Posted on June 17, 2021
What Does a Consulting Arborist Do?
Anything you need regarding a tree, whether you’re planning on cutting one down, building around one, or implanting some, you need a consulting arborist. A consulting arborist is the head authority on all thing’s trees, they are the authoritative experts and should be consulted when trees are involved.
They can be hired by a multitude of people and clients to preserve the health and safety of a tree. Property owners, landscapers, attorneys, engineers, architects, insurance agencies, municipalities, and dozens of others, as long as there are trees involved, a consulting arborist should be contacted.
Consulting arborists also have a multitude of specialties and tasks, they do arborist reports, risk assessments, tree inspections are big ones, pest and disease treatments, and dozens of other things to ensure the health and safety of the trees you’re working with.
The Difference between Arborists
Now, something that needs to be pointed out, is that there are different versions of an arborist and a consulting arborist is just one of the many available. An arborist is a general name for a tree specialist, someone who has a decent amount of experience working with trees, possibly holding a degree in the field, or passed a basic entry-level exam that consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, which covers the majority of the arboricultural areas.
Some variations of an arborist are, landscape workers, like contractors and architects, gardeners, they all are qualified arborists in their field of work. Something also noteworthy is that all of them can be certified arborists, but not all of them are qualified to be a consultant.
Also, something to know is that a consulting arborist is also a generic term and can be applied to many areas of the field. Usually, though consulting arborists are called in to solve problems with trees that are a little too complex for the average person. They usually include reports and specifications on how to deal with the issue most effectively and humanely.
The Best Way to Utilize Your Consultant Arborist
Right at the beginning of the job, you should have a consultant arborist in the beginning stages of planning whatever you’re doing. They need to take an inventory of the trees, see where they are, analyze the size and roots of the tree, and all before any designs are created so that they can effectively deal with any situation that you may need regarding the trees.
They’ll analyze how healthy the tree is, if there are any hazards regarding the trees, and research if there is any law or national protection of the trees in the area, to make sure nothing goes wrong with your building or projects or some such.
Fair warning to you, once the consultant arborist comes onto the site, they immediately give you instructions and requirements on the initial site visit. This way they can determine the pricing, and the amount of time to protect from dead, hazardous, or infested trees. When they do that right at the beginning of the planning, they can make design recommendations that will help preserve any healthy tree on the site, those that need to be protected in any case. You need to have this done quickly and efficiently in or to maintain the pacing of your project, and to make sure you’re not spending excess money on any unnecessary funds that don’t require your attention.
Now, along with the consultant arborist being in the planning stage of your project, you also need to have them throughout the rest of the process. They need to be there for any sort of problem that can arise from the trees or any new developments that they can make. It’s a bit of an understatement to say that problems occur on the field at any time of the project, and through any stage of the process, and lots of those problems can be created through present trees, in every stage.
For example, large roots can be found in really unexpected places, unforeseen events can change the events of the project, making the trees come up in new ways, and weather can destroy, or blow in different trees, or expose roots that were unseen before. In any case, you need to keep your consultant arborist a part of the project throughout the entire process, don’t leave them out of anything, otherwise, a tree can come and ruin everything that you built.
Also, something that isn’t great is for the trees to be destroyed, years of preservation and protection of a tree can be destroyed within minutes with your giant machines and vehicles. Your consultant arborist will be able to tell you how to get rid of the tree, how to work around it, deal with it in generally any way to keep it alive and safe. Which is all-around good, you get to build whatever project it is that you have planned, and the tree gets to live undeterred.
when your arborist comes in every day or so, they can prevent any negative effects on both sides of the spectrum. They can keep the trees and nature safe from your machines, and they can help you get your project done, quickly and efficiently without destroying those trees.
Communication Between the Consultant Arborists and You
Good communication is also an amazingly important part of the process, as you probably already know. The consultant arborist is the one that knows the historical area and can effectively help the project as long as you can communicate with them what you want, where you’re going to be building, how long it will take to complete the project, what the other one is doing, etc.
Their plans for your project and adaptions will make the process easier, and its especially amazing considering they insert their plans into your own, making the process even easier as you don’t have to change much, just a few minor things to avoid tearing the tree down or having any sort of dead tree, or infected tree from harming your equipment. Again, it’s easy as long as you keep in close contact with the consultant arborist.
They can deal with every problem you encounter with the surrounding trees, they will make it a quick easy process, as long as you work with them properly and speak with them in the correct terms and advances to make sure everything is in clear knowledge. It just all around makes things easier to make sure your consultant arborist knows what’s going on, and for them to make sure you know what they’re doing.
What a Consultant Arborist is Overall
I hope that this article was an enlightening one on what a consulting arborist and how they can help you with your time-consuming projects that are being prevented by trees. A consultant arborist is someone who specializes in every area of the building when concerning trees. They will make sure that your project runs smoothly and effectively when you need to work around protected trees, and how to get rid of hazardous ones when the need arises. It’s really simple in theory as to what they do, but they are extremely important. Here’s a bit of a recap for you to have a clearer picture of what a consultant arborist is, beyond their simple job description.
There are multiple types of arborists, and they each have different qualities and specializations, each there to help push your project forward, in a humane way, one that keeps you safe from trees, and keeping trees safe from you. The consultant arborist is the one was talking about today, so they are there to make sure your plans go on in a good way, making plans, analyzing, and inspecting the area for trees that need to be dealt with. They can make risk assessments, tree inspections, pest and decay exams, etc. All used to make sure everything goes smoothly. They also make plans for your site, making sure that you can work with the trees in effective ways that make the process smooth, by working around the trees, replanting the tree somewhere else, getting rid of it if it’s decayed or a hazard, etc.
There is a large amount of difference between the types of arborists in the world, and a consulting arborist is just one of the types that you can encounter and hire. Though there are a ton of reasons to hire a consultant arborist, there are many types that you’ll likely encounter, and not many you’ll be expecting to be a specific arborist. A landscape artist or a landscape architect for example are arborists, just not a consultant. They may be able to say they are arborists due to their job, but they may not be as qualified as a professional consultant arborist, so keep that in mind when your making decisions and plans and such. So, make sure that you know who you are talking to, what they can do, and how they’ll be affecting your build and site when they are there. You don’t want to be talking to the landscape artist on how to best preserve a protected tree when you could be talking to a consultant arborist.
There is no wrong way to consult your consultant arborist, but there can be wrong ways. You need to know what they are doing and how they are doing it at all times, you don’t want any confusion between them and your team. It will make life much easier and especially for everyone on your crew, if you cooperate with your consultant arborist, they can lay out a plan based on you without much problem and have it ready to keep the tree’s safe and the crew safe from any hazardous trees. So, make sure communication is key, everything that happens needs to be clear and concise to keep to the schedule and make the project easier, and not unnecessarily complicated.
You need to know how to work with your consultant as well, make sure that you know how to utilize them to their full capabilities to make the project easier, and your time isn’t wasted on a subpar job on their part. Make sure there that your consultant is with you in the entirety of the project, especially in the beginning, during the planning stage. They can make sure everything runs smoothly by identifying anything that needs to be identified. Diseased, broken, hazards, infected trees need to go, and they can find out if they will be a problem on your site, and then they can make an effective, safe, plan on how to dispose of them and make sure you get back on track with your project. They also need to be there for any trees that need protection, and if you keep them there during the entire time you and your team are working, then they can continue to advise and instruct on how to preserve the tree. As I said, it would be wise to keep them around for the entire process of the project, because unexpected problems can pop up at unexpected times, and if that happens your consultant arborist will be able to deal with it, they can come up with a plan to work around, or relocate, or dispose of any tree that needs to be during the process, if it comes up beyond the planning stages of the project.
Like I said before, I hope that this was enlightening and gives you a clearer view of what a consultant arborist is. Keep all these points in mind and any project that you’re planning when it comes in contact with a tree. Keeping them around for the entire process, make sure they are the right type of arborist, make sure they have a plan that coincides with yours, and know what plans they have going on in conjecture with yours. So make sure that you keep them in your back pocket, and make sure they know their stuff, it will make you and your project’s life much easier.