When you think about the trees on your school’s property, are you confident that they are well maintained and safe? Many schools have not been able to maintain their trees effectively throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This is in part due to the absence of a tree maintenance supplier with a systematic approach.
If you are part of a school trustee board, you will be keenly aware of how important it is to maintain trees so that they don’t become a hazard to students, neighbours, or infrastructure. However, many schools we have spoken to have openly shared that they have not been able to prioritise their trees.
Prioritising Tree Care for Schools
We work with several schools in your area and we know that they have struggled to find the time to check their trees now that schools are back. We can help you care for your trees and the students’ safety. Here are some tree care basics which are critical in terms of your tree maintenance and preventing hazards:
- Trees need to be regularly checked by an arborist or someone skilled in the task of identifying tree defects
- Trees will cause damage to property and infrastructure if not maintained
- Regular tree maintenance is the most cost-effective way of managing tree
Your trees might need attention to ensure they are safe…
and not damaging your building or infrastructure. Repairing buildings is much more expensive then making sure tree branches and roots are pruned away from them.
With everyone back onsite it’s now imperative to check on your tree assets to ensure there are no concerns that need to be addressed. School holidays are over, and its ‘business’ as usual. Before we are too far into term and before other distractions arise or priorities emerge, it might be wise to take a moment to pause and consider your trees.
When was the last time that your tree assets were checked?
We want you and your students to enjoy hassle-free, safe, and healthy trees. Well-maintained trees are not only safer, but they’re also an asset. They provide a free source of shade in which children can play or learn, shelter from other elements, and the connection with nature that children love.
Our structured approach, with regular site visits and the recording of the findings in our tree maintenance system, allows our clients always to know what work needs doing. It will enable stakeholders to budget for the cost, and the responsible parties to mitigate any liability.
What we look for when we are checking your tree assets
- Cracks and splits in the tree and branches
- Large dead branches in the canopy
- Dead or declining trees – many trees have died due to the drought
- Deformities in trees that could lead to tree failure
- Overall tree health and safety
- If your trees are prepared for the next severe weather event
As rewarding as trees are to the attractiveness and usefulness of your school’s surroundings, they are not without risk. Regular, pro-active inspection and maintenance of trees reduces both risks and costs building up over time. A ‘little and often’ approach can help to identify tree issues early on.
Tree service pricing
Keeping your tree maintenance costs low but regular (like your budget). If you are not sure that your trees are being looked after well, contact us today for a quote.TALK TO OUR ARBORISTS