Find answers to 'Frequently Asked Questions' about tree care and maintenance from our highly experienced team.
How much will it cost to have my trees pruned or removed?
All trees are different and are located in different environments. Because there are so many variables, we are unable to give you an estimate without first assessing your trees. Our quotes are always no obligation and free of charge, so give our office a call today to arrange a time that suits you.
How much does it cost to get a quote?
If you know what work you would like undertaken on your tree/s a quote from ACT Tree Felling is free of charge.
• If you think you need some work completed but are unsure what; we can provide an onsite consultation to help clarify what work is recommended, this is charged and can often save you money and increase the longevity of your tree/s.
Professional consultation is charged per appointment length (minimum of 15 minutes).
• Charges for tree reports will be based on variables such as the number of trees being assessed, complexities of the report and how much time is involved in compiling the report.
A branch fell off my tree - do I need to have the tree removed?
Falling branches can be a risk homeowners often worry about, especially during storms and high winds. The risk of this happening can be reduced by proper maintenance of your trees. If you have had a branch fail, tree fall or are concerned about the safety of trees around your home, one of our Consulting Arborists can meet with you to advise the best and safest action.
Will I need to get approval from the Government to have my tree pruned or cut down?
The ACT Government has regulations around the removal and pruning of ‘Regulated’ trees in the Canberra region. ACT Tree Felling can advise you if your tree is bound by these regulations, and even apply on your behalf to the Tree Protection Unit should it be required. For more information visit: http://www.tccs.act.gov.au/
I got a letter from EvoEnergy (ActewAGL) requiring me to clear my power lines, what do I do now?
If you are a property owner in Canberra, it is your responsibility to keep your trees away from power lines. This means a clearance of 1m from service lines and power poles, 1.5m from low voltage, and 2m from high voltage power lines. If you have received a notice to clear your power lines, you will need to contact an EvoEnergy-accredited tree surgeon to carry out the necessary work. Our team at ACT Tree Felling are accredited to the highest level and we are extremely experienced with clearing power lines, so get in contact with us today for a free quote.
What is an EvoEnergy (ActewAGL)-accredited tree surgeon?
ACT Tree Felling are EvoEnergy (ActewAGL-accredited) tree surgeons. This means we are authorised and trained to work in close proximity to all voltages of power lines within the ACT.
Legally only accredited tree surgeons are allowed to work near EvoEnergy power lines Powerline clearance is a dangerous task, you should only use an experienced and accredited tree services company to ensure your job is completed safely and effectively.
For more information on your requirements for keeping vegetation away from powerlines visit EvoEnergy
Will you need to turn the power off to have my trees cleared from the power lines?
Our staff are trained to work around live power lines, so most of the time you won’t need to have the power turned off. In cases where a power outage is required, we will arrange the whole process for you in co-operation with EvoEnergy.
I want to heavily reduce the size of my tree or 'lop' the top off. Is this possible?
'Major pruning' or 'lopping' requires Government approval and in most cases is not recommended due to the subsequent damage it causes to the tree afterwards.
The misconception with lopping is that it will control and reduce the height and spread of a tree, but it actually can have the opposite effect. The resulting new sprouts are far more numerous than normal new growth and grow so rapidly that the tree returns to its original height in a very short time – and with a far denser crown. Lopping also makes a tree look quite disfigured and ugly, because its’ natural form and structure is lost forever, combined with the fact that this new ‘stress-related’ growth is poorly attached to the tree can lead to problems with increase branch failures over time.
There are alternative methods of reducing trees, and an inspection from one of our arborists will determine what can be trimmed safely and effectively.
Why is tree surgery expensive?
Tree surgery in general can be quite costly due to many factors, however the main reasons are: the expensive machinery and equipment that is required; the exorbitant insurance prices of working in such a high-risk industry; and the extensive training and continual accreditation costs involved (i.e. Arboriculture certification, EvoEnergy accreditation, first aid and numerous other workplace safety training).
ACT Tree Felling provides high quality work and we always charge a fair and competitive price for our service. It’s somewhat like eating out, you pay for what you get.
Do you use qualified tree surgeons?
All of our tree climbers are either Qualified Arborists (min. Cert. III) or are currently undertaking training within our company in conjunction with accredited arboriculture training conducted at nationally recognised institutes.
Do you take the tree debris and material away? And if I keep the firewood or woodchip from my trees will it cost any extra?
The standard procedure is for all material to be taken off site unless you stipulate otherwise at the time of quotation. You can retain any firewood or woodchips, which we will leave it in a suitable and agreed area on your property. In most cases you will not be charged any extra for this service; in fact we may be able to reduce the price.
Does ACT Tree Felling work on weekends?
Our general business hours are from 7:30am to 4:00pm weekdays. For the most part we do not operate during weekends.
Do I need to be at home when the work is done?
No, on most occasions we can work without anyone needing to be home, as long as we have good access to the trees and prior arrangements have been made for any pets.
If you have very specific requests and want to be home to check that everything goes smoothly, we absolutely encourage you to stay at home and communicate with our Arborists whilst the work is being undertaken. That way we can ensure you are happy with our service before the job is complete.
Will you use a travel tower or cherry picker to remove or prune my trees?
Only very rarely do we require the use of cherry pickers. Our tree climbers are excellent at their job (climbing trees) and are able to do a much better and safer job from within the tree.
Are you interested in working for a company that takes professional standards in arboriculture very seriously and greatly values and rewards those with a highly professional approach to the arboriculture industry?
• If you are skilled in any areas of arboriculture or tree services, are qualified, experienced and motivated to do well and work professionally, plus enjoy working on challenging projects with likeminded professionals, then ACT Tree Felling would be interested in talking to you.
• At ACT Tree Felling we don't just offer the right candidates a job – we offer you a career with huge opportunities for advancement in learning, skills, activities and of course, salary.
• You may be from overseas looking for a move to Australia's sunny landscape and brighter economic future – either temporarily or wish to gain a permanent visa. We can sponsor skilled arboricultural working tourists or those seeking longer-term residency. You will need recognised arboricultural qualifications and to be experienced.