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Got some unruly tree branches or concerns about the health of the trees on your property? If trees and vegetation are becoming a problem at your home, maybe it’s time to find an arborist near you for help and advice. Many people think an arborist’s only job is tree removal. But they do so much more than that. An arborist will analyse your trees and their surroundings, considering safety, health, and wellbeing to help find the best course of action to solve your problem. Using specialist tree care services and hiring tree surgeons to maintain the trees on your property can also help your home’s street appeal and improve property values.
The best place to find an arborist near you is on Airtasker. Simply post your needs and we’ll connect you with local arborist consultants who will come to your home (or workplace) and provide tailored advice and care for your trees. Whether it's concerning tree removal, tree planting, or tree care, hiring a tree surgeon or an arborist in your area can ease the job.
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Top Arborist related questions
An arborist is a highly experienced and formally trained expert in tree health and vegetation management. Arborists review existing landscaping and gardens to determine whether any pests or diseases are present and whether there are risks to people or property. They are also proactive in land planning for new gardens and providing insights into tree work, tree surgery, and tree planting.
The cost of hiring an arborist can start at £300 and go up to £3,000 (or higher). But this will depend on the size and complexity of the job - whether it’s a simple tree assessment or a comprehensive report. The cost of hiring an arborist for tree survey and removal ranges from £250 to £350. For stump removal rates, expect to pay around £300. Be sure to include all information about your task to get the best quote from arborists in your area.
In some cases, yes, they do. While they are professionals that use techniques and apply standards in maintaining trees or plants, arborists cut down dead or unwanted trees. Most of the work regarding cutting down trees is left to a tree surgeon, however.
An arborist is mostly concerned with tree health, especially those that may be diseased or overrun by pests. They also help find solutions to problems like dead or dying branches that pose a falling risk, and trees that have grown too close to power lines.
An arborist report can take 7 to 10 days to complete due to the comprehensive nature of the report. Your arborist will use aerial and onsite inspections to assess tree health and identification, current and proposed safety concerns, and any factors that may affect potential removal.
An arborist can operate under supervision after completing a Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture, Work-based Trees and Timber, Felling and Processing Trees, and Forestry and Arboriculture. Professional organisations like the Arboricultural Association also provide a list of training for arborist apprenticeships. Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture is also a good indication that your arborist has the knowledge and skills for tree works.
For certain types of tasks, you may need to enquire as to what specialist licenses may be required to undertake your task as this can vary. For instance, Taskers need to have a felling licence when handling trees outside gardens. Please make sure that you confirm that a Tasker has the relevant licence and insurance before accepting an offer.
What do arborist services include?
Arborists are often referred to as tree surgeons because of the intricate nature of their work and their focus on tree health when making recommendations. They consider all proposed outcomes before offering a solution that’s suitable for the situation - whether it's tree removal, tree surgery, or routine tree care. When looking for an arborist in your area, here are some common services that you can expect:
Arborists can provide a tree survey, arboricultural statement, or landscaping scheme that includes important information regarding trees as part of risk assessment. This includes the age, species, measurements, height, width, lifespan, health, and practices to improve the condition of trees. Your arborist will check for pests and disease, any structural defects, and identify species of plants and trees present before writing their report. They’ll make written recommendations in the report, supported by photos and evidence, before carrying out tree surgery. In certain areas within the UK, a report or tree survey is mandatory.
Tree trimming, pruning & removal
Tree trimming and pruning are necessary to maintain the health and safety of many trees. An arborist makes sure your trees are pruned or maintained in a way that enables them to flourish and grow afterward. Trees may be trimmed or pruned for safety reasons, or to ensure their long-term viability. If a tree is diseased or dying, tree removal may be the only option. Your arborist consultant will consider all factors before making a recommendation for removal.
Annual tree inspection
An annual tree inspection is a proactive way to ensure the safety and longevity of the trees in your garden. Your arborist will thoroughly inspect trees and vegetation on your property to identify current and preventable concerns. They will then provide guidelines for maintenance or an action plan to rectify any problems, so your garden can continue to thrive.
Garden mapping can be used in any garden but it’s especially useful for heritage-listed gardens. Your arborist will prepare a catalogue that identifies species types and locations for each tree or shrub in your garden. You might use mapping to help manage your garden or plan future landscaping changes.
Recent Arborist tasks
Repairs, possibly carboretor
15th Oct 2022
89 Honda CG125 runs on idle, but cuts as soon as throttle given - Due date: Before Saturday, 22 October 2022
My bike wont start, I think the carboretta needs a twink.
Stanks, West Yorkshire
21st Feb 2022
My bike has been stood over the winter and now it wont start. I have charged up the battery. When I put the bike away for the winter I thought the bike was running a bit rich and it cut out when reduced to idleing. - Due date: Flexible
An arborist to report on a tree with long roots
Tufnell Park, Greater London
16th Nov 2020
To look at a tall black locust tree in an Upper Holloway front garden and to assess and report on the damage it might be causing to property.