Taking down a tree could be more complicated than you anticipate.
Trees are an essential part of our environment, so removing them shouldn't be taken lightly.
But sometimes, it's a necessity. The big trees out the front of the Fulham house were camphor laurels and they’re actually a noxious environmental weed.
They can have a devastating effect on our native bush and waterways.
Aesthetics can also play a part in deciding to remove a tree. These trees were so big, they took over the entire house frontage. You could barely see the house from the street.
Removing trees can add street appeal, which adds value. Depending on the tree’s size and location, you will probably need approval to have it removed - even if it’s on private land.
Regulations vary depending on the council, so make sure you check with your own council before booking in any tree work.
Certain tree species are considered “protected, significant, or regulated”, which is yet another reason to check before you trim.
Tree removals can be a dangerous job, so it’s best to get quotes from specialists.
If you do decide to go ahead with your tree work, the company may offer to leave the wood chips behind to save you some money, but this actually draws the nitrogen out of your soil.
It's much better to pay a bit extra and get them to take it away!