Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an Arborist?

An arborist is a tree specialist who deals with plants, maintains, and cares for individual trees. Their main aim is to improve and maintain a tree’s health, aesthetics and growth. They have a wide knowledge for different tree species and have been trained to expertly manage trees.

Q: What is Tree Removal?

Tree removal is a process that involves the removal of trees that pose a safety hazard. This could be because of their age, disease or are in the way of structures. They could also be removed because they are damaging property like pavements or wall foundations.

Q: What is Stump Grinding?

Stump grinding is the process of removing tree stumps. A special tool called a Stump Grinder is used to remove the tree stumps. It has a rotating disk that chips the wood away from the tree stump without adversely affecting the surrounding ground.

Q: What is Tree Pruning?

Tree pruning is a technique used to care for tree by selectively removing certain parts of the tree like buds, branches or roots. This technique improves the tree’s health by getting rid of dead wood, controlling direction of growth and reduces accidents caused by falling branches.

Q: What is Land Clearing?

Land clearing is the removal of native vegetation and habitats for commercial and non-commercial utilization of land. This process involves bulldozing forests, woodlands, native bushlands, native grasslands, and Savannah. Draining natural wetlands to reclaim land is also a land clearing process in Australia.

Q: What qualifications does an arborist need in Melbourne?

They must be certified, competent and holders of the Australian Government AHC50510 Diploma of Arboriculture.
The must have a public liability insurance cover of up to $10 million and have a professional indemnity cover of $2 million according to the council’s standards. They must have experience in arboricultural principles and have skills that include tree risk hazard reporting and assessment.

Q: Do I need Melbourne council approval to remove trees?

Melbourne council requires that request for a site inspection and arboricultural assessment of any tree be conducted before its removal. If after the request an arborist finds the tree to be hazardous, the City of Melbourne will take action to rectify that tree.

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Q: How much does tree removal cost?

The cost of removing a tree ranges from $1000 to $6000 per tree. There are factors that affect the removal cost of the tree. These include:

  • The size of the hazardous tree involved.
  • The location of the tree involved.
  • The difficult or ease of access.
  • The necessary safety precautions needed to remove the tree.
  • Transportation and tipping fees

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