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Council Tree Permit Guide

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Before you prune or remove a tree from your residential or business property, you must apply for permission from your local council. Most councils have different policies to the trimming or removal of trees. Councils such as Willoughby, Ku Ring Gai, Manly, Lane Cove and North Sydney allow you to prune without prior permission, 10% of cases may be deemed otherwise, such as if a tree is under a conservation area or heritage listed. Additionally, a few local councils will need permission as some trees are exempt from councils.

Any tree, whether native or an exotic species, is covered under the controls, if it is listed under the Register of Significant Trees, or has:

  • a height of 5m or more
  • a canopy spread of over 5m
  • a trunk diameter of more than 300mm, at ground level.

Depending on the tree species, the condition of the tree or the type of pruning required. There are serious penalties for breaching the jurisdiction. Fines apply for any breach of jurisdiction concerning the pruning or removal of certain trees.

You also need to apply to the Council’s before you prune the overhanging branches of a neighbour’s tree – if it meets the size requirements above. Permission from your neighbour is not required, although it is recommended you let them know as a courtesy that you want to prune the tree.

However, if your tree is dead or immediately dangerous you do not need the council’s permission. More importantly, however, you will have to do the following:

  • record the tree’s condition and the cause of any risk that the tree may pose
  • provide a statement that verifies that the works undertaken will be or where the minimum necessary to manage the risk
  • provide a report to the City from a qualified Arborist, prior to works taking place or immediately following the works.

You can find related local council policies in our council links page, additionally, if you’re after more information about pruning or removing a tree from your property, simply call us on 0412 614 133 or contact us through our online enquiry form. One of our staff members will get back to you within 24hours.

The NS Turfing Laying Process

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NS landscaping will supply and lay your new turf. Our committed team of landscapers will help you select the right turf for your landscaping project. When deciding which grass is best suited for your lawn we will take into thought things such as soil types, water availability, and budget provided.

Before laying the turf our landscapers must spend time on ground preparation, the amount of sun and shade that the area receives during the day. These can limit your choice of turf due to some turfs needing sunlight and some needing shade, soil types. Soil depth and quality will affect the growth and quality of your turf, the area type. High traffic areas i.e.; children or animals. Visual appeal. Do you prefer lush thick green lawn, or a thinly manicured lawn and the amount of maintenance you are willing to put into your lawn. Some lawns require a lot more maintenance than others.

Groundwork / Soil Preparation

  • If you are replacing existing turf, you will need to have removed the existing turf by either bobcat or spray with roundup and wait for a period of 14 days for all to die off, then remove.
  • Next clear the site of all debris i.e. Sticks, rocks etc.
  • Remember, it is worth taking the extra time for correct site preparation to ensure you achieve the best results.
  • Soil Purchase: A good quality landscape yard can help you, just remember you want the soil to be weed free and of a high quality (sandy loam is a good choice as it retains moisture).
  • To calculate the measurement of soil required, multiply the total square metres by the depth of soil you would like, for example, soil depth is 15mm (0.15 x total square metres + cubic metres required).

Levelling

  • Spread top soil out using a rake (a wheelbarrow & shovel will be handy if moving large amounts of soil around) across the area which you intend on turfing, to a minimum depth of 100mm.
  • Eliminate any future drainage problems by ensuring that the soil slopes away from any housing foundations or pathways.
  • Smooth the soil, ensure you have a flat even surface with no debris, we recommend you hire a roller or plate compactor, this will ensure you have a flat, smooth surface.
  • Be sure to keep your soil about 2-3cm below footpaths or driveways as your new lawn needs to be laid on top (typically the rolls are 25mm in height)
  • Heavily water the prepared area, this will settle the soil and provide a moist base for your turf.

Installation

  • It is important that you install your lawn immediately upon delivery (Instant turf is a living plant that requires ground contact & moisture to survive).
  • Run you irrigation prior to laying, so that the ‘bed’ is damp. Therefore, levelling should be completed prior to delivery.
  • Begin laying turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or path. Butt & push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching, avoiding gaps or overlaps.
  • Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion using a shovel to trim corners etc (avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain moisture).
  • On slopes, avoid walking or kneeling on the turf as much as you can, whilst it is being installed or just after watering.
  • Once installed, roll or compact the entire turfed area, this will improve the turf/soil contact and remove any unwanted air pockets. Hiring a water roller or brick paving compactor is highly recommended.
  • Water your newly laid turf with at least 25mm of water and check that the water has seeped through the turf and into the soil below.

Most common turf: Soft leaf buffalo grass

Sir Walter is a true soft leaf Buffalo grass, which when mowed regularly and properly, and when good lawn care practices are followed, can produce a beautiful looking soft leaf Buffalo lawn. Sir Walter has a wide leaf blade which is characteristic of most other Buffalo grass types and is a high-quality soft leaf Buffalo grass. The best quality characteristics for Sir Walter are its excellent winter colour when grown in either partial shade or full sun, excellent drought tolerance (during drought conditions), good wear and tear tolerance, and good thatch ratings.
The best lawn results will be gained when mowing Sir Walter at a height of between 35 and 60 mm.

For more about our turf laying services or for a free quote, simply call us today on 0412 614 133.

Our Tree Lopping Process

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NS Landscaping specialise in tree lopping services across Sydney’s North Shore. Our tree lopping service includes trimming unwanted sections of trees and shaping up of trees. We clear branches and limbs, and shorten tree trunks. We provide expert tree services offering excellent care by ensuring that no hazard, from falling branches, faces your property or residence. We also ensure zero rate of foliage at affordable tree services.

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