Tree Surgery

What Is Tree Surgery?


Tree surgery is the ongoing care of trees in private gardens, council areas, estates and other public places.

Tree Surgery

Tree surgery is a branch of arboriculture which involves the maintenance and preservation of trees. It is a combination of several different specialities, each of which focuses on specific techniques used to improve the health and appearance of trees. There are many different types of tree surgery, including crown lifting, cabling, pruning, removing branches with leaves (not just the bare wood), and topping/felling.

Each type has its own set of objectives and precautions that must be taken during that particular procedure. The following guide will introduce you to everything you should know about tree surgery before becoming an arborist or hiring one:

Tree surgeons are the people who look after trees in private gardens and public spaces. They help to maintain the health of trees and provide advice on how to keep them healthy for many years to come.

What Exactly is Tree Surgery?

What is tree surgery

Tree surgery is the process of altering the shape and form of a tree in order to achieve certain goals. These goals may include aesthetic changes, the remedying of health issues, or the installation of equipment such as power lines. Laws differ from country to country and from state to state, so it’s best to check with your local authorities before performing any kind of tree surgery. When practising arboriculture, tree surgeons have many different tools at their disposal, including chainsaws, ladders, cranes, and pulleys. There are many different types of tree surgery, each with its own set of objectives and precautions that must be taken during that particular procedure. It’s important to note that not all tree surgeons are arborists, and not all arborists are tree surgeons. The difference between the two is that tree surgeons are more likely to just be cutting branches off trees, while arborists are working with the health of the tree.

Why is Tree Surgery Performed?

Damaged tree removal


Tree surgery is performed either because the tree is diseased or dying, or because it poses a safety hazard. There are many reasons why a tree may be in poor health. The most common causes are poor soil conditions, old age, or damage caused by things such as storms or animals. Tree surgeons may be asked to remove branches that are dead or dying, or to prune branches that are growing in the wrong direction, which could pose a hazard to buildings or people. In some cases, a tree may have to be topped or felled if it is too close to power lines or if it is too decayed to be saved.

Types of Tree Surgery

  • Crown lifting – A crown lift is performed when a tree is too large for the space where it is growing. A deep incision is made just above the soil level around the tree. This incision is then lifted with a large sling.

Types of tree surgery pruning


  • Cabling – Cabling is done to a tree that is growing in a direction not intended. The goal of cabling is to guide a tree’s growth in the direction desired. A cable is placed around the tree, and then a reel is brought in to which the cable is rewound. This will allow the tree to grow in the direction desired. Eventually, the cable will decompose and be absorbed by the tree.
  • Pruning – Pruning is the most common type of tree surgery. It is done to either remove diseased branches or branches that are growing in the wrong direction. It is also done to create a desired shape for the tree.
  • Removing branches with leaves – This type of tree surgery is done for aesthetic purposes, to remove branches that could damage equipment or pose a risk to the public.
  • Topping/felling – When a tree is either decayed, dying, or extremely close to power lines, it may need to be topped or felled, which means the tree surgeon will cut the tree at the base.

The Pros of Tree Surgery

  • Trees can be made more aesthetically pleasing. This could mean pruning certain branches or removing others entirely in order to create a desired shape or size.
  • Trees can be made healthier and less susceptible to disease by removing diseased branches or those that are too large for the tree’s structure.
  • Pieces of trees that are removed during tree surgery can be used in other ways. For example, they could be used as firewood or in landscaping projects.

The Cons of Tree Surgery

  • The biggest danger posed by tree surgery is electrocution. When working on large trees, it’s important to avoid being too close to power lines.

Trees and power cables


  • Accidents can happen on any job site, so there is always a risk of getting injured. In order to reduce the risk of injury, it’s important to follow safety guidelines closely.
  • Another possible drawback of tree surgery is that the trees might not turn out as desired. Trees are living organisms, so they grow and change shape over time.
  • If trees are not pruned correctly, they could become more susceptible to disease and insects.
  • If a tree is being topped or felled, it could take a long time to regrow. It could take up to 10 years for a tree to regrow completely after being topped or felled.

Skills Required For Tree Surgery

It is a skilled profession with professional qualifications accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) required to work as a tree surgeon. This includes working safely around electricity and carrying out risk assessments before beginning any work on a tree. The tree surgeon must also be able to operate specialist equipment such as ropes and cranes safely while working at height on or near live electrical cables.

Tree surgeon

Anyone who performs tree surgery must have a sound understanding of the health of trees and how their health can be maintained and improved. They must also be aware of the dangers of the work and the possibility of injury. A good tree surgeon has excellent communication skills, so they can work well with others, such as arborists, landowners, or property owners, who may have very specific goals they want to achieve with the tree. Other important skills include the ability to read and understand tree health, ability to use specialised equipment, and the ability to work at heights safely. The ability to properly use equipment, adhere to safety standards, and use proper technique is key to preventing accidents during tree surgery.

As part of his or her role, the tree surgeon will also be responsible for advising clients how best to maintain their trees so they can continue to provide shade over time while minimising damage caused by high winds or storms during winter months – in turn ensuring that these expensive structures remain safe from decay over time due to factors like root rot entering into contact with waterlogged soil within an area where groundwater has been contaminated by leaking pipes nearby.”

The majority of tree surgeons are insured, qualified and hold a number of qualifications.

This is because they are required to carry out their work safely for the benefit of others. They must also be able to demonstrate good customer service skills and knowledge about how trees grow and how best to maintain them.

For example, when carrying out tree surgery you may be asked to remove branches from overhanging your neighbours property or cut down a dead tree that has fallen across your garden fence. Tree surgery work can also include pruning or trimming trees if they are not well maintained by the owner (this can help keep them healthy).

The best way to find a tree surgeon is by asking friends and family for recommendations. You could also ask your local council or tree care company if they are able to recommend someone. Finally, you could use online directories or search engines to find tree surgeons in your area.

Tree surgery isn’t something you can learn on a whim.

The truth is, learning to perform tree surgery requires time, effort and commitment—both in school and on the job. You have to be trained by a qualified instructor and then take continuing education courses every year to keep up with advancements in the field of arboriculture (which includes tree care). You also need insurance coverage so that if anything goes wrong, your client will be compensated for any damages incurred by their property or home during the process of completing their project.

Of course, it’s not enough just to know how many branches should come off this tree based on its diameter; you need an innate understanding of trees themselves so that when faced with an unfamiliar species (or even worse: an unknown hybrid), your first instinct isn’t “I don’t know what this is but I’m sure someone does!” Your knowledge should extend beyond basic branch pruning techniques all the way through advanced crown reduction procedures such as deadwood removal or topping out large conifers with multiple trunks where each one needs its own specialized approach depending upon its position within this multi-trunked structure.”


Tree surgery is the process of altering the shape and form of a tree.. It is performed either because the tree is in poor health or because it poses a safety hazard. A good tree surgeon has excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to work at heights safely. There are many different types of tree surgery, each with its own set of objectives and precautions that must be taken during the procedure.

Tree surgery is a complex field of work and should only be carried out by trained experts. If you are looking to have your trees trimmed or removed, it’s important to find someone who knows what they’re doing.

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