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  • Writer's pictureRussell Fey

All About Arborist Reports

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If you are a home and property owner, you likely neglect to think about the health of your trees until an obvious problem has presented itself. The fact of the matter is, healthy trees can increase the value of your property by as much as thirty percent. Whether you’re in the market to sell or not, it may be in your best interest to have your tree health evaluated.

Arborist reports

Arborist reports have become more common over the last few decades as a means of managing and maintaining a landscape. Some homeowners require this report to obtain a tree removal permit, while others merely want the health status of their trees to provide ongoing care and maintenance.

What is an arborist report?

An arborist report is a thorough and detailed review of a tree; a trained arborist must assess tree health, strength, potential disease and infestation threat, mechanical damage, and other issues that pertain to a tree’s health and well-being.

An arborist report not only focuses on a singular tree, but also considers the health and vitality of surrounding trees. This comprehensive view of a tree’s environment can help to accurately predict threats such as disease and infestation that can spread from tree to tree.

Quite often, a SULE report is crafted at the same time as an arborist report. The SULE looks at the Safe and Useful Life Expectancy of a Tree, given its current condition and surrounding environment.

What does an arborist report cost?

The cost of an arborist report can depend on the number of trees and the purpose of the report itself. A single evaluation can cost anywhere from $300-$550, while reports involving a group of trees, or a large population will cost more. Contacting a local arborist will ensure that they are familiar with local vegetation, giving you the most accurate assessment of your landscape.

What is the purpose of an arborist report?

Simply put, the purpose of an arborist report is to help protect a natural environment while crafting a plan to minimize the negative impacts of natural disasters, growth, and disease. As your arborist evaluates your trees, he will assess height and girth, canopy spread, condition of tree structures, and hazard assessments to determine the best course of ongoing care and maintenance. In following this recommended care plan, you’ll be helping to preserve and protect the health of your trees, your landscape, and even your property.

Qualified arborists must assess

An arborist report is exclusively written by a qualified, professional arborist. These professionals have studied arboriculture, and they have the skillset needed to provide you with an accurate assessment of tree health.

Tree maintenance versus tree removal

The most common situation that one requests an arborist report is when a tree needs to be assessed for removal. If you submit an application to your county or city for the removal of a tree, the city may ask for additional information before granting approval. Level 3 arborists have the training and skills to assess and remove trees, while level 5 arborists have additional training regarding dealing with pests and diseases that need to be handled with extra care so as not to disturb surrounding vegetation. Suppose you have any uncertainty as to whether your tree has disease or infestation issues. In that case, it's a good idea to seek out the qualified services of a level 5 arborist, who will be happy to provide accurate information and a recommendation for ongoing care or removal of your tree.

Questions? Contact us today!

Sarasota Tree Service is a qualified, ISA-certified company passionate about tree care and maintenance. We specialize in all aspects of tree care, including removal, trimming, cutting, pruning, assessment, and landscape care. If you require a tree assessment, we’ve got you covered from root to tip. Visit today to make your appointment.

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