Need an arborist report in Melbourne?
Max Tree Services work with qualified arborists to produce tree inspection reports that are cost effective and to council specifications.
There may come a time when you need to get an arborist report for your property. But what does it include, why do you need one and what does an arborist do anyway? Read on as we answer all your questions.
What is an arborist?
Put simply, an arborist is a specialist in the study of trees and shrubs. Once upon a time, they used to be called tree surgeons. An arborist is the expert for a tree’s structural problems, the best way to prune them for health and street appeal, selecting the best species for a specific form or function and knowing what diseases affect which trees.
How is an arborist different from a horticulturist?
If an arborist is the surgeon, the horticulturist is your GP. Their knowledge, while extensive, is of a general, all-round nature. They study not only trees and plants, but also shrubs, flowers, grasses etc. They use this knowledge for garden design, cultivation and propagation.
When would I need an arborist report?
There are a number of scenarios where you may require an arborist to curate a report for you.
New Property Purchase: Prior to buying a house or land with a large number of trees, or trees of a significant size, you may want to engage an arborist to provide information on:
- Overall tree health
- Current structure and stability
- Species present
- Potential growth and overall size
- Any laws applied by council for their maintenance or removal.
Current Property Owners: For peace of mind, home or business owners will call an arborist to report on the health of the trees, not only on their property, but also in their surrounds. Information will include potential branch failure, any invasive tree roots, a visual check of the neighbour’s trees for disease or areas of concern. Advice on the care and maintenance of the trees is also provided.
Builders/Renovators: When engaging an architect or draftsman for a new build or major renovation, they may request an arborist report. This will be not only for the trees on your land, but also those of your neighbours. In this instance, the report will provide valuable insight into how the trees growth will affect the natural light of the construction, movement and growth patterns, how they can be incorporated into the design and if there is likely to be significant debris – useful for when planning the location of a swimming pool!
Before large scale building, the report will consider the impact of construction on other trees in the area. Arborists reports are prerequisites for any developers looking to clear land.
What’s included in an arborist report?
Most arborist reports are prepared for council applications. As such, your arborist should be familiar with the requirements of each council and prepare the report to their specifications. In general, the report will include the following:
- The overall health and conditions of the trees on your property
- The overall health and condition of the trees in neighbouring properties
- Other trees in the neighbourhood including the nature strip and on council land
- Whether any trees are a hazard to people or property
- If there any issues that need to be managed e.g. limb or tree removal, regular pruning requirements, the potential for infections or pests (old stumps etc.)
Max Tree Services engage external consultants to prepare their arborist reports. Their arborists are all members of VTIO (Victorian Tree Industry Organisation) and have a minimum of 10 years’ experience working in and around the Melbourne area.
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