Arborists are specialists in tree care and can help you:
- assess the health and safety of trees
- remove unsafe trees and tree branches
- treat tree diseases or pests
- provide a long-term tree care plan.
The following steps will help you find the right arborist for your needs.
Step 1: Check credentials
Before hiring an arborist, make sure they:
- have the right qualifications and experience (minimum Level 3 Certificate in Arboriculture)
- have public health and safety insurance
- are members of professional organisations such as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) or Arboriculture Australia
- have logos on their trucks and quotes
- can provide evidence of their insurance
- can explain Boroondara's process for applying for a Tree Removal Permit and comply with state and local laws, such as the Tree Protection Local Law 2016
- have references you can check from other sites they’ve worked on
- aren’t door-knockers pushing you to agree to carry out urgent works immediately for payment in cash.
If you’re ever in doubt about a tree company, call our Statutory Planning team on 9278 4888.
If a canopy or significant tree is removed without a permit, even if the arborist told you no permits were required, you’ll be responsible as the property owner.
Step 2: Compare quotes
Before accepting a quote, compare the credentials and specifications of each quote. Also ensure they submit a contract specifying:
- whether a Tree Protection Permit is required
- start and finish dates
- who's responsible for the clean up
- what the total price includes
- the hourly rate.
Step 3: Monitor practices
Professional arborists only perform works in an accepted manner. Unacceptable activities to watch out for include:
- lopping (cutting off a branch or limb from the main body of a tree)
- removing excessive amounts of live wood
- using climbing spurs on trees that are not being removed
- removing or disfiguring living trees without just cause.
To avoid this happening, do thorough reference checks before choosing an arborist.