The Tree Lopper V The Arborist
It’s a common misconception that a ‘tree lopper’ and an ‘Arborist’ are one and the same.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. When engaging a professional to manage your valuable tree assets and protect your property and buildings, knowing the difference will save you a lot of money and inconvenience.
A ‘tree lopper’ is usually self-taught and without any formal qualifications in Horticulture and/or Arboriculture. Their equipment may not be to industry or Australian Standards, and not maintained according to a reliable ‘safety driven’ maintenance plan. A ‘tree lopper’ is not usually insured which leaves you exposed in the event of damage to property or injuries to people should a branch or tree fall. Also, they may not be appropriately experienced to work on the type and size of the tree that’s on your property. Lastly, not every nuisance tree needs to be cut to the ground. You may like the tree, and instead of removing it, a simple thinning or strategic pruning of troublesome branches may fix the problem and save you a lot of money.
Now... the Arborist!
At the other end of the spectrum is the industry professional. A qualified Arborist will:
- Hold formal qualifications in Horticulture and/or Arboriculture;
- Be an accredited member of their State’s Arboricultural Association;
- Use industry standard equipment and operate per Australian Standards;
- Hold current liability insurance;
- Provide clearly documented written quotes and a plan of action;
- Has extensive industry knowledge and expertise about trees (native and others) and plants;
- Is willing to provide references from other satisfied customers relating to similar jobs.
Total Tree Services and their Senior Arborist Jamie Nairn can ‘tick’ YES to all the above points.
When working with nature, it never pays to take risks.
Total Tree Services provide customers with peace of mind, 18 years’ experience, and value for money.