Do you have any idea what an arborist does? Don’t feel ashamed if you don’t, it’s something not many people have heard of, unless they have had the need for one. This profession is often known as a tree surgeon; its their job to cultivate and manage any form of woody plants or shrubs. Essentially, if you have a plant that needs pruning, or potentially removing, an arboriculturist is who you need to call! However, they do more than just maintain woody plants and shrubs, many people find themselves in need of an arborist report. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
What is an Arborist Tree Report?
In simple terms, an arborist tree report details information about the health of woody plants and shrubs, the cause of any problems and what can be done to resolve the problem. There are also regulations about which plants can be removed and which would be a loss to the community and to the environment, so you will also be told if certain plants can be removed from your property. Often, removal of a plant is a last resort, so other actions will be considered before making such a permanent decision.
Why Do I Need an Arborist Tree Report?
Sometimes local councils will order you to get a professional to complete an arborist tree report on your property. This is usually the case when there is development planned in your area, or even if you have asked for permission to complete an extension on your property. The main concern when councils consider removal of large plants is the potential negative effect on the environment. So it is the job of an arbour-culturist to determine what impact removing the plant will have on the local ecosystem. However, if you have woody plants on your property, it is important to ensure they are in good health. If you notice signs of dead branches or cracks in the bark, it might be a good sign that you need someone to inspect it. This is when an expert will come and examine the health of the plant- usually by completing an arborist tree report- then decide on the best course of action.
Are There Different Types of Report?
Yes, there are four basic types of arborist tree reports, they are as follows:
Pre- development vegetation assessment. This is required when you are considering getting an extension, or in the early stages of a new development. This process is used to determine the value of the plants that exist on your site. These plants will be evaluated and a decision will be reached about what to do with them. The outcomes are either pruning, complete removal or preservation.
Development application reports. In some cases, you don’t need to get an arborist tree report until further on in the development process. Middle stage application reports are used to address any concerns the local council may have. Development plans may have to be altered due to the outcome of the assessment.
Management plans. These assessments are for plots of land that have a large collection of mature plants. Public places such as schools, parks and golf courses rely on these arborist tree reports to monitor the health of the plants. Management plans can determine potential hazardous plants, in which case these will be removed, but other options will always be considered first.
Hazard risk assessments. Properties with a smaller number of existing plants may need to establish risk rating by considering current hazards. In some cases, removal may conflict local council law, in this situation, the arborist tree report can be justification for the desired removal.
How much does it cost?
The cost of an arborist tree report depends on the type of assessment required. The scope and time needed to complete the assessment is also taken into consideration. Each company will have different rates so shop around before making a decision. But as a rough guide, you may be paying about $550 for one plant, with an added $50 for every additional plant and a $50 admin fee for a permit submission to the council.