Tree Talk with Beaver Trees

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWSLETTER -

Hon­esty, speed and re­li­a­bil­ity are what you should ex­pect from a highly ex­pe­ri­enced ar­borist.The com­pany should be fully cer­ti­fied, li­censed, health and safety com­pli­ant and in­sured- not to men­tion fully com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity with­out com­pro­mise in all of your tree care ser­vices.

The gen­uine ar­bori­cul­ture com­pa­nies put a lot of ef­fort into en­sur­ing they meet all of the above as­pects. There are still com­pa­nies out there telling peo­ple that they are ar­borists, but they have no qual­i­fi­ca­tions or cre­den­tials to back this up.

In the big­ger cen­tres in par­tic­u­lar, clients ad­vise they are be­ing bul­lied and in­tim­i­dated by peo­ple look­ing for Arb work. Ask­ing for money up front, not hav­ing the right equip­ment for the job and lit­tle or no knowl­edge of Coun­cil rules and reg­u­la­tions are se­ri­ous in­di­ca­tors that some­thing is not adding up. There are nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions where I have had to go in to fin­ish a job for a client who has paid cash up front only to have the con­trac­tor walk off site and not com­plete a job.

If a po­ten­tial con­trac­tor can­not pro­duce busi­ness cards, wear ap­pro­pri­ate safety cloth­ing or com­pany uni­form, or turn up in a sign writ­ten ve­hi­cle, chances are he or she is not a pro­fes­sional.

A good indi­ca­tion is to ask a con­trac­tor to name some of the trees in your gar­den. If they can­not name a high per­cent­age of the trees, then more often than not you would be best to keep look­ing.

A pro­fes­sional com­pany puts time and ef­for t into train­ing and bring­ing through new staff. At Beaver Trees we have six ap­pren­tices be­ing trained at this point in time. Three in Wan­ganui, one in Welling­ton and two in Christchurch. My­self, along with a num­ber of my se­nior ar­borists are ap­proved as­ses­sors and spend time train­ing and up­skilling the younger ones com­ing through.

Be­com­ing a cer­ti­fied ar­borist is no easy featNot only are these ar­borists re­quired to have a min­i­mum 3-years field ex­pe­ri­ence, they are also re­quired to stay up-to-date on the lat­est tech­niques in ar­bori­cul­ture.This means you’re get­ting a pro­fes­sional with the ex­pe­ri­ence, skill, and know-how to prop­erly take care of the trees on your proper ty.

Bryce Robb is Di­rec­tor/Head Ar­borist of Beaver Tree Ser­vice

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