What you should look for in your local tree surgeon

If you are hiring a tree surgeon for the care and management of your trees you’d want to choose the best in business. This brings us to the important question – what makes a good tree surgeon? In other words, how can you choose the right professional from the dozens of businesses that you find online? We’re here to help you.

General Consensus 

Essentially, a good tree surgeon will take all of the stress out of tree work for you. Whether you’re looking for complete tree removal, some stump grinding or some advice, using a professional is the only way to guarantee that you’ll get the best results.

Even though tree surgeons make it look easy, tree surgery is extremely complex and dangerous work. A professional tree surgeon will be qualified, properly trained, and highly experienced. That’s how you know their work will be of the highest standard. They will also have the right equipment and be fully trained in how to use it safely and effectively.

Skills and Accreditations

The most important thing of all when looking for a tree surgeon is that you check that they have the proper qualifications, insurance and professional accreditations. For us here at Dr Stump, you can find our accreditation details in our footer, or by getting in touch directly.

That being said, every one of our team members is fully qualified and insured, and we’re extremely proud to hold a number of professional accreditations, including being one of only five ARB approved contractors in Norfolk. 

Health, Safety and Cleanliness

Using a tree surgeon for all of your tree needs takes as much risk out of tree surgery as possible. High-quality local tree surgeons, such as ourselves, will be health & safety specialists and be fully trained to use the proper safety equipment for each piece of machinery. One of the ways we ensure safety on our sites is by providing a thorough Risk Assessment and Method Statement (R.A.M.S.) for every job. 

But this first-class service goes beyond the work on the trees themselves; it also means that quality tree surgeons will look after your property too. A good tree surgeon will work in a highly professional way, clearing away debris as they work and leaving you with no mess to clear up. What’s more, they will know how to take care of even the largest trees without damaging your property. 

In addition to this, if you find a tree surgeon who is also qualified in arboriculture, you can be sure that the health of the tree will also be protected. Our conscientious tree surgeons think carefully about where and how to dispose of any waste wood in an environmentally-friendly and compliant manner. 

Services to look out for

Crown Reduction

One of the most common services requested is a crown reduction. This involves carefully removing branches from a tree in order to improve its shape, structure, and health. Practising British Standards 3998 2010 “Recommendations for Tree Work” is important for good tree health and safe arboricultural work.

There are several reasons why a tree may need to be pruned, including; to reduce mechanical loading on branches to prevent failure, improve light penetration or to encourage epicormic growth throughout the internal canopy of the tree. It can also be used to veteranise an ageing tree in a way that simulates natural decline and that helps to support biodiversity. 

Tree Removal

Another important service provided by tree surgeons is tree removal. There are many reasons why a tree may need to be removed, such as if it is dying or poses a safety hazard. Tree surgeons are trained to remove trees in a safe and controlled manner, using specialised equipment and techniques such as rigging equipment and M.E.W.Ps. They are also able to assess the hazards associated with removing a tree and take the necessary precautions to minimise risks.

Emergency Tree Works

An additional service, and arguably the most important service provided by quality tree surgeons, is emergency tree works or removal due to storm damage. If a tree has been damaged in a storm or any other natural disaster, our tree surgeons can assess the damage and determine the best course of action. This may include removing damaged branches or even the entire tree, if necessary. Tree surgeons are also equipped to handle dangerous or hazardous situations, such as if a tree has fallen on a power line or is blocking a roadway. If a tree has fallen on a power line, never attempt to remove the tree or branches yourself, stay clear of the area and call UKPN and they will send a team to assess the situation and potentially shut down the power before removing the storm damaged tree. 

Your trusted local tree surgeon – Dr Stump

Being the highest 5* rated arboricultural business on Google in The East for the last 5 years, and one of only  5 Arboricultural Association ‘Arb approved” contractors in Norfolk, we really do pride ourselves on a professional, honest and reliable service. So, if you have an issue or would like some advice, our team have the right tools and expertise to assist you with any project. Just get in touch today!

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Responded quickly and provided good value estimate. Agreed dates for work and both jobs (tree removed and hedge reduced) done as agreed, efficiently and professionally. Will be recommending to others.

Paul Gilbert

Really good company, very reliable, came and removed quite a few stumps from our woodland very quickly and efficiently, and careful about not doing damage to the surrounding area. Highly recommended, we will use them again.

Jane Polden

I would recommend this company to anyone they have just taken 7 large poplar trees down for us. Arrived as arranged, a pleasure to have in our garden for several days, then left the site neat and tidy.

Mia Potter

A great company and excellent service, they were brilliant from quote to completion and would definitely use again!

Nathan Modlin

Very impressed with Dr Stump; quick, professional, courteous, tidy and VERY good at what they do! – Very impressed with the way they work and the amount they can get done in a short time. – Highly recommended.

Paul Hallatt

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