In technical terms, an arborist might more accurately be called an arboriculturist. But in a nutshell, it’s really all about trees.
It might make more sense to call them a “tree doctor”, but that doesn’t quite encapsulate it either. That’s because an arborist is more like an overall “tree guru”. If there’s a tree or a tree issue, or even something related to any woody plant, shrub or bush at all, the arborist will know exactly what to do.
The arborist has studied (and continues to study) the cultivation of all sorts of trees and woody plants and provides services that determine what actions are appropriate for their management.
What Does An Arborist Do?
Once educated and experienced, an arborist will be able to give advice and provide services in areas of:
- Sustainability and preservation
- Planting and transplanting
- Tree removal
- Identifying plant species
- Hazards and risks
- Site assessing
- Management and pruning
- Hedge trimming and shaping
- Tree reports
- and other related duties
How Do Arborists Do Their Job?
As mentioned above, an arborist is a trained and experienced specialist who carries out a range of commercial services relating to trees and woody plants.
Let’s explore in more detail:
Consultation: This area of an arborist’s job is wide-ranging. Tree consultation may involve:
- Recommending trees for planting
- Diagnosing diseases and advising about treatment
- Identifying hazards
- Identifying permissions
- Writing official reports for councils
Planting: Planting trees may seem simple, but the arborist does much more than a DIY job. They advise about the best trees and plants to plant in what locations, and use expert equipment, knowledge, and procedures to keep them healthy in the long term.
Transplanting: An arborist can also transplant trees and ensure that after re-planting, they will be healthy. This will involve knowing which roots to leave and which can be cut, and doing soil testing and treatment in the new location if necessary. Not every tree can or should be transplanted, your local arborist will advise accordingly.
Tree removal: Depending on the type, size, location, and conditions, removing trees is complex and in some cases dangerous if the professional has to climb. The arborist will ensure a property’s structures and assets are not damaged and will use specialist equipment.
Stump grinding: Removing a tree is one thing, but removing the stump and removing the root are all distinct procedures. Stump grinders are used to remove the part of the stump that is below the surface level. If the arborist determines that the roots may regenerate the tree, then the roots will be removed as well and this will require digging.
Tree pruning: Pruning is an underestimated art, but the arborist will know what to do to keep the tree healthy and safe for those around it. Branches can be removed to manage diseases without further damaging the tree, and if the branches are large, limbs will have to be properly secured and lowered.
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Hiring An Arborist
Before you hire an arborist, especially for large jobs, you want to have confidence in their ability to complete the job safely and effectively. So check the following things first.
- Check their certification. JC Trees have level 3 & level 5 Arborists on the team.
- Check references and reviews. See our google map listing for Arborist reviews.
- Check membership of professional organisations. JC Trees are Queensland Aboriculture Association members.
- Ask for a copy of their insurance cover
JC Tree Services, the leading Gold Coast arborists will even do site evaluations for free before carrying out any work. Want to know more about arboriculture? Have a tree problem? Get in touch with Jez on 0418 451 814, because like all highly skilled arborists, he always sees the wood for the trees.