I popped in during our PMs inspection a week ago and noticed that the backyard is looking quite overgrown, trees overhanging the neighbours fence, bushes going bushy. I was in a "fixit" mode as I'd organised for some painting to be done, and an electrician to fix the toilet exhaust fan, a light fitting and some light switches. Oh and the electrician who I sourced myself from one of those service-quote-places that contact tradies for you, charged me $70 instead of the $130 quoted by the electrician sourced by a previous PM to fix the toilet exhaust. Do tradies charge more if they come through a PM (thinking that landlords can't really be bothered to look around or are made of cash?)? Anyway so I got some quotes to clean up the backyard and was totally gobsmacked by some of the quotes - $500 - $750. All I want to do is get the trees and bushes pruned. The PM said "Garden maintenance is the tenant's responsibility to an extent. If it is shrubs, grass or small trees they are required to maintain it." Anyone been in similar situation? Is it going to be a case of - ask them to do it, but ... if they don't, then it looks like I have to pop down there myself one day with some shears and cutters???