Tree Reporting and Assessment
Melbourne Tree Care offers a range of Reporting services. Understanding and selecting the appropriate report for your objectives is vital. We want the data gathered during our reporting process to have practical value and guarantee that your tree management program will be effective and useful. This includes:
Free Tree Consulting
If you are not sure where to go to next or you are worried about a tree & require some free advice.
Tree Removal Reports
If you require supporting evidence for a council permit to remove a tree.
Tree Hazard & Health Reports
If you require trees to be assessed regarding their health and to ensure that any potential hazards are identified. This is generally listed as an OH&S requirement for schools and working environments.
Complete Tree Inventory
If you require an audit of all your trees to develop or maintain a full database. This service is utilized by property management, corporate facilities and schools.
Tree Protection Management Plan
If you need a tree assessed and report written to provide ensuring it’s protected during building and development.
Free Tree consulting:
If you are not sure if you require a report, or are not sure which report would be appropriate utilize our free consulting service prior to commissioning any reports. We send a qualified and professional Arborist to consult with you on site to carry out a basic Visual Tree Assessment. They will then advise you on which reporting option would best suit your needs, if one is required. We use our experience of where council approve or reject tree permits under their planning controls to advise the likely outcome. Trees could:
- Be exempt from planning permits.
- Have common tree faults can justify a tree removal permit.
- Cause complaints that do not result in tree permit approval.
Take advantage of our completely free preliminary assessment service.
Tree Removal Reports
Most councils require that an applicant supply an Arborist report alongside their permit application stating the reasons for tree removal. Such report is provided to statisfy the council specifications for tree removal.
As each council zone has different specifications, we use our experience with dealing with the particular council concerned, plus our visual tree assessment knowledge to supply the council with the information that will most likely get the result our client requires.
Tree Hazard & Health Reports
This type of report will usually concern one, or a small collection of significant trees that could pose a hazard if left unchecked. This report ensures that the focus of property owners shifts to long term environmental management instead of reactive, disaster recovery. Having a trained professional assess the health and risks of your trees ensures that your property remains a safe environment for all inhabitants. Details on the condition of the tree and recommendations for action will be detailed within this report.
There are many reasons and concerns that require a hazard and health report. As trees age they can become more susceptible to failure. Heritage listed trees requires owners to retain and maintain the tree. If something looks dangerous we can offer our expert advice on the reality of the perceived risk. The area around the tree can determine the acceptable level of risk. Trees are assessed based on the acceptable level of failure of the tree using a range of qualitative and quantitative tools.
Complete Tree Inventory
Our trained professionals survey the entire tree population within your property and include details on every significant tree within this report. This is the only way to maintain an accurate list of hazard trees, full species diversity, vacant planting sites, and a prioritized list of maintenance needs. The complete inventory will serve as a database for long-term record keeping, budgeting and maintenance history of each tree.
Tree populations undergo constant change, and, as an inventory ages, it becomes less accurate and useful. No inventory will provide information that is useful beyond five to seven years. Consider the damage a single storm can do. Tree inventory tables should be updated at the completion of tree works to reflect the actions taken and then the site should be reviewed annually to note any changes that warrant attention.
Why Should I Get A Complete Tree Inventory?
There are many good reasons for doing a tree inventory. The inventory may be used:
- To determine the need for an urban forestry program. For example, if the inventory reveals many dead and diseased trees, trees in decline, trees subject to new pest invasions or areas that are bare of trees, this indicates the need for a program incorporating tree planting.
- To prioritize maintenance schedules in order to reduce the potential liability that results from hazardous trees. It also streamlines the efficiency of tree crews and facilitates long-term budgeting.
- To educate stakeholders about the benefits of a healthy, well-managed urban forest, and to inform them about species best suited to various locations.
- To dispel urban myths about the dangers of trees by placing risk into classes and isolating risk.
- To provide the basis for the development of a comprehensive urban forestry management plan.
- To demonstrate a higher level of accountability in tree management. Some organisations require evidence that all trees have had regular checking and maintenance, for example Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
What Information Should Be Collected During An Inventory?
Only data that will be put to use should be collected. Your organization must determine, in consultation with us, what objectives it wishes to achieve prior to conducting an inventory. Most often we collect the following information:
Common & Botanical
DBH (diameter at breast height- 1.4m above ground), height and crown spread.
This is a judgment made by combining health and structural characteristics.
Record insect infestations, injuries and diseases by indicating the precise procedure necessary. For example, rather than describe lightning damage, indicate the need for pruning or removal. It is prudent to have a skilled tree crew correct the problem as soon as possible.
Record need to prune, remove, fertilize, repair curb and/or sidewalk damage inflicted by roots, or plant in an empty planting site. This record, when updated in the event of tree works, will inform the next actions required and therefore help schedule maintenance work, allocate equipment and prepare budgets.
How much space is available for the root system? What is the condition and health of the soil in the planting space? The proximity of overhead/underground utilities and tall buildings? The potential for road salt/traffic damage? Is it zoned commercial?
Research suggests that an organization should give highest priority to planting trees on streets where yard trees are few. Identify planting spaces to encourage the planting of bare areas.
Tree Protection Management Plan (TPMP)
Any site development (including as building, landscape works, or trenching for services) where the long-term retention of a pre-existing tree is desired should incorporate a TPMP from the very start of the design process. The Australia Standard AS4970 – Protection of Trees on Development Sites serves as a guide when recommending protection measures.
Trees are commonly overlooked when setting out on a construction project. An ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude towards tree roots are the number one cause of tree decline and death post-construction. There are numerous activities that cause irreparable damage to trees and their root systems that must be avoided. A TPMP is not there to impede developers but sets clear guidelines for architects, landscape designers, construction workers and others interested in the integrations between trees and construction, to ensure that the retained amenity trees remain healthy and safe long into the future.
Tree Maintenance Requirements