What Services Can an Arborist Provide for You
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Published by TOP4 Team
If you have trees in your front lawn, backyard or any other area within your property, you may find yourself in need of a skilled arborist from time to time. But what exactly do arborists do?
What these professionals do
An arborist is also called a tree surgeon, arboriculturalist, arboricultural technician, or horticultural tradesperson. Generally, these professionals are tasked with managing, maintaining and caring for trees.
Their services include:
· Identifying specific types of trees
· Inspecting them for damage or disease
· Pruning or planting trees according to their condition and the area where they stand
· Treating trees with fertilisers and insecticides
· Lopping limbs and shaping branches as necessary
· Removing decaying or dead trees
· Providing helpful and important advice on general tree care for homeowners
· Dealing with hazardous trees (entangled in power lines, fallen after storms, etc.)
· Consult and liaise with councils, local authorities and members of the public about the maintenance or removal of trees
Common working conditions
Mostly, arborists work in outdoor locations like farms, parks, roadsides and private yards, in different weather conditions. They may be called in to cut branches or remove trees when it's wet and raining, at night (in emergency cases), and sometimes at heights.
Tools and equipment
For their own safety, arborists must always wear safety gear such as earmuffs, helmets, gloves, visors or goggles, and boots; for the rest of the community's safety, on the other hand, cones and signs should be used to provide warnings and encourage caution around the area.
As for the tools and technology needed to get their work done, common ones you would see are trucks and excavators, pruning equipment, handsaws and chainsaws, wood chippers, stump grinders, elevated working platforms, ad climbing equipment like throw lines and harnesses.
Choosing an excellent arborist
To make sure that only the best professional is hired to work on your property, see if the arborist you are considering has completed traineeship in Horticulture (Arboriculture); most employers are known to require them to have reached Year 10. Other related courses that your arborist may have taken up include Certificates III and IV for Horticulture and Certificate IV for Parks and Gardens.
It's also a good idea to assess (something you can glean from their former clients or employers) whether the arborist has the required attributes, such as: a natural interest in arboriculture and horticulture; strong practical and logical ability; ability to work as part of a team; comfortable working at heights; great planning, communication and organisational skills, and a methodical approach to their work.