There are many incidents where various builders or individuals have been imposed fines for cutting down protected trees. Most people are unaware they need an arborist’s report before cutting down trees or shrubbery from a property. Cutting down trees affects the entire environment. An arborist report will provide detailed information on the tree and assess the fault and damages.
It is a review document or a written tree assessment that covers the health and life of the tree. The report outlines a management plan to address an issue or action required for tree health. A trained Arborist prepares the statements to assess the current situation and make recommendations for improvement.
The assessment is performed by experienced professionals with the requisite knowledge and skills to employ visual tree assessment techniques. The evaluation includes the following things:
- The tree’s overall screening
- Root disturbance & tolerance to development.
- Assess the amenity value and importance of trees to the area
- Site assessment-the quality of soil, the quantity of sunlight, and the variety of trees in the surrounding areas.
- Removal or management or declaration of protection zone depending on circumstances.
Trees play a vital role in nature and support communities by providing food, oxygen, fuel, and much more. Whether you need advice on growth or to improve the soil quality, an arborist report can help you with various aspects of the trees and surrounding vegetation. The report can be as specific as you need. One can choose the detail required in the information, and the output and cost may vary accordingly. A basic report might cost you $250, while a report on the declaration of a tree plantation zone might cost you $550.
Following are the factors under which arborist reports are helpful:
- If you have giant trees within your property and intend to ensure they possess no harm to you or your neighbours.
- If you notice the tree is unhealthy and wish to know the best way to revive it.
- To support construction where building work is going on.
- If you want to declare the tree under a protection zone or remove it due to its health.
- Root mapping, tree valuation, and management plan
- If you want to keep the landscape filled with luscious greens.
- This report is mandated if you must get a tree removal permit from the government.
- To assess the health of trees, identify any issues, and suggest management guidelines if needed.
If you are determined to get the reports, start by finding a qualified and experienced arborist. Consider firms that have been practising science for a minimum of 5 years. Ask for a free quote and gauge the details covered in the reports. The quote contains what would be included in the report and gives you an estimated timeline for the completion of the assessment. Once you agree with the quote, an arborist is sent on-site to evaluate the trees, which will generate a report and submit it for review, upon which a fair report is generated.
A professional will have adequate experience and the necessary tools required for the inspection. It is best to call them and get your tree inspected if there is an urgent need.