Plant Health Care Programs

What is a Plant Health Care Program?

A plant health care program (sometimes called a PHC program) is a schedule of measures designed to maintain or improve the landscape's appearance, vitality and – in the case of trees – safety. Scientific testing of a tree and the surrounding environment provides readings that can be monitored over the life of the plant health care program. A good PHC program will balance cost with environmentally sensitive practices and treatments over the long term.

What does a Plant Health Care Program involve?

A Plant Health Care program can include soil and tissue nutrient testing, PH testing and fully tailored maintenance and improvement plans that are measured regularly for progress.

They can include:

  • soil decompaction

  • soil injections

  • plant injections

  • soil amendments

  • advice on soil composition and mulching requirements

  • various other technical tests

Pest and Disease Management

Pests and Disease can affect trees of all sizes, potentially compromising the lifespan and safety of trees. Because of this, it's vital that large and/or valuable trees have a holistic pest and disease management plan in place. At Independent Arboricultural Services, we specialise in logic-driven, balanced plans for controlling pests and disease in your trees.

Tree Relocation Services

We have safely and successfully moved and advised on trees of all sizes - transporting and replanting them as close as a 20 metres away and as far as in the next state! Every tree is different and requires a bit of planning, but we're confident that if it's valuable enough to you, you will want to see it live on and we can work out a practical solution to ensure successful relocation.

Who can provide a Plant Health Care program?

A Plant Health Care program should only be prepared by an AQF level 5 qualified consulting arborist (and above). Australia provides a free online search for checking the bona fides of anyone claiming to be a consulting arborist. The directory can be accessed online at

When seeking the services of a reputable Consulting Arborist, you should seek assurance that all recommendations for required tree work will be made in accordance with the Australian Standards AS 4373:2007- pruning of amenity trees and AS 4970:2009- protection of trees on development sites.

Independent Arboricultural Services holds current industry memberships with the Queensland Arboricultural AssociationArboriculture AustraliaBrisbane Development Association and the International Society of Arboriculture.

Independent Arboricultural Services’ Roger Rankine supervising a tree being relocated to the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane.

Independent Arboricultural Services’ Roger Rankine supervising a tree being relocated to the Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane.