Landscaping and the regular maintenance of your garden are not just hectic, but it is also time-consuming, if you do not have the necessary knowledge, the expertise and the tools with you. So a professional arborist who has certificates and a practical knowledge of felling trees and pruning them, can be of great help to your gardening needs. Right from the regular and the seasonal maintenance of trees, to the removal of stumps and branches, an arborist can make your garden not just look tidy, but also fruitful.
Check the qualifications
First of all, you should check the qualifications of the arborist that you are planning to hire. Your arborist needs to have a qualification from an esteemed institute. For instance, if you are planning to hire a consultant you should make sure that he has AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) level 5 Diploma in horticulture. But if you need to prune or remove a tree, you need to ensure that your arborist has an AQF level 3 diploma in horticulture under his belt.
Consult the Arboriculture Association
You can find it worthwhile consulting an arboriculture association in case you are trying to employ a consultant or a level 5 arborist who deals in tree health, root damage and tree risk assessment. There is a list of registered consultants in this association, who provide clients with skilled services. They also hold indemnity insurance while offering professional services. The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) which stands for arbor culturists and foresters, also have a list of consultants who are professional ICF members.
Check from the online portals
You will also find some excellent professional arborists when you check the internet. You can simply you’re your friends, family members and neighbors who have searched and found out information from the internet, or else, you can hire them after going through the online classifieds and listings. Know about the feedbacks that customers have, when they have hired arborists to reduce tree-trimming and tree-cutting costs. You can also contact and compare the price quotations given by three or more arborists, and then decide which one to hire. But you need to invest some time in checking the following:
- Level of experience
- Type of work that they handle
You should also go through client feedbacks for arborists of your choice and find out whether or not they are worth the investment. It is also a good idea to talk to some real clients of the professional that you wish to employ, and make sure that you are taking proper hiring decisions.
Ask for referrals
Referrals can also work wonders, when you are trying to find an able arborist with enough knowledge, experience and expertise.
- When you are trying to find an arborist, you can come across unprofessional people posing as experts. Some of them might advise you to cut down various sections of your tree, thus fixing various issues with them. But these are not right options for your trees and can lead to greater issues than fixing them.
- If your trees are cut in a haphazard manner, they can develop flaws in their structure and get unsafe. You can ask your boss, your neighbors or members of your local community, who might have hired an arborist at some point of time or other, and get them to refer you highly qualified arborists they have got good results with.
- Unprofessional people lack the training and do not have sufficient knowledge to prune trees properly. Naturally, you cannot expect them to take proper decisions regarding your trees. Referrals can be a great way to find qualified professionals.
When it comes to saving time and money, you can always hire a professional arborist for landscaping techniques. They have the tools and equipments, with which they prune and shape your trees.