Trees are one of the most common and most important types of vegetation throughout the world. Because of their importance in the preservation of ecosystems, trees need to be handled with a great deal of care when they appear in or are adjacent to man-made structures.
As such, there is an entire professional industry surrounding the proper management of trees so that they are both protected from unnecessary harm and so that the public is protected around them. In places where there is a high degree of public traffic, the health and safety of trees needs to be determined so that any risk to people is eliminated before the worst can happen.
A tree can collapse violently very suddenly and this can be disastrous for any people or property nearby. This is why early detection of problem trees is essential and required by local law.
The most effective way to assess the health and suitability of a tree or trees is with a professional arborist report. This is a comprehensive document recorded by a qualified tree doctor that outlines what, if any, issues there are with the tree and also gives recommendations on an appropriate course of action, such as pre-emptively felling the tree in a controlled manner.
Let’s take a look at some more information about getting an arborist report.
When is it necessary?
An arborist report is necessary on all construction projects that deal with trees. It is also necessary for any expansions in areas with existing trees or when you inherit a site with trees that have not been assessed in a long time.
What can it detect?
A certified arborist report conducted by a qualified tree doctor can be used to detect any and all possible issues with a tree or trees. Some of the problems it can identify are:
Presence of any diseases or pests
Just like any other living thing, trees can fall victim to disease and be exposed to parasitic pests. The earlier these types of issues are detected, the less risk there is to surrounding persons and property.
There are several types of tree diseases and pest infestations that can make a tree suitable for pre-emptive felling. This is necessary because if a tree is compromised, it is only a matter of time before its integrity buckles and it collapses.
In many cases, an arborist report will recommended that trees infected with diseases or pests are removed entirely so as to avoid contamination spreading to other vegetation. Rarely, a tree can be remedied back to health with careful care and attention.
The species of the tree
In Australia, there is a large emphasis on the protection of native flora and fauna. This means that those with native trees on their property need an arborist report in order to determine the suitability of removing it for other purposes.
If a tree is deemed too ecologically significant to remove, then you will need to formulate a plan for its inclusion. The arborist report is also able to identify the age, height and width of the tree.
The overall integrity of the tree
A professional review also involves the inspection of the trees root system and its overall integrity. This will help determine how likely it is for the tree to be uprooted in the event of strong winds or some other kind of trauma.
As you can see, there are plenty of important uses for an arborist report when it comes to the management of trees. They help ensure safety and that best practise is adhered to at all times.