“Arborists and Tree Loppers are all the same, aren’t they? What’s in a name?” When it comes to Arboriculture, quite a lot: training, skills, knowledge, experience to name but a few. An Arborist has undertaken training and studies that focus on trees and plants from a health and safety perspective. When you engage qualified Arborist, you are getting the wealth of this training and experience to provide you with advice on what to do now and how this will affect your trees in the future.
Good Arborists also work to the Australian Standards AS4373 (2007) Pruning of Amenity Trees when undertaking tree work. These standards govern how a tree should be pruned and why certain techniques are used over others.
“Lopping” or “topping” a tree refers to cutting the entire top section (crown) of a tree. This causes extreme stress to a tree and it will result in the production of epicormic regrowth or “stress growth” or the tree could even die. Epicormic regrowth is generally 80% weaker then naturally formed branches and is therefore far more likely to break or delaminate during a strong wind event.
There are only a few tree species and circumstances when lopping or topping a tree would be appropriate. Unfortunately, Tree Loppers just don’t have the training and knowledge and regularly recommend a tree is lopped and sadly thousands of trees are permanently ruined or killed as a result.
It is not uncommon for an arboriculture business to get a call from a customer who had a bad job done by a person who really was not trained in tree care and now they need qualified expertise to try to fix.
A qualified arborist can undertake technical work such as dismantling large trees in tight situations using a variety of tools and equipment including the use of rigging, tower cranes, elevated work platforms to safely remove trees without impacting on other trees and /or property in the vicinity.
Just as a Plumber, Electrician, Builder etc. should be able to provide their trade qualifications, so should every tree worker who calls themselves an Arborist. As a minimum they should hold a “trade level” qualification – AQF Level 3. All North Brisbane Trees staff either hold their Level 3 or are actively in the process of obtaining their Level 3 qualifications through an apprenticeship. Our Senior Consulting Arborists hold a Diploma of Arboriculture (Level 5).
So, when you think of tree work, always call a Qualified Arborist, you will be getting the benefit of skills, training and expertise and a job that is done right.
- March 9, 2018 in News
There has been a huge uproar recently around a tree that was destroyed in Musgrave Park, West End due to the installation of a concrete slab for a basketball court.
The full article is on Brisbane Times and surrounds Greens councillor Jonathan Sri as he was the one who approved the installation. Residents claim that the work involved with laying the concrete slab contributed to the demise of the tree because nothing else could have caused it like severe wind or vandalism.
At North Brisbane Trees, tree safety is a huge priority for us and we are not in the business to remove a tree just for the sake of it. We love trees and simply would not indulge in any activity that encroach upon local laws or good old fashioned common sense. But when there is a tree in the news, you know we are onto it.
Our resident tree expert Craig Bauer (Cert 5 Qualified Arborist) had this to say about the incident:
“I should not speculate on this particular incident without knowing any of the facts and without visiting the site, but it is possible that a significant root may have been damaged or severed during the excavation works prior to pouring the slab. A Consulting Arborist should have been engaged and a report / risk assessment should have been carried out on all the surrounding trees. With this approach it would be guaranteed that none of the surrounding trees would have been negatively impacted.”
We should note that Councillor Sri has mentioned an Arborist Report was being put together and that would be able to close the loop on what has transpired.
It is important to always engage Arborists and Tree Experts before carrying out any work that can impact trees. Many trees are protected species and there is special legislation around how they are handled. It is not as simple as cutting a tree down or ‘working around it’. As in this case, it appears the problems could have occurred well beneath the surface so whilst those involved may have taken care, they would probably only have seen what was on the surface.
Of course, we hope for the best outcome here and will leave the matter for the authorities to handle. Just remember, when in doubt, give North Brisbane Trees a call on 07 3289 3610.
No!…unless you want your septic system to be overrun with roots, blockages and potential damage to the pipes. The nutrient rich wastewater would only encourage the trees roots system to grow at a faster rate than normal which can cause problems. Depending on what pathogens or chemicals are used in your septic system you also have the potential to negatively impact your trees.
- February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice
- February 7, 2018 in Tips & Advice
Storms may be spectacular but they can also be quite devastating. South East Queensland and Brisbane are no strangers to storms and although we enjoy most of the year storm free, it’s important to be prepared for storm season. It’s the main season for property damage and it’s also important to keep your family and pets safe! Read More >
- January 22, 2018 in Tips & Advice
Did you know you can get free plants for your property? Brisbane City Council has a Free Native Plants Program that seeks to promote and foster local flora and fauna and it also boosts forestry across Brisbane City. Read More >
- January 21, 2018 in Tips & Advice
Did you know you can get 4 native plants from Brisbane City Council absolutely free?
It’s part of Council’s Free Native Plants Program and is a special offer from Council to make it that bit more easier to grow your garden and beautify your property.
- January 2, 2018 in News
The team at North Brisbane Trees wishes you a very happy new year and the very best for 2018. Read More >