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From tree pruning to removal of hideous stumps and planting the right trees, arborists have the answers to all things trees.

1. Who is an arborist? Why do I need one?

An arborist is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for and maintaining individual trees. Their work may involve planting, pruning, providing structural support, preventing or treating disease and removing invasive plants or pests.

Given its nature, tree work is best done by professionals who are trained and equipped for the job. When you hire a certified arborist, you can be assured the job will be done well and within the legal framework (where needed). These, among others are key reasons why you must hire a professional arborist to take care of your trees.

2. Why do I need an arborist service with insurance?

Tree work can be dangerous, not just for the arborist who may need to climb trees or get to heights to prune them, but for people and property around the trees. What would you do if a tree fell on your neighbour’s roof while it was being trimmed or removed from your backyard?

If the professional you’ve hired does not have public liability insurance (PIL), you’d be responsible to fix the neighbour’s roof!

3. When is the best time of the year to prune trees?

Different trees have different pruning requirements. Many would argue that winter is a great time to prune trees as they are in a dormant state. However, like clipping your nails, if you prune your trees regularly, any time of the year is suitable.

4. What’s the best time of the year to plant trees?

Like many other plants, spring is the best time to plant trees for optimal growth, but you can plant trees at any time of the year.

5. How do I know if the trees in my backyard are healthy?

Trees may appear largely healthy, but that doesn’t always mean they are fine. If you want to know if the trees in your backyard are healthy, visually inspect them.

Are there any visual cavities, insects, animals or sawdust? If you see these, your trees are damaged or heading towards it. Call in an expert to assess tree health and next steps.

6. Can I prune trees near power lines myself?

It is not recommended that you attempt to prune any trees growing too close to a power line. Only specially-trained arborists should work around live power lines.

If you want to prune trees near the service line on your property that connects your house or business to our network, you can contact your electricity retailer to arrange for a temporary disconnection of power while you complete the work.

7. Do I need a permit to prune or remove trees?

Yes, some trees (particularly natives) are protected by local council laws and may even require resource consent prior to their removal in order to avoid fines or prosecution. However, if you hire a certified arborist, they can assist with this process, seeking the required resource consent and providing necessary arboriculture assessments to support your proposal.

Still got questions related to trees? Connect with the team at Treescape.