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Pollarded eucalyptus trees

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BauerTime Thu 01-Jan-15 13:35:01

I am a gardening novice. I've just seen the homebuyers survey summary on our mortgage offer paperwork and it says something like 'these trees should be kept under strict control'. I have no idea what they are or how much work this would involve so would appreciate some advice. Should we be getting them removed? How are they kept under control?


echt Thu 01-Jan-15 22:02:58

Presumably the people who wrote the report know what kind of trees they are, so I'd be asking them to clarify. They have not been helpful.

Eucalypts can be pollarded, but it's an expert's job.

aircooled Fri 02-Jan-15 20:47:54

Eucalyptus trees can be huge - E. gunnii is a commonly planted one and can reach 80-100ft. I assume the root system can be extensive (have you had a drains cctv survey done? - worth the money, speaking from experience). Eucalyptus are mainly native to Australia and to me they always look 'alien' in a British garden. I would have them out.

Pantone363 Fri 02-Jan-15 20:52:29

Tree surgeon DP says they grow big and fast.

In effect you'd need to be keeping an eye on them and getting a tree surgeon (not cheap if qualified and insured) out to keep them in check.

You could take them out if they don't have a tree preservation order on them. Our neighbour got one on his and now it's bloody massive!

BauerTime Fri 02-Jan-15 21:17:29

pantone I've had a look on the pic of the garden on the EA website and the tree is quite big (30ft I guess) but looks well kept. Would your DP mind giving a rough idea of how regularly a tree surgeon would be needed to keep it in check and the cost (we are in Essex). Also, being cheeky now but is the root system likely to be an issue on a eucalyptus tree? In regards to impacting on the house and drains?

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