Why some tree loppers in Preston charge 300% more than others
Every Preston company has a different philosophy on how they what to run a profitable tree lopping business.
Some spend BIG on advertising, do lots of quotes and charge high prices.
Other local tree services in and around Preston, don’t do a lot of advertising and rely more on word of mouth.
These are the ones you want quoting your job!
You may be thinking that this has to do with a person’s honesty or integrity, but this is not the case.
Why are some companies trying to rip me off?
In reality they are not trying to “game you”.
These are just tree business owners in Preston who run a “premium service”. They know that some customers have different price points. Some are happy spending more for perceived value.
They cater to those customers.
Some people just never go with the cheapest bottle of wine at a restaurant or the cheapest quote for tree lopping in Preston. Everyone is different and that’s fine. But I’m here to help you find the best deal.
“If you have 3 expensive companies in Preston give you a quote, then you will be choosing between 3 expensive quotes! You need to know who is cheap & when”.
There are lots of little thing to be aware of that will save you a small fortune for your tree removal Preston, such as;
1. Time of year - Winter is always cheaper as tree companies have less work on.
2. Access - Granting good access for hard to get to trees, such as removing a side fence will save the tree lopping service time and you a tonne of money.
3. Firewood - Getting them to leave the timber logs and selling them online.
But the very best way to save money is to know who is cheap NOW!
You see all tree services around Preston have lean and busy periods of work which actually affects how they price jobs.
A Preston tree service will always charge less when they don’t have much work on as they want to win the job.
The bonus is they will actually pick up their phone and arrive on time.
All contractors recommended have been vetted by our team and are waiting to compete for your business.
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Do I need council approval for tree removal Preston?
Preston council do allow for the removal of trees in Preston without council consent.
A permit is required to remove, destroy or lop any vegetation specified in a
schedule to this overlay.
This does not apply:
• If the vegetation has been planted for pasture, timber production or any other
• To any action which is necessary to keep the whole or any part of any
vegetation clear of an electric line provided the action is carried out in
accordance with a code of practice prepared under Part 8 of the Electricity
Safety Act 1998.
• Within electricity supply easements in order to minimise the risk of bushfire ignition
in the proximity of electricity lines.
• If the vegetation presents an immediate risk of personal injury or damage to
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is necessary for
emergency access or emergency works by a public authority or municipal
• For fire fighting measures, periodic fuel reduction burning, or the making of
firebreaks up to 6 metres wide.
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation is necessary for the
making of a fuelbreak by or on behalf of a public authority in accordance with
a strategic fuelbreak plan approved by the Secretary of the Department of
Sustainability and Environment.
• The maximum width of a fuelbreak must not exceed 40 metres.
• To the removal of ground fuel within 30 metres of a building.
• If the removal, destruction or lopping of vegetation is in accordance with a fire
prevention notice under:
o Section 65 of the Forests Act 1958.
o Section 41 of the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.
o Section 8 of the Local Government Act 1989.
• To the removal, destruction or lopping of the minimum extent of vegetation
necessary for establishing sight-lines for the measurement of land by
surveyors in the exercise of their profession, and if using hand held tools.
• If the vegetation is proclaimed as a noxious weed or is bracken (Pteridium
esculentum), burgan (Kunzea ericoides (previously Leptospermum
phylicoides)) or manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and is on land which
Where is the VPO?
This is something we found difficult to determine. The best links we can provide you of the locations of the Vegetation Protection Overlay or area these;
Location 1: unable to determine
Location 2: Former Kingsbury Centre cite
Location 3: Mout Cooper Estate
Location 4: The Springthorpe hope estate
Location 5: Lancaster Gate site
You can download an application form by going: https://goo.gl/HtEF6z
Trees exempt from above rules
Some local councils have a list of tree species that are exempt from any limitations on removal as they are considered a pest. If Preston’s local council Darebin has an exemption list is can be found in their Tree Preservation Order.
We have also listed them below if applicable.
If the council for Preston does not nominate a list of trees, then most of the time they use the default list of noxious weeds outlined at the state level of government.
Trees exempt that can be removed without approval:
Safety standards for accredited tree arborists in Preston
Certified arborist in the Preston and surrounding areas need to all abide by the Australian standards when carrying out tree management work.
These standards include:
AS 4373:2007 – Pruning of amenity trees
AS 4970-2009 – Protection of trees on development sites
How do I apply for council approval?
You will need to fill in a tree removal permit form which can be found on your local councils website. Normally there will be a small fee you will need to pay upon application.
Within 7 - 14 days you will have an arborist from the council for Preston will come out to inspect your tree. They will then give their recommendation on whether the tree should be removed or if a tree prune/ lop might be better.
In some cases your council for Preston will ask for an independent arborist for a tree report if they are undecided. This can give you the upper hand as it allows you to select which tree arborist you choose to assess your case.
What does tree lopping in Preston cost?
There are many factors that make up cost of tree lopping in Preston. Not only the height and spread of the tree, but also its location on the property, access, surrounding buildings or fences, type of tree/ timber. Whether you decide to get the stump removed as well will also factor in.
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Our high expectations of Preston tree contractors we work with means they do everything in their power to uphold these values.
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Author: Ben McInerney is a qualified arborist with over 15 years industry experience. He uses his in-depth knowledge of the tree service industry to give readers to most accurate information on tree service costs and helps to educate about the benefits of using a certified arborist for tree trimming and removal work.