What you need to know before hiring an Arborist. | Jim's Trees NZ

What you need to know before hiring an Arborist.

What you need to know before hiring an Arborist.

 Tree Removal Permits:


You can’t just immediately go ahead and remove a large oak tree from your property. For most larger tree removals you need to get a tree removal permit from the local council. There are some trees that are exempted from this requirement,

Does that sound like a hassle to you? Relax, as fully qualified and trained arborists at Jim’s Trees make the entire process considerably easier for you. We have been through the application process countless times and can assist you every step of the way.


Depending on where in New Zealand your property is located, your local government may have different rules regarding tree removal regulations. However, since 2012 a new law was introduced that removed some of the bureaucratic red tape surrounding tree removal, since then only a distinct named list of trees and plants can’t be removed without permissions. If you’re at all unsure, we can help you determine whether you do in fact need to submit a permit before removing a tree.

Hiring qualified arborists like Jims Trees dramatically increase your chances of obtaining a tree removal permit!


Safety Policy


Arborists are involved in an inherently dangerous profession. As you can imagine, continuously dealing with high-powered machinery, heights and large trees there are numerous ways things could potentially go wrong. In fact, data from the United States shows that logging and arbory is the most dangerous profession in terms of the total number of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers.


Therefore, when hiring an arborist to ensure that they have an acceptable health and safety protocols and have a history of few critical incidents.


Jims Tree and stump removal are extremely committed to ensuring the safety of the public and our own crew. All Jim’s Trees’ arborists have been through extensive health and safety training program and required to retrain these skills on a regular business. Jim’s Trees are proud of the comparatively low number of incidents our professional arborists suffer.



Arborist Certifications


Often people are entirely unaware that Tree Loppers are not the same as arborists; we covered the differences in a previous article (LINK). However, put simply any individuals or companies calling themselves “tree loppers”, as opposed to arborists, are not sufficiently qualified to carry out the work of an arborist. They merely remove problematic branches, without taking into account other factors that require significant training and expertise to judge.


Within New Zealand, there are several qualifications that are available to arborists. The highest is a Cert 5 In Arboriculture. All Jims Trees Arborists are fully certified and able to carry out any arbory related tasks.



Ensure that contractors can provide a detailed quote up front


Tree loppers may verbally agree to do a job at a certain price and then add additional costs during the process. For example, charging an additional cost to dispose of the remaining debris after lopping branches. With a certified arborists Jim’s Trees we take our ethics very seriously and always strive for customer satisfaction, this is why we always.


Check their Reviews


Although it might not seem like there is much to go on when you’re selecting which arborists to hire for a tree removal or occasional pruning service, the most reputable arborists will have collected a large number of impartial reviews from members of the communities they operate within. There are a few separate places where you will find trustworthy arborists reviews: the company Facebook Page of the Arborist, Google business reviews and Independent reviewing site. The most popular independent reviewing site within New Zealand is No Cowboys; Jim’s Trees have amassed over 50 reviews on this site, with the vast majority of our clients awarding our service 5 stars, achieving an average score of 4.8/5.


Ask how they dispose of Tree Waste.


If the arborists don’t supply Mulch then you should immediately be slightly suspicious, mulch I an incredibly useful way to recycle/repurpose the waste acquired from tree removals. Gardeners use mulch for naturally treating soil, therefore, Jims collect tree debris to grind into mulch to provide to gardeners and town councils. If the arborists you hire don’t commercially supply mulch then be sure you ask regarding their debris disposal process, otherwise they may potentially be disposing of the waste products illegally.

If you require the services of an arborist, get in touch with the team at Jim’s Trees today either online or on 0800 454 654 for a free, no-obligation quote. Our professionally trained team would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our services, compliance with OHS laws and insurance coverage to give you the peace of mind that you are receiving a cost-effective, professional and quality service.



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