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Tree pruning recommendations in Canberra?

By thatsnotme 17 August 2011 6

My wife and I were looking at the apple tree in our back corner a couple of weeks ago, and discussing how it could do with a decent prune by someone who has half a clue about what they’re doing.  The apples it produces are pretty lousy, but it’s the only established tree in our back yard – and it’s going to take a few years before the trees we planted after moving in get to any decent size.

Naturally, the week after that, we got a letter from ACTEW about that same tree needing to be pruned, as it’s too close to our building supply power line (the insulated line from the pole to our house, not the high voltage lines).

I could prune it myself, given it’s only close to the supply line, but we kinda want to get it back into good shape – god knows how many years it was allowed to grow wild before we moved in – given it was a rental before we bought it, I’d say it’s not seen any decent attention for a long time.

Does anyone have any recommendations?  It’s not a big job, and the list that came in the letter from ACTEW are all tree surgeons, which is probably overkill for this job, and probably a lot more expensive than a decent gardener who could easily do what we need.

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zllauh 3:05 pm 22 Jun 15

Hi thatsnotme,

Hopefully the tree has started to yield some apples this year !

Just to be on the safer side as you have received a letter from ACTEW to get some one who is actually accredited and insured you try to make sure you do it.

Even if it is a bit pricy if some thing goes wrong it will be not be a good scene.

License requirements to do tree work ?
Insurance requirements to do tree work ?
Bonding requirements to do tree work ? had come to our rescue in the past. Good mob, worth a call.

My 2 cents.

Okwhatever 2:50 pm 18 Aug 11

4 Words- Bush Capital Tree Services. Great prices, great guy and quality work. No I don’t work for them they just do a good job.

alaninoz 2:42 pm 18 Aug 11

We used Trees R’ Us last time and would use them again. Did what we wanted, did a good job, did it when they said they would, and all at a good price.

SmirnOff 1:36 pm 18 Aug 11

I would definitely recommend anyone else in Canberra other than Discount Tree Services! They are very rude people, they stood me up twice and made me wait over 6 hours for them to arrive, which they never did!!! I never received a phonecall to explain why they didn’t show up, or even an apology! Totally rude and lack of respect for customers!
ACT Tree Felling are really great, very nice people, arrive on time and are reasonably priced too.

RandomPoster 8:50 am 17 Aug 11

Given that the tree is close to power lines you may be required to use someone that is ACTEW approved.

We have used Discount Tree Services for large and small jobs, very happy with their work.

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