When Your Tree is Looking Rather Poorly, Who Do You Call?
Updated: Oct 23, 2019
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Arborist
You can Google a long list of arborists but how do you know who is a real professional?
Finding a trusted arborist is like finally finding the hairdresser who knows exactly how you want your hair cropped. This person basically goes on your speed dial from then on.
At Accomplished Tree Management, we are all about connecting people to nature. This is our passion. What we are particularly proud of is how our expertise and experience have been passed down in our family. The love for trees runs deep in our veins. With over 15 years of experience, we have made friends with all kind of trees and their owners across Port Macquarie and the Mid North Coast.
Our customers come to us with their doubts and problems and we take pride in delivering a service that takes them from a vulnerable situation to one of satisfaction and pride. They leave their gardens and property literally in our hands and we gain their trust with what we do.
Here are some guidelines you can take into consideration when getting the services of an arborist.
Safety is our prime concern - our own safety as arborists as well as the safety and well-being of the living greenery we work with and the property and infrastructure around them. A good arborist carries out hazard identification checklists prior to starting any job. This is to ensure optimal safety. A professional arborist is not just some stud with a chainsaw ready to hack some scraggly limbs off a tree.
Check that your arborist adheres to the standards of the region you are in. Accomplished Tree Management adheres to the Australian standards of AS 4373-2007-Pruning of Amenity Trees.
As romantic as our job may sound as experts in the language of trees, what we do every day is actually highly challenging and physically demanding with risks thrown in. In fact, as we gain in experience, we are also entrusted with more challenging and dangerous jobs. While we thrive on the challenge, it is our own responsibility as professionals in our field to ensure we cover ourselves with sufficient insurance. So when you hire an arborist, it is a good idea to check if they have insurance covered.
Accomplished Tree Management is fully insured with $20 million Public Liability and $1 million Professional Indemnity Insurance.
It is good for clients to know why as arborists we need insurance - this article aptly explains the nature of our work and the reason for insurance.
Stay within the Law
If your arborist tells you it is perfectly fine to chop a tree off just because it is in your way, alarms should start ringing in your head. Trees are a highly protected species in Australia, and there is a myriad of laws governing the removal of trees. You do not want to get into trouble because you have allowed any arborist to remove a tree without checking if there is permission to do so first.
A professional arborist has firstly, the expertise and qualifications to satisfy council requirements and they are also qualified to provide an Arboricultural Report to go with your Development Application or your request to remove a tree.
We do not just do the raw, physical work of sawing and lopping. We also provide consultancy services. We do reports on development sites which are compliant with the Australian Standard AS4970-2009 (Protection of Trees on Development Sites). We also perform Hazard Assessments to clearly determine the degree of risk a tree may cause to its surroundings. Talk to us if you are not sure about the council requirements in your area.
Care of Equipment
When you go to your hairdresser, you would probably cringe if you saw they were working with dirty, blunt scissors or crummy hair curlers with dodgy bits on them. It gives the impression they do not take any care in their work and have no respect for what they do.
An arborist is no different. Your arborist should also take pride in their equipment and even more so because the machinery and tools we employ are really expensive and involve regular, high maintenance. They are not just so we can do our work well. Our equipment keeps us safe too. That is why a quote that is too low can be a bit fishy - take note of the equipment your arborist uses. Check to make sure they do not look like they were purchased from a second-hand antique shop or that very little care has been given to their tools. A professional arborist knows their equipment and takes pride in using them well.
An arborist is also fondly referred to as a doctor for trees. We look at a tree and its symptoms, how it is behaving and we are able to analyse from our observations what its problem is and what needs to be done to make the tree better.
To do this, we need proper training and knowledge. Just muscles and brawn is not going to get us too far. In Australia, a qualified arborist must have completed at least a AQF Level 3 (Certificate III) in either horticulture or arboriculture.
There are many respected professionals in our industry, and we all share the same objective, to care for trees as a precious resource on our planet. Visit our website to see what our clients say about our services, and we are always happy to hear from people who want to know what they can do to help their trees live a happier, healthier and longer life!
We love sharing our knowledge with tree lovers, so here are three simple tips for caring for your greenery as spring tiptoes into Australia!
Tip #1: Give it a trim
Trimming, when not overdone enthusiastically, can help encourage leaves to grow. Clean up tangly or dangly limbs so the tree can continue to have ample space to grow well. Talk to us to see if your tree requires just a bit of pruning or deadwooding. As winter draws to a close, it is a good time to do this before spring descends in full swing.
Tip #2: Feed it
Ever notice how when it's cold your appetite increases and your stomach craves a rich, hot stew loaded with heavy chunks of meat and lots of delicious vegetables? Trees are the same. They are just as affected by the cold as we are and they need some fertilizer to boost their health and get them ready to burst into life in spring. Mulching is a good way to give your trees the vitamins it needs and it also keeps them well-hydrated. You can use bits of leftovers like leaves or grass to cover the soil. If your tree is of the sensitive sort and you are not sure what ingredients can go in your mulch, talk to us!
Tip #3: Spring cleaning
Gardens tend to get a bit untidy over winter. The area around trees can be full of bits of dead branches and leaves. This is actually a nice cosy home for pests and fungus, which is not beneficial to trees. Roll up your sleeves, pick up that rake and get the whole family to work and clear up all the dead bits. Your trees will thank you for it! Clearing the space is your way of communicating with your trees to say, spring is coming, get ready to grow, grow, grow!
We offer a comprehensive list of services at Accomplished Tree Management to help you enjoy your trees. We are looking forward to seeing the richness of nature burst into life again in spring!
All Hands on Deck! Celebrate National Tree Day with the whole family!
While you are getting ready for spring, why not check out the activities available in your area to celebrate Australia's National Tree Day on 28th July? This is Australia's largest community tree planting and nature protection event. As tree lovers we are looking forward to celebrating the life of trees with everyone, young and old! National Tree Day is aiming to get Australians to plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country. This is a beautiful collective effort for all of us to give back to our communities.
Check out the National Tree Day website to see what activities are available in your area. It is a great day to be outdoors with the whole family and there is so much to look forward to! Take the kids along to help plant trees along a bicycle track, or your grandparents could take home some plants from a nursery to care for, take part in conservation efforts along some parts of the beach with your friends or get to know your neighbours while helping to revegetate areas that are home to endangered species!
Nature is here to be enjoyed and taken care of by all ages. Let's do our part and help Australia's green life and animals thrive!
At Accomplished Tree Management, we know we are inextricably connected to nature and caring for nature is caring for us. We want nature to thrive around us, season after season.
Talk to us, and see what we can do for you this winter season to keep your trees healthy and safe.
About Accomplished Tree Management: Tel 0411 443 535
Accomplished Tree Management is a tree services company and arborist based in Port Macquarie and services the Mid North Coast. With over 16 years experience, we employ safe work methods and are certified with Australian AS 4373-2007-Pruning of Amenity Trees standards. We're fully insured with $20 million Public Liability and $1 million Professional Indemnity Insurance.
We provide the following tree management services in Port Macquarie and the Hastings region -
Tree management - tree removals, palm tree services, council permits
Tree and garden maintenance - hedging, pruning, deadwooding, stump grinding
Tree consultation - arboricultural reports, hazard assessment
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