Trim trees and overhanging branches


Before you plant any trees consider how high and how wide the tree will ultimately grow. Position new trees and shrubs away from the house and powerlines; minimise the dangers caused by falling trees or branches damaging your house or bringing down powerlines. Plant Smart is a vegetation management program developed by Ergon and Greening Australia help up choose trees and shrubs for under powerlines.

Tall trees can shed branches in storms and if large enough these braches can cause significant damage. If your neighbour's trees are a concern, discuss your concerns with them. An arborist can advise whether a tree is dying and recommend which trees need to be removed or just pruned. 

The main reasons for pruning trees are to reduce the risk of damage to your car and home and for your family's safety. Pruning encourages tree to develop a strong structure, which reduces the risk of falling trees and branches during severe weather events.  And you can use the aged forest mulch to feed your garden.

Do not attempt to prune trees in or near powerlines. If you are concerned a tree is too close to a powerline, call your electricity provider.

In high winds, braches may come into contact with and damage your house, or worse come into contact with and bring down overhead powerlines; creating a life-threatening situation.

Main causes of tree failure

  • Shallow root system
  • Snapped trunks
  • Sick or old trees or termite damage
  • Top-heavy plants
  • Erosion
  • Failure of shrubs or branches


While you're up the ladder, remember to exercise caution around overhead powerlines. Stay away from fallen powerlines during and following storms. (240W)

Ergon 13 22 96 to report and receive updates about power interruptions

Ergon fallen power lines or electric shock 000 or 13 16 70

Energex 131253 tree pruning

Energex 13 63 63 to report and receive updates about power interruptions

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