Here are some tips on how to protect the health and vitality of trees.
Trees live and grow. As part of their natural life, they shed twigs, leaves, fruit, and flowers. It is normal.
One of the best ways is to establish a baseline. Get to know the tree! Some things to look out for are:
For example, in a group of trees the loss of one may impact on the wind load and structure of others. Disturbances such as a new driveway, fence, landscaping or trenching for utility connections can also impact on the long-term health of a tree. See tips on tree care.
Not all trees will need to be removed. Strategies such as height reduction or removal of deadwood can extend the life of a tree and make it safe. Dead trees may also be left to fall naturally in areas where the risk of injury and to property is low.
As a first step try talking to your neighbour or use our letter template. In most cases an arborist’s report on the condition and structural integrity of the tree will determine actions (if any). The report should also include a risk assessment and timeframe for remedial works.