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Hiring a tree surgeon

Finding a tree surgeon with the right expertise to suit your needs can be a difficult task, especially if you are unsure of what o look for. Plentific can help by generating a list of the best tree surgeons in your local area to compare and choose from, as well as a list of reviews from previous customers.

Tree surgery can be a dangerous job depending on the hazards involved, so respect that the safety of workers is paramount. You may be told your job requires special equipment or multiple workers, especially when you have a deadline, so be sure to know as much as possible about the job at hand and be prepared to compare quotes.

What do you need to know about finding a tree surgeon?

Before making a choice, know as much about the job as possible so that you can discuss it. This will help you decide whether your choices have the right knowledge and experience for the job, and can also help them to quickly give you a quote. Tree surgery jobs can range in size require different equipment, and you should make your final choice based on your specific needs.

When looking for a tree surgeon, experience is key. Many people who start off their careers as tree surgeons do so without qualifications and gain experience as they go, and so referrals and customer reviews are two things you will definitely want to have your choices provide. Four or five years of experience as a minimum is ideal. A tree surgeon may also have qualifications to offer in environmental science and arboriculture, or may be a member of organisations such as the Arboricultural Association. Such groups will enforce high standards for their members, and membership is considered proof of a tradesperson’s professionalism and expertise. If you need a tree surgeon as part of a larger project and have been working with other tradespeople or an architect, it is likely that they will have someone they have worked with in the past that they can recommend.

Larger jobs might entail danger for the tree surgeon, who may have to climb and use dangerous tools even in potentially hazardous weather. As such, be sure to check their insurance information and safety practices. It is also important to know their policy regarding accidental damage: if something is inadvertently damaged or broken, will they be willing to pay for it or fix it? It is also good to make sure of whether or not they will clean up after themselves when finished. If you can dispose of waste products yourself, you may be able to negotiate a reduced fee.

When discussing payment, you will usually have to pay either a flat or hourly rate. Be sure to remember when the tree surgeon expects to be paid! if additional workers or equipment need to be brought in for a job, be sure to check their qualifications too, and ask about whether or not this will incur additional costs for you.

A professional tree surgeon should be able to provide all of this information. If they cannot or are hesitant to do so, it would be wise to continue your search elsewhere.

What does a tree surgeon do?

A tree surgeon or ‘arboriculturalist’ is a tradesperson responsible for maintaining trees and other plant life. This can include felling trees or cutting branches, pruning bushes, hazard assessments, pest control, planting and replanting, hedge-cutting, log splitting or the removal of unwanted plant materials. You may need to call a tree surgeon if a tree is growing beyond its boundaries, if it is diseased or if you just want it cleared completely. A tree surgeon is not a gardener, per se: the jobs they do can be dangerous, especially in poor weather, and can necessitate the use of hazardous equipment.

How much does it cost to hire a tree surgeon?

The price of hiring a tree surgeon depends on the size and nature of the job at hand. They will likely want to assess the situation themselves before giving you a quote. Emergency work particularly may result in a higher fee. Many tree surgeons operate as sole traders with a standard daily rate for their work. Again, this depends of the nature of the work: you could be charged anything between £60 and £500 a day for different jobs.

Given the potential dangers of working as a tree surgeon, many will have very high insurance premiums to maintain. It is also a highly skilled position, and so you should expect to have to pay potentially hundreds of pounds for a professionally done job. That being said, be sure to gather a number of options to compare so that you can find a price to suit you.

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Hi, we require a tree surgeon for a tree report for a new development. The neighbour has a protected tree; presumably, the report needs to tell us how large the root ball is and where it is located which will dictate our basement dig out and basement structure. David Chalice came recommend or similar. Thanks

Elizabeth N. in W14

I would like my medium size Tree to be removed a the rear end of my garden. It has 8 branches and its about 12 feet tall.


A Tall tree, Christmas tree sort probably as tall as the house in the back garden. not far from the buildings needs to be taken out fully.

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by Mr B.
Dave and his team were very polite and reliable. They finished the work at a very good standard.
by Joe D.
Chris and his team were excellent i have never seen anything like it before. I had a large tree in my small back garden which went over 2 of my neighbours gardens, as well sheds and fences in the firing line. They use ropes like a zip line to get all the branches and logs over the roofs without any damage, great work lads and will be using them again.
by Vincenzo R.
I'd recommend Joe and his team. Joe has good knowledge, quotes promptly. He and his team are all polite, helpful and reliable. I have already booked these guys for further work to my property.
by James
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