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Trees & Gardens

Our whole of street tree planting approach achieves a consistent uniform planting which creates an "Avenue Effect" of trees of a similar size, shape and look. Planting in one operation improves the efficiency of ongoing maintenance activities such as formative pruning and watering of newly planted trees which occur regularly in the first three years after planting.

Regulated and Significant Trees

Pruning of trees through power lines

Tree Care Frequently Asked Questions

Regulated and Significant Trees

ALL significant trees need approval

A 'Regulated Tree' is a tree that is:

  • Any tree with a trunk circumference of 2m or more measured at a point 1m above natural ground level.
  • Multiple trunks - a total circumference of 2m or more and an average circumference of 625mm or more measured at a point 1m above natural ground level.

A 'Significant Tree' is a tree that is:

  • Any tree with a trunk circumference of 3m or more measured at a point 1m above natural ground level.
  • Multiple trunks - a total circumference of 3m or more and an average circumference of 625mm or more measured at a point 1m above natural ground level.

To determine if you require an application to remove or prune a regulated or significant tree please refer to the Development Information Guide D13. For further information regarding regulated and significant trees please contact our call centre on 8408 1111.

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Pruning of trees through power lines

Privately owned trees:

If a resident has a tree on their land that is interfering with the power lines that is their personal supply it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain their vegetation so that it doesn’t interfere with these lines.

If the privately owned tree, is overhanging their fence and hanging over the verge/footpath and is interfering with the power lines above Council land, then SA Power Networks will come out to prune the tree back from the lines.

Council owned trees:

If a Council tree has limbs that are interfering with power lines, SA Power Networks must be contacted to organise for the tree to be pruned.

SA Power Networks can be contacted on: 131 261.

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'Care today for shade tomorrow'

Street Tree 2The City of Charles Sturt has more than 45,000 street trees. Healthy trees provide significant environmental, aesthetic and economic benefits for your street and wider community. Trees contribute to the creation of valuable shade, reduce stormwater runoff and air temperatures and most importantly make your street lush and green.

What is the best way to water juvenile trees?

During the warmer and dryer months, juvenile trees require two or three buckets of water near their trunk on a weekly basis. Thorough soaking is encouraged to reduce the chance of the tree developing a shallow or surface root system. Maintaining the basin that was created around the base of the tree when it was planted will assist in achieving deep watering.

What is the best way to water established trees?

When a tree is established, their root system grows outwards and away from the trunk, this means you should water the tree around the "Drip line" at the edge of the canopy.

Can I use grey water around trees?

The use of clean non-potable (non drinking) water from baths, showers and washing machines (using biodegradable detergent) will assist the trees. Applying non-potable water evenly and slowly will minimise water run-off into the street gutter.

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