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Why Hire a Certified Arborist for Tree Removal?

Tree removal is a tricky task.

Whether or not the tree is still alive, you’re extracting something that has woven itself into the structure of your property.
Instead of taking the DIY route or calling a landscaper to do the job, your best option is to hire a certified arborist for your tree removal.

What Is a Certified Arborist?

An arborist is someone who is professionally trained in the biology of trees. These professionals are experts in tree health and caring for trees.
For someone to be a certified arborist in Queensland. In most cases, they have completed thorough training include an apprenticeship. Many of them are also members of the Queensland Arboricultural Association or QAA as well, so it’s a good idea to choose an arborist who is a member.

The Queensland Arboricultural Association organization’s goal is to maintain best practices for tree care throughout Queensland.
Staff members at Green Works Tree Care have completed their trade qualifications through apprenticeships and some through University education.

Green Works Tree Care has current Workers Compensation Insurance and carries 20 million Public Liability Insurance. This ensures you have peace of mind. As there is a lot of tree removal workers that have had no training and are not insured, it can be a recipe for disaster. We need to remember tree removal work is the 6th deadliest occupation in Australia.

Benefits of Hiring a Certified Arborist for Your Tree Removal

When you have a tree that you need removing. A certified arborist is a person for the job. A certified arborist offers a variety of critical advantages that a typical landscaper, gardener or tree trimmer or tree lopper cannot provide.

Knowledgeable Regulation Advice

When you remove a tree, the removal itself may not be your biggest hurdle. Australia’s commitment to preserving nature has led local governments to pass laws the regulate tree removals.

In many cases, you may need to apply for a permit to remove a tree. This includes trees that are on your private property. The rules around tree removal changes as it depends on your council. As well as the tree’s size, species, location on the property, and more.

For example, in Logan City Council, native trees over four meters in height are protected.
A certified arborist will help you find out about the regulations in your area and how to apply for a permit if needed.

In the Logan City Council area, the best place to start is to review this link.

Keep in mind the removal of a protected tree without a permit. Could result in you getting an extensive fine. As well as you may be ordered to replant a tree. In this case, hiring a certified arborist could save you money as well as headaches.

Structural Caution

As a tree grows, its deep root system weaves itself throughout your property. This can mean the removal of that tree could change the structural makeup of your property.
Removing a tree without a plan can cause serious damage to your home, pool, or other structures. Cutting down a tree also creates a risk of the tree falling on your home.

Certified arborists like Green Works Tree Care understands how trees impact the structures around them. Green Works Tree Care can identify the best strategies to remove a tree while protecting your property.

Maintaining Safety

The mechanics of tree removal makes it an extremely risky job. The tree specialist may need to work from extreme heights, while handling dangerous machinery. As well as dealing with a large, heavy tree that has the potential to cause serious damage.

A certified arborist like Green Works Tree Care has more capable than anyone else to do safe tree removal. Arborists have advanced knowledge of the tree they’re working on and experience in tree removal. Arborists also have the equipment necessary to make the job as safe as possible.

For example, Green Works Tree Care are certified arborists that own a narrow spider lift cherry picker. This unique lifting platform allows our Green Works Tree Care team of arborists reach high areas of tall trees in tight locations in your back yard.

These types of tree removal jobs would be far more dangerous without Green Works Tree Care equipment and tree removal knowledge.

Efficient Tree Removal

Tree removal is not an easy job. If you’re trying to handle it on your own. Or if you hire an unqualified tree removal person. You’re setting yourself up for hours or days of unnecessary struggling.

For a certified arborist, tree removals are commonplace. Arborists find the most efficient, safest way to approach every tree removal job. Arborists also have the equipment and skills to get the tree removal done safely.

The time and headaches most property owners save. Is worth more than the tree removal cost of a certified arborist. That’s without factoring in the aspects of Council permissions, Insurance cover and safety to people and property.

Legal Protection

As we mentioned above, tree removal can be a dangerous job. As scary as the potential injuries themselves are, you also have to consider the legal and financial consequences of those injuries.

Certified arborists like Green Works Tree Care have public liability insurance that covers the risks of working at tall heights. If an accident were to happen, their insurance would cover it because they were performing the necessary duties of their job.

What if you hire someone who is uninsured and there is an accident? You take on all the legal liability because the accident happened on your property.
This includes people who are underinsured for the job.

For example, most landscapers or tree lopping team members have some insurance, but it doesn’t cover tall heights. If they are injured working at a height, then you are likely to be liable.

Remember that a certified arborist’s insurance will cover injuries as well as property damage. If they have an accident that damages your home or vehicle, you aren’t stuck paying for it.
It’s best to verify your arborist’s insurance before you hire them. Ask for their Certificate of Currency to make sure they have at least $20 million in Public Liability Insurance. This is the standard for the Arborist industry.

Protection for Other Landscaping

As important as it is to keep your home safe, you need to consider the other vegetation in your landscape too. If you use DIY strategies or hire an inexperienced tree removal person. They might remove your tree but take out your other landscaping in the process.

A certified arborist has the in-depth knowledge of tree services to protect your landscaping. Arborists know what is and is not safe to do around other trees and vegetation. If your undesired tree is close to other trees, the arborist will also know how to make that tricky extraction work.

Thorough Removal

In the case of DIY tree removal, many property owners cut down the tree first. Then they realize how difficult it is to remove a stump, so they leave the stump and decide it’s good enough.

The problem is that stumps can attract termites and other pests to your property. You end up with a far larger problem than an unwanted stump.
A trained arborist can do the complete tree and stump removal process. You get the ideal results you want without any unusable space or new lawn pests.

Tree Health Assessment

There are plenty of reasons property owners choose to remove trees. If you’re removing a tree because it has died, though, you may have a larger problem on your hands.
A certified arborist can inspect the tree to find out if there was a disease that killed it. If there was a disease, the arborist can help by organising treatment to protect your other trees.

In many cases, this could allow you to catch the problem and treat your other trees before the disease takes hold. If the disease goes unchecked, you end up with a far larger and more expensive problem.


As much as you expect and hope for a smooth tree removal process. You need to consider the possibility of something going wrong.

What would you do if your tree removal team does give you problems?

The trouble is if you hire someone who is not a certified arborist. Those people have far less to lose as there is no one to report them to. Other than the law enforcement if it applies to the situation.

However, when you use a certified arborist. They have more accountability and more incentive to do the job well.

How to Find the Right Professional for Your Tree Removal

Your tree removal may seem like a nuisance, but it’s important to think through your options with care. The small inconvenience of an unwanted tree pales in comparison to property damage, injuries, legal issues, and other problems from a poorly done removal.

Our team at Green Works Tree Care are experienced certified arborists who are well-equipped to handle tree removals. To find out more to schedule your job with Green Works Tree Care call Jason 0431476567 today.