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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Paul

I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.... I thought the Artemis team were absolutely brilliant. From coming to quote , prompt , and cutting back 2 oak trees they did a highly Professional and excellent job.

3 days ago

Jill, Pinner

Efficient, thorough. Listened to what we wanted and carried out expertly. All v neat and tidy. Good job all round....

1 week ago

J M

Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carri... Thank you Artemis for your excellent tree surgery work as part of ongoing maintenance over many years. The garden poses problems, but as ever the team were cheerful, efficient and everything was carried out exactly as planned. I shall continue to recommend Artemis.

2 weeks ago

Green hill housing

we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.... we have had work done with them and they do a wonderful job, from start to finish everything was perfect again, not a leaf leaf left behind, workmen were polite and professional.

2 weeks ago

Jan

Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't see... Artemis took down two lime trees who's roots had damaged the garage floor and were an inch away from the foundations of the house . The trees were in a very awkward place to get to but this didn't seem to trouble this highly competent team. The team were extremely well equipped , and they worked together like a well oiled machine. We were delighted with their work, tidiness and very pleasant manner. And it was at a fair price.

1 month ago

David Pooley

Excellent value, great work on a terrible day...good lads!...

1 month ago

Diana Stuckey

Excellent service with experienced people who did an excellent job of pruning my tree. Would definitely use them again....

2 months ago

Jonathan

Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!... Martin and Luke arrived on time They were polite and did the job to my total satisfaction and cleared up Took the time they said it would when they arrived Well done!

2 months ago

Phil

Very professional job. The man in charge was excellent. Did the job exactly as we wanted it. Would highly recommend....

3 months ago

Anonymous

I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, profess... I have used Artemis a number of times and always feel confident that they offer an excellent service all the way through from the first visit to the final clearing up. They are knowledgeable, professional and friendly. They do great job and I would highly recommend.

3 months ago

Anonymous

Friendly staff. Work carried out efficiently. Left the area clean and tidy. Would definitely recommend Artemis....

3 months ago

Chris

Artemis are very efficient, knowledgeable, professional and easy to deal with....

4 months ago

David

This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again... This was the first time we have used Artemis, and the whole process from initial enquiry through to completion was very easy. We would definitely recommend their services, and will be using them again I'm sure.

4 months ago

Natasha

Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, ... Fantastic service from your team at Artemis. We needed a tree in our garden heavily crowned, having let it grow far too tall. We couldn’t be happier with the work done; the team were so professional, really lovely and left our garden tidier than it was before they arrived. We won’t hesitate to recommend Artemis to anyone needing tree work done

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definite... Excellent service from first quote to final job. Very good communications and reminders so I knew exactly when they were arriving. Polite and hard working team who cleared up perfectly. Would definitely recommend.

5 months ago

Ajay Lal

Efficient and effective service. On site team were polite and ensured the site was left clean and tidy....

5 months ago

Anonymous

From approval for the pruning to tidying up after they left, the team has been impeccably professional, pleasant and kind....

5 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.... Excellent service. Punctual and extremely professional manner in which they carry out their work. Really happy with the work done . Would definitely use the company again.

5 months ago

Terry

We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard work... We have been using Artemis Tree Services for many years now and have just had our annual tree and shrub maintenance visit. Wonderful job as usual. The garden now looks great thanks to a very hard working and knowledgable team. Thanks again, see you next year.

6 months ago

Anonymous

Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant tea... Excellent service from start to finish. Clear quotes, no jargon, prompt responses to queries and arrived on time. A large tree was expertly removed and recycled. The very professional and pleasant team even removed the leaves from the lawn. Thoroughly recommend! Very reasonable pricing also. No hidden extras.

6 months ago

David Lynn

The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.... The team arrived on time, carried out all the requested work and left our garden neat and tidy. The tree work was as planned , we are very pleased and would recommend the company with no hesitation.

7 months ago