FAQ

What type of arborist service does my tree need?

Arborists can provide services for a variety of tree needs. For starters, Canopy Consulting can provide site consultation services in order to determine your tree's condition. After a site inspection is conducted, our consultant will provide information based on general observations from ground level. Bear in mind, our consultant may recommend additional diagnostic services to confirm or clarify the observations. You may fill out this site consultation request form for a free quote.

What is involved in an Aerial Assessment?

Aerial assessments can be conducted from an elevated work platform (EWP), an adjacent building, via drone or by climbing the tree. We find the latter to provide the best results as the aerial operative can closely inspect, measure and probe the feature or fault. This results in better data which translates into better decision making for the management of the tree. Learn more about Aerial Assessment of trees.

What is an Arborist’s Involvement in the Development Process?

Most municipalities and government departments today require a minimum AQF Level 5 Arborist to be engaged through the construction process. Where trees are involved on a potential development site, It is generally a condition of consent or an RFQ to, at minimum, have an Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) or Tree Protection Plan (TPP) in place to allow construction to proceed. Click here to learn more.

How does Resistance Drilling work?

The IML-RESI PowerDrill ® PD-400 is an electronic resistance drill which drives a small diameter (3mm) spade bit to a maximum depth of 400mm into a tree. As the bit penetrates the drill’s resistance is simultaneously plotted as a graphic profile which is used to determine the internal strength of the wood.  Learn more about managing tree decay and risk through Resistance Drilling.

How do I identify that my tree is at risk?

Here is a list of things Canopy Consulting’s arborists look for when completing a tree inspection and risk assessment. These are also things the general public can look out for and call an arborist if they have concerns.

  • Large and dead branches
  • Detached or hanging branches
  • Fallen tree branches
  • Loose bark on the trunk
  • Cracks or splits in the trunk or tranches
  • Cavities or rotten wood (decay) within the trunk or branches
  • Presence of mushrooms under the tree
  • Changes in soil level
  • Area altered by construction or installation of pavements
  • Leaves developing in smaller size 
  • Leaves growing unusual yellow color
  • Tree being topped or heavily pruned

Once the potential tree risks are identified and assessed, an arborist will likely recommend the following after an inspection.

Why do I need an Arborist Report?

Arborist reports may be required for many reasons. Council’s often require Impact Assessment reports to approve Development Applications (DA) and use them to guide Development Consent conditions.

In many instances, council’s require assessment and reports by a AQF 5 Arborist to justify the removal or substantial pruning of trees located within residential property.

Arborist reports may also be commissioned by landowners or managers to investigate concerns related to health, risk, safety or wholistic treescape management.

How much does an Arborist Report cost?

How long is a piece of string? As with any consultant, the price varies and depends on the time taken to travel to site, collect data and write, format and send the report.

Contact us directly to discuss your needs. We provide free quotes!

Who can write an Arborist Report?

Most council’s require a minimum AQF Level 5 consulting level Arborist. Arborists who achieve this qualification are trained to a higher level and are more experienced in the wholistic management of trees in the urban environment.

What kind of information is covered in an Arborist Report?

Depending on the type of report required the information generally includes; tree species, dimensions, physical attributes, site details, a discussion of observations, a conclusion and recommendations.

What's the difference between a Consulting Arborist, a trade level Arborist and a tree lopper?

A Consulting Arborist has received training to a minimum AQF level 5. These arborists are experienced in the management of trees in an urban context. Consulting Arborists are better able to identify complex issues, such as pest and disease, pruning specification, health and structural assessment.

Trade level (AQF 3) Arborists are typically the person who arrives as a tree climber with a truck and chipper. AQF 3 Arborists have a fundamental understanding of tree biology, soil and pest and disease and are familiar with correct pruning techniques.

A tree lopper is an old term that described someone who pruned and removed trees. These days, it is synonymous with people who haven’t received recognised training. Trees may end up being incorrectly pruned or unnecessarily removed when a lopper is involved.

What's wrong with my tree?

It could be as simple as a lack of rain or irrigation, or as complex as cumulative circumstances that have led to a decline in health or structure. The only way we can truly assess the issue is an on site consultation.

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