits are enormous. Trimmed trees give your home or garden an elegant look among other advantages.


Importance of Tree Trimming

·        Keeps the trees healthy and strong

·        Lessens chances of broken or dead branches falling which can damage property. It eliminates fragile and dry parts.

·        It encourages foliage growth and increases tree productivity.

·        The trees are shaped in a beautiful manner hence improving your home outlook.


Tree Trimming Cost Depends On:

·        Size and type of the trees

·        Location and accessibility of the trees

·        Expertise in the tree trimming professional

·        Design requirements for the homeowner.

·        When the last trimming was done

·        Tree health


You can easily trim small shrubs, but big trees should only be trimmed by expert trimmers because of the dangers involved. When you decide to trim shrubs by yourself, you will have to buy handheld trimmers which costs between $25-$300 or opt to hire a professional trimmer.


Size and Type of the Trees

Size of the trees to be trimmed has a direct influence on the cost of trimming. It depends on the type of tree, but the average cost is around $100 to $330. A 30-60 feet tall tree can cost between $150-$800 to be professionally trimmed. Different types of trees have different characteristics like wood hardness, height, the way they grow, number of branches and the way they spread out. Tall trees require climbing or use of special equipment, hence they cost more to be trimmed.


Location and Accessibility of the Trees

The area in which the trees are located determines the tree trimming cost. This is because the tree location determines the tools to be used and automobile to be used by the tree trimming company. If the trees are near buildings or power lines, the cost of trimming increases because the trimmer must be extremely careful not to run into power lines or damage the building.


Design Requirements for the Homeowner

Some homeowners demand that the trees be trimmed according to their preferred design to match their garden theme. If these designs are new, the trimmer will charge you more.


Tree Health and Condition

A tree that is in an unhealthy condition like a tree with several yellow leaves that have fallen off in the garden will cost more because the trimmer must take care of the fallen leaves. Dead trees are costly to cut because the professional must climb the tree himself or use a bucket truck. Climbing such a tree is potentially dangerous.


Trees that have taken long since the last trimming was done will cost you more to trim. Tree trimming professionals with wide expertise sometimes charge more because they have a reputation for high-quality work.


Some trimming experts charge per hour regardless of the intensity of the trimming exercise. Hourly rates vary from $99-$120 per hour per person but they do not include clearing charges. The total cost will, therefore, depend on how long the trimming exercise will last and the additional work to be done.


Additional Costs

Additional expenses can arise from clearing the debris, grinding stumps and hauling the wooden trunks. This can cost you not less than $350 depending on the size of the trunks. Hiring reputable arborists and consulting various expert agencies on various trimming designs can also increase tree trimming cost. If trimming continues after the usual working hours or on weekends, additional payments can also be incurred ranging from $250-$350.


When estimating tree trimming cost, make at least three estimates and determine the average cost. Make sure that the tree trimming company has a valid insurance to cover any damages if they occur. If you have an average home with few trees, expect the cost to be around $330 minimum.

By Sam Pusey 15 Nov, 2017

The needs for tree removal services have been rising drastically in the past couple of years due to changes in weather conditions and many other factors. Generally, when you need to get rid of overgrown trees and stumps, you want to ensure that you get the right professionals to handle the situation. Today, because there are so many companies offering these tree removal services, finding someone to help get rid of trees at your home, in your garden or work environment should not be a difficult task.  There is also a wide range of services offered by these tree removal experts including; tree trimming, tree topping, and tree stump removal.

 If you require services related to tree removals in Melbourne, there are people out there who can offer you the best quality tree services you are looking for. Also, one of the benefits of seeking tree removal service in Melbourne is that many of these providers offer round the clock service, ensuring that you can always get the services you require when you need them most.

 Melbourne is one of the cities in Australia where the number of tree removalists has been increasing. Most tree removal services in Melbourne have a wide range of offerings.  

 Many people do not like to see trees being cut down needlessly. There are many instances where cutting some might be quite necessary.  Many people remove trees in their gardens or farms for aesthetics and safety.  For instance, trees that are dying or dry might be quite dangerous to the surroundings and therefore would need to be removed.  Such trees become unstable and can collapse anytime and cause massive damage. There are many instances where such kinds of trees have fallen on houses and power lines. This would not happen if precautionary measures are taken.  Anyone who has dead trees in their yard today should call for a tree removalists as soon as possible to avoid damage to their property or other potentially dangerous situations.

 Tree removal services might also come in handy if the existence of a tree is inhibiting the growth of the surrounding plant life. This causes the smaller plants to lack nutrients, water, and sunlight and in such cases, the need for proper tree removal is needed. People also engage in tree removal for giving room to something new.  For instance, someone who wants to renovate his house or expand it might find it working without the trees hence opting to get rid of them.  Once the renovation work has been done, the tree that was cut down can be replaced with a new one.

Lastly, tree removal in Melbourne might be a preferred service when someone wants to get rid of trees that have overgrown their space. The expansion of roots can cause cracks in the driveway and in the building foundation posing a danger to people living nearby. Although some people prefer to do jobs such as tree removal entirely by themselves, tree removal in Melbourne should not be a do it yourself (DIY) project. It can be quite dangerous, especially when it is around power lines. In these cases, it would be wise to call on the services of skilled and experienced tree removal professionals.

By Sam Pusey 01 Nov, 2017

Tree trimmers and arborists must consider the season, weather and type of tree to trim. While trimming trees can enhance their appearance and optimize health, the wrong trimming can cause more harm than good. For instance, removing a diseased limb on a rainy winter day may encourage the disease to spread, because wet tools are easily contaminated. The snow and wet winter period is usually not a safe time to prune. Arborists should consider the type of tree and the weather conditions before pulling out the shears.



Late winter is the safest time to perform an extensive pruning job on a tree. You should wait until the worst of the winters’ cold has passed to avoid exposing the pruning wounds to ice and snow damage. During late winter, deciduous trees lack leaves that may obscure the limbs making pruning decisions easier. After trimming, the tree will sprout new growths just in time for spring.



Some trees are early bloomers that require earlier pruning, according to horticulturists. You should trim trees immediately after the blooming period each year. Always trim storm-damaged trees immediately.



Though evergreen trees such as pines and firs also prefer late winter pruning, a light trim is safe at other times of the year. Most of these trees require little to no pruning, which makes most trims minor and purposeful. For instance, a broken branch may require immediate removal, regardless of the time of year. You can also safely liven up evergreen trees with a light trim during the winter holiday season.



Some trees - particularly maple, birch, elm and dogwood trees ooze sap when you trim them in late winter. While this excretion does not harm the trees and will eventually stop, it is sometimes unattractive to avoid this. You may choose to wait until midsummer.



While you should remove diseased or broken tree limbs as soon as possible, trimming in wet weather, a staple of winter may lead to rot or tool contamination. When trimming trees in winter, you should wait for a dry day to safeguard the health of a tree. Winter is not the best time to prune and trim most trees.

By Sam Pusey 15 Oct, 2017

Tree pruning is an umbrella name for all activities used to enhance the growth and form of a plant. It covers many pruning techniques and methods mostly used on fruit-bearing trees like removing dead or diseased wood, control growth and stimulate the formation of flowers and fruit.


In general, there are three major reasons for pruning trees. Prune to promote plant health is an important aspect of tree care. Removing dead or dying branches injured by disease is an essential part of keeping plants and trees healthy. Pruning to maintain fruits is another reason for tree pruning. Pruning encourages flower and fruit development and can be used to maintain a desired tree form or special garden form. For several types of plants, maintaining a dens hedge can be the reason for tree pruning. Controlling growth of a plant or tree and improving the plant appearance could be the third category of tree pruning. Pruning a fruit tree can be done for design purposes. On the other hand, pruning trees to reduce tree height is a more convenient motive.


How and When to Prune Trees


There are several overviews of tips & tricks or guides to pruning trees. Many pruning jobs can be done on your own. You only need proper information and guidance about a specific tree. Pruning is not the same for every plant or tree. Every tree needs specific pruning actions and techniques. Also, the time for pruning differs with each tree. Therefore, you should always be informed before you start pruning trees.


Pruning Apple Trees


Mostly, fruit-bearing trees need pruning to stimulate the growth of fruit. One of the most common fruit trees in gardens is the apple tree. Apple trees need careful pruning to enhance apple production. How and when to prune an apple tree is a frequently asked question. With the right information, pruning an apple tree can be performed easily. Pruning fruit trees in general should not be time-consuming.

By Sam Pusey 15 Sep, 2017

If you’re planning on redecorating your back yard, there is a chance that you need to remove a tree stump that’s in the way. These usually obstruct quite a significant area, and can be removed easily; at least the medium sized ones. There are plenty of services that offer this service for the right price, but I think that the specialized tree services provide best results, due to their experience in the business. Sometimes it’s possible to remove a tree stump entirely with a pair of shovels but larger ones are permanently planted in soil and can be extracted only by using brute force. A good preparation is everything in this business, and is usually done by the specialists as well. If the tree you need to remove is not cut down, this is the first step that needs to be done in the stump grinding operation.


Cutting Down the Tree


Even though this sounds like a simple operation, cutting down a tree is no laughing matter. The experienced tree cutters might tell you tons of stories from their colleagues that have gotten bad injuries or even died, due to carelessness. Most tree services have genuinely enough experience for this, but every single tree is different, and when you put that tree in a specific environment, the variety of case and probability for something to occur only improves. Therefore, prior to stump removal, the tree needs to be safely cut down. Experienced tree cutters are aware of dangers involved in the process and it’s therefore important to willingly eliminate some of the tree’s degree of freedom and approximately judge its trajectory during its descent. The importance of this is excelled in populated areas, as there is always a need for a stump grinding operation, as well as a whole bunch of homes and people running around.


The Stump Grinding Process


Once the tree is down, a stump grinder comes into place to trim down any excess tree parts. This is important to make sure that the stump is well isolated and has an important role in determining if the stump is eligible for a complete removal or not. This highly depends on the machinery the tree service owns, as this operation usually requires nothing but brute force to get it out – if there isn’t enough power to do so, nothing will happen.


Removing the Stump


Once the grinding process is done, the next step is to prepare the ground around the stump for extraction. This often includes some manual handy work with shovels, just to make room for the machine to approach the stump. Once this is done properly, the stump grinding process is checked one more time to make sure there are no excess branches that might cause injuries and only then can the extraction of the stump begin. The machine will pull it out significantly and possibly cut the roots if they are overpowering the machine. Once this is done, you should fill up the whole with soil or sand to prevent someone from falling in.

By Sam Pusey 01 Sep, 2017

Removing unwanted trees and stumps out of your back or front yard can be a hard and dangerous job to complete. If you have unwanted stumps in your yard, you should contact a qualified and professional arborist who will have the proper training and skills for it.


Most people do not actually know how to extract a stump from the ground but when you choose the right people to do the job, you can get the eyesore out of your yard quickly and easily. Pick a tree stump removalist that can provide not only the experience and know-how but will also bring out all of the necessary tools to get the job done without leaving any mess for you to clean up.


Many homeowners’ associations require that any stump that is in a yard where it can be seen should be removed at the homeowners’ expense. If you attempt to remove the stump yourself without any prior knowledge of stump removal you run the risk of injuring your back or another part of your body.    


When it comes to having   Tree trimming done on your property you should always consider to have a tree company with professionals to do the work for you, because having a tree trimmed can be dangerous and if it is not done properly the branches that are cut can fall on your house, your neighbors or can cause  damage to you.


Tree Removal Service


Tree Removal sometimes is necessary in certain cases because the tree is interfering with other trees, buildings, driveways, leaning against your house or utility wire. There are plenty of reasons why people decide to get Tree removal done.


Removing a large tree is a complicated job that should be left to professionals. A tree service company has the right equipment and experience required to safely remove trees without damaging surrounding structures, let experts do the tree removal, save time and money.


Tree Removal is a highly technical yet delicate and is potentially dangerous process that requires a combination of skills and quality equipment to do a safely and efficiently work.

By Sam Pusey 15 Aug, 2017


 Your trees are precious! We cannot overestimate the contribution they provide towards our environment & our quality of life. Can you imagine cities without the softening effects of trees?


  • Birds or tree animals couldn’t live without trees.
  • Temperatures would become more extreme.
  • Shade would be difficult to find.
  • A higher degree of pollution would prevail.
  • Carbon-dioxide level would be higher.
  • Oxygen level would be lower.


This is only a short list of how fewer trees would affect each of us. Of course, there is also the global impact that these issues have on our environment & our desire for a sustainable future for our children & ourselves.




Why should you use a qualified Arborist to manage your trees? Arboriculture is an expanded "tree specific" component of Horticulture. Having an understanding of tree physiology gives the Arborist an ability to work with the trees natural mechanisms to effectively manage trees in the urban environment & produce desired results.


Ex:  To prune a tree clear of a building and its spouting, a 'lopper' will usually cut the tree back a specified distance regardless of the trees type, form & growth patterns, often allowing the tree to rapidly re-grow structurally poor shoots from unsightly stubs (that will often decay).


Alternately, an Arborist will take into consideration the trees type, form & growth patterns & prune to either discourage re-growth or encourage re-growth in an appropriate position & direction. This reduces both future costs & physical damage (& subsequent health), & leaves an aesthetically & structurally superior tree.

By Sam Pusey 01 Aug, 2017

Tree damage is hard to spot with a naked eye. All through the wintertime, spring, summertime, and fall, thunderstorms come and go. In the course of these storms, branches including limbs may sustain an injury, your tree can even become susceptible to insect problems including disease resulting in further weakness.

Whenever your trees’ systems become diminished, they can go from being beautiful things in your yard to major liabilities. We can’t guarantee that your trees won’t get knocked down during a severe storm, however we can provide a series of preventative maintenance techniques which will not only increase they’re strong but reduce the likelihood of a catastrophe.

Get in touch with our company as soon as possible and we will send one of our qualified representatives to provide you an evaluation and quote regarding your tree care and tree removal needs .

Pruning and Trimming

Correct pruning will enhance a tree’s vigor. It accomplishes this by increasing skeletal strength, decreasing the danger of stem and branch breakage, preventing inefficient growth, decreasing hazards, diminishing vulnerability to insects, and also improving growth patterns. Proper trimming will also make the tree appear more attractive.

We use several different trimming strategies in order to accomplish the best results for any given circumstances. All of these adds up to a beautiful, healthy, natural shaped tree.

Cleaning: We take away dead, diseased, dying, or broken branches.

Thinning: This is performed in order to lower weight load on larger branches, improve light-air penetration to the crown and helps to spruce up the overall shape of the tree.

Lifting: Have you by chance walked along a sidewalk or driveway and struck your head on a branch? If a tree’s branches aren’t giving sufficient space for a walkway, our team can remove them.

Reduction: This is normally performed anytime we’re working with branches that converge with power lines. This helps to protect the form and structural stability of the complete tree.


Tree Removal in Melbourne

Main Reasons for Tree Removal

Despite the fact that we’re nature enthusiasts at heart, in some cases, a tree removal is the best approach available. There are various reasons why trees may need to be removed, these consist of:

  • Tree is dead, infected or dying
  • Tree is slanting towards persons or property
  • It outgrown its growth area
  • Limbs are scraping up against roof structures, windows or power lines
  • Roots making significant intrusion to sidewalk areas (driveway, sidewalk)
  • Storm Damage
  • Open Cavities
  • Diseases
  • Cracks in the timber
  • Loosened or dead bark
  • It’s in the way (New construction-vanity purposes).


Lower Your Liabilities.

Regardless of the particular reason for your tree removal , it must by no means, should not be done by you or a non-professional. There’s a specific criteria you should look into prior to selecting someone to remove your tree. To begin, the specific provider needs to hold all of the appropriate qualifications. This includes being licensed in Australia, insured and bonded. Experience is also of the utmost importance. If one thing goes wrong, you might end up in a bunch of trouble.

By Sam Pusey 15 Jul, 2017

Whether its pruning trees or removing them completely, you really need the assistance of a qualified and experienced tree surgeon. Attempting to do this kind of work by yourself can be incredibly dangerous. We have seen all kinds of horrific damage (to both people and property) as people with little to no experience have attempted to complete the work themselves.

There are obvious risks inherent in felling even a relatively small tree, from it falling on yourself, a member of your family, not to mention destroying your car or the roof and walls of your home (it’s frightening how often this happens to people who do not know what they are doing).

Thankfully we are experts in what we do, and you can rest assured that your property and family will be perfectly safe while we operate.


 4 Things to Look for in a Tree Surgeon


•   References from previous clients

•   Experience

•   Industry Knowledge

•   Relevant Insurance


Without these four things, you should have alarm bells ringing in your head about the surgeon you are considering.


What Everyone Forgets About Tree Removal


The important thing to remember if you are considering getting rid of a tree is to whether or not there is a protection order on it. Your local council can help with this. Just give them a call and ask. I know it seems counter-intuitive perhaps, but the bottom line is that just because a tree is in your garden does not mean you have the automatic right to cut it down.

If this is new information to you, then you are probably immediately annoyed about that. I understand this, as a home owner myself, you feel that the tree is essentially your property and yours to do with as you please.

However, a large tree (a small one is highly unlikely to have a protection order on it – but still check) adds something aesthetically to the whole area, not just your garden. The beautiful view, the value that it brings, has a right to be protected. I am not saying this is right or wrong morally, but this is the law as it stands. Someone in the past may have appreciated your tree that they requested a protection order for it. So do yourself a favor and check with your local authority, otherwise, you might find yourself on the wrong side of the law.

Also, if you are felling a large tree – get a tree surgeon. Seriously, the potential risks are not worth the relatively low cost of a tree surgeon.

YouTube is full of tutorial videos where people try this themselves and get it wrong. Funny as those videos might be interesting to watch, there is a very serious question that is not asked in any of them -who pays for the damage?

A decent tree surgeon will have the relevant insurance policies required for tree removal. You do not. If your tree falls wrong and takes out half your house, your home insurance will not cover you for it. That would be like you setting fire to your home and then claiming your insurance policy for fire damage! Likewise with your car. Or your neighbor's property.

You owe it to yourself and your neighbors to ensure that you use a professional tree surgeon. The potential damages far outweigh the extra cost of a trained and qualified tree surgeon.

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