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
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.