Arborists gain qualifications to practice arboriculture in a variety of ways. Generally they focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees. Their work may involve very large and complex trees, ecological communities, tree protection, species identification and tree diseases. Other responsibilities can also include planning, consulting, writing reports and giving legal testimony. Experience working safely and effectively in and around trees is essential.
They may specialise in one or more disciplines of arboriculture, such as diagnosis and treatment, climbing and pruning, cabling and lightning protection, or consulting and report writing. All these disciplines are related and some arborists are highly experienced in all areas of tree work. All Aussie Tree Solutions Team Leaders are qualified Level 3 Arborists, and our Management staff are qualified Level 5 Arborists. An Arborist’s scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a landscaper or gardener, though the professionals share much in common.
Trees in urban settings are often subject to disruption from both human and natural effects, both above and below ground. Our qualified arborists can asses the situation and then provide suitable solutions for the space and the health of the tree. Common issues are needing to prune a tree to ensure health and structure, removing diseased trees and find a balance between protecting trees and property
There can be a vast difference between the techniques and practices of professional arborists and those of inadequately trained tree workers who simply “trim trees”. Some commonly offered “services” are considered unacceptable by modern arboriculture standards and may seriously damage, disfigure, weaken or even kill trees. Avoid ‘door knockers’. Unskilled workers may take your money, do more harm than good and leave you with bigger problems than when you first called.
We have heard of cases where untrained individuals have recommended cutting back or lop off all the branches, on the mistaken assumption that it will help avoid breakages in future storms. However, qualified arborists say that cutting main branches back to stumps is extremely harmful and unhealthy for your trees and may in fact be more likely to break when a storm strikes.
Call Aussie Tree Solutions on 3351-1722 and have one of our friendly, qualified arborists provide you with a free written quote and expert advice.
Reference: Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc. (www.qaa.net.au)