Should I Hire a Tree Surgeon or Do the Work Myself?

We strongly recommend hiring a professional tree surgeon to carry out any arboriculture work in your garden, no matter how tempting it might be to try it yourself. 

Simple gardening tasks can be performed easily and safely by your own hand, but more significant works on trees, hedges and shrubs must be approached with caution. 

Our team is trained, accredited and experienced in performing major arboriculture work in a safe and controlled manner. In this article we’ll explain why using a professional service is always the best choice. Trust in our team for the best results — every time.

Should I perform tree surgery myself?

Tree surgery can be extremely dangerous if you don’t have the proper training, skills or experience. Not not only could you do further damage to the tree, but you could also seriously injure yourself or others around you.

Professional tree surgeons, also referred to as arborists, are trained to identify particular variables, such as the direction and speed of the wind or the areas of a tree that have built-up pressure. Through years of experience, professional arborists can collate these variables to establish a method of surgery that will yield the safest and most effective results. 

Conversely, novices lack these skills, and would be performing tree surgery unsafely if they were to press ahead anyway. Even a single cut in the wrong location can lead to disastrous results.

Here are just some of the ways performing tree surgery yourself could go wrong:

  • Falling branches might injure you, damage your property or your neighbour’s property.
  • You might compromise the stability of the tree, shrub or plant you are working on.
  • You may injure yourself with the equipment you use if you aren’t familiar with it.
  • You can be given a heavy fine if you work on a protected tree.

Without the skills and precision of a professional arborist, it is likely that you will damage the trees you intend to help. If you do cause damage, you’ll need to hire a tree surgeon to make good any harm done.

Why hire a professional?

Professional tree surgeons are trained to identify factors that will influence how they carry out their work. We understand:

  • The physics

There are many forces stored up under tension in trees. Cutting into the wrong place could cause a branch to snap or power tools to recoil and cause injury. We understand exactly where to cut to prevent such problems.

  • Gravity and tree felling

Trained professionals have a keen eye for the angle at which a tree will fall when it is felled. 

  • The wind

The speed and direction of the wind can affect the direction at which branches, or other components of a tree, bush or shrub, will fall. Professionals understand how to perform tree surgery safely given the current wind conditions.

  • The law

Performing surgery on a tree with a protection order is a criminal offence. We always perform our work in compliance with the law, ensuring everything is completed safely and legally.

How to choose a reputable tree surgeon

For safe and reliable results, always choose an accredited professional. 

It takes two years to complete an apprenticeship and qualify as a tree surgeon. Each of the arborists at Artemis Tree Services has gone through all the necessary training and proven their ability as experts in tree surgery and arboriculture. 

We only employ the best at Artemis Tree Surgery. We have over 20 years’ experience, a team of superb arborists and a variety of awards and accreditations to show for it. These include:

  • Horticulture Week Business Awards – Employer of the Year
  • Horticulture Week Business Awards – Arboriculture Contractor of the Year
  • ARB-approved contractor
  • CHAS-approved contractor
  • Trustmark-approved

Safety and quality are two things we don’t take lightly. Trust in our team for high-quality, safe and legal arborist services.

Contact our team today to find out more about our services.

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Jo

Just to say thank you for carrying out the work so professionally. The team were efficient, they took great care to ensure nothing got damaged, they were very friendly and informative and left the ar... Just to say thank you for carrying out the work so professionally. The team were efficient, they took great care to ensure nothing got damaged, they were very friendly and informative and left the area tidy. Work carried out: Removal of deadwood

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Very professional We have used them a few times and would not go anywhere else...

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Francis Emmanuel

This was the second time we used the services of Artemis Tree Services. This time it was to fell and remove a mature sycamore. The team were excellent throughout - from initial enquiries, advice with ... This was the second time we used the services of Artemis Tree Services. This time it was to fell and remove a mature sycamore. The team were excellent throughout - from initial enquiries, advice with what was suitable, scheduling of the work, the tree work itself, the disposal of the felled tree and invoicing. Very pleasant, smart, tidy and courteous.

2 months ago

Pools Sritharan

Excellent service from the initial contact to completion. Professional ans polite at all times. Many thanks for this wonderful experience. Regards Pools Sritharan 18, The Avenue, Potters Bar.... Excellent service from the initial contact to completion. Professional ans polite at all times. Many thanks for this wonderful experience. Regards Pools Sritharan 18, The Avenue, Potters Bar.

3 months ago

Wendy Fry

Very pleased with work done to prune large sycamore tree. Detailed quote provided same day as Billy came to inspect and advise. All work was done promptly, safely with no mess whatsoever. Would defini... Very pleased with work done to prune large sycamore tree. Detailed quote provided same day as Billy came to inspect and advise. All work was done promptly, safely with no mess whatsoever. Would definitely recommend this firm. Very professional from start to finish.

3 months ago

Chris Pooley

If you require any tree work done I can certainly recommend Artemis. The estimator Billy was great to deal with professional and gave great advice. We required a Laurel and Holly tree to be reduced i... If you require any tree work done I can certainly recommend Artemis. The estimator Billy was great to deal with professional and gave great advice. We required a Laurel and Holly tree to be reduced in height and shaped and several leylandia trees at the back of the garden to be reduced in height and tidied up.A detailed quote was provided within 24 hours. On the day of the scheduled work the crew arrived on time and Tom and Charlie did a fantastic job very courteous and making sure everything was left nice and tidy. I would have no hesitation in contacting them for any future work required this is an extremely well run business.

3 months ago

Wendy Farrell

Great service from the get go. Surveyor was brilliant and took his time advising me on the best value for money for the job. The two guys in the day were fab! Not a leaf was left for me to tidy up. K... Great service from the get go. Surveyor was brilliant and took his time advising me on the best value for money for the job. The two guys in the day were fab! Not a leaf was left for me to tidy up. Kirstie Harvey in the office is a legend! Cannot recommend this company highly enough.

4 months ago

Kirk Teasdale

Delighted with the work carried out by what I can only describe as absolute gentlemen. They were prompt, courteous and considerate through out. Would definitely recommend.... Delighted with the work carried out by what I can only describe as absolute gentlemen. They were prompt, courteous and considerate through out. Would definitely recommend.

4 months ago

Mark Stafford

As a retired arborist myself I cannot give this company higher praise. Reasonable quote for the work and their climber was very proffessional and worked in a safe manner. Site was spotless when they l... As a retired arborist myself I cannot give this company higher praise. Reasonable quote for the work and their climber was very proffessional and worked in a safe manner. Site was spotless when they left. All in all a very pleasant experience.

4 months ago

Anonymous

Everything was great from start to finish I highly recommend Artemis. From the initial quotation to the reminders and then the text on the day to say they were on their way everything was perfect. T... Everything was great from start to finish I highly recommend Artemis. From the initial quotation to the reminders and then the text on the day to say they were on their way everything was perfect. The chaps onsite were great, very polite and incredibly tidy. I am very happy with the standard of work and would definitely recommend.

4 months ago

Nick Woolford

From the initial contact through to the finished work, everything has gone smoothly and professionally. The estimator came when he said he would, gave us meaningful and thoughtful suggestions. His d... From the initial contact through to the finished work, everything has gone smoothly and professionally. The estimator came when he said he would, gave us meaningful and thoughtful suggestions. His detailed estimate was produced within hours of his visit. Once we had accepted the estimate we received planned date for the work. On the day the workmen arrived when we were told they would. They were extremely co-operative, helpful and informative. The work procedure without a hitch with everything being competed to a high standard, and all the refuse removed, leaving the garden neat and tidy. We will have Artemis back later in the year to prune the fruit trees.

5 months ago

Anonymous

A fantastic service, at good reasonable prices with total clearace of the site upon completion. Couldn't ask for more....

6 months ago

Anonymous

Just had a tree removed in Ruislip Manor, the guys were done and dusted in just over an hour, I was expecting a mess that I'd have to clean up once they left. The guys ensured everything was spo... Just had a tree removed in Ruislip Manor, the guys were done and dusted in just over an hour, I was expecting a mess that I'd have to clean up once they left. The guys ensured everything was spotless when they left. We're all happy, but my Cat missing the tree!

6 months ago

Asarthan

Great job start to finish. All contact smooth and easy. The team listened to everything we wanted and pulled it off to perfection. Very neat and tidy too! Thank you very much!... Great job start to finish. All contact smooth and easy. The team listened to everything we wanted and pulled it off to perfection. Very neat and tidy too! Thank you very much!

6 months ago

Pete W

Another year of great service from start to finish - highly recommended...

6 months ago

Louise Leahy

Excellent service from the beginning, all lovely staff at every point and the work was carried out tidily and with consultation along the way. Very accommodating. Highly recommend and would use again.... Excellent service from the beginning, all lovely staff at every point and the work was carried out tidily and with consultation along the way. Very accommodating. Highly recommend and would use again.

6 months ago

Gordon Smith

I was impressed with your quotation service. The paperwork was excellent. The team arrived on time and carried out the job expertly and in accordance with our wishes. They were very professional and c... I was impressed with your quotation service. The paperwork was excellent. The team arrived on time and carried out the job expertly and in accordance with our wishes. They were very professional and communicated with us at all time. We were very impressed with the whole service from start to finish.

6 months ago