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When should you get an arborist report?

Posted on: February 16,2017

A tree or arborist report is a document that documents the arborist’s assessment of the tree or trees in question and provides detailed data on a range of concerns from common identification items to the health, vigour and size of the plants.

Typically, there are two reasons for requesting a report:

  1. to fulfill a council’s request for information, or
  2. to conduct a hazardous tree assessment.

Council Regulations

Before beginning any large building or development process, many local councils require formal documentation in accordance with their local laws for the protection of trees. A professional arborist’s report is often a crucial requirement in applying to remove or prune a tree, or simply to support a planning application.

Our reports and surveys provide impartial and practical recommendations, which incorporate your specific needs and all your potential options. All our reports are also produced in accordance with Australian Standards and meet Council Arboriculture Victoria guidelines, which ensures they are accepted by all planning authorities.

Private tree assessments

As beautiful and beneficial as trees can be to both your home and overall well-being, they can also easily pose a threat if issues are left undiagnosed or unattended. One of the ways to keep trees from becoming a major problem is to commission regular arborist inspections. Not only does this prevent a small problem from becoming a large one, but it also picks up on any hidden issues that might not be visible until they become extremely hazardous and pose a threat to people and property.

Tree services cover a range of criteria to properly assess an at-risk tree, including identification, analysis and evaluation. A qualified arborist will visually examine the roots, trunk and crown to identify obvious defects in the tree’s structure. Using the results from these surveys, Daryl’s Tree Care will then provide a comprehensive tree report. These reports typically cover:

  • Genus, Species and Common Name ‘Height and Width
  • DBH (Diameter at Breast Height)
  • Age, Health, Vigour and Structure
  • Landscape Amenity, Heritage or Ecological Value
  • Crown Spread
  • Visible Defects or Evidence of Wounding
  • Structural Root Zone / Tree Protection Zone
  • Retention Value

If you have any concerns about the trees in your yard or need more information to speedup the permit approval process, contact us today. Our professional arborists reports can help you cut through the red tape and achieve a successful outcome.