Graduate Certificate in Aboriculture

September 18th, 2018

Owner and Co-Director of Tim the Tree-Man, Tim Scott, has commenced a Graduate Certificate in Arboriculture (AQF Level 8). This University course is designed for professionals managing trees in the urban forest.

An urban forest is best defined as a collection of trees or woody plants which grow within our cities and suburbs. It was a logical choice for Tim to build on his already extensive knowledge base to better understand the changing environmental, social and economic landscape surrounding trees.  Over the coming months, Tim will expand his knowledge in the following topics:

  • Tree growth and function, including the biology, structure and environmental factors affecting tree performance
  • Tree identification and selection, including the recognition of less common and exotic trees, and analysing and selecting trees for a range of applications
  • Plant health, including the identification and treatment of common and exotic tree pests and diseases
  • Urban tree management, including the methods of tree planning, assessment and evaluation.

Upon completion, Tim will gain the additional professional skills to provide valuable services to all aspects of the arboricultural industry by:

  • Writing management plans for urban trees
  • Sustainably managing trees with respect to environmental, social, and economic factors
  • Acting as an expert witness for local government or consumer and trade tribunal proceedings
  • Advocating for the contribution trees can make to urban life.

What is a Tree Risk Assessment and why do I need one?

August 28th, 2018

Tree safety is a matter of limiting the risk of significant harm from tree failure whilst maintaining the benefits trees provide.

In addition to the instantly apparent aesthetic beauty, trees offer many benefits such as moderating climate, providing shade and shelter, capturing storm water and providing habitat for wildlife. 

There are a range of potential tree related hazards, many of the more obvious hazards can be picked up by the tree owner – this includes things like deadwood within the canopy, broken limbs (hangers), dead trees and trees that are actively failing with noticeable soil movement. These types of issues could be identified during a Tree Risk Assessment.

However, there are further potential issues that may go unnoticed and therefore a regular, formal inspection by a Level 5 Qualified Arborist is essential.

Tim the Tree-Man has an AQF Level 5 Arborist with Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications, who can provide you with complete Tree Risk Assessments and Arborist Tree Reports.

And with storm season not too far away, now is the time to be scheduling in a Tree Risk Assessment.

Arborist Required

July 17th, 2018

Arborist Required

Experienced Arborist required to join our team. The applicant must be reliable, well-mannered and have the ability to work in a team environment. To maintain our current company culture, it is important to us that you contribute a positive personality, display a strong work ethic, and are reliable, show maturity and the ability to work both independently and as part of our established team. 

About Us

We have been providing quality tree services for Brisbane (primarily northern suburbs) for over ten years. We are a family owned and operated company and we take pride in every aspect of the job.

We have worked hard to position Tim the Tree-Man as a reputable, as a team of highly qualified Arborist in an unregulated industry. We hold memberships with the Queensland Aboricultural Association and Arboriculture Australia.

We service residential homeowners, Body Corporates, Real Estate Agencies, Commercial Property Owners, Developers and Educational Institutions.

We enjoy team activities and occasionally participate in charity events.

About the Role

  • Tree management including removal, pruning and maintenance
  • Mechanical aptitude/experience in maintaining vehicles would be an advantage
  • Operating and maintaining tools and equipment
  • Delivering exceptional customer service
  • Contributing to team planning, problem-solving, and to our positive culture


  • Minimum of Certificate III in Horticulture (Arboriculture)
  • MR Licence preferred
  • Rigging experience essential
  • Current drivers licence and own transport
  • OHS General Induction for Construction (White Card)
  • First Aid Certificate desirable but not essential
  • Police Check and Blue Card preferred (Working with Children Check is necessary for some jobsites)
  • Wood Chipper experience
  • Recent experience working in this industry

Your daily tasks and duties will include but will not be limited to

  • Pre start checks of vehicles and machinery
  • Felling and pruning trees, chipper operations, general labour
  • If you tick all the boxes above and are not afraid of hard work, or sweat, then we want to hear from you!

Your application

  • Please DO NOT apply unless you are an experienced groundie with some climbing experience, and hold a Certificate III in Arboriculture or related qualification. These are essential parts of the job. (We do not mow lawns or weed gardens. This skill set is not required in our line of work).
  • Send your resume to or call Jan on 0412 738 038, during standard business hours, if you consider this role a good fit for your skill set, experience, personality, and goals for the future.

What our staff say about working at Tim the Tree-Man

“Working for Tim The Tree Man is a refreshing change, it feels great to work for genuine and kind people.” – Eduard N-L

“Wonderful team to work in, wonderful people to work with, I would go back anytime. I’d still be climbing for Tim if I hadn’t moved to CQ.” – John W

Qualified Contractor

March 6th, 2018

Tim the Tree-Man is now a Qualified Contractor with the Queensland Arboricultural Association (QAA). Find us here

According to the QAA website, the purpose of the QAA is to “preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic and recreational value of trees, and to promote and enhance Arboricultural practices and management within the State of Queensland.”

The QAA is a Not for Profit incorporated association representing arborists in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The association is run by a committee of professionals who volunteer their time to promote best practice in one of Australia’s fastest growing industries.

We are proud to be a member of this organisation which represents and supports Qualified Arborists with ongoing training and industry information.

Tree Safety in Hot Weather

January 16th, 2018

Tree safety is not just for storms

With temperatures soaring across the country, it is important to be fire safety aware. According to the Rural Fire Service Queensland, to be at risk you just need to be close to a fire to be affected by burning material, embers and smoke. In Brisbane, that could be anywhere.

North Brisbane residents in particular are familiar with Council planned burns. There are a number of things you can do to ensure your property is safe:

  • Ensure your house number is clear for emergency service crews
  • Mow your lawn regularly
  • Remove dry, long grass, dead leaves and branches on the ground
  • Remove flammable items
  • Trim branches away from buildings
  • Keep gutters clear of leaf litter
  • Enclose open areas under decks
  • Make sure LPG cylinders are secured
  • Check the first-aid kit is fully stocked
  • Replace damaged roofing and seal gaps
  • Download a Bushfire Survival Plan at

Tim the Tree-Man can assist with removing trees, pruning branches, and dead wooding.  We remove debris from tree work.

Backyard Storm Safety

December 19th, 2017

Every year, we hear the same warnings – clean your yard and prepare your house for storm season. If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to prepare the following:

  • Check that your roof is in good condition.
  • Trim overgrown tree branches which could land on your roof. Check with your local council if you’re unsure about which trees or branches you can legally cut, and never attempt to trim trees that are near powerlines.
  • Fix any corrosion, rotten timber, termite infestations or loose fitting around the house.
  • Set aside a weekend to clean drains, gutters and downpipes regularly, and especially after a long dry spell. Even if you have gutter shields, you need to tackle the mildew and dirt that accumulates in gutters.
  • Clear the yard of rubbish – take it to the tip, or store it under the house until the next council hard-rubbish collection. Loose items such as children’s toys and broken tools can become missiles in a storm.
  • Do you know how to safely turn off your power, water and gas? If not, it’s time to learn.
    • (Source: The Sunday Mail Summer Weather Survival Guide 2017/18)

Trim overgrown tree branches that could damage your property

A note about trimming overgrown tree branches

Wherever possible, Tim the Tree-Man only prunes to Australian Standards, AS 4373-2007, and does not partake in ‘tree lopping’. Correct pruning of a tree is crucial for the health, safety and longevity of the tree.

Some properties are covered under local laws which may prevent you from removing trees without approval. These laws may affect the property if it is:

  • Near a river or a waterway
  • That is a significant landscape tree
  • In a bushland area
  • In an emerging community zone or other urban area with large trees.

Tim the Tree-Man performs council checks on all quoted properties prior to work commencing.

Movie Tickets from Tim

November 21st, 2017

Movie Voucher

Why hire an Arborist?

November 8th, 2017


Tree removal

Tree removal should be done by a qualified Arborist

An Arborist, by definition, is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an Arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Trees that are well cared for are attractive and can add considerable aesthetic value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can become a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. Tim the Tree-Man specialises in large tree removal.

In addition, an Arborist studies the bio-mechanics of trees; growth, cultivation, reactions to pruning, pests and diseases and all the practical aspects of tree surgery. As a qualified Arborist, Tim the Tree-Man’s job is more generalised than a “tree lopper”.  Tim the Tree-Man cares for the health of the entire tree, much like that of a family Doctor.

When to hire and Arborist

September 18th, 2017

An Arborist, like Tim the Tree-Man, can determine what type of pruning is best for the individual tree to maintain its health and improve its appearance and safety. If your tree maintenance requires a ladder or a chainsaw, an Arborist is required.

Similarly, tree removal is dangerous and should be done by a qualified Arborist. Tim the Tree-Man can help determine if a tree should be removed and has the trained staff, skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove your unwanted trees.

Storms can cause major damage to limbs or entire trees. These trees need to be removed or trimmed to lessen the long-term damage to the tree and surrounding property. This is also dangerous work, and should be performed by a qualified Arborist.

Finally, planting the right tree in the right place is important for the long term health of the tree. Tim the Tree-Man can recommend the appropriate tree for your desired location and assist in proper planting.


Climate outlook and affects on trees

September 6th, 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued an overview for Spring. How will this affect your trees?

• The spring outlook, shows rainfall is likely to be below average in southwest Australia, and above average in parts of southeast Queensland.
• Daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer than average for northern and south-eastern Australia.
• Spring nights are likely to be warmer than average over northern and eastern Australia, though frost risk remains in areas with clear skies and dry soils.

What does this mean for your trees?

Weather affects trees in many ways, be it obvious or not so obvious. While a tree broken by a gust of wind is easily visible, large trees may not show the effects of drought for several years. Weather related stress can make trees more susceptible to disease and insect problems and trees can even be killed by extreme weather events.

Generally, trees grow faster with increasing air temperatures. However, extreme heat increases moisture loss and can also slow growth. Extreme hot or cold soil temperatures can also affect tree growth. Many trees require a number of cool days before growth recommences in spring. Wide temperature fluctuations, like we’ve had here in Brisbane, can be hard on trees, particularly in winter. Warm days followed by freezing nights can cause bark injury on certain trees.

The effects of too much or too little rain can be temporary or permanent, depending on the type of tree. Lack of water damages cells, resulting in decreased growth, wilting, leaf scorch, leaf drop and also root damage. Too much water reduces the amount of oxygen in the soil, resulting in root damage. It can also make the tree more susceptible to many fungal diseases. Heavy rain can damage trees, compact soil, and cause erosion. Just as wind can dry out trees, reducing disease, however, it can also remove water faster than the trees can replace it. As we have experienced in Brisbane, high winds can do considerable damage to trees.

Ways to minimise damage to trees:

• Choose trees that are well suited to your area and growing conditions. Native plants are usually a great choice. Local Councils have a free trees program.
• Keep trees healthy. Healthy trees are better able to deal with stress of all kinds.
• Try to maintain an even moisture level. Water as needed and mulch.
• Have any issues dealt with quickly.

All you can do is stay aware of weather conditions and try to protect trees as best you can. And if the worst happens, give Tim the Tree-Man a call.