Best Way to Find an Experienced Arborist Sydney

By: Jake Hyet

If you own property with a lot of trees on it, then you know that a certain amount of maintenance is required at various times. Everything from a small cut a few branches here and there type of job that you can easily do yourself, to a larger job which necessitates the hiring of a tree surgeon like a Canopy arborist Sydney. This can often prove to be a costly undertaking, but something which must be done for the health of the tree and the safety of your family.

When you hire an arborist you naturally want to be certain that the job is going to be done as professionally and efficiently as possible. It can be hard to be sure that you are hiring the right person, and in the end, despite your best efforts, you don't know for certain until the individual begins working for you. Here are some suggestions for the best ways for you to find an experienced arborist like Canopy Tree Services Sydney:


Every arborist should have some basic qualifications that prove they have received the proper training and are experienced enough to do the job. These inched certificates of competency from the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) in Chainsaw Operations, as well as Tree Climbing and even Aerial Rescue. There are also more qualifications which can be obtained such as National Diplomas and Certificates.


The tree surgeon you select like Canopy Tree Services Sydney should be able and willing to obey all Health and Safety regulations as stated by the local town or city councils. He should also take any necessary steps to be certain the work area is safe for others: example, by placing warning signs, cones and other barriers around the worksite if it is an area that is accessible to the general public. They should also be able to produce proof that their machinery and equipment has been regularly checked and approved by those authorities responsible for this.


Every contractor must have Public Liability and Employers Liability insurance to protect themselves and you in case of accident. Before hiring arborists, you should ask to see the paperwork pertaining to this to be sure they are covered.


You should also obtain a quote from the arborist before you hire them. Read it over carefully to be certain that the full work to be carried out is listed, including how the waste products will be disposed of. If the arborist has a good reputation he shouldn't have any problem providing a quote, and even references from previous employers if you request them.

Green Waste

Green waste is simply a by-product of the type of work an arborist does, and something that they should be used to handling appropriately. Regardless of the job, whether felling a tree, or just trimming some hedges, there will be green waste, you can bet on it. Hence green waste recycling is something that your arborist should offer as well, like a Canopy arborist Sydney does.

What is Green Waste?

Green waste is basically whatever is left over after pruning, trimming and felling of the trees, bushes, etc. has taken place. It is a biodegradable waste which is high in nitrogen (while brown waste has high levels of carbon).

Green waste can be placed in three categories:

Woodchips: small pieces of wood from the trunks of trees or branches which can usually be processed in a wood chipper. After the chipper has broken them down to a smaller size, these woodchips have many uses as recycled matter. Many arborists nowadays recycle the majority of waste that they have left over after tree surgery in exactly this manner.

Once the green waste has been made into woodchips, there are many ways in which it can be used. Many customers will ask to keep the woodchip, as it can make a nice lining for pathways or borders in the garden. Woodchip can also be sold as 'mulch', which is put on top of soil in order to improve the fertility of the soil and inhibit the growth of weeds.

Timber: larger chunks of wood which have more value left the way they are than put into the wood chipper. Timber and other types of wood are often used as logs, and so this type of recyclable matter needs to be processed differently than woodchips.

If there are logs of timber or similar woods left over as green waste, it's not uncommon for customers to ask to keep this as well. Logs can be used as firewood, or even for building work and be turned into planks for beams, decking or furniture. If the customers have no use for the timber, then it is sold to local individuals or companies who can use it.

Non-chippable waste: there are certain parts of waste that simply cannot go into the chipper, such as hedge trimmings, leaves and any type of grit or like materials that have gotten into the waste. This is generally known as non-chippable waste and is recycled in a different way.

The most difficult of the green waste to recycle, once it has been recycled it can be used as fuel. The waste has to be processed, which can be accomplished industrially once enough matter has been collected. After being shredded or pulped, it is often used as biomass fuel at power stations.

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Jake Hyet is considered an expert on tree surgery, having worked as a Canopy arborist Sydney, for Canopy Tree Services Sydney. He writes extensively about the topic of tree surgery and tree surgeons.

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