What is an Arborist and What Do They Do?

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Blog

Caring for trees often takes experience and specific knowledge. If steps are made without these, unwell or damaged trees may pose a risk to surrounding people, animals, and property. Trees may not have the opportunity to grow as well as they can, and they may look unkempt. Moreover, if left unattended, trees can needlessly die.

Skilled and qualified arborists can deliver the services your trees may require, helping to keep them looking great, continuing their important jobs, and the area safe.

At Uppercut Tree Services, we are committed to our customers’ satisfaction and safety. To help you learn more about what we offer, we delve into what an arborist is and what they do.

What is an Arborist?

Many people work with trees in some capacity, but not all tree workers are arborists. If you require tree-related services, it can be beneficial to understand the differences so that you choose the right person for the job.

An arborist, sometimes known as an arboriculturist, is an industry professional with specialised training. This involves an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 3 qualification in arboriculture or horticulture. Completing this training allows arborists to deliver services that adhere to best industry practices.

Other tree industry workers may provide similar services. However, arborists are skilled and knowledgeable regarding the removal and maintenance of trees in a manner that incorporates the needs of the community and environment while meeting regulation requirements and obtaining the best outcome for the tree as possible.

What is an arborist and what do they do?

What do Arborists do?

An arborist can provide an array of service options to help maintain and care for trees. Their role is crucial in promoting harmony between trees, people, animals, and structures such as homes and schools. So, what does an arborist do?

At Uppercut Tree Services, we offer a range of arborist services. As a family-owned business, our commitment to high-quality, affordable work is steadfast.

As arborists, some services we can carry out include:

Tree Health Assessment

An arborist is experienced in assessing the health of trees to diagnose issues that may pose a risk to their longevity and the surrounding plants, animals, and structures. Problems may include factors such as disease, pests, or damage from storms.

We can carry out preventative steps and treatment when required. This may involve options such as transplantation, solutions, and pruning. We can also provide maintenance strategies and advice.

Tree Pruning And Hedge Trimming

Keeping your trees and hedges looking tidy can boost the overall appearance of your property. It can also improve the area’s safety and reduce the risk of damaged or unruly trees and hedges needing to be removed. We provide comprehensive and skilled tree pruning and hedge trimming options that will help your area look great.

Tree Lopping

Tree lopping can be beneficial to the health and longevity of trees and their surrounding area. It can also be a great way to avoid tree removal. Through experienced and skilled branch cutting, we can change the tree’s shape or encourage it to grow in a different direction. Tree lopping may also improve a tree’s stability by improving aspects such as heavy or overgrown branches that require crown reductions or thinning.

Wood Chipping

If you have trees and branches that have been removed or have fallen, they must be promptly tidied up to reduce the risk they may pose. We can assist with wood chipping that efficiently and simply removes unwanted debris.

Stump Grinding And Stump Removal

If you have a stump remaining after a previous tree removal that is now an unsightly and dangerous unwanted feature of your property, we can help. We can efficiently grind or remove any sized tree stump, improving the appearance of the area and eliminating the hazard.

Land And Fire Prevention Clearing

We can take steps to clear and maintain an area to reduce the risk a fire may pose to people, wildlife, and property.

Tree Removal

Tree removal is sometimes the best option for the tree and its surroundings. We endeavour to remove trees of any size or condition with minimal to no risk or damage to the area. Uppercut Tree Service also takes away all remaining debris and tidy up extensively. We often communicate with neighbours too, to let them know what is happening and what they can expect.

We will completely remove a tree only when we deem it unavoidable. Some reasons for tree removal include:

  • Damage or structural issues that may increase the likelihood of it falling.
  • A disease or pest infestation that may cause it to die, fall, or affect surrounding trees and wildlife.
  • Its location, which may interfere with aspects such as construction and development. Roots may also negatively impact surrounding areas.

Mulch Sales

The health and appearance of your land and gardens can be significantly maintained and improved with the use of high-quality mulch. This can elevate the health and structure of your soil, which can help plants to thrive.

Uppercut Tree Service has reliable, top-notch mulch that can assist you in meeting your gardening goals and dreams. We can deliver mulch to your property promptly and efficiently.

Adhere to Legal And Safety Requirements

Working with trees can be dangerous work. That is why many tree-related tasks must be undertaken by a trained professional. Otherwise, there can be great risk to the person involved and people, animals, and property nearby. To reduce the risk to safety and property, we follow various practices and rules set by the industry and government.

Other legalities or expectations that must be considered when carrying out work with trees can include boundary factors regarding neighbouring and council land and property. This can include aspects such as maintenance or removal of trees on a boundary line. The impact of root systems across boundaries may also be an issue.

Arborists can also assist with factors such as view obstruction, vandalism, theft, and tree damage. We can provide an evaluation of the tree’s value and its health. Arborists can also assist with decisions regarding whether trees are allowed to be removed or cut, such as in development projects. This may be related to factors such as community rules or the heritage value of certain trees.

Are Arborists, Tree Loppers, And Gardeners The Same?

Many people play an important part in the lives of trees. It’s a multifaceted area that involves different skills and knowledge and appeals to many people. However, when it comes to the role arborists play, there are significant differences between them and people such as gardeners and tree loppers.


  • Experienced and qualified professionals.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in specialised tree care and maintenance.
  • Understand tree biology and ecology.
  • Can assess tree health, diagnose disease and pest infestations, and provide treatment and advice.

Tree Loppers

  • Focus more on cutting and trimming branches and less on the tree’s overall health and longevity.


  • Garden and landscape maintenance on a broader scale.
  • Knowledge and skills involve a variety of plants.
  • Carry out different jobs such as weeding, planting, pruning, and design.

Who Can an Arborist Help?

Arborists are qualified and experienced to use powerful and specialised machinery that is suitable for various tree maintenance and removal jobs. We not only have the appropriate, high-quality tools and equipment that most households do not, but we can safely and effectively use them while abiding by regulations and industry practices. We can help you avoid the potential dangers of tree maintenance and removal while delivering results you will be proud of.

If you have issues with your trees or hedges or would like advice and assistance with the maintenance and appearance of your property, we can assist. We provide our services in a broad array of situations, such as:

  • Residential properties.
  • Landscaping and development projects.
  • Community and public areas.
  • Farming areas.
  • Commercial properties.
  • Conservation and environmental projects.

Experienced and Dedicated Arborists at Uppercut Tree Services

Looking after the health and appearance of your trees can have a significant impact on the surrounding area, wildlife, and the people around them who enjoy their benefits. Trees truly are worth our time, not only in terms of the positive short-term outcomes but also in maintaining their value well into the future.

If you are after high-quality tree care and maintenance on The Mornington Peninsula, please contact Uppercut Tree Services to discuss your needs and to receive a quote. We deliver professional solutions to a variety of tree concerns at affordable prices.

As a local, family-owned and operated business, we take pride in our services and reputation amongst the community. We are fully insured, qualified, and experienced in all areas of the arborist role. From tree care to removal, we can organise the right option for you. We also offer 24/7 emergency services when required.

Please contact our friendly team today. We look forward to assisting you with your tree-related needs.


About The Author

Jack Kenny

Jack Kenny

Jack is the owner of Uppercut Tree Services.He is the third generation of a family of tree loppers and prides himself on delivering professional and safe tree solutions across the Mornington Peninsula.