Problem 1 - Overhanging branches
If you’ve had enough of next door’s unkempt boughs creeping over the fence, don’t reach for the pruning tools just yet. Cutting back branches or roots from your neighbour’s tree requires the consent of your local council under the Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Details of the TPO for your area can be found on your local council’s website, where all the requirements that must be met prior to pruning are listed. If you tackle a tree without consulting the TPO, your neighbour is entitled to sue you for damages – so it pays to know the rules before you get the saw out!
Problem 2 - Weedy trees
When you discover trees popping up where they shouldn’t, or find that noxious weeds (always check with your local council) have taken root in your backyard, the fix is relatively easy. Simply cut the tree down to ground level and immediately paint the stump with a glyphosate-based product, such as Yates Zero or Defender
Glyphosate 360, to kill the roots. For best results, the glyphosate must be applied to a freshly cut surface.
Problem 3 - Wrong tools
When an ordinary pruning saw just won’t do and a chainsaw seems a little excessive, try the Bosch Keo Cordless Garden Saw. This compact tool effortlessly cuts through branches up to 80mm thick, and has a detachable ‘A-Grip’ to keep the branch stable while you’re sawing away. It’s lightweight and cordless, too, which makes getting to those hard-to-reach places a breeze.