A certified arborist report is a carefully prepared document that outlines necessary information regarding the removal or doctoring of trees on your commercial property. Everything from pruning, clearing and lopping of tree parts needs to be justified in a comprehensive report that ensures any measures taken are done safely and in accordance with the law.

The fundamental purpose of a certified arborist report is to get authoritative assurances that neither the conservation value of a tree or its safety around people, animals and property is compromised.

Let’s take a look at the 4 most important things that a certified arborist report needs to address in relation to the care of trees on your property.


A profile   

The certified arborist report you receive won’t necessarily stick to one simple structure or format as there are many different kinds of profile it can take. One such profile is for construction impact which essentially outlines how a new development might affect the surrounding vegetation.

Trees that the document classifies as being of high amenity will need a plan for protection. In this area, the document can make recommendations about how construction should take place in order to guarantee the safety of said trees.

There are also formats that cover the condition of existing trees on the site. This information is far more detailed in that it investigates the health condition of the trees and surrounding vegetation without any kind of bias. This is important as people want to have the assessment completed by an impartial expert that make won’t make unwarranted recommendations.

Beyond those two, there are even more formats that the document can come packaged each pertaining to a different aspect of responsible tree management.




Tree management strategies

The certified arborist report you receive should provide you with a list of strategies that will be implemented throughout the tree management plan. Such strategies could include pruning, lopping, cutting or the total removal of problem trees. Other strategies include work to maintain the good soil condition and treating any chemicals present in the surrounding area.

It should be expected that all of these strategies are fully justified in a clear and transparent matter within the document.


Summary of impediments and constraints

When it comes to your tree management plan, there is potential for ecological and zoning related issues to get in the way of progress. A certified arborist report will take note of these factors and compare them against the predicted net gain of the project.

Is there a need to notify local authorities such as the fire department? Is there the possibility of a sub division occurring? Does the cost of your trimming strategy outweigh the potential benefits? These things will need to be considered in the final document.


Assessment of risk

The document will not only identify potential impediments to your tree management plan but will also assess the potential risks and hazards associated the work being proposed. Risks and hazards can range all the way from insect infestations and tree diseases to the proximity of power lines and the condition of the weather.

This risk assessment will determine whether additional precautions will need to be taken in order to ensure the safety of all persons involved.



Any certified arborist report you receive should address all of the above points in thorough detail so that there is absolutely no confusion surrounding your tree management plan and how it should be conducted. By doing this, you are ensuring that you a both dealing with your trees in the safest and most diligent way possible.