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How to Approach Tree Pruning of a Neighbour’s Tree

Jun 10, 2024

Overgrown and overhanging trees are a common sight everywhere you look on the Gold Coast. However, what do you do when the overhanging tree isn’t on your property? Tree pruning of neighbours’ trees is a frequent request we handle at Frontier Tree Services. Here are our top tips on the best way to approach pruning the overhang from a neighbouring tree.


1. Speak with Your Neighbour

Communication is key. If the tree is growing over your fence, it’s likely impacting something in your neighbour’s yard as well. Start by having a friendly conversation with them. They may already be planning to prune the tree or might be open to the idea once they understand your concerns.

2. Engage an Arborist to Prune to Boundary Line

Under the common law right of abatement, you have the right to prune branches that overhang your property, as long as you can do so from your side of the fence without needing your neighbour’s consent. Hiring a professional arborist ensures that tree pruning is done correctly and safely. Arborists are skilled in correct pruning techniques that promote healthier and slower re-growth, maintaining the tree’s health and appearance.

3. Offer to Contribute to Tree Pruning Costs

Even though it’s not your tree, contributing to tree pruning costs can be a worthwhile investment. This helps improve the look and feel of your property and fosters good relations with your neighbour. Discussing and sharing the costs can lead to a more collaborative approach to maintaining the tree.

4. Always Hire a Qualified Arborist

Whether you or your neighbour are arranging the tree pruning, working with a qualified arborist is crucial. Professional arborists are trained to handle trees safely and effectively, ensuring the work is done to a high standard. This helps avoid any potential damage to the tree and surrounding property and minimises the risk of future disputes.


Additional Tips:

  • Be Courteous: Always approach the situation with courtesy and respect. A cooperative attitude can prevent disputes and lead to a more amicable resolution.
  • Look for Solutions: Focus on finding practical solutions that work for both you and your neighbour. This might include scheduling the pruning at a convenient time for both parties.
  • Allow Access: If the tree needs to be accessed from your side for safe pruning, make sure to facilitate this for the arborist.


By following these tips, you can effectively manage overhanging trees and maintain a good relationship with your neighbours. If you’d like to learn more about our tree pruning services or have concerns with an overhanging tree, please get in touch with our team at Frontier Tree Services. We’re here to help you navigate tree maintenance with professionalism and care.

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