If you have trees that require attention, power lines that need clearing, or stumps that have to go, you’ll want to choose one of Canberra’s best arborists.
An arborist (also known as a tree surgeon or arboriculturist) is a professional in the cultivation, management and study of trees, shrubs, vines and other perennial woody plants.
They can perform a range of services, such as: tree pruning or tree services (for safety, practical or aesthetic reasons), tree removal, tree surgery, dead wooding, pruning trees, thinning, root management, work around power lines, relocating trees, and stump removal, which can be turned into mulch through stump grinding or removed from the property.
Hiring one of Canberra’s best arborists gives you peace of mind.
It alleviates any risks you or your property might face if you take the job on yourself, offers convenience, and can even add to the value of your property.
What makes a good arborist
When looking for a good arborist, or tree surgeon, choose one with qualifications, expertise and plenty of experience, make sure they are fully insured and are prepared to give you a quote on the project before commencing work.
A good arborist is also reliable, respectful toward you, your time and your property, and considerate of your needs as a customer.
They will arrive with the correct equipment, work on what you need, and get the job done effectively and efficiently.
Typically, arborists will charge by the hour. The rate will depend on the complexity of the job, site access, the type of equipment required, and the number of staff involved.
If you require an arborist for work near powerlines in the ACT, make sure to check that they are Evoenergy accredited.
Only Evoenergy accredited arborists are authorised to work in close proximity to powerlines, having been trained to operate safely in that particular hazardous environment.
Many Evoenergy accredited arborists can trim trees without having to shutdown electricity supply, which can in turn save you money.
Where it is necessary to shutdown electricial supply, Evoenergy charges landholders.
ACT Tree Protection Act
Many of Canberra’s trees, even on private property, are protected under the ACT Tree Protection Act 2005.
Any work which may cause damage to regulated or registered trees, such as tree removal, major pruning or lopping, and groundwork near such trees requires approval.
As a guide, regulated trees are either 12 metres or more in height; or 1.5 metres or more in circumference at 1 metre above ground level.
The Conservator of Fauna and Flora may grant approval to damage a regulated or registered tree if the tree meets one or more of the Tree Protection approval criteria.
Any unapproved activity that is likely to cause damage to a protected tree is prohibited.
An application form to damage a regulated or registered tree is available on the City Services website.
Important essentials when hiring an arborist
- Well-credentialed. Choose one with qualifications, expertise and plenty of experience.
- A good arborist will arrive with the correct equipment, work on what you need, and get the job done effectively and efficiently.
- If you require work near powerlines in the ACT, make sure to check that they are Evoenergy accredited.
- Legal requirements. An application form to damage a regulated or registered tree is available on the City Services website.
The best arborists in Canberra
To be listed as one of Canberra’s best businesses, Canberra Weekly requires them to have maintained a track record of positive reviews on Google and Facebook, with a minimum average of 4/5 stars.
We also check if businesses have verified customer reviews.
When looking for an arborist in and around Canberra, whether northside or southside, check out the list of Canberra Weekly’s best local businesses below.
Stump'd Tree Services
The team at Stump’d Tree Services provide a wide range of arboriculture and gardening services, including tree removal, hedge trimming and lawn mowing. Owner and arborist Leon Ciura is the driving force behind Stump’d Tree Services.
Stump’d Tree Services offer free onsite safety inspections, ability to turn garden waste into wood chips and mulch for your garden and also provide one-off and regular lawn mowing services in Canberra.
They are fully insured and are certified to perform tree removals in Canberra, Queanbeyan and surrounding areas.
ACT Tree Felling
ACT Tree Felling has a long history in Canberra after being established by Paddy Hanson in 1975. It began as a small family-run business but is now a leading Arboriculture service provider in Canberra.
ACT Tree Felling provide professional tree consultations, high quality work, fair pricing, reliability and friendliness that comes with being a progressive tree services provider. They have serviced established clients such as The Prime Minister’s Lodge, The Australian National Botanic Garden, Territory and Municipal Services as well as working with several real estate agents in the area.
TreeWorks employs Canberra’s leading tree surgeons, arborists, horticulturists and vegetation management specialist. They offer a full range of tree services in the Canberra, Queanbeyan, Yass, Goulburn, Sutton, Bungendore, Cooma regions.
TreeWorks is a fully licensed & insured tree removal company and a member of Arboriculture Australia. Our climbers are fully trained and some of our arborists have over 25 years experience in large scale tree surgery and removals.