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What is a tree surgeon?
A tree surgeon is a trained professional responsible for planting, pruning, felling and the general maintenance of trees. Qualified local tree surgeons will usually offer a range of services related to the management and care of trees.
An experienced local tree surgeon will be able to assess the health of trees, identify any potential dangers, remove dead or weak branches and even remove full trees, if needed.
It’s a physically demanding job being a tree surgeon, meaning that they do a lot of work outdoors at heights, dealing with heavy loads, and using power tools on a daily basis. You can think of a tree surgeon as a horticultural engineer whose work focuses on maintaining and repairing trees.
Some of the common tasks performed by a tree surgeon in the UK include:
- Tree felling
- Stump grinding
- Timber milling
- Crown reduction and thinning
- Removal of dangerous trees
- Sectional felling
- Delivery of logs and woodchip
If you have a tree that needs cutting down, a tree stump that you want grinding, or there are damaged or dangerous trees that you need removing, call a local tree surgeon.
What’s the difference between an arborist and tree surgeon?
The terms arborist and tree surgeon are very often used interchangeably as if there were the same job. Which is understandable as there can be a lot of crossover between the two types of work. That said, there are some key differences between the two.
A tree surgeon is trained in safely and efficiently repairing or removing trees, including emergency tree care, felling, pruning, stumping, and site clearance. They are very much focused on the physical side of tree maintenance, which requires a lot of skill and dedication, as they are regularly performing dangerous tasks – particularly when felling whole trees.
An arborist, on the other hand, doesn’t typically work with forests or large areas of plants, as they are more focused on the health of individual trees and plants. Arborists carry out tree and plant inspections, they can diagnose diseases in trees, and offer guidance and recommendations for the best care of plants and trees.
If you have trees that need attention from a professional, you can find local arborists and tree surgeons using our quick and easy search.
How much does a tree surgeon cost?
The average tree surgeon cost depends on the type of tree surgery work that you’re hiring them to do. As a general rule, you can expect a tree surgeon cost to be somewhere in the region of £250 – £400 per person per day.
If it’s a big job that requires multiple people, a team of 3 tree surgeons costs around £700 – £950 per day.
To help you plan a budget for the work, here are some average tree surgeon costs that you can expect to pay:
- Tree felling – £300 to £3,000
- Large oak at height with team – £1,000 – £3,000
- Medium birch tree with medium team – £500 to £800
- Tree debris disposal – £50 to £100
- Tree trimming – £100 to £500
Tree surgeon hourly rate
The average tree surgeon hourly rate in the UK is around £40 per hour – depending on the experience of the individual tree surgeon. If you require a team of tree surgeons, you’re looking at an hourly rate of about £120 per hour for 3 people.
Factors affecting tree surgeon prices
As with most home improvement work, there are a number of factors that will affect the price you pay for a tree surgeon’s work. The most important factors to consider are:
- Tree inspection costs
- Size and quantity of trees
- Condition of trees
- Type of work that needs doing
- Access to the trees
- Any prep work needed
- Disposal of waste materials
Quotes for tree surgeons near you
As with all tradespeople, we recommend obtaining at least three quotes from local tree surgeons in your area. By shopping around you can make sure you’re paying a fair and competitive price for the work.
Thankfully, we’ve got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy. Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes: you post details about the work you need doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out – it’s quick and easy!
How can I find a tree surgeon near me?
When you’re looking for a tree surgeon near you, it’s important to make sure that you’re hiring a reliable, qualified and highly skilled tradesperson for the job. Repairing, maintaining and removing trees can be extremely dangerous, so you need to know you’re in good hands for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
To help you hire the best tree surgeons near you, we’ve put together our top tips for finding a tree surgeon you can trust…
1. Ask for recommendations
One of the best ways to find a good local tree surgeon is to ask for recommendations, either from your friends, family and neighbours, or from other reliable tradespeople. There’s nothing better than getting a first-hand recommendation from someone you trust.
2. Read their customer reviews
As well as recommendations, online customer reviews are another good way to see what level of service local tree surgeons offer. It should be easy to find reviews and ratings for reputable local tree surgeons where you can see what your neighbours have to say about their service. A great place to start is their profile here on Checkatrade.
3. Check their credentials
We recommend you only hire tree surgeons who are qualified to do the job and come with a suitable accreditation, such as being an ARB Approved Contractor (ArbAC). The ArbAC scheme is run by the Arboricultural Association (AA) and it’s the only comprehensive accreditation scheme for tree surgeons in the UK.
4. Ask for quotes (and compare them)
For any tree surgery work that you need to hire a local tree surgeon for, make sure you get a quote from them before agreeing to hire them. You want to make sure that the tree surgeon prices you’re being quoted are fair and competitive.
Want to get quotes now? You’re in luck as we’ve created a handy request a quote tool that makes it quick and easy to find multiple quotes from reliable tree surgeons in your area. All you need to do is post details about the job and we’ll send it out to local tree surgeons in your area. Try it out – it’s quick and easy!
5. Follow up on their references
A good tree surgeon will happily give you references from previous customers that you can talk to if you want to verify the quality of their work before hiring them. Having a brief chat with their previous customers is a great way to find a tree surgeon that you can trust.
What does a tree surgeon do?
To give you a better idea of exactly what tree surgeons do, here’s more information on some of the most common tasks that arborists and tree surgeons are hired for in the UK.
Usually both arborists and tree surgeons can carry out tree inspections. A tree inspection involves performing a hazard assessment to identify any potential dangers that a tree might cause, as well as looking at the tree’s general health.
The results of a tree inspection will allow the tree surgeon to decide what work needs to be carried out, how urgent that work is, how much it will cost, and what measures will need to be taken to ensure the safety of private customers and/or the public.
One of the most common jobs for a tree surgeon is to remove weak or dead branches from trees. Pruning trees in this way helps to improve the overall health of the tree. Removing branches can prevent more serious issues down the line, such as trees collapsing.
If you’ve had a tree fall down in the past and have been left with a tree stump that you want to get rid of, a tree surgeon can grind it down and remove it completely. They’ll do this using specialist tools, including a stump grinder.
Often, tree surgeons are called upon to remove entire trees, either for public safety or in the case of extreme disease. Arborists and tree surgeons will try their best to save trees where at all possible, but in the event that a tree must be removed they will do so with care. Tree removal is a big job and there are several key stages to the process, which must be carried out properly.
In the event that a large area of land needs to be cleared for development or land management projects, tree surgeons will be hired to clear an entire site of trees and plants. When finished the site will be completely clear of all vegetation.
Given the majority of their work involves cutting or removing trees, it might be a surprise to learn that tree surgeons are often involved in planting trees. At the end of the day, their passion is keeping trees alive, so it makes sense that they’d also want to plant new trees.
What do tree surgeons do with the wood?
Tree surgeons are masters of dealing with trees, branches, stumps and roots. They work with tree wood on a daily basis, carrying out a number of important jobs to help care and maintain individual trees, as well as woods and forests on a larger.
Here are some of the popular works that tree surgeons do with wood…
Individual branch and limb removal
Very often tree surgeons will need to remove individual branches or limbs to ensure the best health for the tree or, sometimes, the branches are crossing boundaries and need to be cut back.
Naturally some tree branches will die and need tending to, which is what deadwooding involves. It’s the process of cutting back dead wood to ensure that the tree is in the best health and of minimal danger to the public.
This is the process of reducing the size of a tree’s canopy, mainly achieved through evenly pruning the branches. During crown reduction any weak, broken or dead wood would be removed.
Crown lifting is where branches are removed from the lower parts of the tree’s crown in order to let more light reach the lower crown. Again, any damaged or weak branches would be removed during the crown lifting process.
When it’s deemed necessary to remove a whole tree, tree surgeons will fell the tree in a safe and controlled way. The tree surgeon(s) will climb the tree to then dismantle it in sections.
Tree stump and root removal
After tree felling, you’re left with the tree stump in the ground. A tree surgeon is then often tasked with removing the stump (usually by grinding it up) and then removing all the roots.
This is a relatively new task that is increasingly on a tree surgeon’s to-do list. Pollarding is the method of removing all of a tree’s branches and limbs in order to encourage regrowth.
Large hedges can become overgrown over time and it takes care and attention to keep them looking their best. Many tree surgeons in the UK are hired to trim and care for hedges, cutting them back and even shaping them.